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Enchanted Ivy

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What Lily Carter wants most in the world is to attend Princeton University just like her grandfather. When she finally visits the campus, Grandpa surprises her: She has been selected to take the top-secret Legacy Test. Passing means automatic acceptance to Princeton. Sweet!

Lily's test is to find the Ivy Key. But what is she looking for? Where does she start? As she searche...more
Hardcover, 310 pages
Published October 12th 2010 by Margaret K. McElderry Books
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This book ought to have gotten 2.5 stars, but I've given it a grace of an extra half-star!



Heroine: 1 (Make sure your selected heroine is nerdy, unpopular and supposedly smart. NEVER make your heroine both smart and popular, and as for a personality... forget it! This is just asking for trouble, because soon people will start expecting her to think, and fend for herself and acquire some emotional maturity... so don...more
Lilly has always had one dream. To get into Princeton University.
Now she has a chance. Take a test, but not just any test. A Legacy Test.
Task- Find the Ivy Key.
What's she get? An automatic acceptance to Princeton. That's right.
"Find the key and your future is assured. Your destiny, secured".
Sure...easy peasy.

I absolutely loved this book! Already a fan of Sarah Durst Ice. I couldn't wait to read her next book. It did not disappoint. Enchanted Ivy is a such a fun-filled fantasy treat that will st...more
Oh, Sarah! How do you do it? How do you consistently write books that are not only so GOOD, but also so DIFFERENT from anything else out there?

In ICE, she created something so new out of the East o' the Sun, West o' the Moon fairy tale that it took my breath away, and in ENCHANTED IVY, she takes Ivy League college traditions and gargoyles and . . . Okay, I can't tell you anything else. It would spoil it all! Sufficient to say, this book is a work of pure wonderment!
Oct 12, 2010 Nicole added it
This book reminded me what's so great about fantasy novels--they suck you into another world and you don't want to be pulled out. Gargoyles coming to life, were-tigers, knights, dragons...yeah, all that and more. I wish this alternate Princeton really existed! The author provides wonderful imagery and as the reader you want to walk through this magical campus, but you'll just have to settle through living it through Lily's eyes.

This story is so much more than just a quest for a key and hope for...more
Jenn Estepp
i don't really get why everyone is all about this book. it wasn't so terrible that i wanted to throw it across the room. or, even, sit in my apartment and nitpick it on the internet. (although i totally could if i wanted. just saying. ) but it was also not all that spectacular. much of it irked me and the characters seemed more like vehicles for the plot than actual characters. but maybe i am just jaded or biased by my obviously inferior not-ivy education. or something. a pretty cover and some b...more
After reading and falling in love with Sarah Beth Durst’s Ice, I had some pretty big expectations for Enchanted Ivy. But fortunately, the book surpassed soared high above every single one of them. Like Ice, it’s a gorgeously crafted story that takes something mundane like college and turns it into a fast-paced adventure.

What I really loved is how the plot takes dramatic shifts; Lily begins the book by accepting a challenge to find a ‘key’, and in exchange, she’ll receive an automatic acceptance...more
Steph Su
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'Enchanted Ivy' is a magical book. Sarah Beth Durst created fascinating world, even two of them - the magical Princeton inhabited by dragons, dryads, werebeasts and other fantastic creatures, and the human Princeton, where knights protect humanity from monsters with gargoyles guiding them. The book left some questions about this world and its history unanswered, but overall I truly enjoyed the trip to Princeton.

Our hero, Lily Carter, enters these worlds without even knowing it - and the plot is...more
My copy of Enchanted Ivy by Sarah Beth Durst came with a note about the inspiration for this story. I’m not certain how much that affected my reading of the book (though it certainly charmed me) but it does mean I’m about to throw one of my really bad jokes your way; Enchanted Ivy was truly an enchanting read. (Sorry. I’m actually much funnier than this in person, I swear.)

One problem I often have with contemporary fantasy is its tendency to ignore the magic of the world around us in its longing...more
Oct 16, 2011 Kereesa rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: You like YA? Sure, why not.
Lily Carter is just a normal girl.

*Sigh* When are they ever?

