I got this book for free from the publisher (Stories Untold) and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
And what can I say, I am totally obsessed with the world the author has created in this book.
I am usually a little skeptical about reading books with a magic school, because I m afraid it would be very similar to Harry Potter. This book is infact a little similar to Harry Potter in the sense that it has a magic school which teaches about potions, magical creatures and certain charms. But that’s where the similarity ends. And the world that author has created is very unique with the rules of it’s own. I loved everything about Croswald and Halls of Ivy. And I loved the character of Ivy lovely.
Just give me Ivy Lovely and crosswald related Merch already. She is just so adorable.
The magical classes in the book were pretty enjoyable too. I wish there was more of that in the book though because we get very less of the side characters in the book. It tends to focus only on the main characters and her friends, except the mean queen bee maybe.
Now coming to the storyline and plot, I liked how delicately so many complicated concepts and ideas are tied up in the story and yet it all fits so well together. And when the book ends you are left with wanting to know more of Croswald and where the story would lead for Ivy and her friends.
I also enjoyed the illustrations in the book. Every chapter has one illustration depicting what’s going to happen in the book along with the chapter title. It made the reading experience all the more interesting.