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The Book of Ivy by [Engel, Amy]
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Gr 9 Up—After the brutal war that decimated most of the country, Ivy Westfall's grandfather founded Westfall and envisioned a democratic nation in which everyone had a right to vote. However, after a conflict between the Westfall and the Lattimer families, the Lattimers won power and governed Westfall as a dictatorship. All of her life, Ivy has been trained to hate President Lattimer for his imposed laws—specifically arranged marriages. When it is her turn to marry, she is assigned to Bishop, President Lattimer's son. Going into the marriage, Ivy's father and sister encourage her to kill her new husband and return the Westfall family to their rightful position. This mission becomes increasingly difficult as Ivy develops feelings for her husband. She is forced to make a decision that will alter her entire life. The Book of Ivy begins as most dystopians do—with a ceremony and the main character forced into a situation as dictated by the government. However, the novel quickly separates itself from the mediocre and presents a fantastic plot that makes readers think about the blurred lines between right and wrong. VERDICT Well-developed characters and intricate world-building combined with complex relationships, political corruption, and betrayal, leave readers begging for the second book in this series.—Lindsey Dawson, Saint John's Catholic Prep, Frederick, MD

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“Together with the emotionally fraught situation--simply having to share a house with a man is unsettling for Ivy--the book has immediacy, and there's justification for plenty of teenage angst. Ivy is forced to question her family's motivations as Bishop keeps surprising her, and she surprises herself with her growing feelings for him. The worldbuilding is mostly well-thought-out, with some complicated issues. . . . An intriguing start with a brave heroine.” ―Kirkus Reviews on The Book of Ivy

“Thought-provoking, poignant, and sexy! Readers will burn the midnight oil to finish The Book of Ivy and fall asleep with the name Bishop Lattimer on their lips.” ―Regina at Mel, Erin, and Regina Read-A-Lot

The Book of Ivy has every ingredient you look for in an epic novel: from the spine-tingling plot and exhilarating characters, to every entrancing word penned by Amy Engel.” ―Kris at Insightful Minds Reviews

“I enjoyed this novel so much that I polished it off in two sittings. There is no insta-love! There is no love triangle! Best of all, the protagonist actually has common sense, and she uses it! The slow-to-develop relationship is believable, and both Ivy and Bishop are easy to relate to. Waiting anxiously for Book 2!” ―Julie at Magna Maniac Café

“With her debut, Amy Engel has pulled off one of the best dystopian romances that I have ever read. It was impossible to put down.” ―Kayla at Bibliophilia, Please


Product Details

  • File Size: 1186 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Entangled: Teen (November 11, 2014)
  • Publication Date: November 11, 2014
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00JI09G6M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,387 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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By Alicia on March 29, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
4 Stars

THE BOOK OF IVY was full of love, betrayals, murder plots, deception, and the courage to do what is in your heart, no matter the consequences...

I've had THE BOOK OF IVY on my radar for a while now, but since it sounded vaguely familiar to another book I read, ABERRANT, I was reluctant to pick it up. But my curiosity won me over and I finally decided to give THE BOOK OF IVY it's fair shot regardless of the similarities I thought they had. But I am pleasantly surprised to admit that was not the case and the similarities were very minor, and it was definitely worth the read.

THE BOOK OF IVY was very slow paced with hardly any action, but that was strangely okay with me. I still enjoyed the drama and suspense of it all. There were a lot of layers and plots and schemes and tons of betrayals that kept this story interesting enough even without the action and adventure. And the world-building was a little different then what I excepted, but still interesting enough. Though I would of liked to have more history on the war and conflict between the families, but I'm hoping we'll get more info in book two, THE REVOLUTION OF IVY.

THE PLOT

After the war, Ivy's ancestors founded Westfall Community, a place that the people could rebuild and start anew. But their was disagreement about how to keep things up and running, and who should run them. The Westfall's and the Lattimer's went head to head for the position, and as fate would have it, the Lattimer's were the ones who seized control of Westfall Community.
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NOTE: I received the eARC directly by the publisher in exchange for my honest review.

When I picked up The Book Of Ivy, I hoped that it would be good. However, I was in no way prepared for the actual blast of it. The Book Of Ivy is an incredible read that talks about the values of society and family; the importance of love and trust; of the sick ambitions of the few who disregard everyone and everything who dares get in their way to power.

Writing style:
Clean and engaging, this story is told from Ivy's 1st person POV. it captures the attention and doesn't let go days after turning the last page.

Story line:
In a not so distant future, after a war takes care of the world as we know it, a community of people form a city with strict rules. People have no real choice in what they do, who they marry or even when they marry. Everyone is expected to follow the law, no questions asked, for the greater good. Just like sheep with no brains. Most of the citizens do exactly that, but some plan a rebellion, while others just want to do the right thing.

Themes:
- Humanity - or what's left of it
- Thinking about the community or following the leader blindly
- Selfish thirst for power
- Survival
- Building love and trust
- Sacrifice

Characters:

Ivy is in no way an ordinary girl. Being the daughter of a powerless (and power hungry) leader, she's been brainwashed for years in the righteousness of a cause she knows very little about. What I really liked about Ivy was that once she was out of the poisonous clutches of her father and sister, she became open-minded and decided to use her own brains and become her own person. Not without a price, of course.
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I was ready to give 4 stars (very good but not awesome) but the choice she made was worth more than 5 stars. I cried like a baby the last 10% of the book, hence 4,5 stars. And I guess/expect/hope the next one will be 5 stars.

This read was a recommendation from …my daughter, nearly 14 years old. She read it in one sitting and told me “Mom, it’s too good, you HAVE to read it!”. And I’m happy I followed her advice.

This book was a crossover between “Matched” by Ally Condie and “Delirium” by Lauren Oliver. You won’t have sex scenes but romance. It’s a YA (teen) read but as many of us (grown-ups or rather dinosaurs as my daughter would call us)do love teen and dystopian books it will please many “dinosaurs” fan of the genre. Bonus: you can dissect/rave/swoon… over it with your kids (it mends the “generation gap” and all).

The plot: as a dystopia, the action takes place after nuclear wars nearly destroyed the earth, eradicating mankind. The survivors live inside a fence. Two opposing camps live together under the ruling of The President (winner of the fight). The defeated leader is called The Founder. To maintain peace between the opposing sides and ensure humanity‘s survival, every year boys from one side marry girls from the other side. They are matched based on tastes, interests, etc. (hence the Matched reference).
This year Bishop, aged 18 and the President’s son is marrying Ivy, the youngest Founder’s girl. It should have been Callie, the oldest sister marrying him but she’s been rejected for reasons we’ll discover later in the book. Callie is bitter and resents her sister, even if Ivy would give it all away in a heartbeat.
These last years, Ivy has been groomed to kill Bishop and help her father to overthrow the President.
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