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The Crowns of Croswald

(The Crowns of Croswald #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  2,624 ratings  ·  2,085 reviews
This is a page-turning fantasy in the tradition of fairy tales, whimsical worlds, and coming-of-age stories.

The Crowns of Croswald invites young readers to explore themes of stepping into their own magic, discovering their true selves, and battling evil head-on. Hailed by Kirkus Reviews as “an action-packed treat […] with a relatable heroine facing challenges in a vivid wo
Kindle Edition, 249 pages
Published July 21st 2017 by Stories Untold Press
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I got this lovely little box from the author sent to my PO Box. It is lovely, although, my special newspaper was torn =(

I liked Ivy's character. She gets kicked out of the castle and ends up at a school to hone her magical skills. She has some trial and error at this school! Who doesn't?

I very much enjoyed the magic system and the characters. I think middle grade readers will enjoy this book!

Happy Reading!

Mel ♥
May 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
I received this book for free from the publisher (Stories Untold) in exchange for an honest review.

This book was so magical! It reminded me a lot of different fantasy books I read as a kid so it felt very nostalgic to me. If I had read this as a kid, I know I would have loved it.

The whole story was very whimsy and imaginative, perfect for young middle grade readers. It was so creative. I loved learning about the school, the creatures, and just the world of Croswald in general. The world buildi
Jan farnworth
Jul 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
If you are a harry potter fan, magic boarding school fan, and lost princesses who don't know they are queens then this book is the book for you.  We have a lovely character named Ivy who for the first part of the book is slumming away in a kitchen and we get the pleasure of meeting the unique Scaldrons dragons who bake in their mouths.  While we are meeting these we get a real glimpse in to the misery that is Ivy life and how she is thrust out into the world quite suddenly after a hiccup with on ...more
Whispering Stories
Jun 26, 2019 rated it liked it
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The first thing I thought going in to this book is how heavily influenced it is by Harry Potter. It’s still very much its own world and has its own quirks, but there’s a lot of Potter-esque things going on.

I love the world building and magic in this story, it’s fun and not something I’ve come across before – some of the students have stones with very specific magical traits that they have to learn to control, while others have powers related to artistic
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Thanks to the publisher and author for providing this book in exchange for an honest review.

Here are some of my thoughts:
• I see what the author did there with having the most mysterious character in her book, Derwin Edgar Night, having a nod at her own name, D.E. Night. Love it.
• I like diving into this new world of magic, especially a school of magic. Who can resist that?
• A surprising character for me is Rebecca. I thought she was going to be a snob when we first met her, but she turns out t
Jun 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 magical stars!

This is a delightful YA fantasy story involving a young lady with magical abilities and a magic school where she finds herself belonging. This book feels reminiscent of Harry Potter, in all the right ways.

Young Ivy Lovely, care-taker of scaldrons (cute dragons that provide fire for cooking food for a castle) is content enough with her lot in life, though she secretly wishes for more. She shows talent for remembering her dreams, a photographic memory, and being able to perfectly s
abdulia ortiz-perez
Jun 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
New magical and creatures!
What a perfect magical book it was. The magic in this story was good. I wanted to join in the fun and battel evil. New adventure to go on. I was happy to receive this book. this is a magicale delightful YA Fantasy. Love the hole point of female power. Love Ivy! The magic and creatures are so good! I love all the characters. Great new world to now more about. I couldn't put this down at all. I wanted now so much about everything going on. This book has everything you wa
Renee Beason
Jun 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
**Thank you to NetGalley for an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review**

I really enjoyed this book. The characters are unique, as is the story. I get reminded of Harry Potter with the whole school and magic thing, but the author has managed to make it so unique and different. The description of the world is amazing. You get pulled into a mystical adventure right from the beginning. The cover is wonderful and the author is really nice, making the whole experience even better. I would
Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach
Very cute book! I loved the world of Croswald and Ivy. I wish I had more info about everything though. The school, the Selector, The Dark Queen, the magic... all of it.

Looking forward to reading the next one!
E. (abookwormsnook Reviews )
Where to start with this review. that is the true question. I guess I should tell you a bit about the book, that way you can see why I was so excited to read and review it.

