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Dreaming Darkly

3.43  ·  Rating details ·  251 ratings  ·  80 reviews
Ivy Bloodgood’s mother is dead, and she should probably be sad about it. But she isn’t. Myra Bloodgood was confusing mix of protective and abusive, a manipulative personality who never told the truth—about where she came from, who Ivy’s father was, or why they were living their lives on the run.

Now that Ivy has been sent to Darkhaven, an island off the New Engl
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published April 9th 2019 by Katherine Tegen Books
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This sort of synopsis is exactly the sort of thing I love to read so I was all in.

I liked Ivy. She’s resilient and tough, but secretly a marshmallow. Doyle and Valerie and Betty were all great secondary characters I loved the (mostly) supportive female relationships.

Plot wise, it was okay. It started out strong, but my interest quickly started to fade once I realized that I was more than half way through and nothing had really happened. The explanation slash reveal was sort of lacking; however
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
Mar 21, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
3.5 stars

Ivy Bloodgood is aged beyond her seventeen years thanks to a rough childhood with a mentally ill mom with a transient lifestyle.  
Ivy is shocked to learn after her mother's suicide the surprising secrets that were kept from her; most of all that she has an uncle Simon on Darkhaven, an island off the coast of Maine, living in the crumbling Bloodgood mansion.  Her mother's childhood home will now become her own.
As soon as Ivy steps foot on Darkhaven there is a sens
alana ♡
Aug 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: from-publisher
"And I tell you, death will come for you three times. Once in your past and twice more in your future."

tw: mention of suicide, abuse, attempted murder (by drowning), murder

Looking for an underrated creepy read to add to your ever growing TBR this month? Well, here's one for you. Dreaming Darkly is a mysterious, dark, gothic read, about a young girl piecing together her past and the dangerous secrets her family carries when she gets shipped back to an island her family grew up on called Darkhaven. A
Apr 03, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
3.5 stars

Gothic mystery novels are a favorite of mine, and Dreaming Darkly is an eerie novel that, albeit a bit predictable and dramatic at times, was an exciting read overall.

After the death of Ivy's mother, she's sent back to her family's old manor on a private island off the coast of Maine. When she gets there, she finds that not everything and everyone is at it seems, and strange dreams start feeling a bit too real. I found this story really intriguing from the very first page.
Jun 25, 2019 rated it liked it
It was ok, I guess. Some things were really predictable, and the rhythm was kind of slow at times, which is why I don't rate it with 4 ⭐ It was an interesting mystery, though. Different that the typical YA mysteries. ...more
Julia (ten_thousand_books)

Ivy Bloodgood’s mother is dead, and she should probably be sad about it.
But she isn’t. Mariah Bloodgood was a confusing mix of protective and abusive, a manipulative personality who never told the truth- about where she came from, who Ivy’s father was, or why they were living their lives on the run.
Now that Ivy has been sent to Darkhaven, an island off the New England coast, to live with a rich uncle she didn’t know existed, she is forced to reckon with her mother’s past.
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: librarybooks
When Ivy's mom dies, she moves to Maine to go live with her mysterious Uncle Simon Bloodgood and his mean housekeeper Mrs Mccloud. It is only when she stays there that something dark and sinister is lurking in the shadows and driving her mad. Can Ivy survive in time before its too late? Read on and find out for yourself.

This was a pretty good but creepy YA horror thriller. If you enjoy these types of stories, be sure to look for this book at your local library and wherever books are
Sep 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A clever, dark thriller that kept me up until the wee hours, never guessing how the end would turn out!

Reeling from the death of her mother, Ivy Bloodgood is sent to a private island off of Maine to live with Simon, her mom’s younger brother.

The mystery of Darkhaven, the family manor, and Ivy’s own bloodline, is wrapped in layers of secrets and lies. But one thing is certain, madness runs in their genes, as evidenced by her mother and grandmother’s suicides.

