The crowns of Croswald / D.E. Night.
- ISBN: 9780996948654
- ISBN: 0996948651
- Physical Description: 314 pages : illustrations, 23 cm.
- Publisher: [Palm Beach Gardens, FL] : Stories Untold, LLC, 
- Copyright: ©2017
|Summary, etc.:||"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"--Back cover.|
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Gr 4-7-There's nothing new in this Harry Potter-inspired fantasy; a magic school, quirky professors, cleverly named spells, and a main character with a previously unknown magical bloodline all make an appearance. Ivy has known a life of servitude working for Royals in a castle hidden in a slurry field, which is a force field that blocks magic. When she finds herself outside of the fields for the first time, she is then (inexplicably) able to attend school at the Halls of Ivy where she can study to become a scrivenist. World-building falls flat-lots of magical terms are thrown around without context. There is no real suspense since it's obvious from the beginning that Ivy isn't who she thinks she is. It's almost impossible to keep track of the various characters, none of whom seem to have a clear impact on either Ivy or the story. There are some interesting imaginative elements, such as the glanagerie bottle, a world created in a genie bottle of sorts, but they seem to belong in a different story. This author has promise but needs to find her own voice. VERDICT Successful Harry Potter readalikes abound. Pass on this one.-Mandy Laferriere, Fowler Middle School, Frisco, TX Â© Copyright 2018. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.