Thursday, March 27, 2014

BOOKANISTAS: Liv, Forever

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'm famous for not really liking my books, movies, or TV shows creepy. At all. I'm very easily creeped out, and I've been known to be unable to sleep after even the most mildly creepy story. I was a little concerned that the creep factor of this one might be too high for me, but I found myself drawn to something about it and dove in, despite my reservations. 

This book was creepy, but in the best possible way. The school is creepy, the students are creepy, and, yeah, the ghosts that haunt the grounds of the school are super creepy. But I loved it, anyway, creepiness and all. Because it wasn't scary. It smothered on the creep without keeping me up at night, and that is the kind of story I can get behind. 

Being a romance fan, I loved the relationship between Liv and Malcom. I loved how, even after Liv's death, they brought out the best in each other. It was such a compelling relationship, and I wasn't sure what I was rooting for, because there's no real way for these two to be together. But, in the end, I loved the journey these two went on and how it changed both of them. 

I also had a lot of fun with the mystery of the school. A good mystery always draws me in; I love searching for clues along with the characters and trying to figure out what is important and what might mean something. This mystery was super compelling, and I had a hard time finding a good time to put the book down and go to bed because I wanted to know what happened! I read the whole thing in almost one sitting because I just couldn't walk away from the story. 

If you like ghosts, mystery, romance, and/or creepy gothic boarding schools, then you should check this one out. It's a lot of spooky fun.


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