Review in ten words: Magic school with intense world building. Plot difficult to follow. 2.5/5
Ivy Lovely is sixteen and dreads her future as a Scaldron maid. Everything changes when she is led over a magical barrier and discovers a whole new world; Croswald. Croswald is whimsical and somewhere I would love to visit.
But, of course, all is not well. There is an evil queen, there are unanswered questions about Ivy’s past- not to mention having to take on a new school.
I was provided with a copy of this book by Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.
What I liked:
The author has created a fascinating world! I loved all of the nuanced features of the world and school, it felt like an escape. It is obvious that the features of the world around Ivy have been painstakingly thought out by the author. The depth of detail allows the reader to clearly see the world. The animals in this world were one of my favourite features of the book.
What I didn’t like:
For a middle grade reading level the plot was a little tricky to follow at some points. There seemed to be a lot going on but when I reflected a lot of my questions weren’t being answered?
Ivy as a character was frustrating at times, but then again, she is a sixteen year old whose life has been thrown upside down. Potentially, I can allow her to be unclear on her motives at some points in the book.
Even with the consideration of the reading level the dialogue was very exposition heavy at some points.
Readers who love magic schooling stories would enjoy this one.