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R 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 legacyBecause Bishop must die And I must be the one to kill h THIS BOOK WAS AMAZINGYou guys you NEED to read this I couldn't put it down I read it in 2 sittings which never happens I loved everything about this book the pacing was perfect the characters were amazing the love story was one of the best I've seen not rushed it was just perfect Bishop is now one of my new book boyfriends for sureIts going to be a struggle waiting for the next book I NEED to know what happens with IvyThis book was sent to me for review by Entangled Teen for an honest review I am SO happy they sent this to me

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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 conflict over which family would govern the new nation The Westfalls lost Fifty years later peace and control are maintained by marrying the daughters o 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 So the premise is grandiose AMAZING I didn’t want to expect much from this book but how could I not with that enticing blurb and beautiful cover? In fact it all screamed KICKASS And a kickass dystopian book is always welcome Always But this book barely contained any action There was secrecy and plotting of course but no real and convincing execution around themIn fact if I were the main character not only would I have been DEAD but also very very BORED Ivy doesn’t have a choice; she must marry Bishop the president’s son In her post apocalyptic world every sixteenseventeen year old boy and girl must take a spouse to procreate And if that doesn’t work out they have one thing left work If they don’t follow the rules they are excommunicated and not so gently pushed on the other side of the fenceAnd those people generally dieBut Ivy and her family want everything to change By killing Bishop and the president her own father will be able to gain power and integrate democracy to their ‘nation’ It’s a really good plan and had it been put to execution with seriousness and fatality it could have been a grand successBut then there’s Bishop the sweet thoughtful and enigmatic Bishop who inconveniently stole Ivy’s heart Now the planshe has doubts Is it the right thing to do? Does he deserve it? She kept asking those uestions ALL PLOT LONG And the thing is I knew from when they first arrived in their house and Bishop showed himself to be kind to her that everything has been jeopardized already Ivy was never a criminal and I didn’t want her to be one but some action would have been very welcome in the plotI honestly tried to enjoy this but Ivy and Bishop’s relationship was so so TAME And predictable Unsurprising Sleep worthy I saw no chemistry between them let alone feel any captivating atmosphere throughout the read Another thing that I didn’t enjoy was the pacing it was slower than in any dystopian book I have read before Allegiant aside – not sure if any book could ever beat this latter Probably because not much is happening The writing was okay but very standard when I believe it could have been richer in term of vocabularyIvy was sincerely annoying Overall okay as a person but her personality bent toward recklessness oh so many times Keep your mouth closed I tell myself Just shut up But I can’t and My head knows what a terrible idea this is screaming me to stop that’ I’m taking things to far but and Against my better judgement No If your instinct tells you to NOT do something then perhaps the wisest thing to do would be listening to it For once Needless to say she was repeatedly busted She also must have gotten some special treatment because if I look at the world she lives in many would have been suspicious toward her and investigated in her personage to finally put to pieces everything and resolve the puzzleI tried to but didn’t agree with her at many points For instance she said Sometimes pain is the only language certain people understand I don’t believe that I don’t believe you ought to hurt some to make them listen to you but hey it’s personal plus very controversial As this is I don’t want to give up like my own mother Now is it because someone commits suicide that they ‘give up’? Not sure but I certainly didn’t like how easily and with no second thoughts she uttered those wordsThere barely was any world building The setting did vary but they weren’t described enough and absolutely not exploited The author’s main idea was a good one and uite interesting but her not developing it at its full potential backfired because I couldn’t believe and imagine this story at one hundred percent in my mindFor those who want a UITE simple and uneventful dystopian read mostly focused on the characters and the romance filled with angst this could probably work for you I wanted though It could have been so much

Amy Engel Ç 4 review

F 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 acto YES DAT ENDING DOEOkay I was totally prepared to give this like 35 or 4 stars It was enjoyable but there wasn't much going on storywise And then somewhere nearing the end things went exactly in the direction I wanted it to go and the ending even though it's a cliffhanger still left me really really fucking satisfied I thought this book was good before but after finishing it I can honestly say I would stamp AWESOME onto the coverAlso side note; before I read this book I jokingly put in this review that perhaps Ivy was a descendant of Chaolaena Celaena and Chaol from the Throne of Glass series since her last name is Westfall Do I still think it? Sure why not? xD Ivy wasn't as badass as Celaena but she was still pretty likable and I have a feeling she will be badass in book 2Lots of fun this was Really satisfying ending I has high hopes for the rest of the series

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  • The Book of Ivy
  • Amy Engel
  • English
  • 09 January 2020
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About the Author: Amy Engel

Amy Engel is the author of THE ROANOKE GIRLS and THE BOOK OF IVY series A former criminal defense attorney she lives in Missouri with her family Her next literary thriller THE FAMILIAR DARK will be published by Dutton in Spring .



