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Publisher's Note:  

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 the one person who’s ever been able to melt her defenses. Liv’s only friend at Wickham, fellow scholarship kid Gabe Nichols, warns her not to get involved, but life is finally going Liv’s way, and all she wants to do is enjoy the ride.  

But Liv’s bliss is doomed. Weeks after arriving, she is viciously murdered and, in death, she discovers that she’s the latest victim of a dark conspiracy that has claimed many lives. Cursed with the ability to see the many ghosts on Wickham’s campus, Gabe is now Liv’s only link to the world of the living. To Malcolm.
 
Together, Liv, Gabe, and Malcolm fight to expose the terrible truth that haunts the halls of Wickham. But Liv must fight alone to come to grips with the ultimate star-crossed love.



Liv, Forever

by Amy Talkington

Review Date:
08/30/2014

Recommended Age:
16+

Overall Rating:
****1/2

Profanity / Language Rating:
****

Violence / Gore Rating:
******

Sex / Nudity Rating:
*****

Overall Review:  

I don't know what it is with me lately, but somehow all the books I have been reading have the main themes of teens, bullying, and murder. They've all been surprisingly good books, so I am not complaining, but this isn't a conscious effort on my part to be macabre. It's just happening. And oddly enough, I like it. The books I have been devouring lately have been dark, twisted, and deeply psychological. The characters within them are all battling something inside themselves, which I can closely relate to.

 

The main character, Liv, is an easily likeable person who has been through a lot in her life. But what she has been through inspires her to make beautfiul portraits, which in turn, helps her get a scholarship to a prestigious school. Liv is a lot like me--friendly and kind, but a bit of an introvert. To fit in at her new school she knows she has to open up and make friends, but past events have caused her to be cautious. When she finally does find someone to befriend, she begins to wonder if her choices she tried so hard to make wisely will come back to haunt her.

 

The clever title and eye-catching font on the cover of this book helped to draw me in, and then the fact that it was also available as an audiobook. At first I was a little confused, because the book begins with an introduction that is set in the past, and then skips to present day in the first chapter. Once I got past he first few chapters though, I understood what was going on and was able to sit back and enjoy this story. If you're ready for a spooky story to get you in the mood for Halloween (a bit early, but if Wal-Mart can do it, I can!) then Liv, Forever might be just the book to read.


Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language:  3 religious exclamations; 5 mild obscenities; 2 derogatory names; 4 scatological words; 3 anatomical terms.

 

Violence/Gore:  Bullying is mentioned and displayed several times; several brief scenes involving a young girl with slit wrists and a bit of blood are mentioned; a character is mentioned to have died from a head wound; methods of murder and suicide are mentioned and discussed several times; in one briefly descriptive scene a character is killed with a knife, blood is mentioned; several frightening scenes involving ghosts, pranks, and dark woods are mentioned; death from a drug overdose is mentioned

 

Sex/Nudity:  Minors kiss several times; one non-sexual depiction of a bare-chested boy is mentioned; sex is referenced two times; one brief scene involving a minor-aged boy and girl and nudity is mentioned.



Mature Subject Matter:  

Bullying, murder, suicide, death.



Alcohol / Drug Use:  

A girl is mentioned to overdose on LSD; minors drink; minors smoke.



Reviewed By Lydia
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