Review: The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel

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Review: The Book of Ivy by Amy EngelThe Book of Ivy by Amy Engel
Series: The Book of Ivy #1
Published by Entangled Teen
Pub Date: November 11th 2014
Pages: 282
Format: eBook | Source: Gifted
Genres: Dystopian, Romance, Sci-Fi, Young Adult
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5 Stars

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…

The Book of Ivy was just brilliant! Full of twists, turns and amazing surprises, it really blew me away. In the future a nuclear war has left the United States in shambles. A group of survivors come together to create their own town, but the people couldn’t agree on how to run the town and war broke out between the two sides. Now, The Lattimer family presides over the town and the Westfalls may come from the founding family but have no power. In order to maintain peace it’s decided that each year all the 16 year olds will be matched up to marry, one member from each side of the town in order to keep the peace and prevent an uprising from happening. Now Ivy Westfall is turning 16 and set to marry Bishop Lattimer, the president’s son. What the Lattimer’s don’t know is that Ivy’s family has a plan, Ivy has been tasked with killing her new husband so her family can take over the town.

Ivy was an amazing main character; she was strong, smart and caring. She was often conflicted with what she had to do even though she has known about this plan since she was a child. Her dad and sister have majorly influenced her for most of her life. They have drilled their desire for power into her head and made her feel like she’s the weak link in the family. I was not a fan of Ivy’s father and her sister Callie. Callie was the one who was supposed to marry Bishop and kill him but Bishop decided he wanted to marry Ivy instead. Callie seems to hold a grudge about this, I can never tell if she is genuine or not but by the end I’m guessing not. Callie seems to be her father’s daughter through and through. She cares more about power and revenge than anything else.

The romance was well done. Ivy and Bishop don’t just fall in love right away, it takes time. They have to learn to trust each other and as that trust grows their feelings do too. I really loved their relationship and how it happened. They were forced into this marriage and they are both way too young and they know that. Bishop also helps Ivy to see through her father’s views. He shows her that not everything is so black and white and sometimes she has to question things.

The end of this book was really shocking to me. I did not expect it to end like that, and now the next book doesn’t come out until November and I don’t know what to do with myself. Overall I was really impressed with this book, it’s definitely a new favorite of mine.

 

About Amy Engel

Amy Engel

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 she says 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.

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2 Responses to “Review: The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel”

  1. Catherine

    Hmm, this sounds pretty interesting. I gave up on the Dystopian genre for a while after I read Matched by Ally Condie! But, maybe this will solve my disillusionment with the genre. Great review Tamara! :)

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