10 thoughts on “The Book of Ivy

  1. says:

    A boy who doesn't want to lie married to a girl who can't tell the truth “You’re easy to read Ivy but the whole book of you is complicated” Wow this is the first book that I loved the main charactersIvy and Bishop❤ and no one else That's first Except for the two of them I hated everyone else I was suspicious about everything and everyone I was right And then the ending ruined me Why???? 1I love Bishop He is just amazing He is caring and trustworthy Even when they were married he didn't touch her not once I liked how their relationship was built I loved their truth or dare game P 2 I hated Mr Westfall Mr and Mrs Lattimer But I really really hated Callie She is such a bitch Mr Westfall and Callie lied to Ivy about how her mother diedshe thought that Mr Lattimer killed her which is not true She killed herself because she was in love with Mr Lattimer even though she was married with Mr Westfall So they had both romance and political issues P Democracy vs Monarchy Who is which? They acting like they are both monarchy and they want to leadCallie Callie Callie I hate herShe is acting like a sister to Ivy but the only thing she wants is power She manipulated Ivy to do whatever she wanted even to kill Bishop3 Ivy wanted to protect Bishop and she sacrifice herself I respect that He doesn't deserve to die but she also protected her family who didn't deerve it Wtf?? They should have protected her and they were acting like she was crazy and she would do something like that alone I hate her family than I hate Bishop's family Only Bishop believed in her But she lied to him And now Callie is free to do whatever she wants with Bishop I hate herAnd now Ivy is beyond the fence and she is alone because of her family I grieve the daughter I was the wife I never wanted to be the killer I refused to become the traitor I pretended to be I am none of those things now I raise my head and wipe my eyes Daughter Wife Killer Traitor They are all old versions of me Now I will become a survivor

  2. says:

    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 So the premise is grandiose AMAZING I didn’t want to expect much from this book but how could I not with that enticing blurb and beautiful cover? In fact it all screamed KICKASS And a kickass dystopian book is always welcome Always But this book barely contained any action There was secrecy and plotting of course but no real and convincing execution around themIn fact if I were the main character not only would I have been DEAD but also very very BORED Ivy doesn’t have a choice; she must marry Bishop the president’s son In her post apocalyptic world every sixteenseventeen year old boy and girl must take a spouse to procreate And if that doesn’t work out they have one thing left work If they don’t follow the rules they are excommunicated and not so gently pushed on the other side of the fenceAnd those people generally dieBut Ivy and her family want everything to change By killing Bishop and the president her own father will be able to gain power and integrate democracy to their ‘nation’ It’s a really good plan and had it been put to execution with seriousness and fatality it could have been a grand successBut then there’s Bishop the sweet thoughtful and enigmatic Bishop who inconveniently stole Ivy’s heart Now the planshe has doubts Is it the right thing to do? Does he deserve it? She kept asking those uestions ALL PLOT LONG And the thing is I knew from when they first arrived in their house and Bishop showed himself to be kind to her that everything has been jeopardized already Ivy was never a criminal and I didn’t want her to be one but some action would have been very welcome in the plotI honestly tried to enjoy this but Ivy and Bishop’s relationship was so so TAME And predictable Unsurprising Sleep worthy I saw no chemistry between them let alone feel any captivating atmosphere throughout the read Another thing that I didn’t enjoy was the pacing it was slower than in any dystopian book I have read before Allegiant aside – not sure if any book could ever beat this latter Probably because not much is happening The writing was okay but very standard when I believe it could have been richer in term of vocabularyIvy was sincerely annoying Overall okay as a person but her personality bent toward recklessness oh so many times Keep your mouth closed I tell myself Just shut up But I can’t and My head knows what a terrible idea this is screaming me to stop that’ I’m taking things to far but and Against my better judgement No If your instinct tells you to NOT do something then perhaps the wisest thing to do would be listening to it For once Needless to say she was repeatedly busted She also must have gotten some special treatment because if I look at the world she lives in many would have been suspicious toward her and investigated in her personage to finally put to pieces everything and resolve the puzzleI tried to but didn’t agree with her at many points For instance she said Sometimes pain is the only language certain people understand I don’t believe that I don’t believe you ought to hurt some to make them listen to you but hey it’s personal plus very controversial As this is I don’t want to give up like my own mother Now is it because someone commits suicide that they ‘give up’? Not sure but I certainly didn’t like how easily and with no second thoughts she uttered those wordsThere barely was any world building The setting did vary but they weren’t described enough and absolutely not exploited The author’s main idea was a good one and uite interesting but her not developing it at its full potential backfired because I couldn’t believe and imagine this story at one hundred percent in my mindFor those who want a UITE simple and uneventful dystopian read mostly focused on the characters and the romance filled with angst this could probably work for you I wanted though It could have been so much

