by Amy Engel
Release Date: 11/11/14
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!
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 http://amyengel.net/ or @aengelwrites.
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