Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Kirkus + House Of Ivy & Sorrow = Forever

Excuse me while I bask in a rare, lovely moment—I just found out Kirkus has given HOUSE OF IVY & SORROW a practically glowing review. Like, it's so nice I almost didn't believe it was Kirkus at first, but my editor sent it to me so it must be true:

Author: Natalie Whipple

Review Issue Date: March 1, 2014
Online Publish Date: February 19, 2014
Pages: 368
Price ( Paperback ): $9.99
Publication Date: April 15, 2014
ISBN ( Paperback ): 978-0-06-212018-2
Category: Fiction

If being an adolescent already feels like a curse, try life as a modern teenage witch.

Although 17-year-old Josephine Hemlock still grieves for her mother, who died from the Curse, she and her spunky grandmother manage to hide their witch identities from the rest of their small Iowa town. When popular Winn asks her out, Jo may finally reap the happiness she deserves. The light romance turns thriller, however, after her long-lost father, controlled by dark magic, appears unexpectedly in Jo's female-only household. Questions about her parents' relationship beget more questions about the events leading up to her mother's murder and who may have stricken her with the Curse. And Jo may not be the only one in her high school with secrets. With the help of some unexpected allies (and a possible love-triangle interest), she may not only find her mother's killer, but end the Curse for good and preserve her family line. As in Transparent (2013), Whipple pays attention to details (but doesn't get bogged down with them) to create a magical, entertaining world that has the right amount of darkness to keep the story intriguing and the right amount of light to keep readers content.

With unwavering BFFs, stolen kisses, red herrings and a variety of spells, there's something for chick-lit, romance, mystery and fantasy fans alike. (Supernatural romance. 13-18)


Right? I totally want to steal their tagline—it's so perfect. Anyway, I've learned to savor the good while it lasts these days, so I will go bask in temporary glory before I get tweeted 1-star reviews. Ah, the time leading up to release is magical.


  1. You deserve it! Can't wait to get a copy for myself. :D

  2. Yay! What a fabulous review! So happy for you. :)

  3. It was a fantastic book, I'm so glad they gave it the review it deserves!

  4. Congratulations on a great review! If the 1-star reviews do come, I think you can safely ignore them!

  5. Bask away because that's a GREAT review. I try to ignore the bad ones, but if you have a special trick for that let me know!

  6. Awesomesauce! I love that tag line too. Now hurry up, April 15th so I can read this baby!

  7. That is a truly awesome review. Congrats!

  8. Very nice! And I can't wait to get my eyeballs all over this book!

  9. Seriously, this is bucket-list stuff. Kirkus! Wow. That is so awesome.

  10. Never commented before (dedicated lurker), but I can imagine what a glowing Kirkus review would feel like (and often do), so I have to say, "CONGRATULATIONS!!!! and Woo-Hoooooey!" and also, thanks for the blog, while I'm at it. You're an inspiration.

  11. Congratulations on this fabulous review!