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 sc
This book, although set in a very interesting world, with a unique magical system centered around quills and inks, doesn't get my full love.
Why you say, when I've been dying to read this book since the first time I saw it?
Well, let's just say that I feel the author has this strange aversion against food??

I mean, Ivy's first day at school she skipped lunch (and breakfast, I'm pretty sure, since she said that lunch was the first time she saw the dining hall). Then, the second day, she also skip
Lauren Stoolfire
I received a free paperback ARC from JKS Communications - Literary Publicity regarding author D.E. Night's debut novel.

For her entire life, Ivy has lived behind a boundary that separates the mundane world from the magical. It's hidden her effectively up until she crosses that border and her magical powers awaken. She ends up becoming a student at the Halls of Ivy, a school for those who need to master their magic as well as to learn how to use Croswald's gems. After an attack, Ivy quickly has to
Brooke — brooklynnnnereads
2.5 stars

I have been anticipating this novel for quite some time. I have been wanting to get my hands on it for SO long thatwhen I was approached by the publisher to review a copy, I was ecstatic.

I have difficulty reviewing this novel because my opinion continues to ebb and flow. This story is magical and whimsical in every sense. Whether it be the writing, the characters, the settings, the world, or the general aesthetic of the cover/chapter illustrations, everything surrounding this novel is e
Mar 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My first review didn't post, so here is a new one.

I was given a copy of this book by the author for an honest review.

This was a beautifully written coming of age story that blew me away. It was about a young woman who thought she had no place in her world. But events happened to change all of that. She gets put into situations she never thought possible. And through these situations she gains courage and the will to fight for what she believes in.

I would like to say more, but I don't want to spo

Ivy Lovely was a lowly kitchen girl, never allowed to do anything more – until the day she was banished from all she’d known and was taken to Croswald and the school which would teach her about her magic; how her powers worked and her mastering of all she was meant to do. Ivy was sixteen years of age. She was uncertain, immediately embarrassed and humiliated – although the nice teacher chastised the class – and wasn’t sure where anything was. And although she was aware she would learn, it w
Kira Simion
Jun 30, 2017 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gift-or-won, on-hold
When I review this book, I shall do it with honesty. I received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review. Thank you!

Down edit:

*tears of joy*

Thank you author, publisher, mailing company=UPS, and the unicorn luck that helped me win. (Because I don't know how else I won). ;w;


My email said the book would arrive in 4-6 weeks! (Aka July 28th as the 4th week and August 14th being the 6th
Jun 21, 2017 rated it liked it
*Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for an e-ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review*

3.5 Stars! This was quite a fun adventure! I keep seeing it being compared with Harry Potter and I definitely see why, it was Harry Potter meets Disney's "Tangled"!

I loved the world the author created with the unique magic of the "scriveners" and the "crowns", all the interesting creatures and the strange characters. I loved Ivy, the main character, but she came across like a middle grade charact
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
DNF @ 170 pages

Thank you to the publisher and author for sending me a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I just can’t get into it. More on that later. The narrative idea is interesting but the writing style is difficult to fall in love with for me.
Mar 30, 2018 rated it did not like it
1.5/5 stars.

I received a free copy of this book from the author/publisher in exchange for an honest review.

I wanted to like this book. I heard it compared to Harry Potter and it has other great reviews on Goodreads (so keep in mind that I may just be crazy as you read this review), and of course, no one ever wants to write a bad review of a book, so I always want to like the books or ARCs I'm asked to review. I know authors have it rough sometimes, and I know if I ever get a novel I've written p
Nicole Alycia
Jul 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm really glad I agreed to receive a copy of this book to review!
I absolutely loved the world created in this book. The magic and the way magic is used is totally unique. I loved the idea of a school of magic (it really did have some HP vibes) and I loved the characters! Ivy kinda reminded me of a mix between Hermione and Luna which made her totally awesome in my opinion.
It was an action packed, fun filled story and I definitely recommend giving it a read!
Abbie | nerdyabbie
Super cute middle-grade fantasy about a young girl who gets carted away to a magical school. The writing style was whimsical, and everything about the world was so cute and sweet. Definitely recommend if you have tiny book lovers who love stories about magic!
Shally Ortiz
Mar 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Disclaimer: I was fortunate enough to receive an advance copy of this marvelous book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

My reviews are always honest, because there truly isn’t a point in lying to yourself and others. Not all readers share the same interests and likes. So what I might like you might not, however, there is always and very thin line between bashing and giving constructive criticism. That’s the line where I stand.

