Review: ‘House of Ivy & Sorrow’ by Natalie Whipple

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘House of Ivy & Sorrow’ by Natalie WhippleHouse of Ivy & Sorrow by Natalie Whipple
Published by HarperTeen on April 15th 2014
Genres: Action & Adventure, Love & Romance, Science Fiction, Young Adult
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss
Josephine Hemlock has spent the last 10 years hiding from the Curse that killed her mother. But when a mysterious man arrives at her ivy-covered, magic-fortified home, it’s clear her mother’s killer has finally come to destroy the rest of the Hemlock bloodline. Before Jo can even think about fighting back, she must figure out who she’s fighting in the first place. The more truth Jo uncovers, the deeper she falls into witchcraft darker than she ever imagined. Trapped and running out of time, she begins to wonder if the very Curse that killed her mother is the only way to save everyone she loves.

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The story was really exciting, trying to find out who was trying to kill her entire family? That mystery just unraveled so quickly, so I was never ever bored. The beginning was good until it started going downhill. I just couldn’t fathom some of her rash decisions. That’s on me, not the character since she is a teen and is allowed to make all the mistakes but I just couldn’t not unsee all the chaos that was shot at her at every turn. I liked the witchy world that was built and I was never bored but even though those aspects were strong, I still felt that everything was just so out of proportion. And the thing is, it felt like everything that happened was deliberate. It didn’t flow as much as I wanted it to be, but that’s just me being super duper picky.

There was one scene where Josephine has to do something to save her friend..I found it to be so ridiculous at one point that I had to laugh out loud. But there are also good things about it. I pretty much liked how tight Josephine, Gwen and Kat were. They’re the best of friends that you could depend on and trust. The talking cat was a nice touch and I thought it was adorable.

Overall, pick this one up if you like your witches and magic woven within a romance and a strong friendship. I say it’s still a good solid read to pick up!


You are so precious to me. I cannot bear to lose you.
If you want to protect something, you keep it close. You don’t push it away and hope nothing will happen.
That is some top-quality magic, and it comes in such a pretty package.
He’s taking a part of me, and I hate that I let him.
We care about her more than you understand, and it’s really shortsighted of you to overlook that.
Because when you truly love someone, it’s forever. They never leave you, because they’re a part of you. Love is forever, sweetie.
Why is it always the bad apples that define a group?
If there isn’t a way, we’ll make a way, okay? You can do anything. I truly believe that.

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  1. Joy @ The Bookshelf Intruder

    March 7, 2015 at 1:45 AM

    That cover’s fierce! I’d probably pick this book up just because of the cover. But I’m not so much into withcraft books so maybe I’ll skip this. Good, honest review though. 🙂

    • giselle

      March 8, 2015 at 7:59 PM

      Aww yeah this is exactly why I picked up the book. The cover is sooo pretty

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