- Reading level: Young Adult
- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry (October 12, 2010)
A story about getting into college. You know, taking the campus tour, talking to the gargoyles, flirting with the were-tigers, riding the dragons...
While visiting the campus of Princeton University, 16-year-old Lily discovers a secret gate to a magical realm and must race against time to save herself, her world, and any hope she has of college admission.
I have enjoyed so many YA books that over time they seem to blend together. Especially if they are all the same type of reads. I know the formula's work and books get pumped out. I read and and enjoy it and then forget about it a month later. Enchanted Ivy is a fresh story. I needed that relief in a book. It had some formula but it didn't stick to the rules. You couldn't rip it from my grip.
The fact that Lily had a mind of her own and though she had a love interest it didn't consume the tale. There is nothing worse then a book that has an actual plot getting swallowed by a romance. The ending had you sitting on edge. Just when you thought it was going to end the plot changed and left you in the balance hoping and praying. I do wish it ended with a cliff hanger, I do love them. Durst didn't seem to play by the rules as I said before so she had a closed ending. It's to bad this could have has a sequel. (unless I am wrong is there?) Blending the characters and the personalities of Enchated Ivy's characters seemed like a breeze for Durst. I would like to have seen what the characters looked like even though the descriptions were great I just think this would be cool to see on the big screen. I look at Princeton in a whole new light.
I could only find one thing I didn't care for..It was a narrator's voice. I thought it should have been from Lily not another party. Other than that it's a green light book.
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She also has written Ice