Author: Sarah Beth Durst
Publisher :Margaret K. Mc.Elderry Books
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.
To start off with if you read he description and thought well they basically summarized the whole story whats the point of reading it.I had basically the same thought but surprisingly the back blurb doesn't ruin the enjoyment of the book.
Enchanted Ivy was great book I really enjoyed it. It's a short read with a lot of action. I do realize that the fact that the setting of the novel is entirely at Princeton could be a big publicity thing.And even though I'm aware of that fact i still loved the setting it was perfect for the story. I'm pretty sure I read somewhere that the author Sarah Beth Durst went to Princeton and by the way its written she really loves the school and it shines through her description and the world she created.I actually enjoyed the setting and the fact that there's two worlds connected by an actual arch at an actual place in the real world made it kind of cool it was a well written book and i enjoyed the setting and the description of the world.However I'm still not interested in going to Princeton after high school sorry.(teasing smile).
Apart from the setting i think the world building was well made i would have liked to see more of the magical Princeton since you only get 2 or three quick glances of it throughout the book.The main characters where nice and pretty well built and the ending was a bit unexpected I remember reading the blurb in the back and thinking well it seems to say the entire story but in fact it did not there where some surprises along the way.
The story as a whole was well written some things where original and some weren't at all it was a light read.The quest the main characters had to do was a bit redundant and a bit obvious from early on but it didn't stop me from enjoying this book.Another aspect of the story I would like to discuss is the end its kind of messed up suddenly its like 2 years in the future and there all hanging out together that would be fine if it was for example Harry Potter or a book where you get really attached to the characters but being a 300 pages book and kind of light read I thought it was kind of a weird way to end it. I like the characters and all but I don't know them well enough for a 5 years later thing especially so abruptly this is my personal thought but I would've liked maybe a ending along the line of "now all is resolved I'm guessing in the future this will happen" and let the rest for the readers imagination that ending scene wasn't even making much sense SPOILER it seems like there at Princeton and that the other love interest is flirting with the main character Lily while Tye is saying to back off (this is not really a spoiler since this is what happens through the whole book)Spoiler ahead then she mentions her mothers situation and that everyone is well..... END OF SPOILER
Why skip 3 years to tell us so little details that could have been said when the books action was over ?
This is a minor thing but I just thought I would point it out maybe I would have rather see a sequel or a better ending to the story is all. The ending that I'm talking about is the last maybe 2-3 pages the part before that is what I like to call what should've been the ending was good it had a lot of action and flowed nicely.
For the characters most where well built and seemed to be kind of real some characters got on my nerves though like Lily second love interest .My favorite character was probably the grandpa he was pretty awesome but he was a bit clueless to what was actually going on. To resume all this it was a decent book I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. It was also chock full of things that usually get in my nerves and things that made me smile but somehow that mix worked really well ,so much so that I am giving it a 3.75 which is a pretty good score.If you want a more detailed account of what it means you can check out my rating post.:)
- good setting
- mixture of good and bad thing - which led to a bit of a surprise by how much I liked it
- good characters
- funny at some moments
- a bit of a weird way to wrap up the book at the end
3.75 stars almost 4
“Look you don't know I'm your soul mate," Lily said. " You barely know me at all. I have terrible habits. I swallow toothpaste. My socks don't always match. I'm not good at small talk. I'm just about the most unpopular kid in class, a close third behind the guy who doesn't shower and the girl who's a compulsive liar. Besides, it's not like Jake and me... He was just being nice."
"You are my soul mate, even if you don't know it yet," Tye said”
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“promise the dragon won't eat me."The dragon spoke. "I wouldn't dream of it, little Key. You are not flavored to my liking."
"Somehow I don't feel reassured," she said.”
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Grandpa’s orange and black striped Princeton University Reunions jacket hung from the back of the driver’s seat. Wondering why he’d mentioned it, she met Grandpa’s eyes in the rearview mirror. He shifted his eyes toward Lily’s mother, who sat slumped in the passenger seat in front of Lily. Oh, of course, she thought. If they were almost there, then it was time to cheer up Mom. “You know it looks like a psychedelic zebra’s pelt, right?” Lily said.
“You’ll see worse,” Grandpa promised.
“I doubt the skinless zebra would agree with that,” Lily said.
Grandpa nodded solemnly. “The Class of 1969 wears a vest and headband covered in orange and black yin-yang polka dots.” lily faked a shudder. “Oh, the horror!” In front of her, Mom laughed. Her wild, tangled hair (today, dyed a beautiful soft green) shook like willow leaves in the wind. It was the first time since leaving Philadelphia that Mom quit looking half-wilted and smiled. Mom hated car rides. She felt caged, she said, inside all the steel and plastic and glass. If it wasn’t for worries about how it would react with her usual medication, Mom would have taken a Valium for the drive.
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The last surprise from Grandpa had involved escargot for dinner. (Lily had tried one; Mom had flat-out refused.) Surprise before last was a six-foot saguaro cactus that Grandpa had ordered for the shop. (Mom had loved it; Lily had found a desiccated scorpion impaled on a thorn.) For all his aura of being a respectable business owner, Grandpa tended to plan bizarre surprises. Now he had a twinkle in his eye as though he thought he was Santa Claus. “No snails this time,” Lily said.
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Last two quotes From Amazon.ca where you can read the first chapter of Enchanted Ivy for free online.
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