Title: Enchanted Ivy
Author: Sarah Beth Durst
Publisher: Margaret K. McElderry Books
Release Date: October 2010
Pages: 310
Series: none
Source: library

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 Thoughts:
I have had this book on my to-read list for awhile, and I’m glad I finally read it. Lily thought she was a normal junior in high school looking to apply to her dream university, Princeton. She visited Princeton for alumni week with her mom and Princeton alumni grandpa. When her grandpa surprised her with the Legacy Test, a way for her to get an automatic acceptance letter, Lily’s world was turned upside down.

I liked Lily. It seemed like she had a pretty normal life except for her stress associated with her mom’s problem. Rose was loosing her memories. She didn’t even remember Lily’s father anymore who died when Lily was a baby. Lily had to constantly worry about her mother’s well-being, making sure she hadn’t wondered off or colored with permanent marker on the walls. Even though Lily’s mom had “brain hiccups” the two were a fun pair. I enjoyed the scenes with the two of them joking and having fun.

The romance in the book was perfect, not too much not too little. Tye was a mystery even to the end. I loved the parallel worlds of Princeton. The magical world was full of unicorns, dryads, talking animals, elves, etc. Lilly got caught up in a war between worlds. The action was great. I did feel slightly disconnected from the characters. I wished I could completely delve into them more. I can’t pinpoint a reason, just a general feeling at times.

Enchanted Ivy was a great read that I really enjoyed. It was exciting, romantic, and magical. I don’t think there’s a sequel, but if there is I’ll definitely read it.

There is more profanity in this book than I prefer, but not so much to make me stop reading. Details in my content ratings.

Content Ratings: highlight between ( ) to view details
Sexual Content: mild ( kissing )
Language: moderate ( God- 13, bast***- 1, s***- 3, h***- 7, d***- 4, a**- 2, God d***- 1 )
Violence: moderate ( fighting, blood, deaths )

This is book #1 for The Dusty Bookshelf Challenge 2012, hosted by Books: A True Story.


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