How did I get it?:
Sent to me from Soho Teen for the blog tour!
When Liv Bloom lands an art scholarship at Wickham Hall, it’s her ticket out of the foster system. Liv isn’t sure what to make of the school’s weird traditions and rituals, but she couldn’t be happier. For the first time ever, she has her own studio, her own supply of paints. Everything she could want.
Then she meets Malcolm Astor, a legacy student, a fellow artist, and the one person who’s ever been able to melt her defenses. Liv’s only friend at Wickham, fellow scholarship kid Gabe Nichols, warns her not to get involved, but life is finally going Liv’s way, and all she wants to do is enjoy the ride.
But Liv’s bliss is doomed. Weeks after arriving, she is viciously murdered and, in death, she discovers that she’s the latest victim of a dark conspiracy that has claimed many lives. Cursed with the ability to see the many ghosts on Wickham’s campus, Gabe is now Liv’s only link to the world of the living. To Malcolm.
Together, Liv, Gabe, and Malcolm fight to expose the terrible truth that haunts the halls of Wickham. But Liv must fight alone to come to grips with the ultimate star-crossed love.
I have wanted to read Liv, Forever since I first heard about it. I was completely gripped by the synopsis. I’m always a bit worried when I anticipate new books from authors that I haven’t read before or heard much about. Amy Talkington is a debut author, so there definitely wasn’t a previous book I could read or find out more from my blogger friends in preparation for reading Liv, Forever. I’m glad that Liv, Forever’s synopsis pulled me in and that I joined the blog tour, as this book is an incredibly accomplished debut novel. It’s well written, emotional and intriguing. It’s one that I’m sure I’m going to be recommending for a long time now.
Liv, Forever centres around Wickham Hall, Liv Bloom’s new school. As soon as Liv starts Wickham Hall, strange things begin to happen. Despite the strange goings on, Liv falls in love with Malcolm. A guy that she never thought would be her first love. Liv decides to sneak out and see him one night, unfortunately she never makes it back to her dorm room. Now Liv joins the ghosts at Wickham Hall. She wants to find out what happened to her. Gabe, the friend that she made before her murder, is the only person that can see her and the other ghosts at the school. Everyone thinks that he’s insane, but he can see the many victims who have been murdered at the school. Gabe is the only one that’s able to find out what’s been going on and help to bring her back to Malcolm.
This book is brilliant. It’s hard to put in words how good it was. I described the writing as ‘delicious’ whilst reading it. I just savoured every single word. Amy Talkington is clearly a talented writer. The book is emotional, intriguing and incredibly mysterious. The whole situation is frustrating. Things aren’t right at the school, and Liv and Gabe want to find out why. It’s completely crazy, but at the same time utterly readable. I was surprised at how much action went on in such a short book (280 pages), yet it never felt rushed. The pacing was perfect.
I really felt for Liv. She can’t seem to catch a break. Liv has been in foster care and gets a scholarship to Wickham Hall. She sees it as a fresh start and a way to get out of the foster care system. As if the girl hasn’t been through enough, she is then murdered at her new school. She has no idea why she’s died or who killed her. She sees the ghosts that Gabe told her about. Liv is lucky to have Gabe as a friend. He sees her and helps her to get Malcolm to believe Liv is still around. Liv and Malcolm’s relationship, whilst short, is incredibly believable. It was heart-breaking to see two people that have fallen in love ripped apart by tragedy.
I think teens and adults would enjoy this well-paced, fast and engaging read. I will definitely be looking out for more work from Amy Talkington.
Would I recommend it?:
Of course!- 4.5 stars