House of Ivy & Sorrow {Book Review}


Published Date: April 15, 2014
Publisher: HarperTeen
Author: Natalie Whipple
Pages: 352
Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Paranormal

You can view the summary for House of Ivy & Sorrow here.

Ever since I was a wee lass, I have loved movies about witches. It started when my older sister let 6-year-old me watch The Witches of Eastwick…I was way to young to watch this film but I was intrigued. Then came Teen Witch, followed by Hocus Pocus and Practical Magic. Oh! and let’s not forget about The Witches {which is based on the book by the same name by Roald Dahl}. My love for being entertained by witches runs deep…so it’s no wonder that I loved this book.

I read this book in one sitting, y’all. I couldn’t put it down. Was the writing off the charts amazeballs? Not exactly. But what it lacked in beauty, it made up for in awesome. The characters all of them were perfect! I especially loved the three best friends, which consists of Gwen {the hyper and happy-go-lucky one}, Kat {resident cynic} and Josephine {our witchy main character}. The story line is a good old-fashioned witches tale, full equipped with spells, history, curses and fingernail pulling. It’s got all of the elements! AND I LOVED IT!!!! The crushy-mushy-lovey aspect of it is kinda eye roll worthy at times but let’s face it, teenage girls go gaga over boys. So we cannot be surprised there.

So, if you’re in the market for a funny book with a really cool story and some great characters, then this is your book!!!


19 thoughts on “House of Ivy & Sorrow {Book Review}

  1. Witches!! Sold.
    Hocus Pocus is still one of my favorite movies ever.
    And what a pretty cover.
    Great Review:)

    • It’s got mixed reviews but I accepted early on that the writing isn’t flowery or deep but it worked for me. It was fun. Maybe if you find it for a mega deal on kindle or on sale at a bookstore then you’ll try it out 😉

  2. Ooo I’m glad you have such a positive review about this book! The cover originally drew me in and now seeing this review (and mentioning Hocus Pocus) I just gotta have it! Thanks!

    • Thank you!! I really liked it! Despite some short comings, it made me smile and I loved how much fun I had reading it. And I LOVED the cover. It drew me in immediately 🙂

  3. I’ve heard some bad things about the lovey-dovey in this book, but it sounds like it’s easy to skip over it. And you make it sound so fun and easy to read! I’m definitely going to pick up a copy. I love single-sitting reads 🙂

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