Recollections: Reviews by a Book Lover

Liv, Forever by Amy Talkington

Liv, Forever by Amy Talkington

 Image Photo from goodreads

Advanced Reader Copy from the Publisher, Soho Teen.

The Cover Story:  I’m just going to start off by saying how much I love the cover of this book.  Lately it’s rare that I even like a cover.  I love that we don’t see the girl’s face on the cover; it’s just a floating body from behind.  It has this eerie, otherworldly feel to it.

What it’s about:  Liv Bloom is in the foster system, and when she lands a scholarship to practice art at Wickham Hall, an elite boarding school, things are finally started to look up for her.  Liv befriends a fellow scholarship student, Gabe, and starts to fall for Malcolm Astor, one of the more elite students at Wickham Hall, (who also falls for her).  However, Liv’s happiness is cut short when she is brutally murdered.  Now Liv, with the help of Gabe (who can see ghosts), Malcolm, and the other trapped spirits, must discover what evil lies in the hallow halls of Wickham.

What I thought:  Liv, Forever combines some of my favorite things: boarding schools, ghosts, and a good, creepy mystery.  I love when a Young Adult novel takes place at a boarding school.  Boarding schools take care of the simple question of why are there no parents around (because you know we all get annoyed when other novels exclude parents completely as if teens don’t live at home)?  Ghosts – Since I was young, I have always loved books with a paranormal twist.  It just makes life more interesting to believe that ghosts could exist.  Anyway back to the book.  You can’t help but like Liv Bloom.  She hasn’t had an easy life, but she doesn’t let that stop her.  She applies for the scholarship at Wickham so she can go to a good school to practice art.  Even after she is killed she doesn’t stop until she finds the truth, no matter what that may mean.  Fortunately for Liv, Gabe can see ghosts. Gabe however, does not find this fact so fortunate.  He has been haunted by the ghosts of Wickham Hall, and there are a lot of ghosts.  The question is why?  Why have so many female students died over the years?  Liv must try to convince Malcolm she is still alive, with Gabe’s help.  They need Malcolm to help to discover the truth, and Liv needs to know what she and Malcolm had was real. She also needs to convince the other ghosts to help, which isn’t easy since Gabe doesn’t like to interact with the ghosts, and most of the ghosts are too scared to talk.  What Liv, Gabe, and Malcolm discover is a grisly secret that dates back to the start of the school.  Question is can they stop it before anyone else dies?

I really enjoyed this book, and I definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a good ghost story.


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