Thursday, August 15, 2013

Amy's View: Forevermore by Cindy Miles

Forevermore by Cindy Miles
♦publisher: Scholastic Point
♦release date: July 1st, 2013
♦paperback, 288 pages
♦intended audience: Young adult
♦source: ALA midwinter
On a misty cliffside, mystery and romance await. . . .

Ivy Calhoun's life has been turned upside down. Her new stepdad has uprooted Ivy and her mom, bringing them to live in an actual castle in the misty Scottish countryside. There are stone-faced servants and shadowy corridors, and the ancient walls seem full of secrets. Ivy is at once frightened and intrigued.

Especially when she meets Logan, a gorgeous, elusive ghost who has haunted the castle grounds for decades. Ivy is immediately drawn to him . . . but Logan is not the only spirit around. Something dark and deadly is afoot, and soon Ivy finds herself in mortal danger.

Is Logan exactly what he seems? Could his mysterious past be tied to Ivy's present? And can Ivy stop herself from falling in love with him?

Review: Charming and engaging from the very start. Forevermore, gently whisks you away to a land of Scottish mores, creepy resounding castles and stories of old lore. Wrapping you into a short story that sweetly enraptures you, leading into a haunting tale of old ghosts and family secrets. 

 Ivy’s world couldn’t be in more of an upheaval. Her mother remarried a Laird of Scotland and suddenly they are swept off to live in his castle, but not all lives are made of fairytales. Ivy knows life will not be easy the moment they land in the cold damp sunless world of Scotland, still when they pull up to her new home her heart crumbles. Instead of a glorious fairytale castle, a cold dark eerie castle lays before her. Filled with servants, cooks, dinner times with proper etiquette and an evil grandmother whom Ivy knows is out to get her. 

However, the evil grandmother isn’t the bulk of her problems. Ivy feels that there is a presence lurking around the castle and when she goes out to discover the truth,  the truth proves to  be more than she ever thought possible. The stories aren’t old time lore of make-believe ghosts; a real ghost haunts the castle and wants Ivy out, doing anything possible to get her to leave. 

With cursed spells, her mother getting ill and a grandmother lurking in the shadows, Ivy is left to solve the mystery behind the ghost herself. Soon Ivy finds out that confronting the ghost isn’t what she thought it would be, especially when one of the ghosts is a charming, handsome ghost named Logan. As time passes, she realizes that they not only share a beautiful love of music, but of love itself. Forcing them to solve the 200 year old mystery of how Logan became trapped in the castle, and who wants to harm Ivy and her mother. 

Cindy Miles is a magical story teller, who weaves a young adult book so pure and beautiful that fans of all ages will be swept away to the Scottish castle of Glenmorrag.  I found myself unable to put down this book as its enchanting spell glimmered within its pages. I was quickly caught up within the intrigue and romance between Ivy and Logan, rooting for love to find a way for these two to be together. Characters are gently woven into the storyline where each one easily finds their own place, without distracting or overwhelming from their purpose. Cindy Miles artfully enthralls you with her story but magically creates an alternate storyline within Forevermore. It would be equally thrilling as well and I anxiously look forward to her next haunting romance that awaits us.  

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1 comment :

  1. I love pretty much anything to do with ghosts, so love the sound of this book! And I like that it seems to have that old fairy tale feel, with the evil grandmother and castle! Great review, thank you :).