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Enchanted Ivy

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  • Posted February 11, 2011

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    Reviewed by Sarah Bean the Green Bean Teen Queen for Teens Read Too

    Lily Carter comes from a long line of Princeton alumnus, so of course Princeton is her dream school, as well. During a visit to the university, Lily's grandfather has a surprise for her - if Lily can pass the Legacy Test, she will win automatic acceptance into Princeton. All she has to do is find the Ivy Key. Lily has no idea what that even means, but sets off to complete her quest. When she meets a cute boy named Ty, who has tiger striped hair, and starts hearing the Princeton gargoyles talk to her, Lily begins to uncover the school's secrets. There are actually two Princetons - and passage through the gate can lead someone from one side to the other - but, of course, the Key is needed. The two Princetons are supposed to keep each other safe and keep their secret, but not everyone is working to make that happen. As strange things from another place start to appear on campus, Lily is soon caught between both worlds. The worlds Sarah Beth Durst creates are always a joy to read! ENCHANTED IVY takes a normal setting and gives it a magical twist. There is a lot of college talk, so younger readers might not understand the setting completely, and the story has somewhat of a slow start, but stick with it and the book takes off. There are lots of secrets, and it's fun to uncover the Princeton in the world we know and the parallel Princeton that is full of magic. There are several twists that will keep readers guessing. Those looking for a stand-alone fantasy with a bit of romance and a lot of action will find an engaging tale in ENCHANTED IVY.

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  • Posted April 11, 2012

    Magical, Exciting, Romantic I have had this book on my to-read

    Magical, Exciting, Romantic

    I have had this book on my to-read list for awhile, and I'm glad I finally read it. Lily thought she was a normal junior in high school looking to apply to her dream university, Princeton. She visited Princeton for alumni week with her mom and Princeton alumni grandpa. When her grandpa surprised her with the Legacy Test, a way for her to get an automatic acceptance letter, Lily's world was turned upside down.

    I liked Lily. It seemed like she had a pretty normal life except for her stress associated with her mom's problem. Rose was loosing her memories. She didn't even remember Lily's father anymore who died when Lily was a baby. Lily had to constantly worry about her mother's well-being, making sure she hadn't wondered off or colored with permanent marker on the walls. Even though Lily's mom had "brain hiccups" the two were a fun pair. I enjoyed the scenes with the two of them joking and having fun.

    The romance in the book was perfect, not too much not too little. Tye was a mystery even to the end. I loved the parallel worlds of Princeton. The magical world was full of unicorns, dryads, talking animals, elves, etc. Lilly got caught up in a war between worlds. The action was great. I did feel slightly disconnected from the characters. I wished I could completely delve into them more. I can't pinpoint a reason, just a general feeling at times.

    Enchanted Ivy was a great read that I really enjoyed. It was exciting, romantic, and magical. I don't think there's a sequel, but if there is I'll definitely read it.

    There is more profanity in this book than I prefer, but not so much to make me stop reading. Details in my content ratings.

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  • Posted October 30, 2011

    Enjoyable Read

    This would have been my dream college when I was younger, with the hidden side of magic to it. It is a great book to read and does well as a stand along, but I wished at then end that there was more, and it wasn't just a one shot.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2011

    Nice story

    Good story. The story takes place in Princeton, NJ. Missed the excitement a little bit though.

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