Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Enchanted Ivy by Sarah Beth Durst
Durst, Sarah Beth. Enchanted Ivy, 310 pgs. Margaret K. McElderry Books (Simon & Schuster), 2010. $16.99. Sexual Content-G; Language-G (1 swear); Violence-PG. It is love at first sight when Lily Carter first sees Princeton University. She thought she was only accompanying her grandfather to his college reunion, but is surprised to learn that she is there for a Legacy admissions test. It’s not the typical test; the Vineyard Club wants her to locate the Ivy Key. To help her are two very different young men. One has tiger-striped hair and mysteriously appears and disappears. The other is handsome, blond, and the grandson of the Vineyard Club president. As Lily pieces together clues, she begins to realize that things aren’t what they seem. Statues are talking and she is attacked by a monkey-like creature. She learns that there are two parallel Princeton’s, one human and one magical, and the Ivy Key is needed to travel between the two worlds. She also learns that relations between the two worlds are in jeopardy as magical creatures called feeders are attacking people and that the Vineyard Club is draining magical creatures of their magic. This exciting, magical adventure, with a little romance, is sure to appeal to teens whether or not they are applying for college—yet. MS/HS – ADVISABLE. Samantha, Public Librarian.