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

The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy #1) by Amy Engel
Release Date: 11/04/14 by Entangled Teen

Summary from Goodreads:

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…

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Over the past few months, I've had way too many awkward situations participating in book tours with reviews. Way. Too. Many. I didn't want to to the kind of blogger who only tosses up a promo post every single time they take part in a book tour (I have no qualms against promo posts, but you must see how convenient it looks to use them all the time), but ending up informing the organizer about the unfortunate affair of a three or lower stared book tour copy turned awkward quickly. I couldn't help, but commence considering whether book tours even worth it. Not this time, though. The Book of Ivy was so much more than I'd imagined!

It provides exactly what it claims to in the synopsis, but more. The dystopian world's building is rather intricate, setting up the perfect atmosphere to suck in the reader. It does make the book a tad slow, but I assure you, there're no wasted or excess parts here!

Ivy was a character I could seamlessly relate to. She was string and willful, however, that vulnerable side that can be found in everybody made her whole. Her struggles with who she was and what side she was supposed to be on, what would have been the right thing to do rendered her story even more realistic - and certainly more dramatic.

Bishop was ahhh ever so swoon-worthy. Typically my kind of book boyfriend - perceptive, smart, loyal, caring, but I'm sure almost anybody would find her at least attractive. I couldn't have adored their relationship more! The only con I can list is that the pages were dwindling way too fast and now there's a whole year of excruciating waiting ahead of us. It has a cliffhanger ending, - but even if it didn't - I NEED THE INSTALLMENT! At this very moment. (Please?) Still, it would have been a shame to miss it. It is a shame to miss it! ;)

About the Author

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 or @aengelwrites.

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