The Crowns of Croswald by D.E. Night
# of Pages: 313
Overall Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Plot development: 7
Ease of Reading: 8
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
My Opinions (SPOILER FREE):
When I first read the synopsis for D.E. Night’s story, I immediately thought: HARRY POTTER. And I imagine I’m not the only one who thought that. It is very difficult these days to find fantasy stories that are unique and unlike anything else you’ve ever read. I was very in the mood for a Harry Potter story when I went into this book, so I wasn’t disappointed.
Overall, I really enjoyed the whole idea for this book, and how it was a school for magic and all that. I thought the characters were well put together, and I also thought the story flowed very nicely.
I think my problem with this book was that I was expecting a really really good story exactly like Harry Potter, or in other words, my expectations were too high for this book. If I’m going to be completely honest, I have never read any other fantasy that has even come close to living up to everything that Harry Potter is to me. This is just my opinion, so I completely understand if other people feel differently. So basically, I went into this story, knowing I wouldn’t love it as much as Harry Potter, but still hoping it would be really close and that it would satisfy my need for a magical story. It was just that, unfortunately, I felt like this book fell short of that mark, and that it had so much more potential. There were a couple parts where I started to get rather bored, or annoyed with the main characters, but there were still other parts that I really enjoyed.
So overall, I did enjoy this book, I just wouldn’t go into it with your expectations as high as I had mine. I think it’s better to go into this book not trying to compare it to Harry Potter, which is really hard if you’ve read it. And even though it was similar to Harry Potter in many ways, it was also unique, and I liked a lot of D.E. Night’s decisions with where the plot went, or how the characters acted.