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

Posted November 4th, 2015 in Blog Tour, book review, Giveaway / 28 comments

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

Review: The Revolution of Ivy by Amy Engel (Blog Tour & Giveaway)The Revolution of Ivy by Amy Engel
Series: The Book of Ivy #2
Publisher: Entangled Teen on November 3, 2015
Genres: Dystopian, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: Novel Length
Format: eARC
Source: Blog Tour
Purchase: Amazon
Add to: Goodreads
Rating: four-stars

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.

At A Glance

I great sequel.

The Good

I have been dying for this book! I loved The Book of Ivy, and The Revolution of Ivy was the perfect follow-up. We start out where the first book ended, Ivy is abandoned by her family and friends to fend for herself outside the fence. On the outside, if nature doesn’t kill you, the people will. Ivy has to learn to survive on her own or make new friends, though not everyone can be trusted.

Ivy grows so damn much in this book. Sure, she’s scared to be by herself, but she perseveres assaults, the unforgiving environment, and facing the people who sentenced her to die on the outside. I respected her so much for her strength and willingness to adapt. When Bishop comes back into her life, she losses her way a bit, but eventually they become one of the most capable couples I have seen in YA books. Their connection is off the charts. We finally get to see what Bishop is capable of, and all I can say is Bravo! Bishop puts up with a lot from Ivy but he never wavers from his love and determination to have a life with her.

Caleb and Ash were amazing additions to the story. They were great friends to Ivy and Bishop; without them our couple would have probably died somewhere along the way. Caleb and Ash are the kind of people you want at your back at the worst of times.

We get some action, suspense, and a gentle love story. The ending was heartbreaking in a lot of ways, even shocking, but I think it ended the way it need to. I feel very satisfied.

The Bad

I didn’t buy Ivy being an a-hole to Bishop for no reason. She literally admitted to herself she had no reason to push Bishop away. Just stupid and unnecessary. This was my only gripe with the story.

The Snuggly

We get the beast with two backs but very little detail so it stuck with the YA audience. I was so happy to see Ivy and Bishop become closer. They waited until they were ready and they were REALLY ready. 😀

Final Thoughts

This is the end of the duology and it was done really well. I would highly recommend both books. I am sad to see the series end, but I feel good with how everything was wrapped up. Very recommended.

Quotes

“I don’t understand how the pain of losing him can be a pale shadow in comparison to the pain of finding him again.”

I love this one: —-> “I don’t want a girl who makes me happy,” he says. “I want you.”

About Amy Engel

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 http://amyengel.net/ or @aengelwrites.

Giveaway

This is a tour wide giveaway:
The grand prize is a signed copy of the book and this necklace: https://www.etsy.com/listing/83901696/ocean-necklace-ocean-wave-aqua-pendant The runner-up could just get a signed copy of the book. And open to US residents only for both.

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28 Responses to “Review: The Revolution of Ivy by Amy Engel (Blog Tour & Giveaway)”

  1. Ashley

    “I didn’t buy Ivy being an a-hole to Bishop for no reason. She literally admitted to herself she had no reason to push Bishop away. Just stupid and unnecessary. This was my only gripe with the story.”

    UGH! I hate it when characters do this. And it’s always for no reason (or some stupid PMS-y reason). I just hate it when conflict is introduced seemingly just for the sake of conflict and without any real purpose. X_X

    But I’m glad you still enjoyed the book despite all that. I’m really looking forward to reading it! But also kind of nervous because second books scare me, haha.

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      Well, it’s he second and last book, so it’s a little different. You are still going to love it, just bite down and bear the stupid PMS-y parts. lol

  2. Lexxie @ (un)Conventional Bookviews

    I agree with Ashley above – when characters act like a-holes just to bring some kind of drama or tension to the story, it tends to really peeve me. The story still sounds really good, though, and knowing that both books are released is nice, if I feel like picking them up, I can just indulge in a long stay within their universe 🙂

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      It’s the perfect time to grab them with both being out now. Despite her asshole-ness, it’s still a great read.

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      Yeah, I had to sit down and think about it for a second to remember the story.

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      OMG, you are so bad. Ashley calls it our PMS-y moments. I’ve done the no reason hatefest once or twice.

  3. kristin

    I just started reading The Book of Ivy on my flight on Tuesday. I just got the part where they are married and Ivy realizes he’s not as brutal of a husband as they thought he’d be. (Yeah I didn’t get far yet) However, I can already tell how awesome their story is going to be. I cannot believe I need to wait until the next book for them to get close. 🙁 It sounds like RoI is going to be an exhilarating read. Great review!

    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      Yeah, the closeness come only in the next book but it’s all worth it.

  4. Jaclyn Canada

    I remember adding the first one based on your recommendation. I’ve added this one to my to-read list as well. It sounds like a great story. The character growth, the bond between the characters, and the action all make this one I’d like to read. Great review!
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    • Jennifer (Bad Bird Reads)

      Oh, you are going to love this story. No doubt in my mind. It’s soooo you!

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