Book Review | The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel

Posted January 12, 2015 by Christy || 26 Comments

The Book Of Ivy by Amy Engel

Format: Paperback
Source: Purchased
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Publication Date: November 11, 2014
My Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars
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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…

My Thoughts:

Okay, I just want to say up front that this will probably be more of a fangirl session than an actual review because HOLY FREAKING ALIEN BABIES THIS BOOK IS AMAZING! You’ll have to forgive me if this review doesn’t make much sense, I will attempt to put my feelings into coherent words and sentences that will convey exactly how much I loved this one, but I make no promises.
I hadn’t really heard of this book until a few weeks ago when I saw it on a bunch of lists for favorites of 2014, of course that grabbed my attention, so I done what any good stalker blogger would do, I went to Goodreads and read the summary, and then I knew that I HAD TO HAVE IT. So I got it and I read it, and I completely fell in love with this world and these characters.
Ivy Westfall has spent her entire life preparing for this moment, the moment when she becomes Mrs. Lattimer. But her wedding day isn’t all sunshine and rainbows. You see, Ivy lives in a world where you don’t choose who you marry and normally no one knows who they are going to be marrying until right before they say I do. Except for Ivy. She has known that Bishop Lattimer, son of President Lattimer, would be her husband for years and she has been preparing ever since, not for the duty of becoming his wife, but to kill him.
Believe it or not, I actually felt a connection with Ivy, which was weird considering what she was planning to do, but as I read and got to know her, I realized that she was actually a good person who was only doing what her father and sister told her was the right thing. Everything was planned and Ivy was set to bring down the Lattimer’s, but she quickly learns that Bishop is not the monster her family made him out to be.
I absolutely loved the slow building romance between Ivy and Bishop. I wasn’t sure what to expect at first since we only have Ivy’s side of the story and we only know what her family has told her. But once you get to know Bishop it’s easy to see that he is a really great guy, and so unlike everything Ivy was taught.

Overall, The Book of Ivy is an amazing and intriguing read that shows that there is always two sides to every story and to be careful who you trust. The writing is impeccable and the story flows flawlessly. Engel knows how to draw the reader in and keep them entertained throughout, I was constantly flipping the pages, dying to find out what happened next and I could not stop until the last page. This is one not to be missed and I now understand why it made so many favorites lists, it’ll definitely make mine.



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26 responses to “Book Review | The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel

  1. kirstymstudio

    Yeah, all I was getting from the synopsis was romance, so glad the characters the type of character that can stand on her own and doesn't need someone to rely on. But yeah, the love triangle thing, so get why you're a little on the fence, but at least you mostly enjoyed it! 😀
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  2. Yay, I am so glad you liked it! I LOVE this book! I mean, who'd have thought, right? Especially since I was getting really bored with dystopian at the time, I wasn't sure how I'd feel about it, but it just has such a fresh take on the whole dystopian genre that it felt completely unique! And the characters were amazing too. How are we going to wait until November for the conclusion!?
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  3. Regina

    So glad you enjoyed this book! I reviewed it on the blog tour and included a picture of my ideal Bishop. I absolutely LOVED this book!

  4. I was actually unsure about this one because despite a really cool plot, it seems like something I've already read [multiple things to be honest.] I didn't want to try it because I didn't want to just flat out end up hating it but your review gives me hope!

  5. kirstymstudio

    Haha HOLY FREAKING ALIEN BABIES THIS BOOK IS AMAZING! needs to be a new saying. 😉 I've only read a few reviews of it so far and they've all been high praise so I'll definitely have to check it out now. Ivy sounds badass, and it's great you can still feel connected to her (even with what she plans to do).
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  6. I have heard great things about this one! But I have yet to add it to my TBR. I'm going to remedy that now because the premise sounds very intriguing! Like a "sort of" forbidden love that develops between two characters getting married…
    GREAT REVIEW! I'm sold 🙂

  7. The Book Belles

    I loved this one, too! I was also able to connect with Ivy, and Bishop is one of my favorite book boyfriends ever. The Book of Ivy was such a quick, awesome read 🙂 Now, there's just the long wait for the next book…I wish it was already out. Great review! 🙂

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  8. Pam@YA Escape

    I loved this one too!! Loved that there were no easy answers and things were gray rather than the usual evil government story. But the absolute best was the slow burn romance between Ivy and Bishop. Loved it!!! That ending, though. Killed. Me.
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  9. jennreneeread

    Yes this book rocked my world too. It was so amazing, more than I had hoped for. And the romance. Oh so perfect. I kept waiting for Bishop to turn Evil and he never did. So surprised me. I thought for sure he would be a bad guy. I am not sure why, I just did. Anyways holy moly it was awesome. yes.

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