Review & Giveaway: Liv, Forever

March 17, 2014 book review, giveaway 8

Liv, Forever by Amy Talkington

Liv, Forever by Amy Talkington

Released: March 11, 2014
Publisher: Soho Teen
Pages: 280
Format read: ARC
Source: Publisher

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.

Liv has just been accepted to one of the most prestigious boarding schools in the country on a scholarship. Immediately upon arriving she senses that there are lot more secrets than truths in this sacred ground. After discovering that her friend Gabe can see ghosts, Liv is murdered and becomes one herself. Now they are on the race for time to try to discover what happened to her and the other ghost girls that hide out on campus. Are all the deaths just random acts of suicide or something more sinister?

I really liked the way the chapter structure was set up. We start out with a murdered girl’s anecdote of the night she died. It’s just a short little two page story. Then we are immersed into Liv’s journey to the afterlife. After a couple of Liv’s chapters we get a new chapter about a different girl’s anecdote of the night she died. Piece by piece we start to see that something is just not right about all these murders. The reader starts asking a lot of questions like who killed these girls? Why? Are they all just random? etc etc. Once Liv is murdered, we start to get the answers we have been seeking since the beginning. Having a different student’s story mixed throughout the book made this book that more enjoyable and mysterious. It becomes clear that Wickham Hall is one place you probably don’t want to go if you’re a girl!

Liv was a great main character and the perfect girl to unfortunately fall to this life sentence. As awful as her murder was, she is the perfect person to have had this happen to because unlike the other girls, she is headstrong and won’t take this lightly. She wants answers. She demands them. And she’s going to get them, even if it exposes an ugly truth about the school. We don’t really get to see Gabe all that much but I wish we had. He has this extraordinary ability that he is too scared to even use. He becomes the liaison between Liv and her almost boyfriend, Malcolm. And really this all he becomes to the story. I wish he had a bigger role in helping the murder be solved because unlike Malcolm, Gabe has the ability to see and do a lot more. Malcolm is one of those characters who you are wary of for quite some time. He’s a part of secret club, is wishy washy towards Liv while she is alive, and you’re not really sure if he is hiding something. I did like him a lot better as the story goes on, though.

One of my biggest pet peeves about this book is the insta-love. Sometimes as a reader you eventually get over how rushed the relationship happens, but unfortunately that wasn’t the case for this book. After Liv dies, she tries so incredibly hard to get Malcolm to realize that she is still there and that she loves him. Once he does understand, there are moments that should be agonizing and heart breaking because both characters are desperate for the other, but obviously can’t get what they want. Because of the whole insta-love thing, these scenes and all the sappiness were uninteresting and slightly annoying to me. I’m probably the only person who had a problem with this. Most people are probably going to overlook this and see how awful it must be to lose a person who you were starting to fall in love with but never got that chance to see where the relationship goes. I just couldn’t for some reason.

You kind of always have a feling about what is truly going on in this secluded boarding school and who did it, but it is written in such a way that that doesn’t even matter. You just want it all to be resolved. You want the ghosts to get their closure, you want Liv to stop whoever is doing this from doing it again, you want to just get a happy ending. And like I said, even though you sort of have a guess at what is going on, it’s okay! I love how Talkington kept the pace going, kept you asking questions, and eventually gave you the answers. I never once got bored or disinterested in the plot and thought with the the periodic anecdotes from girls in the past, LIV, FOREVER was a thoroughly enjoying read!

4 Thought Clouds
I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!

Thanks to the wonderful people at Soho Teen, I have an extra ARC of LIV, FOREVER to give away to one lucky US winner! 

The Rules:
  • one (1) winner will receive an ARC of LIV, FOREVER by Amy Talkington
  • US only
  • ends March 31st at midnight
  • No cheating, I check.
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8 Responses to “Review & Giveaway: Liv, Forever”

  1. Hillary Reyna

    Thanks for writing such an honest review of this book! Like you, I tend to get wary of insta-love after some time, but I think for me it also depends on the story. Sometimes it’s okay and sometimes it’s just plain annoying. Hopefully this book will be the it’s okay type. I can’t wait to get my hands on this book! 😀 Happy reading!

  2. Cait

    I’m loving the sound of this! I saw it on a few blogs lately but hadn’t read any reviews yet, sooo THANK YOU. Now I know I need to read it. 😉 *adds to precariously tipping tbr* The insta-love thingy, though? Meh. I AM a bit tired of it. I prefer less sap and more meaning and deepness.

  3. Jaime Lester

    I love these types of stories. The MC is dead, and we are seeing things from her perspective. This one sounds even better! Curses and murder. All of the other ghosts! And Loveeee! And I absolutely love the cover! It is fantastic! Your review was wonderful, and made me even more interested in the story! Thanks for the giveaway, and for the review!!

    Check out a review of The Shadow Prince and much more…. The Best Books Ever

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