  3. says:

    I need the next book now That was crazy

  4. says:

    YES DAT ENDING DOEOkay I was totally prepared to give this like 35 or 4 stars It was enjoyable but there wasn't much going on storywise And then somewhere nearing the end things went exactly in the direction I wanted it to go and the ending even though it's a cliffhanger still left me really really fucking satisfied I thought this book was good before but after finishing it I can honestly say I would stamp AWESOME onto the coverAlso side note; before I read this book I jokingly put in this review that perhaps Ivy was a descendant of Chaolaena Celaena and Chaol from the Throne of Glass series since her last name is Westfall Do I still think it? Sure why not? xD Ivy wasn't as badass as Celaena but she was still pretty likable and I have a feeling she will be badass in book 2Lots of fun this was Really satisfying ending I has high hopes for the rest of the series

  5. says:

    EXCUSE ME WHILE I PICK UP THE PIECES OF MY HEART THAT JUST SHATTERED ALL OVER THE PLACE

  6. says:

    A boy who doesn't want to lie married to a girl who can't tell the truth The moment I saw this stunning cover I've made up my mind whatever happened I'll read it Because c'mon Isn't it eye catching? Her white backless dress indicated her early wedding The knife held behind her back meant the very purpose she needed to get close to him The silhouette of the city resembled where the story took place including WestfallWest and LattimerEast sides of itThis is a story about arranged marriage Following our beloved female mc Ivy Westfall she was forced to marry some guy she never met before her marriage when she was 16 Previously reminder Long before the war in the US the Westfall and the Lattimer family had been enemy politically; the former was the founder of the place yet was under full control of the latter With the view of seeking peace between the two parties Lattimer legitimated the arranged marriage for boys and girls from both sides of the city to marry each other Since Ivy's father was supposed to be the President instead of Mr Lattimer she served as a spy and had an important mission when she married Bishop Lattimer the only son of President Lattimer In the beginning she thought it would be easy to accomplish her goal but as time went by she realized that he wasn't what her father and older sister Callie had prepared her for He wasn't the guy they thought would abuse her like some unfortunate typical arranged marriages Better yet he appeared to have a kind heart and his words were genuine enough to send warmth to her When his scream fades into silence he rests his forehead against the metal Sometimes he says voice raw I hate this place He twists his neck and looks at me hands still hooked in the fence above his headI know I say barely a whisper Me too However with her constant meeting with Callie her sister kept reminding her how crucial Ivy's phase of the entire plan was and stopped her from chickening out So Ivy was caught in a dilemma whether she had to choose a boy who helped her find freedom and the way to save herself or someone who shared the same blood You're easy to read Ivy but the whole book of you is complicated I love the plot a lot but somehow there's something missing in it The chapters are pretty short and light to read; the action is addictive and really fast paced though I think if there are tension and interaction between the newly wed it will undoubtedly make this story so much captivating and complete Not that I'm complaining it's just that I prefer twists and pages and chapters for such a fantastic page turner Honestly I just can't get enough of Ivy Bishop Bishop is definitely the best role model for an ideal boyfriend; he possessed all kinds of uality I'm expecting a bf has He was extremely considerate and could always put himself into others' shoes or knew Ivy well despite the fact that she wasn't good at telling the truth of all time In a nutshell he knew how to sweet talk and still express himself truthfully It's hard not to melt under the influence of his cheesy words Why me? I askBecause everyone needs someone to put their faith in Bishop says Life's too lonely otherwise And I'm putting mine in you The ending was rather heartbreaking It's amazing how such a short story could still strongly make me emotional I'm not easy to cry over a book but this one got me Perhaps some may consider the end too cliche but for me I just loved it As a result I can't wait to see how she dealt with her Poison Ivy behavior and the severe conseuence she was responsible forLast but not least I totally recommend this bookduology to everyone It's a very enjoyably light read to get pass reading slumps and also a beautiful love story for someone who were forced to marry strangers Love isn't something you can legislate Love is than charts and graphs and matching interests Love is messy and complicated and it is a mistake to deny its random magic

  7. says:

