Dreaming Darkly
Ivy Bloodgood’s mother is dead, and she should probably be sad about it. But she isn’t. Myra Bloodgood was confusing mix of protective and abusive, a manipulative personality who never told the truth—about where she came from, who Ivy’s father was, or why they were living their lives on the run.Now that Ivy has been sent to Darkhaven, an island off the New England coast, to live with a rich uncle she didn’t know existed, she is forced to reckon with her mother’s past. Ivy can tell right away there are long-held family secrets buried within these walls, but when she wakes up from one of her nightmares covered in someone else’s blood, Ivy fears that whatever demons her mother battled while she was alive have come to roost in her own mind. Scared that she can no longer trust what she sees, Ivy seeks the help of a boy who thinks her episodes are connected to the sordid history of Darkhaven—but what they don’t know might kill them both.A moody and twisty gothic mystery with an impossible romance, Dreaming Darkly is an atmospheric, fast-paced page-turner written by comics veteran Caitlin Kittredge.

Dreaming Darkly Details

TitleDreaming Darkly
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 9th, 2019
PublisherKatherine Tegen Books
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Mystery, Fantasy, Thriller

Dreaming Darkly Review

  • Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsIvy Bloodgood is aged beyond her seventeen years thanks to a rough childhood with a mentally ill mom with a transient lifestyle.  Ivy is shocked to learn after her mother's suicide the surprising secrets that were kept from her; most of all that she has an uncle Simon on Darkhaven, an island off the coast of Maine, living in the crumbling Bloodgood mansion.  Her mother's childhood home will now become her own.As soon as Ivy steps foot on Darkhaven there is a sense of foreboding.  The cr 3.5 starsIvy Bloodgood is aged beyond her seventeen years thanks to a rough childhood with a mentally ill mom with a transient lifestyle.  Ivy is shocked to learn after her mother's suicide the surprising secrets that were kept from her; most of all that she has an uncle Simon on Darkhaven, an island off the coast of Maine, living in the crumbling Bloodgood mansion.  Her mother's childhood home will now become her own.As soon as Ivy steps foot on Darkhaven there is a sense of foreboding.  The creepy housekeeper Mrs. MacLeod doesn't exactly make a great first impression and is quick to lay down some ground rules:"This island is seven miles long, but for your purposes the road ends at three and a half. You stay on the Bloodgood side of Darkhaven, am I clear? The Ramseys don't like trespassers, and the state of Maine gives them ample right to shoot you if you cross the property line." *The Ramsey family has lived on Darkhaven as long as the Bloodgoods though there is a serious feud between the two that spans generations.  Of course Ivy immediately wanders the island without considering its property lines and runs into Doyle Ramsey, the resident cocky high school guy and sworn enemy of her family.It's Doyle who begins to share with Ivy the history of the Bloodgoods and the Ramseys, which includes some cold-blooded murder and a good old-fashioned curse.Ivy begins an uneasy friendship with Doyle while trying to get her uncle Simon to open up with the truth about the family curse and her mother's illness.  Simon seems to be just as skilled as her mother with keeping secrets so she enlists the help of Doyle to find out the truth... and quickly, because Ivy fears she's beginning to battle the same inner demons as her mother."And it was clear to me there was something dark about my family's island, something that gathered tragedy to it like a magnet. Thirty years ago four people had vanished without a trace. My great-grandfather had massacred the Ramseys. My mother had gone mad there. And now Neil Ramsey was dead, and near as I could tell, somebody was following me, on Darkhaven and now the mainland." *Dreaming Darkly was an impressive YA gothic mystery full of family secrets, curses, and rumors that had me glued to my reading chair!  I loved the atmosphere and the mystery.I'm going to sound like a broken record here if you've read several of my previous reviews in the YA genre:  my only complaint is that the story suffers slightly because of the fast pace and lack of character development.  We get a lot of history since it's important to the plot but would've been even better with more detail.  Also, the instant attraction between Ivy and Doyle is believable but the trust Ivy immediately places in Doyle is tough to believe because of her past; I would've appreciated further character development.  I adore that the author didn't give us a romance because it would've been completely out of place in this story.If you need a creepy gothic mystery in your life, this book is worth picking up!Thanks to Katherine Tegen Books and Edelweiss for providing me with a DRC in exchange for my honest review.  Dreaming Darkly is scheduled for release on April 9, 2019.*Quotes included are from a digital advance readers copy and are subject to change upon final publication.For more full reviews, visit www.rootsandreads.wordpress.com
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  • Stacee
    January 1, 1970
    This sort of synopsis is exactly the sort of thing I love to read so I was all in. I liked Ivy. She’s resilient and tough, but secretly a marshmallow. Doyle and Valerie and Betty were all great secondary characters I loved the (mostly) supportive female relationships. Plot wise, it was okay. It started out strong, but my interest quickly started to fade once I realized that I was more than half way through and nothing had really happened. The explanation slash reveal was sort of lacking; however This sort of synopsis is exactly the sort of thing I love to read so I was all in. I liked Ivy. She’s resilient and tough, but secretly a marshmallow. Doyle and Valerie and Betty were all great secondary characters I loved the (mostly) supportive female relationships. Plot wise, it was okay. It started out strong, but my interest quickly started to fade once I realized that I was more than half way through and nothing had really happened. The explanation slash reveal was sort of lacking; however there were a couple of things that did surprise me. It’s those things made this a 3 star rating instead of 2. Overall, I would have liked a bit more tension and more from the ending, but it was interesting enough to keep me reading.**Huge thanks to Katherine Tegen Books for providing the arc free of charge**
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  • Lenna • Sugar Dusted Pages
    January 1, 1970
    I'm to the point in my life when seeing the word Gothic makes me go EERMMERGERRSH YAASSS MY PRECIOUSSS and swoon.
