I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Lost Twin (Scarlet and Ivy, #1) by Sophie Cleverly
Series: Scarlet and Ivy #1
Published by Sourcebooks Jabberwocky on May 3, 2016
Number of Pages: 288
Genres: Middle Grade, Mystery
Purchase: At Amazon
This is the story of how I became my sister…
A spine-tingling mystery set in a creepily atmospheric boarding school. Ivy must uncover the secrets behind her twin sister Scarlet’s disappearance before it’s too late.
When troublesome Scarlet mysteriously disappears from Rookwood School, terrifying Miss Fox invites her quiet twin sister Ivy to ‘take her place’.
Ivy reluctantly agrees in the hopes of finding out what happened to her missing sister. For only at Rookwood will Ivy be able to unlock the secrets of Scarlet’s disappearance, through a scattered trail of diary pages carefully hidden all over the school.
Can Ivy solve the mystery before Miss Fox suspects? Or before an even greater danger presents itself?
The synopsis is slightly misleading, in that it says Ivy is invited to take Scarlet’s place and she agrees. She gets a letter telling her a place has opened up for her, and that her school fees have already been paid. So she really doesn’t get a choice about going to the school or not. And once there, she is told point blank that she is going to pretend to be Scarlet.
She agrees to do so in order to find out what happened to her sister. However, since she was basically threatened into doing it, the synopsis description sounds a lot more benign.
Miss Fox reminded me a bit of Umbridge from Harry Potter. Mostly because of her office being covered in dogs, the way Umbridge did kittens. Equally creepy, and she was even meaner and more nasty than Umbridge in the way she treated the students of the school.
I liked the way Ivy had to decipher the riddles her sister left her. And how her friendship with Ariadne grew. I also really liked the dance instructor. The way they found the clues, and how the story was revealed through the diary entries, was fun.
I wish there had been a bit more at the end of the book, where it left off left me too many questions! Not so many that I’m not looking forward to the next book, but enough that I think another page or two could have been added at the least. There were a few slow bits, but overall I really liked the book and will be looking for the next one in the series.