*I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.*
Thank you so much to Net Galley and Stories Untold, the publisher, for granting me access to this book in exchange for an honest review.
I gave this book 3.7 stars.
Ivy Lovely grows up as a maid and is constantly mistreated by her supervisor her whole life. However, at 16, she escapes the castle where she worked and finds out she has magical abilities when she’s given an invitation to enter a famous magical school, where she’s meant to unveil many secrets and mysteries.
I saw this as a late middle grade/early YA fantasy story.
The writing style was appropriate for the target audience and sometimes gravitated towards the lower end. It made this book a quick and easy read without being too simplistic.
The story is full of well-known tropes, such as “the chosen one”, “the evil queen”, “the servant that ends up being the heir”, etc., which makes the plot quite predictable although you never really know what’s going to end up happening until the last chapters. This may be biased given that I was expecting something completely different or the previous information to be misleading.
However, I did enjoy reading this and it took me back to my adolescent years. I would have given the world to have a female chosen one badass heroine’s story for emotional support and validation. Ivy is not perfect; she makes mistakes and is too sassy at times, which gets her into trouble, but she’s real and doesn’t really need a partner’s love to succeed, but friendship.
I feel I still need an explanation to how certain things were too easy they didn’t make sense even in a fantasy story, such as her friendships and her winning over the bully.
The world building was quite well done and I could vividly imagine every character and place described throughout the story, including the colours.
If you want a fast-paced, tropey, and beautiful fantasy story with a happy ending, this book is for you. It warms the heart and puts a smile upon your face.
Let me know in the comments if you’re interested in reading this, what was the last ARC that put a smile upon your face and what you think about books like this one.
Please, take good care of yourselves.