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Liv, Forever

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  1,922 ratings  ·  428 reviews
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 t
Hardcover, 280 pages
Published March 11th 2014 by Soho Teen
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Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies
"’s a name, a verb, a command. A notion of mortality. That’s a name ripe for some epic poetry. If I could write, I’d write you one, a poem.”
In YA literature, I often find myself wishing I could kill the main character.

This book did me a favor: it DID kill off the main character. Sadly, it didn't help. My headache persisted.

You see, the girl still lives on, as an extremely irritating ghost, a tiresome, ceaselessly self-centered narrator.

This book is categorized as "paranormal" only by
Mary Summer
Jan 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved LIV, FOREVER. The best way I can think of to describe the experience of reading it is to compare it to savoring a luscious piece of exquisite dark chocolate. It’s rich, it’s multilayered, and it has a bittersweetness that will bite you back in all the best ways. If you like tantalizing ghost stories, mysterious secret societies, heroes that tear at your heart, and gorgeous prose, then you need this book.
May 01, 2014 rated it did not like it
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Loved it…heart stopping and emotional with a little excitement in it as well. Talkington I love your writing and I love your mind. This book was so much and so many emotions came out while reading it. I am not sure how to explain it but its SO good a MUST read of 2014!

When the most unbelievable things happens to Liv Bloom after only being in her new school for a short time things will never be the same. She has fallen in love with the one boy she never thought would be her first love, Malcolm, b
Jessica Woodbury
Torn. Really torn.
I think this is a great mystery YA entry with a paranormal element. Fancy boarding school, misfit scholarship student, secret societies, star-crossed romance, ghosts, it's all there. I read it in one sitting.

But it lacks the kind of depth that really good YA has and that can turn it into a crossover appeal novel that adults will want to read as well. Liv is not much more than a cipher and everyone else stays mostly in the realm of caricature. It's fun and interesting and the pl
Jaime (Two Chicks on Books)
Feb 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wow that was awesome!!!! But my heart hurts soooo bad! I don't think I've ever cried so much in a book! I almost wish there was going to be more. Almost! ...more
Kristia Seabolt
Jan 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, advanced-copy
Brutally tragic, yet beautifully, poetically so!

*full review to come*
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this ghost tale that that incorporated some romance and humor in a sad tale.

The story had a nice flow and fast pace that kept me curious to the end as mysteries should do.

The characters were developed and portrayed well. Each ghost embodied their time periods and plight with interesting descriptions.

Loved how the concept of ghosts and ghostly doings was presented. This story got me thinking as to whether or not I would ever want to be contacted by a ghost. Still thinking on it.
Jen Klein
Nov 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful and haunting ('cause it's about a ghost -- see how I did that?!).

No, really. It's lovely, just lovely. I finished reading the ARC while multi-tasking in the kitchen, stirring spicy chicken soup, and it had me all kinds of teary.

FULL DISCLOSURE -- I am going to be published by Soho Teen which is why I had an ARC... and reading LIV made me super happy and proud to be in the same sisterhood as the talented Amy Talkington.
Feb 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fantastic read. Love everything about this book especially all the characters. In the end this book is a short quick read that intrigues and is a defendant page turner you wont want to put it down.
Caitlyn McGinn
Dec 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A heart warming/chilling story about a teenage girl growing up after she's done growing older. Part murder mystery, part campus thriller, part romance, part buddy comedy, this book has so many things to draw someone in, but it is Liv who kept me reading. She's a strong, female character who is a little prickly, but is very sweet and has a strong sense of agency which many YA (and adult) novels seem to skip over. Amy Talkington expertly gives every character personality, depth, and a reason to be ...more
Erica Alyson
Feb 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Liv, Forever is a fast past interesting read. Liv finally got everything she wanted. She has a school with an art studio and everything. She came from a foster home and is finally on her own. She meets a guy she likes and has a great time with but before she knows it she is dead. She doesn't know who did it but in dead she can see all the other ghost at her school and realizes something isn't right.

