Hello everyone! Happy Thursday–I had to look at my calendar to see what day it was! I had the privilege of reviewing another ARC (though I don’t think ARC is the right word for it…) and I’m excited to share my review with you all today! Be on the lookout for my upcoming post this Sunday as I’m participating in a blog tour for a new release! In addition, I’ll probably be posting a review of the sequel of this ARC in the near future as well.
I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Ivy Lovely is just your ordinary scaldrony maid. Her life revolves around taking care of the scaldrons in the castle she is employed at. However, everything changes when she is suddenly whisked away to the Halls of Ivy–a school for royals and scrivenists to practice their skills. Like the other students, Ivy attends classes and practices her magic, but something about her is different. Things that aren’t quite normal keep happening and she can’t help but wonder why no one else has the same issues. Many secrets have yet to be revealed and Ivy is determined to set them free.
This book was a delightful and entertaining read! It’s a middle grade fantasy novel and is the first in a four book series. I can’t help but acknowledge the Harry Potter feel of this book! Despite having some glaring differences from the Harry Potter series, this book has a very similar feel to the series as well. The Halls of Ivy reminded me of Hogwarts and I adored the magical creatures seen throughout the book. The little hairies that provide light and the scaldrons sound rather cute! The magical aspect of this book is it’s most defining feature and I love the way the author set it up!
The characters are also quite interesting. Ivy, a curious girl who can’t help but get in trouble; Rebecca, a girl determined to define her future herself; Fyn, a boy with a knack for showing up just at the right time, and many more! I can’t wait to see what trouble they get themselves into in the the next book!
Ultimately, this is a wonderful book for middle grade readers! With magical creatures, funny and meddlesome characters, and lots of adventure, this is sure to be a great fantasy series for younger readers!