House of Ivy & Sorrow

House of Ivy & Sorrow

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"Seventeen-year-old Josephine Hemlock has spent her life hiding the fact that she's a witch--but when the mysterious Curse that killed her mother returns, she might not be able to keep her magical and normal lives separate"--
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Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 362 pages
  • 132.08 x 198.12 x 27.94mm | 362.87g
  • English
  • Prebound edition
  • Bound for Schools & Libraries ed.
  • 0606350802
  • 9780606350808

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2,026 ratings
3.57 out of 5 stars
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4 30% (614)
3 27% (540)
2 13% (254)
1 5% (110)

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If I am honest I wasn’t all the bothered about reading House of Ivy and Sorrow. It looked alright but I wasn’t dying to get my hands on it. I went into reading this with not very high expectations which actually really worked for me because I ended up liking this a lot more than I thought I would. I am not going to lie, this book is not perfect and there were times where it did annoy me a little bit but generally speaking I found this a fast and entertaining read. House of Ivy and Sorrow does nothing new in the genre but it does go back to basics a little bit. It was about old school witches with magic potions and bubbling caldrons. This was the side of the book I loved, it was interesting and grim. The other side unfortunately was not so great. When it wasn’t about witch craft it got a little too girly and became more about ‘boys’ than anything else. The writing and world building was well executed. Natalie Whipple does a great job with the more paranormal aspects of the book, it all made sense and was easy to fall into. Despite it all getting a little too girly for my taste she also does a good job of the characters. Jo is a fairly strong lead. Sure she has a crush on a boy that can get a little out of hand but when push comes to shove her priorities are pretty straight. I thought she was easy to get to know and fairly likeable. The problem was that other characters could barely utter a sentence without mentioning how cool/beautiful/amazing Jo is. I don’t need to know that she is ‘oh my god’ stunning and I don’t need to know that everyone thinks she is the nicest girl ever I can make up my own mind about her, having it slammed in my face all the time actually makes me dislike her a little more than I should. The romance was alright it moved a little quickly for my taste. Two dates in and they are ripping each other’s clothes off and thinking about doing it which is maybe a little hasty. There is a touch of a love triangle here but it isn’t all that important. As usual I would have gone with the other guy (this always happens to me in love triangles!) but she probably made the right choice in the end. House of Ivy and Sorrow does have some problems, it isn’t perfect and it isn’t massively important but it IS a very entertaining a little read. I would recommend it to someone who is looking for some unheavy more
by Kate Phillips
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