Well, this is one that I'm very excited to talk about. I don't even know where to begin because this book was pure awesomeness! I'll admit, in the past, I've looked at books like this from a far. Not that I wasn't interested in them but I didn't have the confidence to jump right in and think that it would meet what I had hoped it would and be left disappointed. This exceeded what I'd hope it would be and it's definitely one to explore.
The best way that I feel wraps up the book without giving away anything is reading the summary for it.
“In Croswald, the only thing more powerful than dark magic is one secret…
For sixteen years Ivy Lovely has been hidden behind an enchanted boundary that separates the mundane from the magical. When Ivy crosses the border, her powers awaken. Curiosity leads her crashing through a series of adventures at the Halls of Ivy, a school where students learn to master their magical blood and the power of Croswald’s mysterious gems. When Ivy’s magic––and her life––is threatened by the Dark Queen, she scrambles to unearth her history and save Croswald before the truth is swept away forever. “
There was something special about this book. Before I read the book, there was this note from the author that had an antiquated look that really set the tone for my experience of the book and opened my imagination. I've read a few reviews on the book and read this experience compared to Harry Potter, I have to agree with them. I also have to add that this for me ignited that warm inviting curiosity that Chronicles of Narnia draws in that brings you into their world and just ignites your imagination.
D.E. Night definitely has a gift for the beautiful imagery described with her words. Not just a really good story told but the way she wrote was so captivating to read. She does such a great job creating visually for the reader what we are experiencing on the page. All I kept thinking while I was reading the book was how I wish I could be watching this unfold on the big screen. This would really translate well.
I really enjoyed the journey that unfolds about Ivy and her gaining the confidence to be more than what she could've dreamed she could. Her preserving thirst for curiosity and following her adventures seeing her uncover a truth that leads to secrets that unfold about her brings everything full circle. The only thing that I'm pleading about is the ending of this book. I'm hoping for some sort of conclusion. I feel like everything was happening sort of quick in the end and I've got so many questions that would be awesome to read about in another book. Let's hope! This was fun, magical and really a breath of fresh air to escape into. I loved everything about it and are really excited to know what others think about. I'm definitely recommending it.