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
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! 🙂

4 responses to “The Book of Ivy [Review]

  1. Debbie

    I think I may be one of the only people who dislike this book aha! Don’t get me wrong the premise really sparked my interest and I even requested it at my local library to have a read but by the time I started it the story just fell flat to me. I just could not connect with the writing or the characters and the plot to me was very predictable. I’m glad you enjoyed though!

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