Blog Tour: Review: The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel **GIVEAWAY** +Trailer
This was mind-boggling, breathtaking, heartbreaking, intriguing, intense, and thrilling to the bone!
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 rating: 5 of 5 stars
Argh!. What a story!!!!!
This wondrous story takes place in the near future, after the world as we know it is utterly destroyed, and turned into complete chaos. There are survivors. Those survivors found a place to reside in and thus, over time, became the new "nation" as it is so called with the population of approximately eleven thousand. The way things work in this society is the new orthodox. And one of those "traditions" is arranged marriages amongst teenagers in order to reproduce and continue the growing population. The story follows a girl, being the founder's daughter, whom is to marry the President's son. Their two families are at odds, to put it lightly, with one another because one is in power, while the other is not. The rest is basically self-explanatory.
The plot was so good, there were many scenes that were invigorating, fangirl-inducing, uplifting, and down right unbelievable. The character development was so spot on, each character seemed so real, some were intense, others were completely down to earth.
The main characters, Bishop and Ivy, were just troopers, and Bishop literally a boy-scout to the bone. I loved them so much. Their connection grows every turn of the page and that was what I really liked about there situation. I got to learn there characters along with them learning about each other.
There was one person, okay two, but the one I am willing to mention is Callie. She is the character that I truly despised, completely. And I have a sister so I know what it's like.
Throughout the whole story, this reminding me of the Hunger Games, Vampire Academy (the trial scene), and Outlander (the fangirl-inducing scene), and Romeo and Juliet, I know, such an odd combination, but that was what popped into my head at times while reading.
However, that did not, in any way, take away my full reading experience. I am able to think and read this story on its own spine(I would've said two feet but a book doesn't have any).
The ending, let me tell you, was just perfect. A perfect place to end things, literally leaving me mad that I was even more engrossed into the happenings of the story that I suddenly get cut off from my mind-projected movie reel. I do not think of this as a cliff-hanger because I myself cannot think of any other place to end the story.
Overall, I had an amazing time reading this book and following Ivy and seeing her become more her own person and her ability to love and overpower hate.
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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 http://amyengel.net/ or @aengelwrites.
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