an instant USA Today bestseller
A Crown of Ivy and Glass
a June 2023 Library Reads pick
As someone with a chronic, painful illness that has no known cure, I relate deeply to Imogen’s pain as she grapples with her place in the world and finds meaning in her oft-bedridden existence. True to life, Legrand describes Imogen’s aches and ailments with such consistency it’s impossible to forget. …
Reading “A Crown of Ivy and Glass” is like watching a movie. Whether it’s a sex scene or a mystical landscape or a well-fitted suit, Legrand is a polished painter of word pictures. Luscious descriptions bring the story alive, making it immersive and fun even when it’s uncomfortable or excruciating.
Best-selling YA author Legrand’s first novel for adults is full of high stakes for her characters and detailed fantasy worldbuilding with interesting mythology for readers.
Legrand’s adult debut is the kind of lushly magical romance we need in a world of thorns and ghosts, real and imagined. As someone who also suffers from mental illness and chronic pain, I’ve never felt so seen as through the heroine Gemma, and I felt her journey so deeply. Legrand also does a fantastic job with her setting, a magical Regency-esque period with the whimsy of beautiful ballgowns and clandestine meetings balanced by the inherent darkness of the power of magic. I truly adored this book and hope for so much more in this world.
Words can’t describe how I loved A Crown of Ivy and Glass! I had been for something that scratched the fantasy romance itch that was a bit more mature than the normal YA. . . . I was absolutely riveted. The chronic pain representation along with female friendships was a balm to my lonely soul and I cannot wait for the next volume!