  • Giselle
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 starsGothic mystery novels are a favorite of mine, and Dreaming Darkly is an eerie novel that, albeit a bit predictable and dramatic at times, was an exciting read overall. After the death of Ivy's mother, she's sent back to her family's old manor on a private island off the coast of Maine. When she gets there, she finds that not everything and everyone is at it seems, and strange dreams start feeling a bit too real. I found this story really intriguing from the very first page. Ivy's life w 3.5 starsGothic mystery novels are a favorite of mine, and Dreaming Darkly is an eerie novel that, albeit a bit predictable and dramatic at times, was an exciting read overall. After the death of Ivy's mother, she's sent back to her family's old manor on a private island off the coast of Maine. When she gets there, she finds that not everything and everyone is at it seems, and strange dreams start feeling a bit too real. I found this story really intriguing from the very first page. Ivy's life with her mom, her mom's mysterious past, her family's history are all really interesting. I found myself flying to the pages to find out every detail I could about this ominous family tree. This mystery aspect is done really well, with a good combination of twists and turns that are scattered throughout. The atmosphere in the book is fantastic as well. The imagery of this secluded island full of secrets and lies and murders is vivid and hair-raising. It makes the story all the more intense as you know these characters are isolated from the real world. Left on their own with family members who are essentially strangers. Strangers that she keeps being warned about...So why did I not rate this 4 stars? While I enjoyed the moody, dark vibe in this book, I found the story itself to be quite predictable. While I never figured out all the details, I had a good idea from pretty early on what was happening to Ivy - why she was having these hallucinations and lucid dreams. I kept wanting to scream at her for being so trusting, especially after living the life she lived with her mother - she should have known better. I also found her outbursts to be a bit melodramatic. She's portrayed as a hard-ass, tough-skinned scam artist who lived a rough crime-filled life, yet she reacts like a 6 year old when someone calls her names.All in all, Dreaming Darkly is dark and cryptic, with a terrible family secret that will leave you turning the pages.
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  • Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)
    January 1, 1970
    It was a quick read, and I did enjoy it.RTC
  • Julia (ten_thousand_books)
    January 1, 1970
    Synopsis-Ivy Bloodgood’s mother is dead, and she should probably be sad about it. But she isn’t. Mariah Bloodgood was a confusing mix of protective and abusive, a manipulative personality who never told the truth- about where she came from, who Ivy’s father was, or why they were living their lives on the run. Now that Ivy has been sent to Darkhaven, an island off the New England coast, to live with a rich uncle she didn’t know existed, she is forced to reckon with her mother’s past. Ivy can tell Synopsis-Ivy Bloodgood’s mother is dead, and she should probably be sad about it. But she isn’t. Mariah Bloodgood was a confusing mix of protective and abusive, a manipulative personality who never told the truth- about where she came from, who Ivy’s father was, or why they were living their lives on the run. Now that Ivy has been sent to Darkhaven, an island off the New England coast, to live with a rich uncle she didn’t know existed, she is forced to reckon with her mother’s past. Ivy can tell right away there are long-held family secrets buried within these walls, but when she wakes up from one of her nightmares covered in someone else’s blood, Ivy fears that whatever demons her mother battled while she was alive have come to roost in her own mind. Scared that she can no longer trust what she sees, Ivy seeks the help of a boy who thinks her episodes are connected to the sordid history of Darkhaven- but what they don’t know might kill them both. “You deal with your issues when s child is involved,” Simon replied. “You don’t pass them on.” I loved this book! Who doesn’t love a good mystery though? I will admit that the ending came a little too fast. It could have been stretched out a bit more but other than that it was awesome! And that plot twist near the end. Holy cow! 5/5 Stars!
