Book Review – The Girl with the Whispering Shadow

Title: The Girl with the Whispering Shadow (The Crowns of Croswald #2)

Author: D. E. Night

Publisher: Stories Untold LLC

Publication date: January 23rd, 2019

384 pages

4/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

Even a secret town cannot protect Ivy from a mysterious darkness…

Only hours after Ivy Lovely discovers that she is the fulfillment of the Moonsday promise, she is whisked away from her beloved school to Belzebuthe, a secret town for only those with magical blood.

Ivy sets out on a mission to uncover the second facet of the Kindred Stone while eluding the Dark Queen’s wrath. But even when she’s supposed to be safe, something is shadowing Ivy. She will need all her natural-born magic and more as she battles to find the rest of the Kindred Stone and return to the Halls of Ivy.

Before it’s too late…

Review

**Thank you to Netgalley, Stories Untold LLC, and D. E. Night for a copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review**

Sequel to The Crowns of Croswald, The Girl with the Whispering Shadow picks up right where the first left off with Ivy and friends. The school year is over and everyone is looking forward to summer break, but the Dark Queen being on the hunt for Ivy puts a damper on everything. But Ivy knows what her mission is, and will fulfill it no matter what the consequences.

Truly, this series is so magical and whimsical. If you are looking for a more light-hearted, genderbent Harry Potter than this is the story for you. The magical creatures and magic system are so much fun and the characters are just adorable. Ivy, Fyn, and Rebecca are are great friends and each bring something different to the table. It’s an easy read and worth the time.

One thing I will say is that is is VERY close to Harry Potter and the dialogue isn’t the best. The descriptions and writing are beautiful, but the dialogue is very stilted and has far too many !’s. However, this is more of a middle grade book so this could make sense. I also think the similarities to Harry Potter are just a bit much, almost too close for comfort.

Overall, I find this series to be very good and am excited to continue it with The Words of the Wandering, releasing in May 2020!

Happy reading, folks!

Book Review – The Crowns of Croswald

Title: The Crowns of Croswald (The Crowns of Croswald #1)

Author: D. E. Night

Publisher: Stories Untold Press

Publication date: July 21, 2017

314 pages

4/5

Goodreads Synopsis

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 school where students learn to master their magical blood and the power of Croswald’s mysterious gems. When Ivy’s magic—and her life—is threatened by the Dark Queen, she scrambles to unearth her history and save Croswald before the truth is swept away forever.

Review

**Thank you to Stories Untold Press for providing me a copy of The Crowns of Croswald in exchange for an honest review**

Hello again, all! I read The Crowns of Croswald while on a road trip to/from Louisville, KY with my boyfriend. I had some difficulties getting into this book in the beginning, and actually needed to take a break from it before I could finish it.

Ivy is an orphan who has grown up as a scaldrony maid (scaldrons are lizards that power the ovens) before she is sent away by her boss. As she is dismissed, she is picked up by a strange man who tells her she is meant to be attending the magical school at the Halls of Ivy – where students with magical blood go to be scriveners or Royals (depending on their birth). She is revealed to have magical blood, so she goes to attend school. While there, she deals with bullies and a secret that no one can remember, but everyone is protecting. The Crowns of Croswald follows Ivy as she discovers who she is, her destiny, and also save the world from the Dark Queen.

So basically, this book is a gender bent Harry Potter. This is why I had to take a break from it in the beginning, because it really felt too close to Harry Potter for me to get into. I love Harry Potter, but this was a bit too much. I gave it a day and read something else before I came back to it. I’m very glad I did because I really ended up enjoying it as the story progressed.

One critique I will say is that the magic system didn’t seem very well fleshed out, and there were some confusing scenes that I had a hard time following. Other than that, it was a good story.

Happy reading, book friends! 🙂

September TBR!

Greetings, fellow readers! It’s the beginning of another new month of reading! I have a HUGE stack of books that I need to read, plus more on Netgalley! Once you get some reviews done a few more books get approved and the ratio starts to slide again! I do plan on reading more physical books this month, so I’m hoping for a better balance.

PHYSICAL BOOKS

  1. Sorcery of Thorns – Margaret Rogerson
  2. The Kingdom – Jess Rothenberg
  3. The Crowns of Croswald – D. E. Night
  4. Sky in the Deep – Adrienne Young
  5. The Novice – Taran Matharu
  6. Stalking Jack the Ripper – Kerrie Maniscalco
  7. Five Dark Fates – Kendare Blake
  8. Merged – Jim and Stephanie Kroepfl

NETGALLEY EARC’S

  1. The Stone Rainbow – Liane Shaw
  2. Gravemaidens – Kelly Coon
  3. These Wicked Waters – Emily Layne
  4. We Met in December – Rosie Curtis
  5. Michigan vs. The Boys – Carrie S. Allen
  6. The Memory Thief – Lauren Mansy
  7. Ink in the Blood – Kim Smejkal
  8. The Throne of Five Winds – S. C. Emmett
  9. The Sound of Stars – Alechia Dow
  10. A Love Hate Thing – Whitney D. Grandison

18 books is a very lofty goal…. so we’ll see if I can manage it! Any of the same books showing up on your TBR this month? Let’s chat about them 🙂

Happy reading, bookish friends 🙂