June 26, 2013

Review: Forevermore

Forevermore By Cindy Miles
Available now from Point (Scholastic)
Review copy

Honestly, it isn't that hard to get me to read a book.  FOREVERMORE had me hooked from the back blurb and cover promising a Scottish castle and a ghost.  Cindy Miles, an adult romance author making her YA debut, delivers everything one could hope from a Scottish castle-set ghost romance.  It's good, cheesy fun.

Violin prodigy Ivy Calhoun moves with her mother to Glenmorrag, the home of her stepfather Niall.  And Ivy isn't that opposed to Scotland (which, among other things, offers excellent music opportunities), but she doesn't really know Niall, his mother is a judgmental old lady, and a disembodied voice keeps telling her to leave.  It's all a bit of a hostile home environment.  As it turns out, the voice belongs to Logan Munro, who is just trying to save Ivy from a terrible fate.

One of the strengths of FOREVERMORE is Ivy and how she acts both sensibly and like a teenager trying to find her footing.  She knows she can't just leave the castle given that she's sixteen and in a country she barely knows, so she sets out to solve the mystery of Logan's death.  One of the main ways she does this is by talking to people.  Classmates, servants, people who have been around and might know something.  There's a real sense of Ivy becoming part of the community.  At the same time, she doesn't talk to her mother and stepfather despite the fact they could be a real help - and possibly in danger themselves.

FOREVERMORE ties into one of Miles' adult novels, HIGHLAND KNIGHT, which is out of print but available as an ebook.  I haven't read HIGHLAND KNIGHT, and it isn't necessary.  I think it could've been integrated more smoothly, but I thought it was an interesting idea.  I am down with a universe where time-traveling knights and cursed ghosts coexist.  And it's fun to think that one day a crazy paranormal romance might apply to your life.

The biggest weakness of FOREVERMORE is the ending.  Ivy gets one solution handed to her and stumbles across another and everything is solved with nary a trouble.  In a more plot-driven paranormal I might not forgive it, but FOREVERMORE is first and foremost a romance.  I enjoyed Ivy and Logan's relationship quite a bit.  There is some development before they start liking each other.  (Of course, Ivy instantly notices Logan is hot, but that's another animal.)  But they trust each other and work together to fight the evil haunting Glenmorrag, which is important in a relationship.

I must admit that I'm also happy the cover models actually bear a resemblance to the characters.  She has Ivy's blonde hair and pink streak!  Overall, the cover is a great encapsulation of the contents.  If you like romance, castles, ghosts, and music, I recommend picking up FOREVERMORE this summer.  It's a quick, sweet read with good atmosphere and an engaging lead couple.

12 comments:

  1. This sounds really sweet!
    And speaking of Bad Cover Representations - I can't find the image online, but my library's audio edition of "City of Bones" features a scared-looking, dark-haired girl of about 12. In a story with a 16 yo redhead and a similarly aged, dark-haired warrior chick.

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    1. That is pretty bad. I remember the whole headless girl cover trend, which didn't really solve things because you could often still see that the hair color was all wrong.

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  2. This is a really good review, and you've made me want to read this when I probably wouldn't have given it much time before. With your description of the heroine (albeit that she doesn't ask her parents) the ending doesn't sound so bad.

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    1. Thanks! And no, the ending isn't that bad, just a little underdeveloped.

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  3. Romance in a Scottish castle? These are the magic words!! I had no plans to read this before I saw your review and Jenny's at Supernatural Snark, and now I've got a serious case of grabby hands over this. It sounds like the perfect beach read—romantic, fun, atmospheric, doesn't take itself too seriously, etc. I'm definitely adding it to my e-reader before I go this weekend! Lovely review! :-)

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    1. I don't know Jenny, but I'll have to check her blog at - clearly she knows her beach reads! Glad we could point you to the glory of ROMANCE IN A SCOTTISH CASTLE.

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  4. Oh it does sound interesting. I love the review, and the cover is nice also. I will definitely putting these on my to read list.

    Ann@Blogging E-books

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    1. Yay! Hope you enjoy it once you pick it up!

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  5. I do like romance and castles, but I'm all stocked up with lighter books for the summer, so I think I'm going to pass on this one. I'll be interested to see if Miles writes more YA.

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    1. I am too. I could use a few more straight-ahead, no love triangle YA romances.

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  6. I have a total soft spot for Scotland so the setting alone is enough to make me want to read this, and I totally will as soon as I can. Plus, I like musician characters more than anything.
    great review!

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    1. It's just so a cool setting. And musicians do make great lead characters. You should read Maggie Stievfater's Books of Faerie too.

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