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  • Shelley
    January 1, 1970
    *Source* Publisher*Genre* Young Adult, Thriller, Suspense*Rating* 3.5*Thoughts*Dreaming Darkly is a story about cursed families, dead bodies, feuding neighbors, and scary mansions that hold all sorts of mysteries. 16-year old Ivy Bloodgood (will be 17 during the story) has just lost her mother, and now finds herself on a creepy island called Darkhaven along with an uncle she's never known, a house keeper who is straight out of a creepy horror novel, a mansion that is crumbling into the ocean, an *Source* Publisher*Genre* Young Adult, Thriller, Suspense*Rating* 3.5*Thoughts*Dreaming Darkly is a story about cursed families, dead bodies, feuding neighbors, and scary mansions that hold all sorts of mysteries. 16-year old Ivy Bloodgood (will be 17 during the story) has just lost her mother, and now finds herself on a creepy island called Darkhaven along with an uncle she's never known, a house keeper who is straight out of a creepy horror novel, a mansion that is crumbling into the ocean, and a neighbor who is eager for Ivy to run as fast as she can away from the Darkhaven and its bizarre history before it's too late. *Full Review @ Gizmos Reviews*https://gizmosreviews.blogspot.com/20...
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  • Jackie
    January 1, 1970
    *3.5 stars* Family secrets and hidden treasure lurk in the shadows of this small island town setting up a gothic style mystery with deadly consequences. “Dreaming Darkly” brings Ivy to a small island off the coast of Maine where she is to live with her Uncle after her mother’s suicide but things quickly unravel as she learns of a longstanding curse upon the family and a bloody feud that goes back generations with the neighbors and it doesn’t take long before she’s confronted with the horrors of *3.5 stars* Family secrets and hidden treasure lurk in the shadows of this small island town setting up a gothic style mystery with deadly consequences. “Dreaming Darkly” brings Ivy to a small island off the coast of Maine where she is to live with her Uncle after her mother’s suicide but things quickly unravel as she learns of a longstanding curse upon the family and a bloody feud that goes back generations with the neighbors and it doesn’t take long before she’s confronted with the horrors of the past as she races against those who wish to destroy her future. This book was doing so well up until the final act and it’s a shame that it falls into the usual traps of the horror type genre which took a solid book and turned into something of a cliché. I really enjoyed the unreliable narrator component to this and how it managed to blur the lines to where you weren’t sure if this was indeed a family curse or undiagnosed mental illness and that back and forth between science and fantasy really helped create this tension as you tried to make sense of the weird occurrences happening around Ivy and her mother before her. The feud aspect was less Romeo and Juliet and more Hatfield and McCoy’s as we quickly learn this fight goes back to the islands origin and has left plenty of bodies in its wake as both sides struggle to hold onto power and fortune no matter the cost. Though there’s some red herrings in this that plot wise didn’t go very far or matter much in the overall plot it was interesting to see how far each of the surviving members were willing to go both in turning the other way or gearing up to fight when the time came. Like I mentioned above this book is great during the first two parts and it’s not until you start getting answers that it all falls apart but that being said it’s not a bad read especially if you’re home alone and the weather is dark and dreary and you’re looking for a good scare. **special thanks to the publishers and edelweiss for providing an arc in exchange for a fair and honest review**
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  • Jerico
    January 1, 1970
    Extending my deepest gratitude to Edelweiss and Katherine Tegen Books for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review. However, this does not affect any opinions or feedback stated concerning the book whatsoever.A MUST READ OF 2019! DEFINITELY A FIVE-STAR READ! Well, at least, in my opinion. This book is way better than what I expected it to be; gritty, surprising, heartrending, mind-boggling and overall phenomenal. I seriously had no love of and expectation from this before I started s Extending my deepest gratitude to Edelweiss and Katherine Tegen Books for providing this ARC in exchange for an honest review. However, this does not affect any opinions or feedback stated concerning the book whatsoever.A MUST READ OF 2019! DEFINITELY A FIVE-STAR READ! Well, at least, in my opinion. This book is way better than what I expected it to be; gritty, surprising, heartrending, mind-boggling and overall phenomenal. I seriously had no love of and expectation from this before I started spending my time with it. Much to my surprise, I fell deeply in love with how brave and smart the direction of the plot had gone to. The amount of badassery in this spectacular gem never once failed to amaze me. It only has taken me to a mysterious place full of brooding schemes and conspiracies that kept me intrigued and on board the whole time I was poring over all the details, as if every word counts. It left me immersed so deeply that I have completely forgotten how time flies so fast and days go by without any warning. It did not only that, but it also undeniably consumed me whole. "..resentment is like taking poison and expecting the other person to die." The overall plot was extremely fast-paced and some events had left me highly strung. I would not take into account what exactly pushed me in that state so as not to give out any spoilers. At first, I had some worries