Liv, Forever (Hardcover)

By Amy Talkington

Soho Teen, 9781616953225, 272pp.

Publication Date: March 11, 2014

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Description

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.


About the Author

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.


Praise For Liv, Forever

Praise for Liv, Forever

"[Talkington's work exhibits] a sly, caustic sense of humor, a playfulness that can go dark fast."
—Dallas Morning News

“A privileged boarding school setting, a sinister secret society, and a sweet romance that transcends even death... a pitch perfect paranormal.”
—Justine Magazine

"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

“[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

"This quirky love story will appeal to teens who enjoy a good ghost story."
—VOYA Magazine

"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 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

"Amy unravels an inventive ghost mythology in Liv, Forever. A passionate love story with an intelligent sense of humor that cuts through a dark and insidious plot... A must-read." 
Marti Noxon Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Glee, Mad Men, I Am Number Four

"Amy Talkington's Liv, Forever is that special kind of story that manages to be both morbid and sweet. 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 

"I inhaled Liv, Forever. The writing is nimble and heartfelt, as is its knowledge of what it means to be different and to have imagination, rich and deep. I love Amy Talkington's mind, and I love Liv Bloom."
—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

"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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