Tuesday, 15 April 2014

House of Ivy & Sorrow by Natalie Whipple

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
House of Ivy & Sorrow
Blurb (from Goodreads):
Josephine Hemlock has spent the last 10 years hiding from the Curse that killed her mother. But when a mysterious man arrives at her ivy-covered, magic-fortified home, it’s clear her mother’s killer has finally come to destroy the rest of the Hemlock bloodline. Before Jo can even think about fighting back, she must figure out who she’s fighting in the first place. The more truth Jo uncovers, the deeper she falls into witchcraft darker than she ever imagined. Trapped and running out of time, she begins to wonder if the very Curse that killed her mother is the only way to save everyone she loves.

House of Ivy & Sorrow by Natalie Whipple

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

House of Ivy & Sorrow(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)
17-year-old Jo lives in a house surrounded by ivy and sorrow, with her grandmother who is a powerful witch. Jo’s mother died 10 years previously due to a curse that was put on her family, and Jo’s Nana is determined that Jo will not die from the same curse.
Who cursed Jo’s mother? Will Jo’s fate be the same? And who is the strange man who seems to be following Jo around?

This was an interesting story about witches, and I liked the little twists.

Jo was a really interesting character. I loved how she stood by her grandmother and protected her, and I really admired the way she wasn’t squeamish when it came to spells, and didn’t get upset over having to collect spiders or bugs *ick*.

The storyline in this was good, and while it was utterly predictable in places, it was also really unpredictable in others. I really liked the story concerning the curse, and I also liked the way that Jo and her Nana opened their home to people who weren’t biologically family, but who they cared for anyway.
The little quirks to the witchy-magic side of things was also good – like the fact that witches can only have girl babies, and how prices can be paid for magic in somewhat unconventional means.
The romance in this was pretty light, and didn’t feature too heavily as part of the storyline. I did like the little romantic moments, but there just wasn’t that many of them.
I liked the ending, and I thought that it was done pretty well. It was again a little predictable, but I liked it all the same.
Overall; a good YA story about witches,
7 out of 10.

1 comment:

  1. This does sound quirky. I want to read this one.