that it might make me slightly uncomfortable because of the first line stated in the book. "I was eight years old when my mother tried to kill me."It left me wondering what lies ahead for my delicate heart or if my subtle psyche can handle the heaviness of the subject. But then, moments after plowing through it, I found myself craving for more and totally enmeshed in how quaint and gripping the story had become. Be forewarned, albeit rather discretionary, that you must keep the lights on when you plan to read this at night. Every event stood out and decisions made by the mc left me impressed so much so that I cared for her more and more every chapter I moved on to. The story is both satisfying and terrifying. It ended way better than I ever imagined. Suffice it to say, the story made me want to come and visit Darkhaven Island, if there ever exists one. I could use some little exploration for refreshment any time of the day. "Everyone pretty much goes through life assuming they’re fine, until they’re not." The writing is smooth, fairly detailed, and easy to understand. It did not leave any trifling details and every chapter had something new to offer. It was simple and straightforward, without having to stress more than enough details just to be able to get things clear and perspicuous for the readers to actually take in. Everything was explained thoroughly and the history mentioned was just about adequate to further support the overall storyline of the book. The writing is also eloquent and nearly impactful that it provoked me into feeling something every once in a while, be they anger, resentment, worry or upset. It got me engrossed, captivated and lured into figuring out Darkhaven Island and what lurked behind its dwindling richness that was once filled with glamour and effervescence.The book has a slightly different take on its main character, Ivy Bloodgood. She knew how to make her way around people, con her way out of every difficult situation and stand up unswerving to what she believed in, whenever circumstances required her to do so. Although at times she could get pretty annoying due to her stubborness and whiny comments on anything she was not happy with, I got truly absorbed in supporting her decisions all the way through to the finish line unwaveringly. Plus, the romance that developed in the story is both cute and on point it was like I was being tickled until my breathing gave out from having to laugh sheepishly. I loved the way the two got themselves involved with each other's affairs whenever they were caught in some critical situations. Also, I would have to express my great love and enthusiasm of the railleries between the two that was quite humorous and appealing. There were also times when dialogues came off as hilarious in the middle of some threatening predicaments. (view spoiler)["I wanted to keep him talking, give myself time to figure out how I was going to avoid joining the skeleton collection in these tunnels." (hide spoiler)] Other supporting characters were very pleasing to know more, especially Ivy's good friends Betty and Valerie, different when it came to some of their personalities and preferences but both portrayed goodwill and compassion in their own distinctive ways. I only have so much love for them. The fact that Betty's character arc reminds me so much of Betty La Fea; geeky, with huge, dark-rimmed glasses, silent type at first but really resembles an explosion when one gets to know her more, loves to talk so much so that she overshares series of non sequiturs without noticing, is enough to make me love her at such a great deal. I admit it though, just wrapping my head about it makes it agonizingly sidesplitting and absurd I cannot even get my mind off of her since. Valerie, on the other hand, for the help she had offered and given Ivy while they were on a little trip to uncover something that I should not share at your own disposal because, 'spoilers and everything.' I also adored Officer Brant for showing his deep concern with Ivy's well-being in some parts of the book and when the ending revealed something about what he did for a certain someone, I admired him even more. Everyone else's character arcs were also interesting to follow but some left me scarred for life. But hey, isn't it a good indication that you must also follow my path and devour this book right this instant? If not, then I do not know what else will do. "You sell the lie by never believing it’s not the absolute truth as you spin your story." Now, the worldbuilding. The island setting was so grand, mystifying and new compared to the ones I have read that align with this mind-bending genre. Delving into it was quite haunting and at times felt so surreal. It was being depicted as a place that is filled with danger and ominous signs here and there, no matter how sequestered it is from the rest of civilization. Darkhaven Island shown in the book is also the kind of island that is fascinating to wander about because the author did not reveal too much specific details at the start concerning what brought about the frightening aura the place itself congealed. It remained a mystery to me up until everything was wrapped up in the end. The setting also made me try hard to be stoical for what felt like a long time because I was so eager to decipher the mystery behind the deaths and apparent nightmares that were seemingly caused by strange occurrences or entities or any other reasons there could possibly be. I loved every last bit of it being spooky and imaginative. It was everything I never thought I needed in a YA mystery book. Hats off to Kittredge for this brilliantly written literary piece! I loved it down to its last line and I am certain you most probably will too.So what are you waiting for, dear readers? Douse yourselves in a satisfying treat and read this book if you haven't already!
