*Enchanted Ivy-- Sarah Beth Durst

Release Date: October 12, 2010
Genre: Fantasy, Romance
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry
Pages: 320
Series: ?
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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.
Review: Sarah, Sarah, Sarah. Are you out there? Are you reading this? You’ve stopped by my blog before, so if you’re reading this I just want you to know that I love you. You’re amazing. And no, I’m not trying to prepare you for a bad review. The book is fabulous. I just wanted to let you know.

As to my readers, you can probably tell by now that I loved this book. I feel floaty and happy inside.

This isn’t a rollercoaster of a book. It won’t have you on the edge of your seat and screaming. What it is, is… a ride on a cloud. It’s a little scary to be up so high, but the setting is comfortable, and the view is exhilarating.

Oh look at me, I’m getting metaphorical. Here, I’ll start talking straight.

Enchanted Ivy is a magical ride full of twists and turns and MAGIC. I want to believe such a place like Princeton University exists. Oh, wait! It does! Some day I vow to travel there and get the gargoyles to speak to me.

It isn’t a deep book, but I certainly wouldn’t call it fluff. I read it in one day as I walked across campus (always a dangerous venture) and the pages just seemed to fly by.

My only complaint (and the reason it got 4 flowers) is I wish there had been more! I wanted more detail, more character relationships, more time! I liked Ice better because I had more time with the characters. I finished Enchanted Ivy feeling like it wasn’t quite over yet. I only got a brief glimpse into this world. Not enough. Not nearly enough.

All review content © Enna Isilee, Squeaky Books 2007-2010


  1. Thank you for the review! I've seen this book everywhere and am interested in seeing what all the buzz is about :)

  2. I had no idea what this novel was about, but loved the title, so I'm defiantly going to check out out now.

  3. You could come visit. We could drive out to Princeton and later then go author-stalk Maria V. Snyder.

    And you could do my math homework for me!

  4. Anilee, I would love to do ALL of those things!!!


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