Jul 26, 2014

Liv, Forever.


Amy talkinghton.

Publisher Soho Teen.
Publication Date: March 11,2014
Genre: YA Mystery|Romance|Fantasy.
Format|Pages: Hardcover|280
Source: Goodreads|Library

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. 

Haunting. Beautifully written. There wasn’t a page that I didn’t enjoy in Liv, Forever it’s a novel that pulls you in from the first page. I have always loved books about ghosts, it’s always fascinating to me, so moment I found out it was about ghosts, I grabbed it. Storyline was what only captured my attention, the cover and title did as well. Look at the cover, the girl is floating though it does look like she jumping a bit too, looking out into the distance. The cover itself has a mysterious aspect; it would make anyone wonder what’s going on, where she’s looking and why she’s floating. I love the title Liv, Forever and when I came across it, I did wonder the reason for title but once I read the story, I understood. It fits. Even if you haven’t read the summary, the cover and title will drag you in. Amy Talkington created a suspenseful, thrilling debut novel and I look forward see what she comes up with next. 

Olivia, there were something about her that made it hard, not to like her. I hated how she was treated when she arrived to Wickman Hall, like an outcast. It felt like they were already wanting get rid of her. It’s sad that she only lasted few weeks, before her murder. She just found someone she liked for first time, who liked her back. Plus she made a friend and finally started to feel like she belonged. From the moment that she was killed, I did wonder who killed her and why. Gabe seemed to suspect Malcolm but I had hard time believing he would kill her. I saw how hard it was on him when she died, how much grief there was. He loved her, no matter what others seemed to think. Liv, Malcolm and Gabe made an interesting team, considering Gabe didn’t trust him and they didn’t agree on half of things. Honestly I didn’t think they make it till end, without killing one another. They stood by each other, to try and discover the truth. 

Liv, Forever didn’t have as much romance, but then she was a ghost. The scenes between Malcolm and Liv were sweet but also heartbreaking; I could tell how much he wanted to be there, to hold her. I can’t imagine having someone you love dead. Malcolm was strong but I think having her ghost there, helped him. I am kind of curious now, now that Liv gone if Malcolm would be able to move past it. I enjoyed that there weren’t love triangles in this one, it made it different from the other stories. It was Malcolm and Liv, nobody else. The mystery aspect of the story was the most interesting, the one that captured my attention the most. There was so much suspense and it was descriptive that I saw myself picturing everything that was going on. As novel progressed, got harder for me to put it down, I needed to know what happened and why it happened. It was unlike any ghost story that I read. 

Another aspect of story that I enjoyed, when each of the girls told their story, how they were murdered. It was interesting because each story was different. I was curious to find out why it was girls, who kept on getting murdered and how they could possibly not think of themselves like that? That’s one messed up tradition and a tradition that everyone seemed to want to follow. If you love ghost stories, with mystery and a romance added to the mix, Liv, Forever is that book. You won’t want to put it down. Give it a try.

Jul 24, 2014



Megan Miranda.

Publisher Walker Childrens.
Publication Date: February 4,2014
Genre: YA Mystery|Romance|Fantasy.
Format|Pages: Hardcover|352
Source: Goodreads|Library

Falcon Lake wants vengeance. And so, it seems, does someone else... An int

When Decker drags his best friend Delaney’s lifeless body out of the frozen lake, he makes a deal: Anyone but her. Everyone but her. The lake releases her. It takes another... 

All their friends blame Delaney for Carson’s death. But Decker knows the truth: Delaney is drawn to those who are dying, and she would have tried to help Carson. 

Or so Decker believes until a body lies in front of him in a pool of water on his kitchen floor. Until he sees in Delaney’s eyes that she knew this would happen too – and she said nothing. Until he realises it isn’t the lake that is looking for revenge – Delaney is part of someone else’s plan. 

At first I was bit Hesitant about reading vengeance because I loved Fracture, and wasn’t sure how 2nd book would turn out. For a while I didn’t even know if there would be a second book. I decided to check it out, especially once I found out that it’s from Decker’s point of view. Ever since Delaney fell through ice in first book I was curious what Decker thought about that, how he felt about it. I liked this book, there was quite few parts that I enjoyed and found myself observed in, curious about but I was bit disappointed, it wasn’t what I thought it would be. I loved Decker in the first book, he was sweet and always there for Delaney no matter what. In vengeance from moment that he and Delaney broke up, he annoyed me. There were parts in the book that I just wanted talk some sense into him. He used be one of my favorite characters, now not so much. 

What annoyed me most about Decker is how he treated Deleaney when she didn’t tell him about his father’s death, how he acted that she was one who killed him. Didn’t he think that maybe there were reason that she didn’t tell him? Though I can understand why he acted that way, he felt betrayed by the person he loved. However that doesn’t give him right to act way he did. Honestly I don’t know how Delaney forgave him, I know that I wouldn’t be able to. I would never let anyone get away with treating me like that. She must really love him. He broke up with her then became acting possessive if she even tried talk to someone, I don’t know how she put up with him or why she want someone like that back. I didn’t like how Decker changed because it got harder for me to like him. 

However I did enjoy the mystery aspect of the novel, when Decker’s house got flooded, when Tara ended up in the Lake after drinking. It does make the reader wonder : Is there really a curse? Who will it take first? Of course the way that Tara ended up in Lake had me suspicious, I knew that there has to be someone behind it. I did like how Delaney and Decker teamed up to try figure out what was going on. I never thought it be Janna who flood Decker’s house, but her brother died and she thought everyone forgot about him. She wanted revenge. She wanted people to remember but I think she went bit out of control. Those parts had me on edge of my seat, wondering what’s going to happen next. If anyone else end up dead before the end of the book. 

I didn’t think it was a bad book, I did enjoy it. However I think Fracture would been fine without a sequel. It does have quite bit of mystery added to it and bit drama. If you wonder what happened with everyone after Fracture, you should give it a try.

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