On the jacket
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 ...
I am not a fan of young adult fiction as I keep mentioning. I simply cannot relate them to the books I'd read when I was a YA. When I read the blurb, it intrigued me and when I started reading the book, I was not disappointed one bit. This book is sheer genius, going by the other YA books that there are.
Ivy Pocket is an orphan who holds a very high opinion of herself and genuinely belives she is the prettiest, smartest and wittiest kid ever. She is a nutcase and has a tendency to exaggerate and lie. She is funny. so funny in fact that even her sorrows seem like they will pass soon.
The plot has a lot of elements to it. It begins with Countess Carbunkle to whom she was a companion to, abandoning her & leaving to the dying Duchess of Trinity entrusting her with personally taking the Duchess' most entrusted jewel to a twelve year old girl. From the moment Ivy accepts this deal, her life turns into a saga of mysteries. Thefts, deaths and confessions become everyday affair.
The narration is brilliant as is the plot and character development. Even before the story is half way through I was impatient with curiosity to know the climax. It takes it's time to build up, with its own twists and turns but the plot does reach it's deserving end. I cannot wait to read more books in this series, however irritating Ivy can get, she is extremely lovable too.
[This review is for Bloomsbury India. The opinions are strictly my own and not been written under any obligation.]