Enchanted Ivy

Enchanted Ivy

Book - 2010
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To achieve her dream of attending Princeton University, sixteen-year-old Lily Carter accepts the challenge of seeking the Ivy Key to a magical realm, where she finds herself caught in a power struggle between two worlds, with her family at its center.
Publisher: New York ; Toronto : Simon & Schuster Children's Pub., 2010.
Edition: 1st ed. --
ISBN: 9781416986454
1416986456
Branch Call Number: YA FIC Durst
Characteristics: 310 p.

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PimaLib_Teens Mar 19, 2015

This story was a little slow to start, but turned into a lot of fun. There was magic, mystery, and a little romance. You know there is more going on than Lily is aware of, but it's hard to figure it out. The storyline was creative, the characters were well developed, and the result was an enchanting read.

A novel that managed to remind me of Julie Kagawa's "Iron Fey" series, the famous "Harry Potter' and Colleen Houck's "Tiger's Curse" in the entirety of its duration. The love triangle was putrefying and stereotypical, the world thin, and the characters gormless. Gormless is a fine word to describe the protagonist by: I am not entirely a proponent of a berserk "Strong Female Character" action girl, as that appears another stereotype, but even emotionally Lily was dis-satisfactory. I detested the love triangle, as I do many of that chapter of sub-plots, and the world could be far more elaborated-upon esp. the gargoyles - Which I adored - and Princeton. Those possibly should be dealt with in head-canon :D. It had a peculiar mix of foul language and a simplistic plot, which made it slightly disconcerting.
As much as I pan it, Enchanted Ivy was not a bad read and it's recommended.

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izzyb14
Dec 30, 2012

The book started off interesting, but the story progressed into a lame plot with stereotypical evil bad guys (like the MUHAHAHA variety) and the characters were dry and not very realistic.

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TikkaDubey
Aug 05, 2012

I thought it was a pretty good book. First of all, I like the author. Sarah Beth Durst- though I love her other book, ICE, more. I like the main character well enough, though she seems a bit... stereotypical? I'm not sure, exactly. Though I love Tye, and the idea of a were-tiger. Very fresh. This book is a fun read.

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koolruq
Jan 01, 2012

i really liked this book

Jess_library Mar 15, 2011

This was a great book. Lily dreams of going to Princeton when she graduates. When her grandfather goes to his 75th reunion, he takes Lily and her mother Rose with him. Lily is offered the chance to participate in a quest to find the Ivy Key, if she succeeds, she will automatically be admitted. If she fails, she'll have to apply with everyone else and take her chances. Lily is about to be introduced to magic she never thought possible, a magic that just might explain her mother's psychosis.

Read it in one sitting, just couldn't put it down.

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Motab
Jan 14, 2011

I really enjoyed this book. Not all of the characters were as developed as they might have been, but it was a fun read!

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