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House of Ivy & Sorrow by Natalie Whipple

Posted by Caitie F on April 11, 2014

Title: House of Ivy & Sorrow15728807
Author: Natalie Whipple
Paperback: 352 pages
Pub Date: April 15.2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Rating: +++++

Summary from pub:

Jo Hemlock is not your typical witc. Outside the walls of her grandmother’s ivy-covered house, she’s kept her magical life completely separate from her life in high school. But when the Curse that killed her mother resurfaces, it threatens to destroy not only her life but her grandmother’s too—and keeping her secret may no longer be an option.


So happy for a fantasy book that has witches…and that’s it. No vampires or werewolves or anything else like that. Just some awesome witches and some evil witches, great friends, and some cute guys. If you are looking for a young adult fantasy book with excitement and a lot of heart, head out for this book today.

I am seriously in love with this book. I adore the way magic works and that all magic has darkness, it is up to the witch to control it. I adore Jo and her grandmother and their relationship. I adore how much they are willing to give up for each other and the importance of family. Yes, there is a guy, but family and friends come first which is SO refreshing.

And these familial relationships and friendships feel so very real. Her grandmother likes to stop the boy from seeing her and puts little curses on him because she is overprotective. One friends gets jealous when she feels left out. Things aren’t always perfect, but no matter what they love each other and get each other’s backs no matter what.

The big bad in this book is also really, really bad, which makes everything more scary and have the highest stakes possible. It made me so angry that it could happen in the community, but it also showed how awesome the Hemlock lines is.

I even like the romantic relationship. It doesn’t feel tacked on and it isn’t insta-love at all. Neither character loses themselves in it or forgets what else matters.

All around, this is a fantastic book that everyone should go get now!


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