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.”


*I was sent this book for review by NetGalley. All opinions stated are my own.*

This book was fantastic.

A lot of my friends and some of the channels that I follow on YouTube were getting a copy of this book as an ARC from the publisher and once I heard what it was about, I knew I had to get a copy of it for myself.

It did not let me down.

This book has one of my favorite things included in books: the magical school setting. It reminded me so much of Harry Potter with that incorporated into it. Anytime a book has that kind of setting, I’m usually invested in it. This was one of those schools that had elements of some other stories like this but also had a spin on it. I also liked the training that the students went through. Being able to use mysterious gems as power was so cool.

I really liked Ivy as a main character. It was a little hard for me to like her at first but one she started her training at the Halls of Ivy, I really started to like her. She kind of reminded me of a female version of Harry Potter but had the personality of Percy Jackson (which are characters in two of my favorite series.) I can’t wait to see her character develop throughout the rest of the series.

The action in this book was also great. The battle scenes that were included in this book were just fantastic. I was completely engrossed in all of the action. It was the kind of page-turning, not wanting to put the book down action that I love.

There were only a couple of problems that I had with this book. First was the pacing. I found this book a little hard to get into at first but once I got into it (about a quarter of the way through) I really did enjoy it. The other was how many similarities it had to Harry Potter. At some points, I felt like I was reading Harry Potter for the first time but from a female main characters point of view. But I still did enjoy it.

Overall, this was a great book. The hype of this book is definitely worth it. If you are a fan of Harry Potter or fantasy in general, this would be the series to pick up. I can’t wait to see where the story goes from here.