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ARC Review: A Crown of Ivy and Glass

It took me a while to digest this enough to craft a written review. I have very conflicting emotions about A Crown of Ivy and Glass. I really liked the world that was created and the concept of the humans with magic and the Greenways. The best characters were side characters (sister, best friend, sister's best friend).

A Crown of Ivy and Glass by Claire Legrand
A Crown of Ivy and Glass by Claire Legrand

I did not love the main character and that's because, as someone who struggles with mental health, I did not like reading her perspective. I feel like her storyline glorified mental health as something that everyone dropped everything to help her with. I think there were better ways to approach this.

It's an interesting concept to have a heroine with mental health and chronic illness issues, but I found her weak and unlikable. Every time you thought she was coping or overcoming, she ended up back in her bed being taken care of.


Then, suddenly she was super powerful and majestic and then it was abruptly ripped away. I also didn't like her romance because it felt too wishy-washy.

My one other major critique was the breadth of magical beings included. It went from gods gifting magic to including chimeras and necromancers and demons. It was a lot. I would be interested to see how the story evolves in future books, but this one wasn't really for me.

Stars: 2/5

Busy Girls Rating: 2/5

Thank you to Claire Legrand and NetGalley for the ARC.


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