I loved the whole Harry Potter series, so when I was contacted to try a book that is described as part Harry Potter, part Percy Jackson, I knew I had to read it.
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The Crowns of Croswald by D.E. Night follows the story of Ivy Lovely, a girl who grew up as a kitchen servant. When she loses her job, she finds herself on a journey to The Halls of Ivy, a magic school.
Ivy struggles to understand her classmates and the tools she needs to do her magic, especially since she doesn’t find out she even possess the ability to do magic until she’s 16. However, any doubt she has about her ability to do magic disappears the first day of class when a professor has the students enter a glanagerie bottle that was to be filled with an image he created in his mind; instead, Ivy finds herself in a completely different world, far different from the world her professor created. When she finally leaves the glanagerie, she re-enters the classroom with a journal from the glanagerie world, something that is not supposed to happen.
As punishment she’s sent to the Selector’s office where the journal is thrown into the The Forgotten Room. Whatever enters that room, whether it is a journal or a painting or even a person, is immediately forgotten. But, unlike others at the school, Ivy has the ability to remember.
Ivy makes friends with a classmate named Fyn and her roommate, Rebecca. She also is befriended by Winsome, an elder who stays hidden in a castle and teaches Ivy some of his magic.
But as the year progresses, Ivy learns that there is something special about her. Something so special that the Dark Queen wants nothing more than to kill her.
You can get a feel for this book by watching the trailer.
I enjoyed this book, and I appreciated that the author left the door wide open for a follow up book, or two. For fans of Harry Potter, especially girls, this is a must read.
I give this book 4 out of 5 stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.
Note: I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review. All opinions given are my own.