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The Girl with the Whispering Shadow

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This book (and series so far) gives me such a happy, childlike vibe. It’s middle grade, so it’s an easy read, but it’s still fun for me (a grown adult) to read and enjoy. It feels so much like a Harry Potter inspired fan fiction. It’s just fun to read; relaxing to journey to Cronswald with Ivy. 
Alsoooooo. Low key shipping Ivy and Fyn. 😂🙈

Also- the fishing for stars scene was so magical. Favorite part of the book. 

This book was published in 2018 - so I’m a bit late to the game. But I’ll be adding book #3 to the TBR. 

Thank you to DE Night, NetGalley, and the publisher for this ARC.
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The second edition to The Crowns of Croswald adventure was just as amazing as the first one. We catch up with Ivy as she is making her way to The Town to spend her summer after finishing up her first year at school studying to be a scrivenist. She has been tasked by her family’s scrivenist to find the other two pieces to the Kindred Stone and he believes The Town is both the best place to find the pieces and the safest place for Ivy. Ivy has a blast in The Town, but is devastated upon learning it’s too unsafe for her to return to school in the fall because of the Dark Queen. The Dark Queen has other plans though and manages to get Ivy back at school where she can hopefully get ahold of the stone and get rid of Ivy. Her shades that have started to plague The Town and now The Halls are starting to make that look more and more like a certain thing. It’s up to Ivy and her new friends in the Quality Quills Club to keep Ivy and The Town safe. 

I also want to note I love the little drawings that come with each chapter, they really enhance the reading experience!
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The Girl With the Whispering Shadow is the solid second book in this highly enjoyable fantasy series.  The characters are well written and the plot is engaging.

I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley.  My review is voluntary and my opinions are my own.
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The second book finished in the Crowns of Croswald series and I absolutely loved it! 

When I reviewed the first book, I said that it shared some likeness with Harry Potter, and it still does. But not in a bad way, it definitely shows that it has its own unique style and plot and it's been an absolutely brilliant story so far. 

There's not too much that I can say specifically as I like to keep my reviews spoiler free, however I would just like to gush about Ivy Lovely and Rebecca's friendship. Through thick and thin they are ALWAYS there for eachother, despite how scared they are or dangerous the situation, they both come through for eachother. They both are constantly developing both as people and as friends and it is so heart warming to see this kind of friendship.

I also can't help but make a special mention about a certain budding relationship - they are so cute! Again, another friendship/soon to be romance that has developed beautifully! 

This is the first time in a VERY long time that I have actually continued a book series and I cannot wait to continue it!
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I was excited to receive the second book in the Crows on Croswald series after receiving the first. This book picks up right where the last left off . After Ivy uncovers a lot about her past and what her future may hold,  she  finds herself in need of protection and taken to a mysterious and secretive town only those with magical blood can find....or so she thinks.
I really enjoy this storyline and was excited to see Ivy's story, friendships, and destiny continue in this magical whimsical world.
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This is the second book in the Crowns of Croswald series, following the adventures of Ivy Lovely as she learns about her family history and the magic she controls. Set in a Hogwarts-like school for everyday magic users and the royals who have their own magical powers, Ivy begins to form a circle of stalwart friends even as the Dark Queen continues to try to locate the source of Ivy's magic to take it for her own. 

Like the first in this middle-grade geared series, I felt like the writing was a bit young for my tastes but I know several friends' tweens who would LOVE this series. The magic system the author has developed is quirky and fun and I wished for even more time at Ivy's summer job learning how to mix potions. Ivy's character is a bit further developed in this installment as she starts to understand how to control her magic, and the development of her BFF, Rebecca's, character had a few fun surprises along the way. Fyn and Ivy's other school friends had more character development, which made for a great found family vibe.

The pace of this one was also a little slow for me, but I find that to be true with a lot of sequel books. The final chapters were packed with adventure though, and I thoroughly enjoyed seeing how Ivy and her group of friends figured out how to defeat the Dark Queen... at least for the time being. 

A fun, light read for me - and again one I would recommend to middle-grade readers who like a strong female character, adventures and a fun magical system. 3-1/2 out of 5 stars.
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It took us a while to get to this book as we had to had to read the previous book in the series first, but it was well worth it. This was a fun read for the children I read with but actually I think I enjoyed it just as much.
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An amazing second book in the series. We see Ivy spring from her school into a secret city while we unfold what the dark queens next plans are. It is whimsical and spellbinding with the critters and creatures and the exploration of new magic and skills.

Although it's a middle school age book it's a  light fun read that has you on your toes. I like the growth in friendships and continuing Ivy's  coming of age story as she battles through the next events thrown her way.
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Book rating: 4.5/5⭐️ 

Thank you to Stories Untold Press and Author D.E.Night for gifting me an e-copy of The Girl with the Whispering Shadow in exchange of an honest review.🥀

This books picks after the events of the first book. Ivy Lovely is sent off to Belzebuthe, where she has to work on finding the remaining parts of the Kindred Stone. Just when she was growing more accustomed to the secret town, her retreat was cut short when she was taken back to the Halls of Ivy. Ivy was excited to see her friends again, but her illusion of safety crashed when she realised that even the school wasn’t safe, especially when the whispering shadow started trailing her.

