Ivy Introspective: Review

In a world that doesn’t understand her, how can she grow?

Ivy Introspective is one of my favorite Chronicles of Alice and Ivy books. I absolutely love Ivy, and the transformation she undergoes over the course of the novel is very well-done and impressive.

The characters are what really tug on me for this series, but especially this book!

Five stars

Prose: 5/5


Characters: 5/5

Plot: 5/5


I absolutely love Kellyn’s style of writing. This novel is written from a young girl’s perspective, and Kellyn handles that very well, making it still seem mature and appropriate for an older audience.


There’s not a lot of romance in this novel. Some of it is because Ivy is only twelve when the novel starts. She doesn’t pay very much attention to anything romantic. There are little bits of it between her parents, and two of the other people who live at Pearlbelle Park, but it’s more of a surprise to Ivy than anything else. Most of the relationships in this novel are platonic.


There was so much development and growth for a ton of these characters! Especially Ivy, of course. Everyone was fleshed out very well, and ready the first novel isn’t necessary to understand the family dynamics here.


The plot for Ivy Introspective is much more character-driven than anything. It follows the story of Ivy finding out who she is and learning how to survive in the world. There is some other plot lines, of course.


I think this is the perfect novel for Ivy, and really allows the readers to understand her. It also provides a little more background for her Grandmother, Nora, and introduces the readers to a lot of new characters as well!


A few mentions of childbirth/pregnancy. Mentions of/a character who talks freely about suicide/death. Characters who are most likely depressed. The book deals heavily with mental illnesses, but as it is set in the Victorian era, none of them are explicitly named and several of the characters are treated poorly because of their illnesses. Mentions of abuse (in the past), a woman dealing with the mental aftermath of her abusive husband’s death. Overall very clean.


In a world that doesn’t understand her, how can she grow?

Ivy Knight lives her life in a blur of confusion as the world passes her by in a tumultuous melody. She isn’t the perfect daughter or student, but as long as she can be with her family, she doesn’t mind watching rather than living.

Mrs. Chattoway treasures both of her granddaughters now that they’re reunited. When Ivy’s parents enroll her in a Scottish school for unique children, she’s happy to chaperone.

In a new place with a new guardian, Ivy discovers a special talent that helps her see the blurred world in a new way. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel, and Ivy becomes determined to find it—and help others do the same.

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The regularly scheduled Wednesday blog post will be coming out this week as usual, and is another review, this time of Angela R. Watt’s The Grim Alliance, a book I’m very excited about! The staying organized series will continue next week, with a post about google!

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One Comment

  1. Kellyn Roth says:

    Thanks for sharing this, Loretta! It was fun to read!

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