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  • Mandie
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Edelweiss for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.Ivy Bloodgood has had it rough. She and her mother,Mayra, never stayed in one place for long; stealing and scamming what they needed to survive before moving on. Not to mention the fact that her mother once tried to kill her. When Ivy walks into their most recent space and sees that Mayra has killed herself, she's not really surprised. After all, she had serious issues.Ivy is sent to live with the Uncle she Thank you to Edelweiss for an advanced copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.Ivy Bloodgood has had it rough. She and her mother,Mayra, never stayed in one place for long; stealing and scamming what they needed to survive before moving on. Not to mention the fact that her mother once tried to kill her. When Ivy walks into their most recent space and sees that Mayra has killed herself, she's not really surprised. After all, she had serious issues.Ivy is sent to live with the Uncle she never knew she had. Her Uncle who lives in a Manor on a small, private island shared with the Ramsey clan. But there are dark secrets on the island. Secrets someone doesn't want her to uncover. Or is she dreaming it all? Is her family really cursed, or is Ivy headed for the Mental Health ward like her mother and grandmother before her?I admit that I stayed up until 2 AM to finish this book. I grew up reading gothic novels, and I really enjoyed this delightfully creepy story . . . even more so because there weren't any werewolves or vampires. The Bloodgoods and the Ramseys have never gotten along (think Hatfield and McCoys). They blame each other for everything that happens on the island. Ivy and Doyle Ramsey strike up a cautious friendship as soon as Ivy arrives. Doyle isn't like the other members of his family . . . neither is Ivy, really. Romance is there, but it's not really the main focus of the story. There aren't any hot an heavy moments, and her heart isn't torn between two unlikely lovers. I enjoyed that part, too.There are ghosts . . . or ARE there??? There are missing hikers and the devil. There's a long lost family member and family secrets. No attic wives, but you can't have everything. I will definitely be purchasing this one for my library collection.
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  • Kathy Martin
    January 1, 1970
    After her mother's suicide, sixteen-year-old Ivy Bloodgood finds herself on a small island in Maine living with an uncle she didn't know she had. First thing she's told is to stay on the Bloodgood part of the island and leave the Ramsey part of the island alone. But then she meets Doyle Ramsey. He is someone she can talk to when things are getting scary and creepy with her uncle.Ivy is having hallucinations - seeing strange things, finding dead bodies and bones - and is told that she has a herit After her mother's suicide, sixteen-year-old Ivy Bloodgood finds herself on a small island in Maine living with an uncle she didn't know she had. First thing she's told is to stay on the Bloodgood part of the island and leave the Ramsey part of the island alone. But then she meets Doyle Ramsey. He is someone she can talk to when things are getting scary and creepy with her uncle.Ivy is having hallucinations - seeing strange things, finding dead bodies and bones - and is told that she has a heritage of mental illness. Her grandmother was confined to a mental hospital and killed herself there. Her mother had always been off. She tried to drown Ivy in the bathtub when Ivy was young. She did drugs and took out her anger on Ivy. She dragged Ivy from place to place and workd as a grifter and con artist. Her childhood made Ivy resilient, but it also made her unwilling to trust anyone. Ivy has never known who her father was. She decides to see if she can solve that mystery and track down anyone who might have known her mother before she ran from the island. Her explorations lead her to the grandmother her uncle said was dead. The grandmother is in a mental institution with paranoid schizophrenia and the beginnings of dementia. That her uncle lied to her gives her reason to doubt most of what he tells her. This was a creepy story. The descriptions of Ivy's hallucinations were chilling. Ivy really needs to rely on her resilience to find out what is really going on in her new home. Doyle's assistance is a vital part of her quest. I really liked Ivy. I admired her strength. I also like Doyle who was a good kid in a tough situation.Fans of creepy stories and Gothic mysteries will enjoy this one.
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  • Celia McMahon
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Edelweiss and Harper for the e-arc. 3 stars.Ivy is brought to the small island of Darkhaven after her mother's suicide. She discovers a curse on her family that spans decades and things start to awry as secrets are uncovered and relationships severed.I'm a fan of girl on a small island type books. I mean, how can you not be? Things always seem to go all nutty. It makes me think that I need to visit some cursed and thinly populated island. Who knows what stories I could churn out. Iv Thank you to Edelweiss and Harper for the e-arc. 3 stars.Ivy is brought to the small island of Darkhaven after her mother's suicide. She discovers a curse on her family that spans decades and things start to awry as secrets are uncovered and relationships severed.I'm a fan of girl on a small island type books. I mean, how can you not be? Things always seem to go all nutty. It makes me think that I need to visit some cursed and thinly populated island. Who knows what stories I could churn out. Ivy has sass, which I love. She takes nobody's crap. Having led a grifter's life with her mother, she's learned a thing or two. The male interest, Doyle (I can't say that name without thinking of Big Daddy) is eh. He's hot, of course, so there's that.Pretty much 3/4 of the book was interesting and I was glued to my kindle waiting to see what would happen next. Unfortunately, the ending did not live up to expectations. It seemed rushed and needed to be a bit more fleshed out. I did enjoy the twist, but I think I was expecting more of a horror vibe that never really came to fruition.
