Forevermore by Cindy Miles
Released: July 1, 2013
Ivy Calhoun’s life has been turned upside down. Her new stepdad has uprooted Ivy and her mom, bringing them to live in an actual castle in the misty Scottish countryside. There are stone-faced servants and shadowy corridors, and the ancient walls seem full of secrets. Ivy is at once frightened and intrigued.
Especially when she meets Logan, a gorgeous, elusive ghost who has haunted the castle grounds for decades. Ivy is immediately drawn to him . . . but Logan is not the only spirit around. Something dark and deadly is afoot, and soon Ivy finds herself in mortal danger.
Is Logan exactly what he seems? Could his mysterious past be tied to Ivy’s present? And can Ivy stop herself from falling in love with him?
Are you a fan of old world mansions with creeping vines, creaky walls, and rooms with a view? Are you a fan of ghostly stories? Are you a fan of mysteries? Are you a fan of good old chivalrous love? Guys, this is totally the novel for you! Seriously, such a good, mysterious, heart-warming story!
FOREVERMORE takes place in a small town filled with old world charm: Glenmoragg, Scotland. Ivy has just been uprooted from Charleston, SC because her mom married a Laird who just happens to own an ancient castle. Immediately upon entering, she knows that something evil is lurking about. After discovering a ghost, a handsome 200 year old ghost, Ivy knows that everything she once knew was a lie. Ghosts and evil curses exist. Now it’s up to her, Logan–whom she is slowing falling in love with–and the help of some friends to bring down the spirit that is cursing her new home, mother, and Logan.
I really enjoyed reading Ivy’s story. She hates that she is being ripped away from everything she knows. She feels completely out of place in this new town. She doesn’t know her stepfather. She’s still upset about the loss of her father. And she has this gut feeling that something is wrong about this new place. She’s your average teenager, just trying to fit in…somehow. She has an adventurous spirit and loves the idea of exploring these ancient grounds. I think this makes her even more relatable. Who wouldn’t want to explore an old castle? After meeting a stellar cast of characters, we get to see who the real Ivy is: loyal and willing to bring down the curse that has come over her new home, even if it means getting hurt and possibly losing Logan.
The cast of secondary characters were all very unique and definitely made the story even more enjoyable. I loved Logan, loved him. He’s still a teenager but has been this way for centuries. He’s got wonderful manners and knows how to protect a lady. He’s chivalrous and is such a sweetheart. You can see why Ivy just can’t help but slowly fall for him. Who wouldn’t?! Ivy’s new friends are all interesting and were fun to hang out with. They were all completely accepting of Ivy and her strange curse theory. They immediately jumped on board and were ready to help. If some new girl met me and said she knows some ghosts and knows there is a curse, I would probably slowly walk away! But these people didn’t, and I loved that.
I thought the plot moved quickly and I was never once bored. The walls are filled with mystery and I loved how we got to learn more and more about this place as the plot moved on. There are some great history lessons and I was just intrigued with the dark past as Ivy was. One of my favorite aspects about FOREVERMORE is the backstory that leads to the current, present day curse. It’s complex and intriguing and explains a whole lot. We only get bits and pieces of it at a time, which made me want to read to the end even more. I wanted to know what on earth has caused everything! The big climatic scene towards the end was very rushed feeling. I think it only took up about 3 pages. I was sort of disappointed with this. It’s a mega event and could have been epic. Despite that, though, it was still exciting.
|4.5 Thought Clouds!|
I received an ebook copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks!