Liv, Forever

Liv, Forever

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This debut ghostly romance, set at a sinister boarding school, is "spooky, sexy, strange, and shocking," says Printz and National Book Award finalist E. Lockhart. When Liv Bloom lands an art scholarship at Wickham Hall, she's thrilled. The school's traditions and rituals may be a little strange, but for the first time ever she has her own studio, supplies--everything she could want. Including Malcolm Astor, a legacy student with his own art obsession. Liv's defenses melt, despite warnings from fellow scholarship kid Gabe Nichols not to get involved with Malcom. But her bliss is doomed; weeks after arriving, Liv is viciously murdered. Gabe, the only one who can see her, is now her sole link to the world of the living. Together, Liv, Gabe, and Malcolm fight to expose the terrible truth that haunts the halls of Wickham.
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 284 pages
  • 144 x 216 x 25.65mm | 427g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1616953225
  • 9781616953225
  • 1,376,175

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Praise for Liv, Forever

"Secret societies and specters: two things I love. Liv, Forever is spooky, sexy, strange and shocking. A great read."
--E. Lockhart, Prinz honoree, NBA finalist, and author of We Were Liars "A passionate love story with an intelligent sense of humor . . . A must-read."
--Marti Noxon, producer/writer on Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Glee, and I Am Number Four

"It's romantic, it's gruesome and you won't want it to end. Two severed thumbs up."
--Kendare Blake, author of Anna Dressed in Blood and Antigoddess "Nimble and heartfelt, with knowledge rich and deep of what it means to be different."
--Anna Godbersen, New York Times bestselling author of The Luxe "Amy Talkington paints an unforgettable tale that is both spine-chilling and heartwarming. Readers will die for Liv."
--Tonya Hurley, New York Times bestselling author of the Ghost Girl series "A privileged boarding school setting, a sinister secret society, and a sweet romance that transcends even death . . . A pitch-perfect paranormal."
--Justine Magazine "[Liv's death] should come as no surprise--and yet, somehow, it does . . . The story, a romance meets ghost story meets mystery, is well written and authentic."
--Cleveland Plain Dealer "[Talkington's work exhibits] a sly, caustic sense of humor, a playfulness that can go dark fast."
--Dallas Morning News "This quirky love story will appeal to teens who enjoy a good ghost story."
--VOYA Magazine "[Liv, Forever's] gothic feel is what sets it apart from other boarding school stories, in addition of course, to the mystery at its heart . . . A ghost story, a love story, and a tragedy."
--BookTrib "A snappy mystery . . . [and a] fast-paced story."
--Booklist "Think Ghost meets The Sixth Sense, acted by the Brat Pack . . . relentlessly visual."
--Publishers Weekly "An interesting mix of paranormal fiction, mystery, and romance . . . Liv is a likable outsider whose lack of understanding of [Wickham Hall's] traditions should resonate with readers who've ever felt like they don't quite fit in."
--School Library Journal "Hits plenty of buttons for school-conspiracy and romance fans . . . The narrator-as-ghost adds an interesting twist."
--Kirkus Reviews

"A smart and emotionally affecting detective story . . . A must-read for anyone looking for a smart paranormal thriller with emotional depth."
--Reviewing the Evidence "For your vicarious (read: imaginary) spring break . . . Order now."
--Daily Candy Dallas "A ghost story overflowing with a creepy school, a mysterious society, and a love that just seems impossible . . . Liv, Forever is an extremely hard book to put down."
--Fresh Fiction "A spooky conspiracy and a prestigious boarding school. It's elementary, dear readers, why this is a match made in heaven . . . Somebody set up the Ouija Board and bust out the candles."
--Forever YA "Liv, Forever delivers gothic romance with Joss Whedon-esque delight. A meta-ghost story that will keep your blood chilled through the very last page!"
--Lex Hrabe, co-author of the Quarantine series "Liv and Malcolm are the ultimate star-crossed artists--bound by a love of Banksy and Bon Iver, but separated by death."
--Jill Greenberg, fine artist and celebrity photographer "Does a great job of expressing what it's like to be different through her various characters, while reminding us that things--and people--are not always what they seem . . . A wonderful read."
--Crimespree Magazine "Fresh and intelligent."
--Annie Curtis, Youth Services Librarian, Gallatin, TN
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About Amy Talkington

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.
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Rating details

1,899 ratings
3.65 out of 5 stars
5 23% (443)
4 34% (648)
3 30% (564)
2 10% (181)
1 3% (63)

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I never know what to expect when there are ghosts and mystery involved in books, but I certainly didn't expect to love Liv, Forever as much as I did. It was a dark but fun and heartwarming read - one that I will surely revisit in the future. Liv is a very likable main character. She's honest and spunky, and her love for art is just contagious. So I really pitied her when she was killed because, getting into Wickham Hall and a step further away from her old foster care life, she had only been starting to feel like her life was beginning. I did question one line of her thinking, though: if you were a ghost, wouldn't one of your first thoughts be to talk to other ghosts in the vicinity? To get over your fear of them because, hey, you're one of them now, and to ask if they any inkling of who killed you? Good thing Liv had Gabe, the only platonic relationship she made during her short life in Wickham Hall. Gabe could see and hear ghosts, and although this gift/curse did nothing but adorably scare him, it sure came in handy when Liv died because he was her only link to the living world. Being dead, Liv was surprisingly short on abilities, so she needed help if she were to solve the mystery behind hers and the many other deaths in her new school. And then there was Malcolm, the golden boy who didn't quite love his easy, privileged life. Malcolm and Liv fell in love in the little time they spent together, and, honestly, at first I rolled my eyes at them. I didn't think they could be real, you know? The boy seemed too good to be true, so for the most part I kept suspecting him of being part of something horrible and I just wanted to scream at Liv to not trust him. But in due time, their relationship grew on me and pinched at my heart because he couldn't even hear her. The feels. The pain. I had a hard time putting this book down when I had to because the mystery behind the killings at Wickham Hall was morbidly fascinating. Everyone was a suspect in my eyes, and I enjoyed watching Liv, Gabe, and Malcolm working together to uncover the identity of Liv's killer. They were a weird bunch, indeed - a dead girl, an outcast, and the popular guy - but that dynamic only made them more interesting. I was so nervous that the author would escalate things to love triangle levels, but thankfully, that didn't happen. Liv, Forever is like a captivating painting: every line will keep you looking until you realize you've seen it all. Art lovers will appreciate the plentiful art references in this book, but prepare your heart for the bittersweet ending - more bitter than sweet, really, but inevitable and satisfying, nonetheless. MY FAVORITE PART was Liv and Malcolm drawing together on the glass :cshow more
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