The Revolution of Ivy by Amy Engel Review

The Revolution of Ivy (The Book of Ivy, #2)

The Revolution of Ivy by Amy Engel (The Book of Ivy #2)

Published Entangled 2015

Genre: Young Adult Dystopia

Format: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher for review consideration. This did not affect my opinions on this book or the content of my review in any way.

Spoilers are beneath the cut for book 1, The Book of Ivy!

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Revolution of Ivy by Amy Engel Blog Tour and Giveaway

Today, I am very happy to host the author of Revolution of Ivy, the second book in this duology. I reviewed this first book earlier this year and now, the second book has just been released!

The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy #1) by Amy Engel
Release Date: 11/04/14
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…

Book Trailer:

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 novel. Find her online at http://amyengel.net or @aengelwrites.
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Now, Amy Engel has written a guest post for y’all! Here’s her top five reasons that Bishop is swoon-worthy.

Ah, Bishop…that guy gets me every time. I definitely have a serious soft spot for him and hopefully readers do, too. I could probably wax poetic about him all day, but I’ll limit myself to the top five reasons he’s swoon-worthy.

  1. He doesn’t try to change Ivy: That’s not to say that Bishop doesn’t want Ivy to think for herself rather than believing inher father blindly. But Bishop doesn’t mind Ivy’s impulsiveness orher sometimes prickly personality. He’s patient enough to wait her out and smart enough to know that Ivy needs to trust him completely before she can love him.
  2. He’s patient, but he’s not a pushover: Bishop is willing to give Ivy the time she needs, over and over again, but there is always a point at which he is going to take a stand. And once he does, he’s not going to budge.
  3. Bishop’s love is steady:It doesn’t waver when things get tough or when it might be easier to give up. Bishop isn’t the kind of guy who is going to sing love songs to Ivy or run around telling the whole word that he adores her, but he shows his feelings in the way he treats her and the way he believes in her.
  4. Bishop is a genuinely good person:He sometimes makes tough choices, but always for the right reason. He’s very self-aware and constantly thinks about the consequences of what he does, both for himself and for others. He would do anything for the people he loves.
  5. Bishop balances knowing he’s attractive without preening: You may think I’m nuts, but for me, Bishop’s looks may actually be the least swoon-worthy thing about him. It’s more his reaction to his own looks that’s swoon-worthy. He’s incredibly good looking, but his handsomeness doesn’t mean much to him. He’s not unaware of his appeal, however; he knows what people see when they look at him. But he never pays attention to his own handsomeness or tries to use ittoget what he wants. There’s something incredibly compelling about someone who lives comfortably in their own gorgeous skin without ever preening or, on the other extreme, down-playing. Bishop’s response to his looks is a metaphorical shrug, and that makes him even hotter.

It’s giveaway time! You can enter to win the grand prize: a signed copy of The Revolution of Ivy and this necklace. The runner-up will just get a signed copy of the book. This giveaway is open to only US residents.
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Now, here is a little about the sequel, The Revolution of Ivy! Spoilers are beneath the cut.

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The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel Review

The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy, #1)

The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel (The Book of Ivy #1)

Published Entangled Teen 2014

Genre: Young Adult Dystopia

Format: Paperback

b38bc-coollogo_com-221351400After 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…

029c6-coollogo_com-9181998I am SO EXCITED about this book. I still get excited when I think about it and all the feels that came along with reading it. This was a really outstanding dystopia for me, although I haven’t read them in a while. I left that genre after the huge amount of books being published and they all started blending together. This one has consistently gotten great reviews, so I decided to pick it up.

This one plays on the classic arranged marriage but the girl plans to kill the boy trope. This is my favorite book I have read with it though. I truly felt conflicted between what Ivy had planned to do and her emotions when she got into the situation. I liked Ivy as a strong character, but she also had some moments of sincerity and emotionally engaging scenes. Bishop was a great character as well – totally swoonworthy. Bishop inspired a lot of conversation and helped pull out some themes in this book, especially those having to do with their influential family members.

I liked the plot and the pacing of this book as well. Even though the world is a classic example of dystopian, it uses that to its advantage. It does not have to spend a lot of time developing the world and the history, so that it can focus on the characters and the way that the world has developed after that. There are elements of ‘what is beyond the fence’ – something strong in Divergent – and I’m looking forward to see what develops with that in the second book. I was always excited to read this and ended up finishing it in two sittings. I would also really like to see this as a movie because it packed a dramatic punch.

Overall, I really loved this book. It had great characters and I was conflicted between the two sides, which is what I really wanted from this novel. It was fast-paced and intense and I can’t wait for the sequel next year.

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