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The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel Book Review

The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy, #1)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…

The Book of Ivy completely blew me away! It’s one of the best books I’ve read in a while and a stand-out in the dystopian genre. 

I really enjoyed the dystopian aspect of this novel! One thing that makes it especially unique is the depth that’s given to both the society and government. It caused me to question the extent to which the way things are run is wrong and how far is too far. That aspect was so fascinating to me, especially since the world itself wasn’t a completely terrible one, although certain aspects of it definitely were. I love books that raise questions, and the way that was done in The Book of Ivy was extremely skillful. There’s not necessarily a clear villain in the novel and instead, you end up thinking about everything that led the government to be the way that it was.

The romance was a slow burning one, and I loved the build-up to the relationship. There were several moments that had me tearing up and I haven’t rooted so much for a couple in a while. Bishop had so many layers and he was such a sweet, thoughtful guy.  I also really respected Ivy, and although she marries Bishop with the intention to kill him, she wasn’t the completely reckless or thoughtless heroine I thought she might be. I became so absorbed in every character's story.

This book didn’t have a dull moment. There wasn’t necessarily a lot of action, but there’s constant twists to the plot. The ending was crazy, too! The next book can’t come soon enough. The series is going to be a duology, and I’m very excited to see how everything will finally conclude. This is a book that I’d recommend to everyone! I’ve already been pushing it on some of my friends ;) I’d give The Book of Ivy 5 out of 5 flowers.


  1. Wonderful review, I so want to read this now!

  2. Yay, I'm so glad you enjoyed this one too!! I was really impressed by this debut :) I love Bishop and Ivy's romance and how it develops <33 There were lots of twists and turns and drama and tension. Ugh it was so good!! I need The Revolution of Ivy like yesterday... Lovely review, Montana <33

  3. I have to pick this book up now! I was already interested in the premise but yours is the second glowing review I've read about it. Your review makes me really excited to read it! :D


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