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Review: House of Ivy & Sorrow

House of Ivy & Sorrow

Title: House of Ivy & Sorrow
Author: Natalie Whipple
Pub Deets: Harper Teen, April 2014
Series/Stand Alone: Stand Alone
Source: Won! (Thanks, Lenore!)

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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!

Lisa is a gamer, crafter, fangirl, mother, wife and unabashed nerd who is pretty ridiculous and it's best you know that up front. When she's not binge watching Netflix or crafting into the wee hours of the night, you can find her spending a lot of her time on Pinterest and Twitter.


  1. Yay! I really liked this one. I think it was interesting to see the contrast between light and dark in the book - how Jo was mostly a typical teenager but then she used fingernails for magic. OMG that grossed me out so much. Overall though I think it was an excellent read!

  2. Oooh! I saw that you were reading this one and got so excited! I have it in my pile as well, and have been super intrigued by it since I first heard about it. I like light paranormals! Can't wait to get to this one :-)


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