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  • Genna
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.Ivy's short life has been an endless string of tragedies, culminating with the suicide of her unstable and perpetually adrift mother. At only 16 Ivy is forced to relocate to Maine to live with the uncle she's never met in the Bloodgood manor, a towering, once regal, manse slowly crumbling into the churning sea. However, the few inhabitants of Darkhaven Island are haunted by their pasts and a terrible, hate-fueled feud lingerin I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.Ivy's short life has been an endless string of tragedies, culminating with the suicide of her unstable and perpetually adrift mother. At only 16 Ivy is forced to relocate to Maine to live with the uncle she's never met in the Bloodgood manor, a towering, once regal, manse slowly crumbling into the churning sea. However, the few inhabitants of Darkhaven Island are haunted by their pasts and a terrible, hate-fueled feud lingering between the two families for decades. Unsure of her role in a ghastly history she's only just beginning to grasp, Ivy must contend with the dark mystery of the island's shadowed past and her questions of the devastating mental illness that haunts her family.Dreaming Darkly is a story of a family curse, a dark and moody island, and a bewildering cycle of violence. With a gorgeous atmosphere, haunting themes of madness and despair, and moody and morose setting perfectly suited to such a dark and twisted narrative, Kittredge delivers an exemplar formula for a riveting Gothic thriller. A dark family drama at its core, forcing you to question what is real and what is not at every turn, Dreaming Darkly is a riotous storm you will not see coming. And yet, despite the quintessentially Gothic components and a masterful slow build, the story culmination was a disappointment. The ending manages to reveal every last plot twist in an unceremonious avalanche with a campy and cliche wrap-up set to warp speed that both cheats the reader out of the mystery and tarnishes an otherwise arresting story. An unsatisfying finale, but still worth a read for those who love an atmospheric Gothic thriller.
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  • Annette
    January 1, 1970
    Dreaming Darkly did score well as far as the creep-factor, but you have to suspend some disbelief.Seventeen-year-old Ivy's mother has committed suicide. She doesn't feel like she's lost much since she and her mother had a hard life, and at one point, her mother had tried to kill Ivy. For real. Ivy is surprised that she has an uncle who lives off the coast of Maine in a huge house on an island. She goes to live with him and plans to just bide her time until her 18th birthday when she can leave. T Dreaming Darkly did score well as far as the creep-factor, but you have to suspend some disbelief.Seventeen-year-old Ivy's mother has committed suicide. She doesn't feel like she's lost much since she and her mother had a hard life, and at one point, her mother had tried to kill Ivy. For real. Ivy is surprised that she has an uncle who lives off the coast of Maine in a huge house on an island. She goes to live with him and plans to just bide her time until her 18th birthday when she can leave. Things are very weird and creepy around this house and on the island. There is a feud with the only other family living on the island. Ivy's great-grandfather killed six people. Her grandmother was in an asylum before she died.Once on the island, Ivy begins to have very realistic dreams and hallucinations. And she's discovering a lot about her mother's life on this same island. She thinks her episodes have to do with the family history of mental instability. Is she like her mother? Is she going crazy?Dreaming Darkly is a quick read that is quite compelling and parts were very spooky. The atmosphere is very dark. The mysteries are abundant. But many of the plot twists are very convenient. However, I didn't really know what was going on until Ivy did. So if you can just go with the flow, it is a fun reading experience.Teens who enjoy gothic mysteries with some creepiness will enjoy Dreaming Darkly.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I received this as an eARC through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.After Ivy Bloodgood’s neglectful mother has died, she is sent to live with a long lost uncle in the family’s manor. Ivy is not used to being taken care of, so she is hopeful about the connection that she can build with her uncle. Ivy’s family shares their island with another family and the two have been at odds for years. Ivy was expressly forbidden to befriend the family’s son, who is her age. However, they keep endin I received this as an eARC through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.After Ivy Bloodgood’s neglectful mother has died, she is sent to live with a long lost uncle in the family’s manor. Ivy is not used to being taken care of, so she is hopeful about the connection that she can build with her uncle. Ivy’s family shares their island with another family and the two have been at odds for years. Ivy was expressly forbidden to befriend the family’s son, who is her age. However, they keep ending up together, especially as Ivy begins to uncover the darker secrets of the island. Ivy finds herself blacking out and hallucinating, she needs to figure out what is going on, but it is impossible to know who to trust. The connection between Ivy and the new people in her life did not come across as realistic. She quickly develops trust and connections in ways that I didn’t find believable. I also thought that Ivy could have been better developed. It was an interesting premise, though I wish the characters were stronger to support it.
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  • Adreanna
    January 1, 1970
    Alrighty then... Lemme just say that this is a book that made me feel like my family is absolutely normal and that’s saying a LOT. This book didn’t quite hit the mark for me. There were too many things that were too obvious and that just made the book go by super slow. Yeah, yeah... I know. I’m a needy b**ch when it comes to books. However, I can truthfully say that there are some things that took me completely by surprise and I think that those are the things that helped me along with finishing Alrighty then... Lemme just say that this is a book that made me feel like my family is absolutely normal and that’s saying a LOT. This book didn’t quite hit the mark for me. There were too many things that were too obvious and that just made the book go by super slow. Yeah, yeah... I know. I’m a needy b**ch when it comes to books. However, I can truthfully say that there are some things that took me completely by surprise and I think that those are the things that helped me along with finishing this book. I love romance in a book like this, but this one was so cliche that I kind of just felt “meh” about it. The new/weird girl and the popular girl become friends also seems pretty cliche. My thoughts aren’t completely coherent when it comes to this book. There were so many things that I struggled with, but I definitely want to give the author mad props with her family development in this book. Some of the plot twists within the family unit were pretty great.
