Title: The Crowns of Croswald
Author: D.E. Night
Publisher: Stories Untold Press
Publish Date: July 21, 2017
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "In Croswald, the only thing more powerful than dark magic is one secret…
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 Two Cents:
"The Crowns of Croswald" is the story of Ivy, a girl who is adrift until she gets the chance to go to a school where she will learn to use the magic that has been there all along. Geared for middle grade readers, this book has a lot of fantasy and magic to excite younger readers.
This book was a slow start for me. We first meet Ivy before she has gone to school when she dreams big dreams. It's not until about halfway through the book that the action really begins to pick up and Ivy begins to interact more with the others at school and begins to uncover the secrets of what her life will eventually be like.
There is some good world building in this book, which I liked and believe will appeal to middle grade readers. From the magic to the names of some of the characters in this book, this book has a very Harry Potter feel to it.
The writing of the book was a little stiff in some places but this was uneven. There would be some passages that had a lot of flow to them and others where every thought and action was told rather than showed.
Overall, I think the fantasy was good but could have flowed more. I am interested to see where Ivy's story goes!