The Crowns of Crosswalk is a delightful book. The book
Kadi P
Jan 17, 2021 marked it as to-read
Recommended to Kadi by: Ilsen Leon
Shelves: arc-tbr
Pre-reading thoughts: (17/01/2021)
I'm not sure if this book is good but I am 100% certain it has the most beautiful cover and so do the other books in the series. The posters are beautiful too. I need to love this book so I can feel even more love for the posters! Such pretty art😍
4.3/5 ~ Thank You so much to author D.E. Night and Stories Untold Press for giving me a free copy of this book with the magical box!

This book is so magical!! Yesterday I read 200 pages without even realizing because it sucks you completely into that world.
It’s set in a magical school and you know how much I already enjoy those books. Let’s add a good story, a badass villain and very detailed descriptions of the school days and classes and I’m sold 😜
Sophie Elaina
The Crowns of Croswald is filled with magic and adventure and I adored getting lost in the intricate fantasy world. I found the book to be a very enjoyable read and I think it is an excellent middle grade novel.

The book follows sixteen year old Ivy a girl who has been hidden behind an enchanted boundary away from magic until one day she crosses over and her powers are awakened. Leading her on a striking path, and ending up a student at Halls of Ivy a school for those who need to master their ma
Jenny (Bookbookowl)
Actual rating 3.5 stars.

Thank you to the author, D.E. Night for sending me this book in exchange for an honest review.

Ivy Lovely is a sixteen year old kitchen maid who doesn't expect to do much else with her life, and certainly doesn't expect to ever be able to attend the Halls of Ivy, a magical school for royals and those born with magical blood. However, when she is kicked out of her job and home, she crosses a magical boundary that sees her whisked off to the school after all. Once she arrive
Chiara | _ckarys
Aug 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: indie-books
*I recieved an ARC copy from the author to review*

If I had to describe The Crowns of Croswald in a few words, I would say "Harry Potter meets Alice in Wonderland." I don't know how each of you would react to such a definition, but in this case, it's an absolutely successful combination!
What I immediately loved about the Crowns of Croswald was the strong presence of magic that can be felt already in the beginning pages of the book. You can feel the magic with every flip of the page and that is so
☘Tara Sheehan☘
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The book is intended for a younger audience so some of the plot may seem simple or even predictable to older audiences but Night has this way of making the reading experience fun as if you get to travel back to your own childhood to experience this through less jaded eyes.

It comes off a bit like Harry Potter meets Cinderella. You have the ‘scullery maid’ who discovers she’s not what she thought she was and off to a new magical world she goes. Okay so that’s taking paraphrasing to the extreme but
Bunny theshybooks
Jul 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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The Crowns of Croswald | D.E. Night
5 Stars
Summary | Goodreads
Release Date | July 21st
Pages | 310
A story full of magic, fun and nostalgia! If you are a fan of Harry Potter, School for Good and Evil series, and Percy Jackson then this book will bring you back to a whimsical world.
When I first picked up this book I didn’t expected to adore it as much as I do! Now, get ready for a shock…I haven’t read Harry Potter so I feel like this book gave me that magic-happy feeling that peo
Jul 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Te-read: April 2019:
I’m so glad I re-read this before jumping into book 2. I didn’t realize how much of the story I had forgotten. Ivy is such a great main character and this is such a wonderful and magical world. The writing continues to be engaging and imaginative. I’m even more excited to see where this series goes from this point on.

Original review:

I went in not knowing anything about this book and quickly fell in love. From begining to end, this book was amazing. You can tell there is he
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