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  • Courtney Lavallee
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you HarperCollins for sending me an arc for an honest read and review.This book was dark and twisty and amazing.It took me a bit to get into it, in the beginning I honestly thought it was a book I would end up DNFing. After the first five ish chapters it got addicting. I couldn't put it down. The plot was so intricate. The plot twist blew my mind it was unexpected and even darker than I thought.The characters in here were strong and unique. They seemed almost like a Romeo and Juliet pair. Thank you HarperCollins for sending me an arc for an honest read and review.This book was dark and twisty and amazing.It took me a bit to get into it, in the beginning I honestly thought it was a book I would end up DNFing. After the first five ish chapters it got addicting. I couldn't put it down. The plot was so intricate. The plot twist blew my mind it was unexpected and even darker than I thought.The characters in here were strong and unique. They seemed almost like a Romeo and Juliet pair. The itty bitty "romance" was forbidden and I found it cute.My only complaint was the ending seemed rushed, I would've liked a bit more slow paced. I thought there would be a second book until the last 4 pages. 4.5/5 I highly recommend this book if you like dark and twisty characters and plots!
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  • Melanie
    January 1, 1970
    She gets all the trappings of the Gothic genre (except the slightly ambiguous ending one) , and I loved all the references to classic Gothic fiction, but it felt a bit formulaic and immature. I haven't read anything else by her, but it seems this is her first straight up Gothic novel (she seems to be more urban fantasy and dark fantasy), and that shows a bit in the writing. I'd love to see her keep improving her Gothic chops, and my lukewarm reception of this doesn't preclude me checking out her She gets all the trappings of the Gothic genre (except the slightly ambiguous ending one) , and I loved all the references to classic Gothic fiction, but it felt a bit formulaic and immature. I haven't read anything else by her, but it seems this is her first straight up Gothic novel (she seems to be more urban fantasy and dark fantasy), and that shows a bit in the writing. I'd love to see her keep improving her Gothic chops, and my lukewarm reception of this doesn't preclude me checking out her other genre works. I really liked that she flipped the "is it real or am I crazy" trope. The Bloodgood family had a history of mental illness, but ultimately that had nothing to do with all the weirdness and family mysteries, which is a great relief to me, as a person with mental health issues myself. I hate when books and movies make mental illness a scapegoat for horror.
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  • Kalila
    January 1, 1970
    It was awesome! I can feel Ivy's emotions while reading the book!Never saw that one coming about her uncle. I agree that there was something off with her uncle Simon but just couldn't guess what was it!About her dreams I kept wondering why and how's that happening to her.It's like it's making her insane about herself.I was also curious on what they were saying that it was happening to Ivy already. Like what was that?I was expecting any spirits related thing or maybe Ivy will be demon possessed ( It was awesome! I can feel Ivy's emotions while reading the book!Never saw that one coming about her uncle. I agree that there was something off with her uncle Simon but just couldn't guess what was it!About her dreams I kept wondering why and how's that happening to her.It's like it's making her insane about herself.I was also curious on what they were saying that it was happening to Ivy already. Like what was that?I was expecting any spirits related thing or maybe Ivy will be demon possessed (referring to the cursed of their family).It's funny and kinda annoying in the end that Ivy could have die because of the stupid map which lead into nothing lol.A beautifully written book with so much suspense and thrilling scenes. I like it and it's a recommended one!
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  • Lindsay
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you Edelweiss for the ARC. The mystery kept me intrigued from the start, though I wasn't a fan of the characters. Ivy was the cliche beautiful and new girl who wasn't the brightest. Doyle was the cliche hot, bad boy that fell in instant love with Ivy at first sight. The words they exchanged prove it. Lots of Twilight bashing fill these pages, but come on. It's been over 10 years since the books and movie gained popularity. The time has come and gone of ya books bashing Twilight. No, I don' Thank you Edelweiss for the ARC. The mystery kept me intrigued from the start, though I wasn't a fan of the characters. Ivy was the cliche beautiful and new girl who wasn't the brightest. Doyle was the cliche hot, bad boy that fell in instant love with Ivy at first sight. The words they exchanged prove it. Lots of Twilight bashing fill these pages, but come on. It's been over 10 years since the books and movie gained popularity. The time has come and gone of ya books bashing Twilight. No, I don't like Twilight, but seeing almost every new book do that is irritating. Plus these characters were in elementary school when the books were published and the movies hit theaters so they shouldn't be making references to them.
