My name is Kate, I am an 18 year old college student majoring in English, I live in the Philippines. I am obsessed with reading books and with music; I play guitar and sing.
PUBLICATION: July 1st 2013 by Point
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?
I am in love with this book! I’ve been looking for a light read so I went to different BookTubers and noticed that a lot of them have been recommending this specific book, and I did not regret that I picked this one. I read it in one seating. It had the perfect mixture of mystery and romance and just a touch of adventure. I’ve never read anything of Cindy Miles’ works but after reading this one, I am definitely up for more. I loved her concept of a mortal girl and a ghost slowly falling for each other. When I heard the premise, questions immediately came in mind such as how would that kind of relationship be possible, how in the world will their relationship work out if ever, and many more, which made me not think twice about reading it. I loved that the book did not only focus on the romance, but it also had mystery. It was very well put. The plot-buiding was very good.
I absolutely loved the setting! Miles had a very excellent way of describing the place that made me feel as if I was transported within the walls of Glenmorrag and Scotland countryside. The writing was genuinely beautiful. Even though there were ghost and spirits involved in the book, I didn’t scare me, but it remained a spooky atmosphere that definitely made up for the romantic touch of some events.
The characters were easy to love. I really adore Ivy, the protagonist. She is very different from the other characters you would find in other YA books who tend be bratty. I love how her pink streak shows her rebel side and she does not like being told what to do. But despite that, it is very obvious that she has a caring heart especially for her mom. I also loved that music was a part of her and her connection with her deceased father. Another thing is that I loved how she easily adapted to the place she just transferred in and easily gained trusted friends, unlike other book characters wherein they’d be a looser and get bullied a lot which irritates me sometimes.
I definitely love the other characters and their personality especially Logan, the ghost. I loved how at first we thought he was the ghost trying to hurt Ivy, but it was another spirit. I loved how he was so protective of her, and felt really sorry for him everytime he feels that he is useless whenever Ivy’s physically hurt. They had the perfect chemistry that my heart breaks every time they try to feel physical connection but nothing’s there. I also loved Jonas, one of the workers in the castle, regardless of the fact that the place is haunted and you’d immediately feel like evil is lurking in the shadows and that you cannot trust easily, I definitely felt like Ivy was in good hands every time Jonas is around. He felt like this grandfather figure that would make sure his granddaughter is safe.
Over all, the book was amazing. The setting felt serene and spooky at the same time. The characters were fantastically constructed, the plot was very good. The only problem I had with this book is that it was too short. I could seriously use a hundred or more pages. By the time I flipped on the last page I was like, “IT’S OVER!? WHYYYYYYYYY.” I definitely want more.