Lily Carter is just a normal girl. Who wants to go to Princeton just like her grandfather. So, on a surprise trip there, her grandfather and a large group of older folk invite her to complete a quest. If she fulfills it, she gains automatic entrance to Princeton.


So, Lily is off to find the Ivy Key, whatever that is, all the while noticing that Princeton, yeah Princeton, is turning out to be stranger than she thought.

That's right,...more
Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids
Enchanted Ivy seduced me with it's rich lore, and held me captive by it's vivid setting. Sarah Beth Durst's breathe taking descriptions of her setting had me wishing I could travel to Princeton to walk through the FitzRandolph Gate just to see the land that lies on other side.

Lily Carter has a dream to attend Princeton University like her parents and grandfather before he did. When she and her mother accompany her Grandfather to a reunion weekend at this prestigious university, Lily is offered a...more
Pamela Kramer
Enchanted Ivy by Sarah Beth Durst has a story line that at first seems only mildly interesting, but once started, the book is difficult to put down. Durst take the "interesting" story line and with her deft prose and runaway imagination creates a tale filled with rich characters, wonderful story-telling, and puzzle pieces that fall together perfectly.

Lily, the protagonist, is a wonderful heroine--not too perfect, not too beautiful, not too athletic--but like Goldilocks, she's just right.

Lily di...more
Kathryn  Cooper
I have had this book on my to-read list for awhile, and I'm glad I finally read it. Lily thought she was a normal junior in high school looking to apply to her dream university, Princeton. She visited Princeton for alumni week with her mom and Princeton alumni grandpa. When her grandpa surprised her with the Legacy Test, a way for her to get an automatic acceptance letter, Lily's world was turned upside down.

I liked Lily. It seemed like she had a pretty normal life except for her stress associat...more
Underwhelmed and annoyed.

Read this book after Ice, which reviewed lower ratings but is by far the better written book.

Basically, this book was a tribute to Princeton, which I understand the author attended because of her Acknowledgements section, but I felt it was so much of a knock towards Yale and Harvard that frankly, it got annoying. I understand that it must be a gorgeous place and the main character has family traditions that make her want to attend, but all this raving about the place an...more
Lily was a good daughter and a good granddaughter. Unlike most YA characters that I encounter, Lily was family-oriented and that was one of the things I liked about her. She lived by the ‘family first’ code. Having a mother who had psychosis and suffered from brain hiccups was difficult. There was always an extra safety measure to take. But her love for her mother overpowered everything else.

Enchanted Ivy was set in Princeton University, a place of wonder and mystery. Lily was given a chance to...more
Amber Skye
Who knew that Princeton could be so magical? At first, I was bored by the idea of the entire novel revolving around Lily's dream to attend Princeton. Thankfully, things picked up and Lily was soon swept up into a tale of incredible creatures and dark secrets.

Lily Carter is a witty and brave protagonist. She cares deeply for her family members and desperately tries to protect them. Although Lily comes up with many smart solutions, she also makes mistakes. I was never annoyed with her, and I hone...more
Feb 02, 2011 Alicia rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Middle schoolers or those who are easily impressed by generic fantasy stories.
Although my feelings towards Sarah Beth Durst's other novel, Ice, could be summed up with a general "meh", I decided to give her another chance to wow me with Enchanted Ivy. Enchanted Ivy, the story of a narnia-esque fantasy world that is connected to the human world through the front gates of Princeton University, unfortunately fell flat as well. It was decently written. It had likable enough, if perhaps slightly dull, characters, along with your standard sexed-up cast of fuzzy fantasy friends...more
Lily Carter just wants to get into college, or if you want to be specific, Princeton University, the alma mater of her Grandpa. So when Grandpa invites her to come along during Princeton Reunions weekend, Lily jumps at the chance to visit her dream school. So when she’s asked to take the secret Legacy Test, which will guarantee admittance to Princeton if she passes, of course she accepts this challenge to find the Ivy Key. Little does Lily know that this undertaking will change life as she knows...more
Lydia Presley
I didn't cave to the pressure of The Ivy or any of the other gossipy-type books dealing with ivy league schools, but I couldn't resist the fantasy element of Enchanted Ivy. I'm glad as well, because this was an incredibly fun book with a lot of fun information filling its pages.

