Saturday, August 9, 2014

Liv, Forever by Amy Talkington was a fabulous debut mystery novel.

Olivia Bloom is a new student at Wickham Hall. She's there on an art scholarship, but she already feels out of place. She accidentally befriends a boy who claims to see ghosts, and somehow, the hottest boy in school seems to like her. Of course that's all going to change when she dies.

Talkington strikes the perfect balance between dark fantasy and grim reality. She also manages to capture the voices of more than one character in first person. It's hard to do multiple characters in first person and make them seem unique, but Talkington nails it.

The only part of the story I didn't particularly enjoy was the romance. It obviously took a back seat to the mysterious part of the plot which I appreciated, but it made the romance seem like it was under developed. I didn't believe in the relationship.

Over all, I'd recommend this to fans of ghost stories and murder mysteries.

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