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  • Madeline
    January 1, 1970
    Ivy Bloodgood's mother just committed suicide, and Ivy isn't really sure how she feels about it. Myra was always complicated, and a little hard to live with. She always claimed Ivy had a darkness inside her, but Ivy just wants to be normal. But with her mother gone Ivy is sent off to live with her last living relative, Simon Bloodgood the uncle she never knew she had in the family mansion she never knew her family had. It's foretold that the Bloodgood are cursed, and the more Ivy learns the more Ivy Bloodgood's mother just committed suicide, and Ivy isn't really sure how she feels about it. Myra was always complicated, and a little hard to live with. She always claimed Ivy had a darkness inside her, but Ivy just wants to be normal. But with her mother gone Ivy is sent off to live with her last living relative, Simon Bloodgood the uncle she never knew she had in the family mansion she never knew her family had. It's foretold that the Bloodgood are cursed, and the more Ivy learns the more unsure she is of the truth. But with the help of her friend Doyle she might just figure it out.
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  • Tatiana
    January 1, 1970
    I usually am not a big fan of reading gothic thrillers. This book was truly riveting in the secrets, murders, and psychological breakdowns that occur on the Darkhaven island. I loved the eerie description of the island and stories about the family's past. The audience questions what is the truth and what is in Ivy's mind. You cannot take things seriously while reading this book. The main character, Ivy, did not give up in hunting down the reason behind her mother's death and didn't care what peo I usually am not a big fan of reading gothic thrillers. This book was truly riveting in the secrets, murders, and psychological breakdowns that occur on the Darkhaven island. I loved the eerie description of the island and stories about the family's past. The audience questions what is the truth and what is in Ivy's mind. You cannot take things seriously while reading this book. The main character, Ivy, did not give up in hunting down the reason behind her mother's death and didn't care what people thought of her. She was determined to change her family's past and herself.
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  • Bickering Book Reviews
    January 1, 1970
    For a more in-depth review watch: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MB9Q-...This book felt very much like it was caught in the middle. It was really a horror or romance or mystery but feel somewhere in the middle. Also, the characters weren't great but they weren't horrible. The entire thing just kind of somewhere in the middle.We received eARCs of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Jenn
    January 1, 1970
    I received a digital ARC of this title from Edelweiss for an honest review. My previous experience with this author has only been with her Nocturne City series and I LOVED it. I did not, however, really care for this one. I found the entire thing to be mostly silly. The parts where she's actually dreaming, but it's supposed to be real, don't flow very well once she does wake up. There are also major plot holes all over the place. In the end, this one just didn't do it for me.
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  • Rachel
    January 1, 1970
    HS book due to frequent references to drugs, suicide, and violence. Although a fairly forgettable story I finished this book quickly because the plot was intriguing enough for me to want to know what happens. Pretty standard two dimensional characters and unrealistic dialogue--tough girl talks back to everyone and shows no interest in dreamy gorgeous mysterious boy next door who pursues her until very end of story.
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  • Kat
    January 1, 1970
    #Edelweiss #DreamingDarkly #MustReadYA2019I love a good mystery so I just had to read this one! Caitlin Kittredge does a good job of keeping the reader in the story. It has great twists and a wonderful backdrop to the story. I wished by the end for a little more of something I just couldn't figure out what it was. Dreaming Darkly is a satisfying dark mystery with a little bit of horror mixed in.;)
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  • Susan
    January 1, 1970
    Dreaming Darkly by Caitlin Kittredge is a dark gothic mystery begins just after Ivy’s mother has committed suicide. With a grandmother who is in an asylum and her mother having tried to kill her, you can’t blame Ivy for not feeling much grief or loss. Nor being shocked to find she has an uncle living on an island off the coast of Maine who is willing to take her in until she is of age.Rest of review can be found on Novellives.com
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  • Alice
    January 1, 1970
    If you're looking for a spooky, atmospheric mystery, look elsewhere. The horror elements were over the top like in Rin Chupeco's The Girl from the Well. For those seeking creepy stories about girls returning to or staying at their old childhood homes, I would suggest What the Woods Keep by Katya de Becerra. I give this two stars because the author seemed semi-aware of the genre cliches and poked fun at them.
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    Dreaming Darkly by Caitlin Kittredge is a fast, dark mystery. Ivy Bloodgood returns to the family home she never knew existed after her mother's death where she begins to think that things will never be what they appear. In Darkhaven Ivy begins to doubt her own sanity as well as that of those around her. Less mystical than other reads of hers, Kittredge continues to show a wonderful ability to make the reader question who to trust and add fully human twists.
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  • Halee
    January 1, 1970
    I thoroughly enjoyed this story. It was so full of crazy twists and turns that I didn’t know where I was going to end up. On top of it being a severe page turner, I felt like we really got to feel for the main character and what she was going through in real time. Every shock that she felt, I felt and it was worth it.
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