Sarah Beth Durst went to Princeton and the cover indicates that she spent some time there wondering what the gargoyles would say if they could talk...and so a story woven around the history and architecture of Princeton w...more
I fell in love with Sarah Beth Durst’s writing and storytelling abilities after reading her debut novel, Ice. When I heard that she was going to come out with another book, I jumped at the chance of receiving a copy for review! I wanted to know if Sarah would fall in the horrible second book mode or if she would prevail. I’m happy to say that I am wholeheartedly happy with this one!

Sarah’s writing ability and how she is able to weave such great stories together continues to astonish me. The plot...more
Two stars is low, possibly a little lower than the book deserves. The fantasy elements are cleverly drawn, and the setting is inventive. What I couldn't get into was Princeton itself. The whole of the story felt like an insider's ode to Princeton, rather than a descriptive view of a notable location. I couldn't get past the unfamiliar use of terms (I would expect to hear about Reunion Weekend, for example, rather than Reunions Weekend, no matter how accurate the latter might be), the inclusion o...more
Miss Clark
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4.5 Stars...

I’ve enjoyed all of Sarah Beth Durst’s books, so I had high hopes for this novel. Thankfully, it delivered most of what I wanted. I loved the concept and thought it was well executed. I certainly can’t say that this novel is a derivative of another; it comes on its own term and with its own ideas. Parallel worlds are nothing new, but the delightful little twists put on it made it just different enough. As a student who actually looked at Princeton not too long ago, I could picture so...more
wow what an amazing quick read. i connected with the main character straight away, and also fell in love with tye straight away too. this book has to be the best ive ever read from this author, including being better than drink slay love, but i think thats cus i love books about magic and magic creatures more than vampires. this books writing style was so easy to read and made it very difficult to put down
highly recomend :)
Sienna of the Ray-Burnished Hills
A novel that managed to remind me of Julie Kagawa's "Iron Fey" series, the famous "Harry Potter' and Colleen Houck's "Tiger's Curse" in the entirety of its duration. The love triangle was putrefying and stereotypical, the world thin, and the characters gormless. Gormless is a fine word to describe the protagonist by: I am not entirely a proponent of a berserk "Strong Female Character" action girl, as that appears another stereotype but even emotionally Lily was dis-satisfactory.

I detested the l...more
This is the stand-alone book I have been CRAVING!

When I read this book I was reading a bunch of different series and it HIT THE SPOT! So if you been searching for a great stand alone book- which are desperately needed in this sea of never ending series- you have found the book.
Fun read!A little twighlity with the two boys but there was enough of of a twist that it was a good read. I loved that It was very different form anything I have read before. Would recommend for teens because of the boyfriend-girlfriend stuff. But it was very clean with some violence.
"Enchanted Ivy" was different to what I normally read ... I saw it in a bookstore and immediately fell in love with the cover and the design of the chapter x pages - seriously, so pretty! I'm not really into fantasy - especially not when the books are kinda short, this book "only" had 340 pages (german version) - because it always takes me long to imagine the world and all the different creatures that exist in it.

I haven't had lots of trouble picturing the worlds of "Enchanted Ivy"! Maybe becaus...more
Rebecca Lea
I can't wait to read this!!! I keep getting excited every time I come visit GR.
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Sarah Beth Durst is the author of eight fantasy novels for teens and adults. Her YA titles include Conjured, Vessel, Drink Slay Love, Enchanted Ivy, Ice, Out of the Wild, and Into the Wild. Her first book for adults, The Lost, came out in June 2014 from Harlequin/Mira and will soon by followed by The Missing, in December 2014, and The Found, in April 2015. Sarah's next book for teens, Chasing Powe...more
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“Look you don't know I'm your soul mate," Lily said. " You barely know me at all. I have terrible habits. I swallow toothpaste. My socks don't always match. I'm not good at small talk. I'm just about the most unpopular kid in class, a close third behind the guy who doesn't shower and the girl who's a compulsive liar. Besides, it's not like Jake and me... He was just being nice."
"You are my soul mate, even if you don't know it yet," Tye said”
“promise the dragon won't eat me."The dragon spoke. "I wouldn't dream of it, little Key. You are not flavored to my liking."
"Somehow I don't feel reassured," she said.”
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