by Amy Talkington
Published by Soho Teen Release date : March 11th, 2014
Genres: Mystery/Thriller, Paranormal, Young Adult
Source: The Publisher | Format: ARC
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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 received this book for free from The Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Liv, Forever caught my eye, not because of the cover– although it is eye-catching, but because it’s a “ghost” story. I haven’t read many books where the protagonist dies and becomes a ghost, and the idea behind it and how an author will execute a story like this, is beyond interesting. And it was. Not to mention, it’s a boarding school. I love boarding school settings.
Olivia, or Liv, is accept into Wickham Hall, a prestigious boarding school. Soon after her arrival, she finds out pretty quick that she doesn’t fit in, weird things start to happen and she gets involved with one of the Victors, Malcolm. After one night of sneaking out, Liv is murdered and her murder is covered up as a suicide. She enlists the help of Gabe, the only living person whom can see her, and eventually Malcolm, to solve her murder and the murders of all the girls before her.
I really enjoyed Liv, Forever. It had this Gothic feel to the setting that I loved and the writing was very engaging. There were a lot of Art references that were pretty interesting, albeit over the top. I only knew about a few paintings, so I spent some time on Google. But I digress. We also get chapters from the other girls before they died. While it wasn’t necessary to the plot (in my opinion), it was one of my favorite parts of the book. The mystery behind the murders and the Victors was very, very good. I couldn’t really put my finger on WHY this group of people would murder these girls, it was pretty intense and quite scary, if I were honest.
Liv is a strong and likeable main character. She had spent quite a stint in Foster care, and is very artistic and different, which I loved. I loved her determination to solve her murder and those before her. Although I didn’t connect to the romance as I felt I should have, I loved that she at least got to see love before she died. That, was sweet.
Also, towards the end, when we hear the start of this… custom of the Victors, we get the full back story and it was really sad.
My Peeve – You know me and how I get stuck on something, in almost every book I read. As we unravel the WHY’s of all the murders, we see a pattern of how often a student goes missing. Either I missed something, or this was overlooked. If this pattern was true, then Liv’s murder should never have happened in the first place. View Spoiler » There was a murder 5 years after the decade. 1885 1925 1985. 2005 etc. So, assuming this is 2014, why was she murdered? Doesn’t make sense. « Hide Spoiler
Overall- I really did enjoy Liv, Forever. It’s very dark, thought-provoking and beautiful. I had my one issue with it that I got hung up on, but overall, I do recommend it.
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