Gabe can see ghost so he helps her along with Malcom the guy she was taken from too soon. They fin
Jessica Jett
Edit: Updated Review 3/02/14

I received this book through Goodreads First Reads in exchange for an honest review.

I took a few days to write my actual review, I wanted to allow myself the time to write a review worthy of this novel.

Liv, Forever is a book that either you find enchanting or wordy. I, myself, belong to the former. I found it beautifully descriptive.

The main protagonist, Olivia 'Liv' Bloom, is an aspiring artist with permanent ink stains on her hands who lands an art scholarship to
Mar 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
****Wow. Just wow. This one was so good guys. So good! I cannot wait to share my review with you all!*** - Updated review Below

Originally posted at The Passionate Bookworms Along with a giveaway active until March 31st 2014 !!

Where do I even begin with this one..

When I got the request for the blog tour my first thought was ” Boarding school? Ghosts? .. YES PLEASE!” It helped that the cover was just stunning and intriguing and I could not pass it up. That decision was the best one I could have m
Marianne (Boricuan Bookworms)
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Liv, Forever captivated me in the prologue because it was suspenseful and gosh, it started off with a murder! I am not psychotic in any way (I hope), but when a book starts off with a murder, you know it means business.

Sadly, I think that’s the most amazing part of the book.

After this, we’re introduced to Liv Bloom, a scholarship student at Wickham Hall that just wants to escape the foster system. Liv is different than everyone else, because she’s not rich, nor
Dec 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Love. Murder. Mystery. Ghosts. Heartache.

My heart aches after reading Liv's story... This is by far one of the best books I have read in a very long time. And will also be one of the most memorable ones. One that I will remember and carry with me for forever... which is rare for me. Usually books that affect me so much are stories that are based on true events, and clearly, this story isn't. But it feels like it was... oh, and the writing! The writing is impeccable! The characters are amazing, h
Sara Grochowski
Artist Liv Bloom never imagined she'd find a place at the exclusive Wickham Hall, but her promising talent earns her one of the few scholarship openings, complete with room and board, her very own stocked studio, a possibly crazy new friend, and the interest of charming legacy student, Malcolm Astor. Sure, Wickham Hall is a bit odd, with its secret societies, rumored hauntings, and snobby cliques, but its all worth it. Things couldn't possibly get better for Liv... but they could get a lot worse ...more
Lenore Appelhans
Nov 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Even though our main character Liv is murdered halfway in, LIV, FOREVER turns out to be quite a fun and moving novel.

Liv is a new “scolly” (scholarship) student at the prestigious Wickham Hall, admitted due to her promising art portfolio. Though most of the students ignore her, Liv becomes friends with Gabe, a fellow “scolly” who claims that ghosts are talking to him (and the reader knows he’s right thanks to the passages where the ghosts – all female “scollys” – tell us how they died in gruesom
Feb 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
I received this book for free from Goodreads First Reads to review.

Wow. So bear with me as I attempt to stop my horrendous amount of sobbing enough to sit down and write this review. Liv, Forever by author Amy Talkington was an captivating book and after about page 90 I was glued to its pages and couldn't put it down until I finished. From it's wonderful love of art and artists, ghostly creepiness, Gothic undertones, and VERY different kind of love story this book was not one to miss.

Liv is an
nancy (The Ravenous Reader)
Feb 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Hauntingly beautiful with a richly descriptive narrative that will leave you aching for more.

When I finished reading LIV, FOREVER I was left swimming in a myriad of emotions that I could not immediately categorize. My heart felt heavy but all I wanted to do was return to this book and re-read the passages that seemed to own my soul. I could not have asked for a more amazing read for it was the perfect combination of brutal darkness and haunting love and It completely surprised me but in a very
Celine Garcia
Mar 12, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I knew going into this haunting book by Amy Talkington that it was sure to be a thriller. I was not prepared to be afraid to read this book alone at night. There are so many intruiging things about this story that had me hooked. I genuinely felt for Liv, Malcolm and Gabe because they are written empathetically solid. Liv and Malcolm had and intimate sentiment of their feelings for each that was hands down beautiful and most important, original. That’s what I loved about the book; all the beautif ...more
Kelly Hager
Mar 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book. When I read the synopsis, I thought I knew exactly how this story would go, but it was completely unexpected in all the best ways.