Crowns of Croswald was easily one of the best books I read last year and I went in with high expectations for the second book and it didn’t disappoint. The writing was descriptive and picturesque, with a thrilling adventure and immaculate world building. 

Other things I loved about this book:-
—Wholesome friendships
—Ivy’s character development
— The well-crafted, lush and intriguing magic system. 

I recommend this for anyone who likes a well-written book with a magical school.
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The crowns of Croswald 2 - the girl with the whispering shadow

- Detailed World building - check
- Likeable characters - check
- Interesting and unique magic system - check
- Found family - check
- Strong, smart and hardworking MC - check

The world building continues with greater detail in book 2, taking note of even the smallest elements of a town or building allowing me to really picture where Ivy is in my mind.

The descriptions of the magic system are easily embedded into the story so I’m able to collect more and more information about this new world which I find myself enjoying. I love receiving the information and descriptions of this world as Ivy does, as it helps me to feel like we are journeying together.

Watching Ivy welcomed into the belzebuthe community with open arms is so heart warming as she’s suffered so much throughout her life. Then seeing the amount of supportive adults both in the town and at school who genuinely care for these teens is something that is often lacking in a story where the young person is stepping into their gifts and I love watching it within this book.

I particularly enjoyed the unique fantasy elements within the story; the invisitaurs, the cabby rides, the all day night time of The town, the forgotten room, the compass startus which seems like a great way to remember everything you’ve ever learned and The fishing for stars was an extra special magical experience. But the magic quills and magical drawings are extra special! I could go on and on about these magical elements as they really support full immersion into this world but it’s best if you just jump in yourself to have a read.

When the story moves to the big events I feel as though Ivy and her friends are navigating their way through them in a realistic way, making choices that are believable for teenagers who are bold yet inexperienced. This is something I really appreciate, magical but believable.

This is a Middle grade fantasy book which is a fun read for any age. As an older reader I feel like I go back in time to experience my teenage years as a scrivenist and as a mum I am eager to take my daughters to this magical world when we read the book together.

I am so looking forward to reading the next two books.
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A spellbinding story full of magic and adventure,  and thick in atmosphere. My daughter and I adore the Croswald series. 
"The air in Belzebuthe was so thick with magic that she felt as if she had to force he limbs through the atmosphere ".
There are so many wonderful characters depicted; many of whom we came to love in the first book in the series. Now we are further drawn into their loves and world in this second book in the Croswald series. 
Ivy Lovely, the protagonist,  is a brave and adventurous girls, who shows so much courage in the face of adversity. Ivy finds herself whisked from her much loved school, only hours after discovering her fate to fulfill the Monnsday promise. She finds herself on a secret magical town- Belzebuthe, hunting the second part of the Kindred Stone, but the Dark Queen is on her tail and shadows and dangers lurk. 
This is a magical world with its own beautiful spells. I love how the story is interspersed with letters and snippets from The Scriven This news. 
A must-read fantasy for fans of books lole Nevermore and Harry Potter. Each chapter is titled for easy reference and comes with the most beautiful illustrations.  Lovely to read on kindle,  but stunning in hard copy. You will want to hold these beautiful books and have them on your bookshelf.  My daughter returns to these often. #thegirlwiththewhisperingshadow #thecroswaldseries #DENight #Netgalley
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While I liked the first book, I loved the second one. Although this one gave off a Harry Potter vibe with the whole group of friends and hiding practicing magic, it was still unique and wonderful in its own way. I do wish the romance or non romance between Ivy and Fyn was more clear. I do love their friendship though and how he is always there when she needs him. 

This book was easier to get into. It took me about halfway of reading the first one to enjoy it. I was hooked into this book after the third or fourth chapter. There are a lot of captivating and enchanting moments in this book that I think anyone who loves fantasy novels would enjoy. This book also cleared up some questions I had after reading the second but it also still left out important information. I do wish this series that I’ve read so far was more details. I feel like stuff gets left out. 

All in all, I do recommend this book. I would be great for elementary and middle schools. 

I was given a copy of this book to review from NetGalley.
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Disclaimer: I received a free copy from the publisher and author in exchange for an honest review. 

"The most wondrous things, the most impossible of things, are often just ordinary things doing what they are best at. Think about a real star. They soar untouched and shine like diamonds, yet they are simply just balls of gas. The ordinary turned extraordinary.”

Another book, another adventure and another year done at the Halls of Ivy. I have to admit I enjoyed this book much more than the first one. The author really improved her writing skills and words flowed like a song. 

I absolutely loved the Town. The description were so well done you could just imagine this place. I loved all the detail and thought that went into it. The little shops were amazing and the stars! The stars and the wishes was just so beautiful. I really enjoyed Ivy stay at Fyns’ and everything they got up to in the Town. 

