Title: House of Ivy & Sorrow
Author: Natalie Whipple
Pub Deets: Harper Teen, April 2014
Series/Stand Alone: Stand Alone
Source: Won! (Thanks, Lenore!)
In a sentence or so: Jo is a teenage witch who is trying to keep her magic under wraps, figure out if she's falling in love, and protect her friends from a deathly curse.
A curse killed Jo's mother and it appears as if the person who made it isn't giving up until her entire family is wiped out. But why? Why would another witch want to kill off one of their own? There are dark secrets and hidden family history to explore and Jo has to do it all on her own...or does she? Will she figure out what's going on before it's too late and those closest to her suffer?
This is the first book I've read by Natalie Whipple and I adored her writing style. The characters were easy to relate to and had unique voices from one another. The pacing of the book kept me wrapped up in the plot while giggling with Jo and her friends and swooning over the love interest, Winn.
This is definitely a light paranormal read, but that doesn't mean you should write it off. Witches are dark and they do dark things (like use fingernails to do magic! ew!), but the mellow writing balances this read nicely.
If you're searching for a paranormal stand alone - yes, stand alone! - that you'll be sorely tempted to finish reading in one sitting, look no further than HOUSE OF IVY & SORROW!