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4.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too, 11 Feb 2011
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This review is from: Enchanted Ivy (Hardcover)
Lily Carter comes from a long line of Princeton alumnus, so of course Princeton is her dream school, as well. During a visit to the university, Lily's grandfather has a surprise for her - if Lily can pass the Legacy Test, she will win automatic acceptance into Princeton.

All she has to do is find the Ivy Key. Lily has no idea what that even means, but sets off to complete her quest.

When she meets a cute boy named Ty, who has tiger striped hair, and starts hearing the Princeton gargoyles talk to her, Lily begins to uncover the school's secrets. There are actually two Princetons - and passage through the gate can lead someone from one side to the other - but, of course, the Key is needed.

The two Princetons are supposed to keep each other safe and keep their secret, but not everyone is working to make that happen. As strange things from another place start to appear on campus, Lily is soon caught between both worlds.

The worlds Sarah Beth Durst creates are always a joy to read! ENCHANTED IVY takes a normal setting and gives it a magical twist. There is a lot of college talk, so younger readers might not understand the setting completely, and the story has somewhat of a slow start, but stick with it and the book takes off. There are lots of secrets, and it's fun to uncover the Princeton in the world we know and the parallel Princeton that is full of magic.

There are several twists that will keep readers guessing. Those looking for a stand-alone fantasy with a bit of romance and a lot of action will find an engaging tale in ENCHANTED IVY.

Reviewed by: Sarah Bean the Green Bean Teen Queen
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Enchanted Ivy by Sarah Beth Durst (Paperback - 13 Sep 2011)
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