So is Ivy cra
John Clark
Aug 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I tend to look more carefully at books set in Maine as I live there. aside from a bit of geography shifting and one gotcha that slipped by the editors, this is a very satisfying read with two appealing main characters, a female friend with very relatable flaws and a plot that unwinds in a most satisfying manner.
Finn Longman
This was ... pretty compelling, I guess, and intensely creepy in places. I didn't love how it handled mental illness in general, even if the plot resolution went in a better direction than it might have done from that point of view. I mostly enjoyed the style, and found it atmospheric and engaging, but my overall impression was a little mixed.
*Source* Publisher
*Genre* Young Adult, Thriller, Suspense
*Rating* 3.5


Dreaming Darkly is a story about cursed families, dead bodies, feuding neighbors, and scary mansions that hold all sorts of mysteries. 16-year old Ivy Bloodgood (will be 17 during the story) has just lost her mother, and now finds herself on a creepy island called Darkhaven along with an uncle she's never known, a house keeper who is straight out of a creepy horror novel, a mansion
Jun 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was so well written! I enjoyed this gothic horror book so much. It spooked me a couple times and considering the book I read before this one it blew it out of the water.
Aug 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, arcs, 2018-reads
*3.5 stars*

Family secrets and hidden treasure lurk in the shadows of this small island town setting up a gothic style mystery with deadly consequences.

“Dreaming Darkly” brings Ivy to a small island off the coast of Maine where she is to live with her Uncle after her mother’s suicide but things quickly unravel as she learns of a longstanding curse upon the family and a bloody feud that goes back generations with the neighbors and it doesn’t take long before she’s confronted with the horrors of
Extending my deepest gratitude to Edelweiss and Katherine Tegen Books for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review. However, this does not affect any opinions or feedback stated concerning the book whatsoever.


Well, at least, in my opinion. This book is way better than what I expected it to be; gritty, surprising, heartrending, mind-boggling and overall phenomenal. I seriously had no love of and expectation from this before I started spending my/>A
Kathy Martin
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After her mother's suicide, sixteen-year-old Ivy Bloodgood finds herself on a small island in Maine living with an uncle she didn't know she had. First thing she's told is to stay on the Bloodgood part of the island and leave the Ramsey part of the island alone. But then she meets Doyle Ramsey. He is someone she can talk to when things are getting scary and creepy with her uncle.

Ivy is having hallucinations - seeing strange things, finding dead bodies and bones - and is told that she
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ebook, galley-arc, ya
Thank you to Edelweiss for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Ivy Bloodgood has had it rough. She and her mother,Mayra, never stayed in one place for long; stealing and scamming what they needed to survive before moving on. Not to mention the fact that her mother once tried to kill her. When Ivy walks into their most recent space and sees that Mayra has killed herself, she's not really surprised. After all, she had serious issues.

Ivy is sent to
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5 stars
Alis Meece
May 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book. It was a quicker read that left me guessing into fairly far in to the book. The main characters were likeable and I found myself rooting for them and the forbidden love troupe. I loved the growth/character arc from beginning to end. I loved the mystery and suspence mixed with the paranormal. Would definitely recommend this standalone read.
Celia McMahon
Thank you to Edelweiss and Harper for the e-arc.

3 stars.

Ivy is brought to the small island of Darkhaven after her mother's suicide. She discovers a curse on her family that spans decades and things start to awry as secrets are uncovered and relationships severed.

I'm a fan of girl on a small island type books. I mean, how can you not be? Things always seem to go all nutty. It makes me think that I need to visit some cursed and thinly populated island. Who knows what stori
May 06, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019-reads
This book, was very strangely, a few books I did not like added into one with a plot I’m 100% intrigued in.

While reading this book, I was reminded of many books I did not like. There were a lot of similarities and problems I had with the book that I did others. But, I was able to overlook most of that to somewhat enjoy this book, so I’m not going to point them out.

