The Crowns of Croswald by D.E. Night Book Review

Book Description (via Goodreads): The Crowns of Croswald invites young readers to explore themes of stepping into their own magic, discovering their true selves, and battling evil head-on. Hailed by Kirkus Reviews as “an action-packed treat […] with a relatable heroine facing challenges in a vivid world of magic and mystery,” and called a new classic by readers, The Crowns of Croswald series is a magical romp through a fully formed universe with dragons, magical quills, potions, and mythical creatures.

Ivy Lovely is 16 and she has no idea who she is—or what her powers could be. When she crosses a magical boundary, she discovers a whole new world of enchantment and mystery. Making friends that will last a lifetime—and save her life—she steps into her own abilities and discovers more about her hidden past, magical blood, and the power of Croswald’s mystical stones. But all is not well: a dark history and an evil Queen threatens all that is good. Will Ivy’s bravery and wit be enough?

I received this book in exchange for an honest review from NetGalley. I have given The Crowns of Croswald by D. E. Night two out of five stars ⭐️⭐️

I really wanted to like this book as I was very intrigued to read it once I had read the description to the story as I loved the sound of the magical realism and fantasy side to the story, but unfortunately it just wasn’t my cup of tea.

I thought the author did a brilliant job with their descriptions and pulling the reader into a whole new magical world. Normally I really enjoy the magical school trope, however I found this book reminded me a little too much of Harry Potter. I love when an author is influenced by other authors to create their own story, as it can have a great helping hand in creating a fantastic piece of work, but I kept thinking of characters from the Harry Potter world instead of conjuring up new images for the characters in The Crowns of Croswald as it was too similar for my liking.

I found it difficult to connect with the characters, especially the main character Ivy Lovely. I didn’t really like her narrative and thought Ivy was a little too middle grade for the story that D.E. Night had created. At times, I found myself lost with certain parts of the book that was happening as the storylines tended to chop and change every now and again. It was interesting to see that a character was named after the author, as I don’t think I’d ever seen that kind of involvement from an author in their own book before. I can’t see myself picking up the rest of this series, but would recommend to a young adult audience who enjoys magical realism and action.

Have you read The Crowns of Croswald by D.E. Night? If so, what were your thoughts on this book? Let me know in the comments below.

Happy reading,

Claire 📚

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