Book Review: Enchanted Ivy by Sarah Beth Durst

Synopsis (from Goodreads.com): 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.

My Review: It was a light and fun read. And quick, too. I read it in one setting, though I wouldn't say it kept me on the edge of my seat. It was pretty easy to guess what was coming next a lot of the time, but it was still interesting to see how it unfolded. A few parts seemed a little repetitive to me, but they were easily overlooked. I didn't like the bad guy. He wasn't cool. I'm a big bad-guy fan (President Snow, King Leck, Belatrix Lestrange, Basta...) and this guy just wasn't up to par. He was a little annoying sometimes. He wasn't very smart, or very devious. Bad guys have to be devious. I wasn't a big fan of the main character either. She was a little slow sometimes. A lot of times, actually. 

So overall, a good read for someone with extra time. I did feel that there was room for a second book, so we'll see how that turns out. Here are some links if you'd like to learn more about Enchanted Ivy:

Thanks for reading!


  1. As you know I'm a cover person, and I have to say that is an interesting cover :) In a good way I mean lol. Great review Amanda, The book sounds interesting although, I kinda like books that put you on the edge of your seat. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!!

  2. Thanks for the comment! I thought the cover was interesting, too :) That's one of the main reasons I bought it actually.

  3. I loved the cover but I think the premise sold me. I thought this book was very nice but it didn't amaze me. I had basically the same sentiment. Thanks for the review!

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