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Saturday, October 9, 2010

Review: Enchanted Ivy by Sarah Beth Durst

ENCHANTED IVY by Sarah Beth Durst
Pub. Date: October 2010
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Format: Hardcover, 320pp
Age Range: Young Adult
Source: Publisher

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.

Enchanted Ivy's synopsis intrigued me with gargoyles and magical gates to a different world. The fact that I loved ICE, Sarah's previous novel also had me wanting to see what magical setting Sarah would create next. The setting in this book was fantastical and once again I found myself immersed inside the world that Sarah created. I loved the magical Princeton setting just as much and the mysteries it carried.

Lily gets the shock of her life when she accompanies her grandfather to Princeton for his reunion which also happens to be Lily's dream school. What she thinks is just an ordinary visit soon turns into a chance of a lifetime filled with mystery and magic. As Lily embarks on her adventure at a chance that could earn her automatic entry into Princeton and it's secret club, she has the fate of both worlds in her hands. This book is filled with action, danger and intriguing characters. I loved Lily! She's smart, witty, and she knows how to get out of a bind. Durst has a way of creating lovable and strong heroines that you can't help but love.

Enchanted Ivy is the second novel that I've read by Durst and it won't be the last. Readers who loved ICE will find themselves falling in love with the setting and characters in Enchanted Ivy. Probably enough to want to take a trip to Princeton just to see how magical it is.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Stars


  1. I still haven't read ICE but this one looks good too! I may have to pick both of them up.

  2. WOw, sounds so nice. I have not read Ice, but now I may even pick both books up. :) Great review.

  3. Great review! I actually have this one in my TBR pile, and you've officaly made me even more excited to read it (which I didn't think was possible).

  4. Awesome, I'm glad you enjoyed it. I'm really looking forward to reading this book. Ice was one of my favorites last year, so can't wait to get lost in the world Sarah Beth Durst created for Enchanted Ivy. Great review!

  5. Hi Tina. I'm glad that you love the book. Thanks for the honest and interesting review. =)

    My latest review is on The Sirens of Baghdad.. a story about how war really affect people who directly involved in it.Feel free to head over my blog to read the review.

  6. I loved Ice as well and I can't wait to read this!

  7. This looks great. I've seen it around for a while and just didn't know what to think.


  8. Great review. I love those kind of stories where there is another world. I'll add it to my list to read.

  9. Great review! You should read her MG book OUT OF THE WILD. I love it so. I think I like ICE just a bit more than ENCHANTED IVY but both had great characters, rich visuals, and nonstop action.


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