Book Review: Enchanted Ivy by: Sarah Beth Durst

Enchanted Ivy

Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry

Publish Date: 12 October 2010

Origins: Borrowed from a Friend

Format: Hardcover

Blurb: What Lily Carter wants most in the world is to attend Princeton University just like her grandfather. When she finally visits the campus, Grandpa surprises her: She has been selected to take the top-secret Legacy Test. Passing means automatic acceptance to Princeton. Sweet!

Lily's test is to find the Ivy Key. But what is she looking for? Where does she start? As she searches, Lily is joined by Tye, a cute college boy with orange and black hair who says he's her guard. That's weird. But things get seriously strange when a gargoyle talks to her. He tells her that there are two Princetons—the ordinary one and a magical one—and the Key opens the gate between them. But there are more secrets that surround Lily. Worse secrets.

When Lily enters the magical Princeton, she uncovers old betrayals and new dangers, and a chance at her dream becomes a fight for her life. Soon Lily is caught in a power struggle between two worlds, with her family at its center. In a place where Knights slay monsters, boys are were-tigers, and dragons might be out for blood, Lily will need all of her ingenuity and courage—and a little magic—to unite the worlds and unlock the secrets of her past and her future.

Review in 5: Unique, Interesting, Paranormal, Gargoyles, and Tigers : D

Review: This is one of the most unique book premises I have read in a long time. Either the author attended Princeton and got very familiar with the campus lore or she did a TON of research to do this story. There is a lot of Princeton facts, lore, and interesting things to learn about the school from this book.

Let's start with the characters, shall we? Each one is pretty unique, from the Dryads, to the hunky tiger, to the teaching gargoyles. I even liked the evil dragon a tiny bit...I wish he could have been redeemed but I am glad he did what he did. Anyway, back to the hunky tiger, I love Tye, he is my favorite character in this book, he is so perfect for Lily, can't wait to see what comes about there. I was happy to learn that Lily is a strong heroine and not the super whiny *cough* Bella *cough* kind.

The plot was strong and fast moving. I was happy and tiny bit skeptical of the whole magic on campus thing and the way that Lily just takes it and moves along, I think there should have been a bit more freaking out on her part *shrug*. There is a lot going on in this story and it had me on the edge of my seat rocking back and forth speed-reading for awhile, so you know it gets good.

The writing is good and interesting. As I said, I love some of the authors unique ideas in this book and I can't even image the amount of research it took for this book and any future stories. This is a light fun read, I definitely suggest you give it a go.

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  1. You have made this book sound really really good...and I think I really need to read it...

  2. I'm glad to hear good things about this books...I've really been looking forward to it's release!


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