I hope you all had a fantastic week, and that your weekend has been filled with lots of reading and relaxation. Today we are going to be talking about a sequel/final book, so up here I’m going to include the first book’s synopsis so that those of you who haven’t had a chance to pick up this series yet has a chance. I absolutely loved the first book, and the second one didn’t disappoint.
The Book of Ivy // Amy Engel: 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…
Okay so if you haven’t read the first one, don’t read on, spoilers are ahead! If you’re interested please go pick it up, it’s so wonderful. Bye non-readers, go pick up the first one and come back later!
Author: Amy Engel
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Genre: Young Adult Dystopian
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.
Okay so now that we can talk about this series, since I’m assuming that you all have read the first one! The Book of Ivy was such a great book, and the ending was such a crazy cliffhanger, I couldn’t handle it, and waiting for this book was torture. I was able to get my hands on it almost immediately after its release and it truly didn’t disappoint. Amy Engel has such a beautiful writing style, and as you read, you are able to truly appreciate the world that she has created.
The characters in the book, Ivy and Bishop, are FANTASTIC. Bishop is such a golden boy, and he loves Ivy in a way that made me swoon. On his own, Bishop was able to stand strong, without overpowering Ivy and making her seem as though she constantly needs to be saved. They both work together, and that is what makes them such an effective couple. Ivy is such an awesome main character. She is strong, and seeing her open her heart up to Bishop, which definitely didn’t weaken her, and she was constantly surprising me with the ways she responded to the problems they were faced with.
The plot of this book took an arc that I wasn’t ready for, but that I absolutely adored! It had some major plot twists, and although it didn’t shock me as much as the first book, it still was so well done. For me, the main reason it didn’t get a 5/5 was the fact that I just didn’t love it as much as the first book. In the Book of Ivy, I finished and was absolutely blown away, and I just didn’t feel as strongly this go around. That being said, I still highly recommend this book and series!
I hope this review was so helpful, let me know what you’re reading this weekend, I would love to know!