ABOUTLIV, FOREVER is talkington's first novel, published by soho teen in march 2014.
SYNOPSISWhen 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.
PRAISEselected as an "amazon best book of the month" march, 2014
nominated, Best Fiction for Young Adults List, YALSA, november, 2014
"Amy unravels an inventive ghost mythology in her freshman novel, 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, Fright Night and I Am Number Four
LIV,FOREVER has been named a Junior Library Guild Selection for 2014.
"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."
- , author of Anna Dressed in Blood
"I just inhaled it. What a cool ghost story, what a brilliant idea, to torch all that skull and bones nonsense with a supernatural blast of feminist rage. The writing was nimble and heartfelt, its knowledge of what it means to be different, to have imagination, rich and deep. I love Amy Talkington's mind, and I love Liv Bloom. May she live forever."
- , New York Times bestselling author of The Luxe series
"Amy Talkington paints an unforgettable tale that is both spine-chilling and heartwarming. Readers will die for Liv."
- , New York Times best selling author of the Ghost Girl series
"Secret societies and spectres, two things I love. Liv, Forever is spooky, sexy, strange and shocking. A great read."
- , author of The Boyfriend List and The Disreputable History of Frankie Landau-Banks
"Amy Talkington expertly layers powerful visuals and references from all of art history to create an eerie, moving and authentic story of a young artist."
- , artist, author and renowned illustrator
"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!"
- , 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."
- , fine artist and celebrity photographer
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