Review and Giveaway: THE REVOLUTION OF IVY by Amy Engel

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This series was amazing! It had everything I was hoping for and set a new bar for me in YA Dystopian reads. This story left me with a smile on my face.

First, please check out the book one in this series…

Review and Giveaway: THE REVOLUTION OF IVY by Amy EngelThe Book of Ivy by Amy Engel
Series: The Book of Ivy #1
Also in this series: The Revolution of Ivy
Published by Entangled Publishing, LLC on November 11th 2014
Pages: 304
Genres: Dystopian, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Also by this author: The Revolution of Ivy
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What would you kill for?
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 return 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 review for The Revolution of Ivy will contain spoilers for the first book in the series, The Book of Ivy. If you haven’t read that book, you should check out my review, (and all the other glowing reviews on Goodreads), to see what you are missing.

Review and Giveaway: THE REVOLUTION OF IVY by Amy EngelThe Revolution of Ivy by Amy Engel
Series: The Book of Ivy #2
Also in this series: The Book of Ivy
November 3rd 2015
Pages: 400
Genres: Young Adult, Dystopian, Love & Romance
Also by this author: The Book of Ivy
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Beyond the fence. I am still alive. Barely.

My name is Ivy Westfall. I am sixteen years old and a traitor. Three months ago, I was forced to marry the president's son, Bishop Lattimer-as all daughters of the losing side of the war are sold off in marriage to the sons of the winners. But I was different. I had a mission-to kill Bishop.

Instead, I fell in love with him.

Now I am an outcast, left to survive the brutal savagery of the lands outside of civilization. Yet even out here, there is hope. There is life beyond the fence. But I can't outrun my past. For my actions have set off a treasonous chain of events in Westfall that will change all of our fates--especially Bishop's.

And this time, it is not enough to just survive...

My Review

The Book of Ivy left us with Ivy being thrown out of Westfall. Her family did nothing to stop it, Bishop is alive after Ivy failed to kill him, but he probably hates her now. Ivy is now beyond the fence. She is alone. She is scared. Ivy is just a regular girl without the skills needed to survive.

Amy Engel really knows how to write a great tale. This was such a great series. Told in only Ivy’s POV, this dystopian tale is one of my favorite series, EVER. The excellent pacing continued in this book. I started reading this and finished it in one day.

Without Bishop, Ivy is left to really fend for herself and think about what she did, and why she did it. I felt so much for this girl. Things beyond the fence are about as bad as she imagined. Ivy is wounded in this book and she is very much alone. It was fun to see her progression in the wild. I could relate to her helplessness and vulnerability. Ivy is no super-heroine, she has no bad-ass skills or resources. What makes Ivy such a great characters is that she is so relateable. I could honestly say that a lot of girls would have done the same thing if they were Ivy, and so would I.

In this book Ivy meets Ash and her brother Caleb. I ended up loving them both, and what they do for Ivy. Ash is the sister Ivy deserves. She is so kind, trusting, and very sweet. Caleb is the protective big brother. Their story was really heartbreaking but the fact they have each other gives Ivy hope. They help Ivy survive and teach her skills necessary to survive outside the fence.

Bishop took FOREVER to appear in this book. After the way The Book of Ivy ended I didn’t see how they would ever be together. He showed up just as I had given up on him. It was perfect timing. I cheered out loud when he arrived. Bishop is perfectly perfect. He is level-headed, fair, and so very patient. Ivy is so damaged in this book that her conflicted feelings are palpable.

“I don’t understand how the pain of losing him can be a pale shadow in comparison to the pain of finding him again.”

Her actions and reactions to Bishop send very mixed feelings. The thing about Bishop is that he realizes that he is not his family, anymore than Ivy is her family. You don’t get to pick your family. They had a rocky beginning but Bishop is able to see past her actions, he sees right into the heart of Ivy. (Bishop pretty much set a new standard for swoon-worthy-book-boyfriend)

Basically I just want to flail over this book. Both books really. This was such a perfect ending to an excellent tale. The author was able to tie up all the loose ends and make things right for these characters. The world building was so well done. I am almost sad that I am done reading this.

My Rating


About 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 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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