    35 starsLately I have been a bit weary of hype Hype can be a great thing because it enables you to find books you would otherwise never have picked up However it can also take the fun out of reading because you practically already know everything about a book before you’ve even read the first page This is why I decided to pick up The Book of Ivy which I really hadn’t heard that much about previously In this case the decision paid of I really enjoyed this novel; it was a very short uick readThe Book of Ivy is a dystopian novel that takes place in the future after the United States has been destroyed by a nuclear war Most people were completely wiped out and there was only a small population left These people came together to establish a new “nation” but there were two rival sides the Westfalls and the Lattimers The Lattimers won and now fifty years later peace and control is maintained by marrying the daughters of the losing side to the sons of the winning group The story follows Ivy Westfall who is forced to marry Bishop Lattimer at the age of sixteen What nobody outside of Ivy’s family knows however is that Ivy is on a mission to kill Bishop in order to restore the Westfall family to power My feelings for this book are bit all over the place so let’s break it down shall we?World buildingThe world building is definitely the weakest part of the novel It was meager at best We got practically no explanations for what happened to the world Although politics are the central issue in the novel they were very simplified and not exploited Having said that though I was surprised by how little I actually cared about the lack of world building This is very unusual for me as I am world building freak; it’s part of why I love fantasy so much Somehow I found myself enjoying the story and not dwelling too much on the fact that nothing was really explainedCharactersI mostly really enjoyed the main characters even though I did have a few problems with both of themIvy was a very relatable and likeable protagonist She is very compassionate and outspoken yet also impulsive which gets her into trouble At times I did find Ivy a tad annoying simply because she kept repeating the same thoughts over and over again in her head and her impulsiveness seemed uite reckless Her character development was very typical for a dystopian girl starts uestioning and reevaluating her beliefs and realizes that some of the things she’s been taught her entire life are in fact incorrect or exaggerated In that she appeared a little indecisive and there were times where I just wanted to shake her However considering the fact that she was only sixteen and had been sheltered her entire life she was a very realistic character and I found myself rooting for her I could really feel how torn she was between the loyalty to her family and her budding feelings towards Bishop In my opinion and I’m sure some of you will agree with me there is a big difference between the bookish boyfriends we love to swoon over in our favorite books and the ones we would actually like to date in real life Many brooding dark bad boys might be amazing to read about but if they were real I would probably steer clear Bishop however is the opposite He is literally the PERFECT guy in every way everything anyone could ever want in a boyfriend He is very kind and handsome trusting and considerate intelligent and selfless I want to be someone strong and brave enough to make hard choices But I want to be fair and loving enough to make the right ones And that’s where the problem lies as much as I loved Bishop I don’t like characters that don’t have flaws Not just out of principle but because they are kind ofbland dull He was adorable but not interesting Plot RomanceThe book of Ivy is essentially a love story Yes there are political and ideological elements involved but at its core it’s a novel about two star crossed lovers The plot wasn’t particularly thrilling but it did keep my attention throughout and the ending was very unexpected I’m definitely curious to know what happens in the second installment since it’s going to have a very different premise than the first oneI really enjoyed the romance it was very cute and there was no insta love or love triangle Hallelujah Some readers might consider their relationship too sweet I sure thought I would but honestly I found myself completely engaged The one thing I didn’t like was that cliché towards the end view spoilerBishop telling Ivy he wanted to meet her from the first time her saw her hide spoiler

  8. says:

    THIS BOOK WAS AMAZINGYou guys you NEED to read this I couldn't put it down I read it in 2 sittings which never happens I loved everything about this book the pacing was perfect the characters were amazing the love story was one of the best I've seen not rushed it was just perfect Bishop is now one of my new book boyfriends for sureIts going to be a struggle waiting for the next book I NEED to know what happens with IvyThis book was sent to me for review by Entangled Teen for an honest review I am SO happy they sent this to me

  9. says:

    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO This book has shattered my heart into a million pieces and I'll never be the same againI HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT VIDEO REVIEW BLOG REVIEW

  10. says:

    My thoughts on The Book of Ivy are uite simple I loved itIt's been awhile since I have picked up a straight young adult dystopian book and I have to say that the experience was refreshing This book is a testament to the idea that less can be WAY There is nothing complicated or overly complex about the book and honestly it is part of what made is so enjoyableAmy Engel was able to capture something familiar yet enticing with her balance between politics and romance The Book of Ivy at it's core is a romance between two teens on the opposite sides of a political war You have Ivy who is the daughter of a gilted would be leader who is determined to bring his family back to power Then there is Bishop the privileged and seemingly spoiled son of the president of Westfall Mr Lattimer But there is a lot to both teens story than meets the eyeSo on the joining of their families through their arranged marriage we see them in a new position away from both influences and forced to face the truth that both families may have lied and that they might not be what the other was expectingI found the romance in this book SO ADDICTING It was a slow burn that had me turning pages unable to put it down I HAD to know what happened next between Ivy and Bishop and just when I thought I knew what would happen I would be thrown off guardIt's a fast paced read that will have you begging for And that ending? SO CRAZY45 starsFull review

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