I really can’t help but laugh at the atrociousness of the main character’s name. I had to pause my reading of the synopsis to just kind of awe at how ridiculous I find it that a character would be called Ivy Bloodgood. Anyway, moving on to the story, Dreaming Darkly by Caitlin Kittredge tilts on the edge of my interest. A part of me feels like I could really enjoy this one while another part of me is quietly reminding myself that I don’t like dark or mystery type novels. There have been a few occasions, but for the most part, they aren’t my type. Plus, a part of me was kind of hoping that this was about mental illness?
And yet, I’m intrigued by this book. I’m really not quite sure what it is. So, it’s tentatively on my TBR…
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.
How about you? What are your thoughts on Dreaming Darkly so far? Does the gothic nature of it intrigue you or turn you away? Are you curious about the demon? What do you think of the Darkhaven bit? On your TBR or no? Let me know all your thoughts in the comments! And, as always, happy reading!