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Trailer ✓ Ivy PDF by ½ Julie Hearn Doesn t the synopsis sound divine I thought so too I checked this book out from the library because the synopsis coupled with the cover won me over There s an ethereal sense about the girl on the cover, perhaps the curve of her cheeks that whispers of vulnerability and I m going to wax poetic until I stop myself.
Okay, I m done.
Anyway, the book didn t deliver as I had hoped it would It was sort of like seeing the potential, knowing it was in there but failing ultimately to find it manifested I liked the way Ivy was characterized and the other characters too were superbly delineated The villains, the supporting characters, most of them were granted the attention I love in my books.
There is this painter in the book who is call Ivy s life is far from picturesque Orphaned at a young age, she moves in with her in laws, a poor family of scoundrels At the age of five, she runs away and finds herself an addition to a troupe of thieves, in particular, the skinner Carroty Kate In order to silence Ivy s screams in the middle of the night caused by nightmares, Kate starts giving Ivy laudanum, one drop at time.
Eleven years later Ivy is back home with her family, when her bright red hair and pale beauty catches the eye of a pre Raphaelite painter, who wants her as his muse and model Ivy is forced into an arrangement with the artist, Oscar Aretino Frosdick, by her bullying Cousin Jared and her invalid aunt, who desperately want the money But not everyone is happy with this, including Ivy who escapes through her addiction and Frosdick s jealous mother Ivy must now deci The Only Beautiful Thing In Ivy S Drab Life Is Her Glorious Red Hair At A Young Age, Her Locks Made Her The Target Of Carroty Kate, A Skinner She Recruited Ivy To Help Her Coax Wealthy Children Away From Their Nannies So That She Could Rob Them Now She Has Been Spotted By A Famous Painter I hate reading books out of order, so when I realized I had read Hazel, about Ivy s daughter, I had to rush to the library electronically speaking to order this earlier book I read it last night when I should have been sleeping I found this book somewhat disappointing because it was all over the place dazzlingly beautiful redhead yes , neglected orphan yes , abusive family yes , abusive teacher yes , Victorian do gooders yes , bands of thieves yes , drug addiction yes, laudanum , artists yes , artist s models yes , jealous mothers yes , murderous pythons yes , cross dresser this was unexpected, not necessary, and not very convincing.
Several things puzzled me 1 Ivy is a vegetarian in approximately 1890 Would an illiterate five year old growing up in a slum around the turn of the century boycott meat unlikely she would have had much opportunity to eat meat in the f Cover Blurb Not a fan of it it leers, and it is really quite misleading about what sort of book it is I was expecting something sappy, and horribly mushy, and probably even edgy, with than one bedroom scene Yeah, my expectations were not high, and now that I ve read the book, I really think they ought to have chosen a different approach with the cover.
What I Liked I love, absolutely love, Mrs Frosdick She is wonderfully horrid I am seriously jealous of the Author for coming up with her I loved how she kept trying to kill Ivy, and how very proper she was in her behavior she was worthy of Dickens Carrotey s gang was very amusing a very good nod to Fagan s boys in Oliver Twist without being too obvious And Ivy s relatives were completely awesome, conniving little crooks.
What I Disliked b I did like Ivy, but I got to kno There is a lot of historical, though not very descriptive, passages about Victorian England the pre Raphaelite art movement, and the author s coyness about revealing the identity of the Italian gets tiresome pretty quickly, especially for those who studied English literature and was able to ascertain the name fairly early on.
This is a pretty typical story of a hard luck girl who, through sheer luck and it was luck since Ivy is pretty dumb, not uneducated, though she is that, too manages to fall on her feet and literally escape to a better life The secondary characters are much interesting than the heroine They are better developed and it is easier to understand their actions and even their thought processes Either because of her laudanum addiction or just her inherent dullness, Ivy is just not that interesting As I mentioned earlier, s When I picked this book out of my pile to read, I admit I judged the cover I thought it was going to be a cheesy love story or be about some kind of jacked up version of Poison IvyBut, I was way off Ivy is a girl living in London, with basically no one to care for her and no way of supporting her own self One day she happens to meet a skinner, a robber of small children But, this woman, this Kate takes a liking to the read headed little Ivy and devises a plan to use her She takes her in along with the rest of the band of thugs and theifs When things go wrong on a rob, Kate tells Ivy to run away to go Home She crawls back to the sham she calls a family, but not before catching the eye of an artist, a painter He pays to have her model for his Hearn, Julie Ivy, 351 p Atheneum Simon , 2008 Ivy lives with her aunt and uncle and their extensive amount of children in the the slums of England during the 1800 s As a child, Ivy was taken by a gang of thieves, but returned to her uncle s home after a couple of years Now, eight years later, an artist has spied the beautiful, ethereal Ivy among the dirty streets and is determined to make her his model, not know that she comes with an addiction Something about the artist and his household and these new circumstances starts to break through Ivy s fog and she starts to begin thinking and feeling again Ivy will have enemies and she will have chances, but will she be able to make the choice I would consider this book a lighter, female version of Oliver Twist, not so much David Copperfield, with not as great a depth of description, characteri
I started this book wanting to love it because of its subject matter since the Pre Raphaelites and Lizzie Siddal in particular are dear to my heart I m disappointed that I couldn t embrace it as much as I had hoped I can t understand why the author couldn t use Rossetti s name Repeatedly he is referred to as the Italian After the third or fourth reference, I was exasperated After reading it so many times the Italian, the Italian, the Italian it just became an intrusive element in the story The artist, Oscar Frosdick, is described twice as a member of the Pre Raphaelite elite Yet when he paints Ivy as Ophelia, he chooses the nearest roses he can find for Ophelia s flowers instead of using the actual flowers Shakespeare named in I have no idea what was going on with this book Every time I thought it was going to be one thing, it veered in a completely different direction It had all the essential ingredients of a Victorian melodrama an orphaned heroine, a den of thieves, laudanum addiction, pre Raphaelite painters but it was so bizarre, and the writing so clunky, that it left me completely cold I felt alienated from Ivy, who was very difficult to warm to I found her vegetarianism unbelievable as if a starving child would refuse to eat meat , along with her miraculous recovery from her 10 year plus laudanum addiction After going cold turkey she had one day of withdrawal symptoms, and was completely fine by the second day Yeah, right And god, how annoying was the ending Nothing was resolved D