Friday, January 7, 2011

Enchanted Ivy; Sarah Beth Durst



















  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry (October 12, 2010)




Synopsis

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.


My Review

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.



Stop by and visit Sarah Beth Durst.

She also has written Ice



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12 comments:

Tina said...

Im excited to finish this one...I loved Ice..its one of my fav YAs.

Lovely review

Meredith said...

Sounds like a fun, engaging read! I love fresh stories that take you places you couldn't have imagined. Thanks for the review!

Carrie at In the Hammock Blog said...

i've been curious about this one, thanks for the great review!

Alyssa@Teens Read and Write said...

I know what you mean about books blending together. Glad to know this is a breath of fresh air!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

Good for her. I like her already!

GMR said...

Wow...interesting how the book has real world ties with Princeton and all. How curious. Gotta say though...not a fan of the cover. I think it's the gargoyle that's putting me off of it. May not be the best fit for me, but I do know a friend or two that enjoyed ICE so I'll be sure to pass it along. Thaks for sharing..and happy reading.

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

Oh, this sounds interesting! Might wait for the next book tho b/c of the cliff hanger (oh, I hate those). Love that is has a strong female lead. Thanks for the review. I'll put this one on my wishlist!

Blodeuedd said...

Sounds pretty ok. I do have Ice by her so gotta read that one first

Jenny N. said...

It seems like a lot of books are part of a series nowadays. That being said I would have loved to see a sequel too and revisit the magical Princeton.

Alex Bennett said...

I've heard a lot about this, and definitely plan on reading it at some point.

Nina said...

Fun! I love the cover of this book and now I think I will love the inside too. :) Glad to hear that the main character 'Lily' has a mind of her own! Always great to know that she's indepentant. Or not? I haven't read Ice. It got mixesd reviews, but I think I will try this book! :) Great review.

Jenni @ Falling Off The Shelf said...

Great review! I've never read anything by this author but I do remember reading about this book coming out before I had to stop reviewing for awhile. I love that cover! I'm adding this one to my wishlist :)