Blog Tour: The Book of Ivy by Amy Engels +Giveaway

The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy #1)
by Amy Engel
Release Date: 11/11/14
Entangled Teen

Summary from Goodreads:
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…

Why you need to read The Book of Ivy by Amy Engels!!

I was absorbed from the beginning. I knew this book was going to be good, yet I was still surprised! It surpassed my expectations. 

1. The Plot

There are so many qualities of The Book of Ivy that make it so wonderful. It's definitely my favorite dystopian novel of the year. The concept is interesting and well-executed. There are twists and turns that you never see coming. There were slow moments, there were fast-paced moments, the pacing was great. I felt that everything happened for a reason. Every scene held some importance. There's tension and questioning throughout the book. The anxiety levels are high. We all want to know Will she do it? Is she going to kill him?

2. The Writing

Amy's writing is amazing!! She developed great characters and a great romance. Her world-building was stellar. She weaved the information in perfectly without it being an info-dumb yet not stretched too thin that we were confused. She was concise and descriptive and not overly so.

3. The Feels

I felt everything when I read this book. Anger, betrayal, bliss, upset, agony, shock, the whole spectrum. Amy plays with our hearts throughout this novel. She manages to pull out all the feels!! 

4. The Characters

Although this takes place in the future and in a very different setting/scenario, these characters are so realistic. They're lovable. They're admirable. They're amazing. There are a wide range of characters, and I felt they were all well-developed. They all had depth. Ivy is such a strong main character. She's definitely flawed, but she's to be fair and independent. I loved her as a protagonist. Bishop is such a sweetheart!! I went "awww" so many times in this book because of him. He's protective and sweet and thoughtful and smart and amazing. 

5. The Romance

It's a slow burn. It's perfect. We see the romance actually grow and develop in this book. It's realistic and wonderful and I totally ship them!

Overall I was very impressed with this book. It's definitely a new favorite of mine, I highly recommend it!

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About the Author:

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. Find her online at or @aengelwrites.
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  1. I posted my review of this book today for the tour also, and I agree with every single thing you said. I mean, omigod, this book!! The range of emotions I felt while reading were staggering. I had tears at times while other times I swooned a bit. And laughed. And shed some more tears. I was thinking the same thing about how every scene held importance to the story, even the dress fitting scene with Bishop's mother. Can you believe we have to wait an entire year to find out what happens next?? Gah! This is one of those books I see myself rereading to savor it all over again, how about you? TERRIFIC review!!

  2. Ooh, this does sound very interesting. I admit I'm not in love with the cover, but HEY, any kind of awesome unique dystopian is appealing to me. ;-) I kind of wore myself out on dystopians last year, with almost everything following the same formats. Slow burn romances are good and sounds like it's pretty action packed! WOOT.

  3. I agree with every point you made! I loved The Book of Ivy, and I seriously have no idea how I can wait for the sequel. And YES to the twists and turns- I was so, so pleasantly surprised by the route this book took. Loved it! (And how could you NOT adore the slow romance. It was PERFECT!) Great review :)

  4. Rachel, we shall wait.. huhuhu, no matter how it hurts to wait. I'm glad you loved it too. I AGREE WITH EVERYTHING ;) Great review!! xx

  5. Sounds good Rach, can't wait to read it! So glad that the romance is slowly developed. I'm not a hater of instalove, but in this case I can tell it would totally ruin this book.

  6. I was curious about this book and I could really use a book that's hard to put down. Okay, you've convinced me, I need to read this. I love slow romances and the characters sound amazing! I'm surprised it only got 4 1/2 stars from you, but I understand I'm stingy with perfect ratings as well.

  7. Ooh! I've been hearing so many things about this book! Great review, Rach! I really look forward to reading this one :D

  8. I saw the "slow burn" and my eyes turned to hearts! I'm glad you've come to like this book, Rachel :) Not fond of the cover, though, but I do like the blurb! Hopefully I can check this one out when I'm finished with my pile this month (which is a hella lot)!

    Faye at The Social Potato

  9. Okay, so you definitely convinced me! What am I still doing?? *goes to buy the book ;)*
    Wonderful review, Rachel! <3 I cannot wait to start it!

  10. I totally ship Ivy and Bishop too! He's such an awesome love interest. But oh man, that ending KILLED ME. D: I can't believe we have to wait a whole year now. Ugghhhhhhhhh.

  11. THis book seems to have surprised a lot of people, and that in itself makes me really interested in trying it out!


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