Monday, January 24, 2011

Enchanted Ivy

Enchanted Ivy
By Sarah Beth Durst
Margaret K. McElderry Books, 2010. 310 pgs. Young Adult

Lily thinks she's just accompanying her mother and grandfather on a trip to Princeton for her grandfather's class reunion. However, when she gets there she finds out that she has been selected for a test--a test that if she passes will give her automatic entrance into Princeton, and, hopefully, help her mother, whose mental capacities are slipping. This test is unlike anything she'd expected, though, as it turns out there are two Princetons--one if the world Lily has grown up in, and one in the magical world which she never knew existed.

I thought this book started out really well--there's action, two cute guys, and a quest--but it didn't necessarily deliver everything it seemed to promise. The love triangle was underdeveloped to the point that it seemed tangential to the story rather than being a gripping element, and the whole quest seemed to be resolved a little too quickly and easily. However, for those who like contemporary fairy tales, this is one to check out.


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