Book Review: The Crowns of Croswald by D.E. Night

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Blurb:

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

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If you’ve been stalking my bookstagram account lately, you’ll see how obsessed I am with this book! So after so much fangirling and daydreaming, here it is, my review for The Crowns of Croswald by D.E. Night! I’ve been eyeing this gorgeous book for months on bookstagram, and a couple of months ago I finally won it on a giveaway, along with magical goodies! If you want to find out what those magical goodies are, I suggest visiting my unboxing post: Unboxing: The Crowns of Croswald Magical Box

Anyway, speaking of magic, this book has LOADS of it! I highly recommend this book if you’re a Harry Potter fan. Castles, dragons, hairies, and midnight adventures? Oh, count me in!

I think it’s really neat that Ivy goes to a magic school in order to hone her scrivenist skills (Scrivenists are artists + writers from the magical world. Fancy title, isn’t it?). Which makes sense, because what else could spark up a writer’s imagination better than magic?

This book has a unique and interesting storyline slash plot. The chain of events were all connected and will have readers madly flipping pages! Also, Ivy has some similarities with Harry Potter:

  1. They’re both orphans.
  2. They have hidden magic blood.
  3. They got invited to a magic school.
  4. They’re clueless about their pasts, but they’re very curious about it.
  5. Lots and lots of magic.
  6. Did I mention magic?

Although The Crowns of Croswald reminds me of Harry Potter, they’re entirely different, especially because of the setting. I mean sure, the The Halls of Ivy and Hogwarts are both magic castle schools, the setting of The Crowns of Croswald has a bit more whimsy to it. It’s more on the strange and peculiar part, whereas Harry Potter focuses on several bits of magic that we already know about.

Next is the characters, because I absolutely love them! Every character has a bit of mysterious aura about them that made me doubt whether they’ll end up as a good guy or a bad guy.

Of course, let’s all not forget about the magic system and Croswald’s history + culture! I think the author gave enough details to convince me that this world really exists, which is one of the reasons why I absolutely enjoyed reading this book! There were also several magic items in the book that ignited my hoarder instincts. One example is the iconic blue glanagerie potion bottle that I have obsessed on apparently on bookstagram. Croswald has a haunting and mysterious history which is somehow related to EVERYTHING and EVERYONE in the book *wink wink*. But alas, I shall not spoil you booklings further, for it is a cruel and unforgivable act! However, if you want to find out what REALLY happened in the book, I suggest you purchase a copy on Amazon and read it immediately. I’m sure your TBR can wait.

 

4 / 5 Star Jars

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All in all, I absolutely loved this book, and I can’t wait for the next installment. Shoutout to the amazing author, D.E. Night! I highly recommend this to fantasy lovers, especially but not limited to middle grade readers. Until the next time, booklings!

 

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