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Monday, 26 January 2015

Review: The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel (The Book of Ivy #1)

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Title:The Book of Ivy
Author:Amy Engel
Publisher:Entangled Teen
Publication Date:November 11th, 2014

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What would you kill for?
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 return 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…

Review/ Reseña

OMG! There are no words to describe my love for this book. I loved it! The characters were amazing and unique and fun to read about. The premise of the novel was original, I have never read anything like this before and I was pleasantly surprised. Where is the second book?

The novel follows the story of Ivy, a girl given a mission to kill her new husband, Bishop by her father and sister. She is destined to kill him and of course, he is the best person in the world. I think that Ivy was a fantastic protagonist. She was the perfect balance between witty and strong. Bishop also. Bishop was...was...I don't know, the boyfriend of my dreams! He was kind, funny, intelligent and very handsome. The relationship between him and ivy was beautiful and it didn't at all feel rushed.

When I won this book, I read the synopsis and thought that it was just another cliche young adult book but boy, was I wrong. In fact, the novel was the most original and outstanding thing that I've read in quite some time. There was a lot of action and romance and generally, the book made me feel all warm and good inside. I was constantly smiling while reading this.

I cannot believe I have to wait eleven months for the release of the second book! The torture! Seriously, if you haven't read this yet, what are you waiting for? It is fantastic and you will not regret it! I gave the book five cupcakes because it was awesome.

¡Dios mio! No hay palabras para describir mi amor por este libro. Me lo encantó. Los personajes eran amables y únicos y divertidos para leer. La premisa de la novela fue original, nunca he leído nada como esto antes y estaba agradablemente sorprendida. ¿Dónde está el segundo libro?

La novela narra la historia de Ivy, la chica que fue dado una misión de matar a su nuevo esposo, Bishop por su padre y su hermana. Ella está destinada a matarlo y por supuesto, Bishop es la mejor persona en el mundo. Pienso que Ivy era una protagonista fantástica. Era el equilibrio perfecto entre ingeniosa y fuerte. También, Bishop. Bishop sé, ¡el novio de mis sueños! Era simpático, cómico, inteligente y muy guapo. La relación entre él y Ivy es bella y no me siento que era apresurado.

Cuando ganaba este libro, leí la sinopsis y pensé que sonaba muy cliché pero estaba tan incorrecta. En efecto, la novela estaba la cosa más original que he leído en mucho tiempo. Había mucho acción y amor y generalmente, este libro me hizo sentir afectuosamente y bueno en el interior. Constantemente, estaba sonriendo.

No puedo creer que tengo que esperar por once meses para leer el segundo libro. ¡La tortura! Seriamente, si no has leído este libro, leerlo porque es fantástico y no lo lamentarás. Le di el libro cinco estrellas porque era impresionante.

Final Sentence of the Book
I take a deep breath and let go of the fence.

Favourite Lines from the Book/Mis líneas favoritas del libro
"My mission is to kill him."

"Before I can second-guess myself, I turn and plant a quick kiss on his bare shoulder."

"A boy who doesn't want to lie, married to a girl who can't tell the truth. If there is a God, he has a sick sense of humor."

"You're easy to read, Ivy but the whole book of you is complicated."

"I kiss him until I can't breathe, until I have to pull back or die and it's a still a close call which I'd prefer."

"And it is Bishop who helped me break free. He didn't save me, though. He allowed me the freedom to save myself, which is the best type of rescue."


  1. It's so perfect that I am commenting on this because you commented on my post about a book I almost didn't read but loved and this is another book that other bloggers convinced me to read. I was like, "blah blah dystopian" and then read a bunch of rave reviews and now I am #1 on the library list and why doesn't the person who has this book hurry up and finish it??!!

    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics

    1. You literally need to read it now! No probz :)


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