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Enchanted Ivy by Sarah Beth Durst
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Feb 08, 2011

it was amazing

Following up Durst's impressive Ice is an unrelated, but just as lovely and readable story about Lily Carter, a high school junior tagging along with her Grandfather at his Princeton reunion weekend.

But Grandpa has a surprise for Lily, she's to undergo a test at the exclusive dining club, the Vineyard, with a prize of instant admission to Princeton if she is successful, and banishment from the club if she is not.

Lily undertakes the quest to find the "ivy key", leaving her medicated and flightly mother in her Grandfather's care.

Tye, a tiger-stripe dyed hair boy whose touch feels like electric sparks, and Jake, the grandson of the Vineyard Club's leader, help her on her quest.

Lily must unlock the secret of the Princeton gargoyles, her own parentage, while fending off mysterious creatures intent on her death.

One could take a look at this book and say its just your normal, run-of-the-mill YA faerie romance. You've got the plucky young girl discovering powers, a love triangle involving a shapeshifter, and mother-daughter issues galore.

But that wouldn't do justice to Durst's ability to make you fall head-over-heels in love with Lily, Tye, Jake, the Princeton gargoyles, Lily's flight mother, the noble-intentioned but evil man behind her father's death, and what Lily is willing to do to help those she loves.

Tye and Lily's banter keeps overly dramatic moments (like when he tells her she's his soulmate) from being overly dramatic. There isn't any fresh twist on this YA trope, but the inside details of a Princeton reunion weekend and the characters populating both worlds in this story keep you hooked.

While there is some gore and death involved in human-faerie battle here, the romance is definitely in the lower YA genre.

Durst is definitely a must-read author.

This Book's Food Designation Rating: Clam Chowder in a bread bowl for the luscious, creamy characters in a compulsively eatable, familiar, and satisfying vehicle.
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