Tuesday, June 2, 2015

YA Review - The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel

Hey y’all, 

Today I’m reviewing the first in a great new series, The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel. 

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…

More after the jump!

Review: I had heard about this book briefly at my local library, and then on Entangled's Facebook page and I knew I had to read it. Thankfully, the book lived up to my expectations and I cannot wait for the sequel, The Revolution of Ivy when it hits the shelves in November. I admit that I could see the plot twists coming, but the world that Engel created and the characters were so interesting that it didn't matter if I could predict the eventual outcome. The writing was crisp and fast paced, and I would highly recommend it to fans of Dystopian, coming of age novels, because it really does stand out among a crowded subgenre. 

Rating: 5/5 Stars 

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