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Dreaming Darkly

3.49  ·  Rating details ·  53 ratings  ·  31 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 England coast, t
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published April 9th 2019 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
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 sense of foreboding.  The cr
Apr 03, 2019 rated it liked it
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
Lenna • Sugar Dusted Pages
I'm to the point in my life when seeing the word Gothic makes me go EERMMERGERRSH YAASSS MY PRECIOUSSS and swoon.
Apr 03, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. Ivy's life w
Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)
It was a quick read, and I did enjoy it.

*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 that is crumbling into the ocean, an
Aug 05, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, 2018-reads, mystery
*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 s
Apr 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 live with the Uncle she
Kathy Martin
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 has a herit
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 stories I could churn out. Iv
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 lingerin
Apr 02, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 can leave. T
Courtney Lavallee
Mar 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Thank you HarperCollins for sending me an arc for an honest read and review.

This book was dark and twisty and amazing.

It took me a bit to get into it, in the beginning I honestly thought it was a book I would end up DNFing.

After the first five ish chapters it got addicting. I couldn't put it down. The plot was so intricate.

The plot twist blew my mind it was unexpected and even darker than I thought.

The characters in here were strong and unique. They seemed almost like a Romeo and Juliet pair.
Feb 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs
Thank you Edelweiss for the ARC. The mystery kept me intrigued from the start, though I wasn't a fan of the characters. Ivy was the cliche beautiful and new girl who wasn't the brightest. Doyle was the cliche hot, bad boy that fell in instant love with Ivy at first sight. The words they exchanged prove it. Lots of Twilight bashing fill these pages, but come on. It's been over 10 years since the books and movie gained popularity. The time has come and gone of ya books bashing Twilight. No, I don' ...more
I usually am not a big fan of reading gothic thrillers. This book was truly riveting in the secrets, murders, and psychological breakdowns that occur on the Darkhaven island. I loved the eerie description of the island and stories about the family's past. The audience questions what is the truth and what is in Ivy's mind. You cannot take things seriously while reading this book. The main character, Ivy, did not give up in hunting down the reason behind her mother's death and didn't care what peo ...more
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This book felt very much like it was caught in the middle. It was really a horror or romance or mystery but feel somewhere in the middle. Also, the characters weren't great but they weren't horrible. The entire thing just kind of somewhere in the middle.

We received eARCs of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, arc
I received a digital ARC of this title from Edelweiss for an honest review.

My previous experience with this author has only been with her Nocturne City series and I LOVED it. I did not, however, really care for this one. I found the entire thing to be mostly silly. The parts where she's actually dreaming, but it's supposed to be real, don't flow very well once she does wake up. There are also major plot holes all over the place. In the end, this one just didn't do it for me.
Nov 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I love a good mystery so I just had to read this one! Caitlin Kittredge does a good job of keeping the reader in the story. It has great twists and a wonderful backdrop to the story. I wished by the end for a little more of something I just couldn't figure out what it was. Dreaming Darkly is a satisfying dark mystery with a little bit of horror mixed in.;)
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dreaming Darkly by Caitlin Kittredge is a dark gothic mystery begins just after Ivy’s mother has committed suicide. With a grandmother who is in an asylum and her mother having tried to kill her, you can’t blame Ivy for not feeling much grief or loss. Nor being shocked to find she has an uncle living on an island off the coast of Maine who is willing to take her in until she is of age.

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Mar 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, arc, fiction
Dreaming Darkly by Caitlin Kittredge is a fast, dark mystery. Ivy Bloodgood returns to the family home she never knew existed after her mother's death where she begins to think that things will never be what they appear. In Darkhaven Ivy begins to doubt her own sanity as well as that of those around her. Less mystical than other reads of hers, Kittredge continues to show a wonderful ability to make the reader question who to trust and add fully human twists.
Apr 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It was so full of crazy twists and turns that I didn’t know where I was going to end up. On top of it being a severe page turner, I felt like we really got to feel for the main character and what she was going through in real time. Every shock that she felt, I felt and it was worth it.
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very gothic. Well done
Mar 31, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5 stars
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2.5 Rating: Ivy Bloodgood's mother just died leaving Ivy to face the uncertainty of foster care. But Ivy is saved from the system when her mother's long-lost brother, Simon, appears and claims Ivy before moving her to their private island of the coast of Maine. Once on the island Ivy discovers not everything is like it seems and there are mysteries and unsolved murdered. Ivy soon makes a connection with Doyle, a boy whose
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Mar 31, 2019 marked it as to-read
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