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Review-The Crowns of Croswald

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/ 4 stars ⁣

Synopsis from GoodReads:

In Croswald, the only thing more powerful than dark magic is one secret…

For sixteen years Ivy Lovely has been hidden behind an enchanted boundary that separates the mundane from the magical. When Ivy crosses the border, her powers awaken. Curiosity leads her crashing through a series of adventures at the Halls of Ivy, a school where students learn to master their magical blood and the power of Croswald’s mysterious gems. When Ivy’s magic––and her life––is threatened by the Dark Queen, she scrambles to unearth her history and save Croswald before the truth is swept away forever.

My Thoughts-Spoiler Free

*I received a free ebook copy from the publisher for an honest review*

If you are missing the magical world of Hogwarts, this is the book for you!! Ivy Lovely is a scaldrony maid at Plum Castle, an orphan with no magical abilities, or so she thinks. Her best friend at Plum Castle is a dwarf and like all orphans is treated horribly by her superiors.

Getting kicked out of the castle having to leave her dwarf best friend behind, she travels beyond the bounds of the Slurry. Once she crosses out of the Slurry her powers awaken and she soon finds herself on her way to the magical school. At the Halls of Ivy she will learn how to be a scrivenist. A scrivenist wields magic through quills, yes, you read that right, quills!

As I read this delightful story I couldn't help but smile at her bravery, and her adventurous spirit. Ivy is trying to solve the mystery that seems to surround her. Her nightly dreams of a man trying to speak with her, why she has the powers she has and why her lessons seems to go wrong for her. Her inquisitiveness of course gets her in all heaps of trouble.

Although Ivy is sixteen, she seemed a little younger to me. This book read more like a Middle Grade read than a YA read but overall it was a great story, wish it could have been a little longer. Looking forward to the next book!

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