It may seem like this is a little busy, plot-wise (secret societies! boarding school! love! LOVE! LOVE!) but everything blends together perfectly.

I immediately loved Liv. She's smart and artistic and guarded, but not overly sarcastic. That's a hard line to walk, right? But Amy Talkington did it very well.

I hate that this book isn't on mor
Hey, this book prompted me to create a shelf called 'why did i read this.'

Because. If mediocre, formulaic, vaguely-misogynist, hetero-romancey ya novels were a guilty pleasure of mine, I could definitely justify reading them. But they're not?? I didn't enjoy this at all? Why did I read this???
Mar 06, 2014 rated it it was ok
"'s a name, a verb, a command. A notion of mortality. That's a name ripe for some epic poetry."

So, I'm a girl that judges a book by it's cover alone. And based on this cover (and that synopsis) I was totally set for a great spooky 'haunted' boarding school type story. I was ready for fear and supernatural and a lot of sleuthing to solve the crimes.

Instead...I was bored. It was a lackluster beginning with an odd dance that the "coolest" guy suddenly chose the girl not normally chosen (and
Alec Meade
Oct 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The complexity of the mystery of this book is incredible. It incorporates traditions from ancient cultures and brings it completely to life in the world of the creepy, cold elite boarding school. The history is just so, so well done. I read this book because I wanted to get into another ghost romance. But this was so much more than that. I'm going to read it again. Every time I even think about it, I realize there are three more things that I didn't even catch the first time through. ...more
A. Rolland
Mar 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Boarding school, mystery, murder, and secrets - this one was a lot of fun. I loved the art references, and the prose made it such an enjoyable read. My favorite part was definitely the ghosts.

Mar 17, 2014 rated it really liked it
*Also posted at Oops! I Read A Book Again*

Thank you to Pinoy Book Tours for organizing the tour and to Soho Teen and Edelweiss for granting me a review copy. This in no way affected my views of the novel.

Holy cow, was that great or was that great? Yeah I know, I got you there. Because there are too many reasons why you need to read LIV, FOREVER, I will narrow it down to eight (that IS narrowed down already) so you can read for yourself what you've been missing on.

Eight Reasons Why You Need to Re
Van (Short & Sweet Reviews)
Mar 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Disclosure: I received a review copy form the publicist in exchange for a honest review.

Liv, Forever was one of my most anticipated books out this year, and I’m happy to say it did not disappoint! When I first heard of Liv, Forever I was immediately intrigued by the synopsis and excited by the cover. I am a sucker for boarding school novels...and this one is with ghosts! Double win. I thought I knew what to expect when starting Liv, Forever…but there was so much more to the synopsis! Liv, Foreve
Jan 28, 2014 rated it really liked it
Liv, Forever has a beautiful cover, a synopsis that has you itching for more, and the added bonus of having the main character be dead near the beginning of the novel. But do all of these things, with the added bonus of secret societies and ghosts make Liv, Forever a great novel?

In some ways, yes. I liked reading Liv, Forever and I thought it was a pretty good debut novel for Amy Takington. Was it perfect and mind blowing? Unfortunately, no. The main problem I had with the novel was Liv Bloom, w
Nov 12, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Review posted at Amaterasu Reads

My reaction when I reached the last page: &^@%!$@#^+*~~!!!!
And then I threw my Kindle across the room.

I have never been in despair ever while reading a book as much as I was when I was reading Amy Talkington's Liv, Forever. I will not even provide a summary, just take a look at what's pasted before this review started.

I will coherently try to explain why I love this book, because I REALLY loved it. From the bottom of my heart kind of love.

From the moment I've read
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Amy Talkington is an award-winning screenwriter and director living in Los Angeles. Before all that she wrote about music for magazines like Spin, Ray Gun, Interview, and Seventeen (mostly just as a way to get to hang out with rock stars). As a teenager in Dallas, Texas, Amy painted lots of angsty self-portraits, listened to The Velvet Underground and was difficult enough that her parents finally ...more

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