Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Enchanted Ivy by Sarah Beth Durst

Book Summer (Via Goodreads): 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.

Book Trailer:

Book Review:
After reading Drink, Slay, Love by Sarah Beth Durst, I was eager to pick up Enchanted Ivy. I have been curious to read Enchanted Ivy ever since I read a review of it over at Starmetal Oak Book Blog. As stated in an earlier post, I was disappointed in Durst's Ice, but Lisa's review Enchanted Ivy gave me renewed hope. What I found was a cute story of a girl named Lily, who wants more than anything to attend Princeton University. When she attends a Princeton reunion with her grandfather, she discovers another side of Princeton, full of mythological creatures and a battle that's been waging for years. In this coming of age tale, Lily finds the strength and purpose to begin her own journey. I loved the cast of characters, they were vibrant and entertaining. Tye and Lily's mother ranked top billing for me. While I enjoyed Enchanted Ivy, I didn't found that it wasn't -quite- as engaging as Drink, Slay, Love. I will definitely keep Durst on my list of must-read authors!

Favorite Quote:
"Pressing her nose against the car window, Lily frowned at the strip malls, gas stations, and industrial parks as they rolled by. 'Really?' she said. She'd expected to see something a bit more picturesque than Wal-Marts and Home-Depots en route to her dream school-at least a stately forest or a field with a few photogenic cows. And she should hear trumpets playing, plus a massive choir announcing in verse the approach of her destiny. 
Maybe she'd built up this moment a bit too much." (p.1)

Cover Art Commentary:
Are you kidding me?! Seriously, what isn't there to love about this cover?! The colors are purple and gray, and it had a HUGE gargoyle front and center! OF COURSE I LOVE IT! :D



  1. Glad you enjoyed it!

    I'm waiting for my copy of Drink, Slay, Love to arrive and I can't wait to see how it is :)

  2. Glad to hear she's a solid authoress. Great review.