Series: The Book of Ivy

Blog Tour: The Revolution of Ivy [Review & Giveaway]

Posted November 12, 2015 by Stephanie in Blog Tour, Giveaway, Review / 0 Comments

Blog Tour: The Revolution of Ivy [Review & Giveaway]The Revolution of Ivy by Amy Engel
Series: The Book of Ivy #2
Published by Entangled: Teen on November 3rd 2015
Genres: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Dystopian, Romance
Pages: 400
Format: eARC
Source: Netgalley
Goodreads
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Series Rating: five-stars
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Ivy Westfall is beyond the fence and she is alone. Abandoned by her family and separated from Bishop Lattimer, Ivy must find a way to survive on her own in a land filled with countless dangers, both human and natural. She has traded a more civilized type of cruelty--forced marriages and murder plots--for the bare-knuckled brutality required to survive outside Westfall's borders.
But there is hope beyond the fence, as well. And when Bishop reappears in Ivy's life, she must decide if returning to Westfall to take a final stand for what she believes is right is worth losing everything she's fought for.

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Title: The Revolution of Ivy
Author: Amy Engel
Series: The Book of Ivy #2
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian, Romance
Pages: 290
Published By: Entangled Teen
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Ivy Westfall is beyond the fence and she is alone.

Abandoned by her family and separated from Bishop Lattimer, Ivy must find a way to survive on her own in a land filled with countless dangers, both human and natural. She has traded a more civilized type of cruelty–forced marriages and murder plots–for the bare-knuckled brutality required to survive outside Westfall’s borders.

But there is hope beyond the fence, as well. And when Bishop reappears in Ivy’s life, she must decide if returning to Westfall to take a final stand for what she believes is right is worth losing everything she’s fought for.
(Goodreads)

This was a beautiful sequel and a wonderful ending to a series! I am sad to see this is only a duology, but I am not upset at how it ended! Do I want more? Of course I do, but I am deeply satisfied at how it was done. Amy Engel really knows how to write a captivating story and I look forward to reading her future works of art!

This book picks up where The Book of Ivy left off, with Ivy outside the wall. I loved Ivy even more in this book than I did in the first one, which is saying something because I loved her in the first one a lot! She grows throughout this entire novel and I applaud her for everything she does.

Ivy makes friends with Caleb and Ash and I thought that they were a great addition to this story. I really loved them and learning more about what was outside the fence. Then there is the ever loving Bishop. Gosh, I love him so. He is just perfect and swoonworthy for sure! Ivy and Bishop are definitely one of my favorite couples in the world of YA!

The writing is superb, the plot line is great, and I loved all the characters! This is truly one of my favorite series in the YA genre and it is by far my favorite dystopian series! It is so unique and well done! I would have liked a little more world building, but it wasn’t necessary because of how amazing the story turned out. If you haven’t checked out this duology yet, please do! Because it is truly captivating and wonderful, even if it is a dystopian world! 🙂

Amy Engel was born in Kansas and after a childhood spent bouncing between countries (Iran, Taiwan) and states (Kansas; California; Missouri; Washington, D.C.), she settled in Kansas City, Missouri, where she lives with her husband and two kids.  Before devoting herself full-time to motherhood and writing, she was a criminal defense attorney, which is not quite as exciting as it looks on TV.  When she has a free moment, she can usually be found reading, running, or shoe shopping. The Book of Ivy is her debut YA novel.

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Did you read The Revolution of Ivy? Or do you want to? Leave your thoughts in the comments! 🙂
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Stephanie
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The Book of Ivy [Review]

Posted April 27, 2015 by Stephanie in Review / 4 Comments

The Book of Ivy [Review]The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel
Series: The Book of Ivy #1
Published by Entangled: Teen on November 4th 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Sci-Fi, Dystopian, Romance
Pages: 282
Format: Paperback, Audiobook
Source: Purchased
Goodreads
five-stars
Series Rating: five-stars
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After a brutal nuclear war, the United States was left decimated. A small group of survivors eventually banded together, but only after more conflict over which family would govern the new nation. The Westfalls lost. Fifty years later, peace and control are maintained by marrying the daughters of the losing side to the sons of the winning group in a yearly ritual.
This year, it is my turn.
My name is Ivy Westfall, and my mission is simple: to kill the president’s son—my soon-to-be husband—and restore the Westfall family to power.
But Bishop Lattimer is either a very skilled actor or he’s not the cruel, heartless boy my family warned me to expect. He might even be the one person in this world who truly understands me. But there is no escape from my fate. I am the only one who can restore the Westfall legacy.
Because Bishop must die. And I must be the one to kill him…

My mission is not to make him happy and bear his children and be his wife. My mission is to kill him.

He didn’t save me, though. He allowed me the freedom to save myself, which is the very best type of rescue.

“Because I’m in love with you, Ivy,” he whispers. “Giving up on you isn’t an option.”

I want to be someone strong and brave enough to make hard choices. But I want to be fair and loving enough to make the right ones.

So, I’m not going to lie. The reason I picked up this book at the bookstore was because of the cover. The cover drew me in and then I read the synopsis on the back and it drew me in even more. And, I was not at all disappointed! This was a fantastic first book in a series. It had a great premise and I loved it! I cannot wait until the next installment comes out (unfortunately not until November).
I really fell in love with Ivy and Bishop! They were phenomenal characters and I really enjoyed reading about their story. Ivy was a strong character and she sacrificed a lot. As soon as the book was over I was in need of the next book because I need to know what happens next with Ivy and Bishop’s relationship!
The story premise was superb. I felt bad for Ivy for having to sacrifice so much and for her dad and sister to be so insanely selfish. Ivy deserves better and I really hope her dad and sister get what’s coming to them in the next installment! I don’t care if they’re family, they sucked.
This book was seriously so good! It was a different take on the dystopians and it was well written. I cannot wait until The Revolution of Ivy comes out!
Let’s talk about it. Did you read The Book of Ivy? What did you think of it? Or do you want to read it? Why? Leave your thoughts in the comments! 🙂
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Stephanie
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