Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Liv Forever Blog Tour Stop and Review!

Today we are an official stop on the Liv Forever Blog Tour! Be sure to check out the great book trailer for this thrilling book, my song pick for Liv Forever and read about the author Amy Talkington below. Let’s get started!

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 beautiful, scary and thrilling moments are weaved together perfectly to provide readers with a truly unforgettable story.

This book needs to be shared because I believe it will entertain a large group of readers. While reading I thought of movies like The Skulls, Stir of Echoes and the book series by Elizabeth Chandler, Kissed by an Angel. The ghosts are beyond creepy yet interesting enough to be captivated by each of their stories. Oh that’s the other kicker in Liv Forever, readers will get to hear from each Wickham ghost that Gabe can see. Talkington writes each story so well that I had scary visuals of each, which was great.



When Liv Bloom lands an art scholarship at Wickham Hall, it’s her ticket out of the foster system. She’s not sure what to make of the school’s weird traditions and rituals, but she couldn’t be happier—especially when Malcolm Astor, fellow artist and scion of one of the school’s original families, sweeps her off her feet.
Fellow scholarship kid Gabe Nichols warns her not to get involved with a “Wicky,” but things are finally going Liv’s way, and all she wants to do is enjoy it.

Liv’s bliss is cut short when she is viciously murdered. In death, she discovers that she’s the latest victim of a dark conspiracy that spans 150 years and many, many lives. Gabe, cursed with the ability to see all of Wickham’s ghosts—some simply sad, some driven violently insane by their plight, and all harboring painful secrets—turns out to be Liv’s only link to the world of the living.

Liv must rely on Gabe’s help to prove to Malcolm that she’s still present, lingering with the other spirits, and on both of them to help her discover what happened to her, and why. Together, Liv, Gabe, and Malcolm fight to expose the terrible truth that haunts the halls of Wickham before more lives are lost.

Liv’s character is lovely because of her passion for art. Her artwork description in the book is unique and had me wanting to see it. She’s pretty much an outsider in the first part of the book and doesn’t desire the spotlight. Her early friendship with Gabe is sweet but blossoms more after her murder. The moment she meets Malcolm is awesome and sets a great pace for the book. It’s never slow and doesn’t have a chance to drag. Liv’s main issue is letting people in because of her past. The message I got from her story was to let love in and welcome it. But Liv also reveals why people may be scared to do so.

Malcolm’s character seemed to take more of a central role because he deals with both Liv and Gabe. It was hard to read the scene when he discovers what happened to Liv, very painful and heartbreaking. One thing readers will never doubt is Malcolm's feelings for Liv. He is dedicated to helping her anyway he can. A lot is asked from Malcolm when Gabe approaches him about Liv being a ghost. His dedication will definitely have readers pushing along to discover the big secret at Wickham Hall.

Oh Gabe, you’re such a great friend. Gabe has his own special sweet place in this thrilling book. I felt so sad for all the things he saw and heard on a daily basis at school. Plus he’s taunted because of it and has no support from faculty at Wickham Hall. I was very protective of Gabe and hope from the bottom of my heart that he is included in a hopeful sequel to Liv Forever or even better, his own book!

Bottom line this book was just awesome. I don’t seek out books that can scare me because I’m a big scaredy cat. Believe me, many people can attest to this fact. I scare very easily. But if I can read this book and come out saying that it’s probably one of the best books I’ve read so far this year, then other scaredy cats like me should give Liv Forever a shot and immediately put this on their reading list. Then be sure to share it!

 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 let her go to boarding school on the East Coast. Liv, Forever is her first novel.

My Song Pick
I'm so glad a video was available with the lyrics to this song. They really do fit Liv and her feelings towards Malcolm perfectly, at least to me. 


1 comment:

  1. love the song! and the review, celine!


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