Genre: Fantasy / Historical Fiction
Synopsis: Ivy Pocket is a twelve-year-old maid of no importance, with a very lofty opinion of herself. Dumped in Paris by the Countess Carbunkle, who would rather run away to South America than continue in Ivy’s companionship, our young heroine (of sorts) finds herself with no money and no home to go to … until she is summoned to the bedside of the dying Duchess of Trinity.
For the princely sum of £500 (enough to buy a carriage, and possibly a monkey), Ivy agrees to courier the Duchess’s most precious possession – the Clock Diamond – to England, and to put it around the neck of the revolting Matilda Butterfield on her twelfth birthday. It’s not long before Ivy finds herself at the heart of a conspiracy involving mischief, mayhem and murder.
Illustrated in humorous gothic detail by Iacopo Bruno, Anyone But Ivy Pocket is just the beginning of one girl’s deadly comic journey to discover who she really is…
200words (or less) review: Ivy is positively overflowing with self-importance (she might just be a maid but she is one of the best you’ll ever come across) and confidence. A lot of this is bravado, as you learn more about Ivy it’s clear that this persona is part of her armour.
The first introduction to Ivy made me laugh out loud and as the story continued the there was more than one occasion I couldn’t help but chuckle. Ivy’s remedies are rather effective, in so far at the precipitants never want to be in need of them again.
I didn’t always adore Ivy, personally I don’t think it’s needed for you to enjoy this story. Frequently I had the urge to go “oh Ivy” and roll my eyes in line with other characters in the book but Ivy does have a certain charm that wins you back round again and again. However the fact that Ivy refuses to see what is so blatantly in front of her (as well as obvious to the reader) went on too long.
Anyone but Ivy Pocket is a fun read with some very memorable moments, not to mention a main character you won’t soon forget. 😉