Except for one...

One of my (main) problems with this book was the character, Ivy. Before I mention any speci
Colleen M. Thompson

This book began as a supernatural thriller. Ivy was a broken thing whose mother had tried to drown her as a young tot. Tragic. Melancholy. Dark. However; when her mother takes her own life, Ivy is sent back to the family home - well, manor really - on the mysterious island of Darkhaven in Maine. The backdrop was beautifully written and I truly felt transported to this mopey, dreary little fishing town in the chilling, damp corner of Mai
I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Ivy's short life has been an endless string of tragedies, culminating with the suicide of her unstable and perpetually adrift mother. At only 16 Ivy is forced to relocate to Maine to live with the uncle she's never met in the Bloodgood manor, a towering, once regal, manse slowly crumbling into the churning sea. However, the few inhabitants of Darkhaven Island are haunted by their pasts and a terrible, hate-fueled feud linger
Aug 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: age-ya, 2019, horror
Ivy has mixed feelings when her mother kills herself - mostly because, when Ivy was younger, her mother tried to kill her. Now Ivy's being sent to live with an uncle she never knew she had, on an island off of the coast of Maine. There are only two families who live on the island: the Bloodgoods (Ivy's family) and the Ramseys, and the two families do not get along, not since one of the Bloodgood ancestors murdered a whole bunch of the Ramsey family. As Ivy tries to figure out why she's not supposed ...more
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Dreaming Darkly did score well as far as the creep-factor, but you have to suspend some disbelief.

Seventeen-year-old Ivy's mother has committed suicide. She doesn't feel like she's lost much since she and her mother had a hard life, and at one point, her mother had tried to kill Ivy. For real. Ivy is surprised that she has an uncle who lives off the coast of Maine in a huge house on an island. She goes to live with him and plans to just bide her time until her 18th birthday when she
May 17, 2019 rated it really liked it

Dark, intense and utterly twisted, Dreaming Darkly is a gothic mystery filled with twists and turns that wind throughout the pages, leaving readers trying to discover which truth is reality and which truth is created solely in the mind. Dreaming Darkly, has an unrelenting hold that takes its readers into the powerful bond behind keeping secrets to the grave. With a strong main character that is intense, unique and independent, Ivy’s storyline and inner struggle clears the way to a character that
Creepy fun! I thoroughly enjoyed Dreaming Darkly by Caitlin Kittredge!
Ivy’s mother recently committed suicide, so she’s going to live on the island of Darkhaven with her Uncle Simon and his housekeeper. Ivy soon learns about the Bloodgood family curse from the only other people living on the island, the Ramsey family. Veronica, the housekeeper, later explains the curse to Ivy. Uncle Simon also tells Ivy about the murders her great grandfather committed. He killed an entire household leavin
Apr 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
I received this as an eARC through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.

After Ivy Bloodgood’s neglectful mother has died, she is sent to live with a long lost uncle in the family’s manor. Ivy is not used to being taken care of, so she is hopeful about the connection that she can build with her uncle. Ivy’s family shares their island with another family and the two have been at odds for years. Ivy was expressly forbidden to befriend the family’s son, who is her age. However, the
Marnie Allen
May 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It was a fast paced story with lots of schemes and secrets and basically had me on the edge of my seat the entire time. The characters were very lovable and the plot was fantastic. However, just like every other book out there, there were some things I didn't enjoy.

My biggest problem was the writing. Kittredge (the author) was originally a comic book writer and I could tell when her comic book style writing took over. There were many instances where scenes w
Alrighty then... Lemme just say that this is a book that made me feel like my family is absolutely normal and that’s saying a LOT.

This book didn’t quite hit the mark for me. There were too many things that were too obvious and that just made the book go by super slow. Yeah, yeah... I know. I’m a needy b**ch when it comes to books. However, I can truthfully say that there are some things that took me completely by surprise and I think that those are the things that helped me along with finishing
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