Ivy also started her second year and we got to see more in depth and fascinating classes. Ivy is also now part of the Quality Quills Club! These club members got up to a lot of mischief and honestly it was just hilarious. 

The characters also developed through this book as they all got older. Fyn is still my favourite character and I love him to bits. He is so sweet to Ivy and just wants to protect her. I really want to see some chapters from his pov. The only thing I have a hard time imagining is the characters ages. I think Ivy and Rebecca are actually 16 while Fyn is 17/18. They act a whole lot younger and imagined them at 12/13. 

I very much enjoyed this whimsical middle grade fantasy and will recommend it to any middle schooler with a love of fantasy and adventure. The author can be very proud!
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I was delighted that my request for book two was approved. I raced through the first book, having stumbled upon it, and couldn't wait to continue reading Night's world. 
I love the fantasy and mystic world created, it really does create that sense of escapism. 
Cannot wait for book three.
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A beautifully written fantasy novel, that pulled me deep within the world of Croswald, so much so that I didn't want to leave.

Our heroine Ivy Lovely is back again in this second book of the Crowns of Croswald series. All I can say is, ( in a french accent ),
 " MAGICAL! MAGICAL! MAGICAL!  "                                   The story picks up from where book one left off. 

Ivy is continuing her mission to find the second facet of the kindred stone, while the dark queen is still after her. ( can someone kill this witch already? Queen my foot! ). While spending her days in a new town, whose name you shall not speak, a whispering shadow  seems to be following Ivy, and causing mayhem everywhere.                                   

 I'm a thirty-seven year old mom, am I even allowed to love this teen/ young adult- coming of age fantasy as much as I do? Well if not, my apologies, because this book was amazing. If wasn't for my everyday duties as a human being  with responsibilities, I would've devoured this book in a day.

Ivy remains the shy but brave individual I fell in love with in book one, but this time she grew even stronger. Never backing down from a challenge, no matter how big. 

One thing I disliked however, was her being too hard on herself, when the  dangers she got into, affected her friends. My favourite character, second to Ivy of course, was her best friend Rebecca. Rebecca...Rebecca! That girl's mouth had no cover at all. That shape-shifting young lady had me laughing throughout. I just loved her. Every other character, old and new, held their own and supported the story superbly. 

One of the main themes in the novel was about not allowing fear to cripple or stop you from doing what needed to be done. I also notice alot of people still compare this series to Harry Potter novels. I've never read Harry Potter novels, only watched the movies. Based on that comparison, I must say, this series is in a class of its own. 

I truly believe this book could be a " stand alone", however I would encourage anyone to start with the first novel. You'll get a better feel for the narrative, plus you'll enjoy and appreciate the second book alot better. 

Overall, the book was exciting, full of mystery, adventure, and had me flipping my kindle pages like crazy. 

Upon completing this novel, I felt like I'd done eating my favourite sunday lunch. It was a wholesome and satisfying read. 

I would love to thank author D.E.Night, Stories Untold Press, and NetGalley, for offering me this book in exchange for an honest review. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own. 
Happy Reading!❤
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This book begins essentially where the last one ends.
.I absolutely loved the first book and this keeps up with the same pace.
The beginning was a bit confusing at first since it jumps right in.
The third book is currently out and I need to jump on it.
If you love magical stories I highly recommend reading this series.
Has a great villain concept.
Highly recommend.
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This book occurs at the beginning of summer holiday. After Ivy returns to school, she must unravel the Dark Queen's plans and locate the missing pieces of the kindred stone. I found this sequel to be more enjoyable than the previous. D.E Night did an outstanding job! This series offers a fantastic level of detail and imagination. I also love how quickly the characters developed. This is indeed a book that will keep you turning the pages. I read them all in one sitting. Yes, this sequel is darker but that is exactly what draws me in.  I'm looking forward to read the next book!
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D.E. Night has done it once again! This author is absolutely genius! The detail and imagination that is put into this series is incredible. I had reviewed the first book in the series (The Crowns of Croswald) and loved it as well. This book is also available on Amazon and Kindle Unlimited so it was awesome to have this included in my kindle unlimited subscription! Like I've said before, this series is exactly what teenage me would have been dying to read, luckily I still get to enjoy this magical world as an adult! Would highly recommend this author and series!
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I loved the first book to this series. Great for any fantasy reader. Great for anyone who loves Harry Potter or magical series
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This book starts out at the beginning of summer vacation and Ivy is trying to figure out where to go. She winds up staying in a hidden town with her friend Fyn. As summer goes on in this cold town, Ivy learns more about the magical world. Once she’s back at school, Ivy has to try to figure out the Dark Queen’s plans and find the missing pieces of the kindred stone. Overall I enjoyed this book a lot. It was a great read, and although it’s a middle grade book it’s quite enjoyable to read as an adult too. I’m excited to see where the series goes from here!
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