Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Blog Tour & Review: The Revolution of Ivy by Amy Engel

**Spoilers if you haven't read book one**

The Revolution of Ivy (The Book of Ivy #2)
by Amy Engel 
Release Date: 11/03/15
Entangled Teen

Summary from Goodreads:
Ivy Westfall is beyond the fence and she is alone. Abandoned by her family and separated from Bishop Lattimer, Ivy must find a way to survive on her own in a land filled with countless dangers, both human and natural. She has traded a more civilized type of cruelty--forced marriages and murder plots--for the bare-knuckled brutality required to survive outside Westfall's borders.

But there is hope beyond the fence, as well. And when Bishop reappears in Ivy's life, she must decide if returning to Westfall to take a final stand for what she believes is right is worth losing everything she's fought for.

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My Review:

As much as I loved The Book of Ivy, I think this one might be just a smidge better, okay I lie, I LOVED this book even more than the first. I had so many feelings after reading The Book of Ivy, and I sat on those feelings for months and months waiting for this book, so obviously I was very curious to see how things would turn out for Ivy (and Bishop, and Callie and more). 

The Revolution of Ivy sucks us right back into the story, only we find ourselves on the opposite side of the fence along with Ivy who's been cast out. 

I love that Engel takes you on this journey keeping you guessing and just when you think something is coming BOOM directions change. I love to be kept on my toes and surprised, and there is a lot of that in this book. From changes in character, to new and old ones popping up, watching as each finds their own way. 

Ivy is still tough as nails and fierce and she definitely holds her own outside of the fence, but it is easy enough to see that she does need others too, and she finds them. Ash and Caleb help her forge the tools she needs to survive further. As each day carries to the next, I felt really pulled in by Ivy and all that she's become since being forced out of Westfall. You can see how much she's grown and changed and come to understand her own power over herself and her life. It was a beautiful thing to see. 

When we finally meet up with Bishop again, I was blown away, I mean I knew it was coming, but it didn't at all happen how I expected and I loved that. Bishop, swoon, I don't think anything could turn me against him. He was very much the same man he was in Book of Ivy, but he was also more determined, and he wanted Ivy. 

The Revolution of Ivy is full of suspense, action, adventure, and of course the continuation of Ivy and Bishop's love story. There is a lot of things that come out, or we see the other side of, and I felt immediately pulled right back in as though I had just finished book one and hadn't had a wait in between. It's a harsh world and the things people have to do to survive in it can sometimes be hard to understand, but its easy enough to see that sometimes, what seems wrong, is the only choice you have to make. 

I found the ending to be perfect, I felt like Engel pulled things together well and left us with a satisfying conclusion

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…

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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 or @aengelwrites.

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