October 28, 2015

Shelley Loved It: The Revolution of Ivy by Amy Engel

Series: The Book of Ivy 2
Format: E-Galley | 400 pages
Release Date: November 3, 2015
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Source: Publisher
Genre: Young Adult | Dystopian

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.

THE REVOLUTION OF IVY is the conclusion to Amy Engel's The Book of Ivy duology. The story picks up right where The Book of Ivy left off. Ivy Westfall has been abandoned by her family and sent packing out into the dangerous world by President Lattimer after being found guilty of trying to murder his son, and her spouse, Bishop Lattimer.

Ivy has to learn how to survive where water and food is scarce, and human beings are even more dangerous than the four legged variety. In this story, Ivy is a totally different character from the one who was trained by her father and sister to marry the President's son, and then kill him. Engel gives Ivy all that she can handle over the first part of the story. 

She struggles with being attacked by a familiar foe, nearly loses her fingers after saving herself from a coyote, and then manages to find help in the most unexpected place; On her death bed. Ivy also has an emotional toll to work through. She feels betrayed by her family and lost without the one person who made her feel anything; Bishop. 

(I can honestly tell you that it does take some time for the Ivy and Bishop story to continue. So, patience my young grasshoppers. It is well worth the wait.)

Thanks to new allies/friends in Caleb and Ash, Ivy manages to survive her trial by fire. Although Caleb is a bit rough and grouchy at first, he softens up to Ivy and even teaches her how to hunt and skin her own food. Ash, however, is the one that I really loved. Ash hopes that by saving Ivy, she can more than make up for any past regrets. She really goes above and beyond in that regard. 

Ivy and Ash become more than friends, and I dare say that Ash is a better sister than Callie ever was. At least Ash doesn't leave her to die! Thanks to Ash and Caleb, Ivy slowly gets used to the idea that she no longer belongs in Westfall and that her survival is possible thanks to her new friends. She also becomes part of a family who won't abandon her or betray her. 

Now, let's talk about Bishop. OK, so I'm not normally one to go all ape-shit about ships, or what have you. But, I loved Bishop in this book. He leaves everything behind in order to find Ivy. What he finds is a much different Ivy who has many, many issues including anger, and regret that are holding her back. Bishop proves more than any other character in this series that he is willing to be with Ivy even though she doesn't feel she's worth his love. I don't remember at any point where Bishop gave up on Ivy. He had patience of a saint, and it eventually pays off.

If you haven't read The Book of Ivy, please do so before jumping in with this book. There are characters that appear in both books that you need to know who they are. You can also brush up on the Engel's world. Engel's world is the result of nuclear bombs going off, and leaving the US decimated. The survivors banded together after a conflict as to who would govern the survivors. This led to arranged marriages between the losing sides daughter (Ivy) marrying the winning sides son (Bishop). 

I enjoyed THE REVOLUTION OF IVY more than the first because I didn't have to sit through the mandated forced marriages, or the nonsense that was Ivy's father and sister, or the constant bickering over one woman that two men loved. I liked THE REVOLUTION OF IVY because Ivy grows into a character that you can actually feel something for, rather than having to deal with her own version of the Hatfield's and McCoy's family feud.

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  1. I need to try this series I heard so many great things about it! YOu know we even have book 1 in French and this one is going to be released so I don't even have this excuse lol

  2. I can see why you liked this book. Sounds like an interesting, complex story.

  3. My eyes took a while to read Ivy, too early

  4. I haven't read the first one - don't know why, it sounds really good. You may be in a slump, lovely, but I feel like I'm not getting any reading done :\ It's not helping that I keep picking up these 600+ page humongousities... *shakes head bitterly* Anyway, adding the first book. Have a wonderful day, B <3

  5. I told myself I was going to start this series and then promptly forgot about it. With so many loving the sequel I just know I need to pick this up!

  6. Man, I really need to read my copy of The Book of Ivy. It sounds like such a fantastic adventure.

  7. I really need to start this series already. Everyone seems to love it and I need to see what I'm missing, Great review!

  8. I took a pass on this one early on and now I'm kicking myself. Everyone loves it so I'm going to pick it up soon.

    Karen @For What It's Worth

  9. >.> i loved the first book, the second promised to be explosive and yet i have not read it yet :(

  10. I have the first book on my wishlist. Good to know in case I'm tempted to skip into the series. I won't read out of order. :)

  11. Definitely want to read these. Thanks, Shelley!

  12. That's awesome you loved this one so much, and you even liked it a bit better than the first. I hadn't heard of these books so thanks for sharing!


  13. I am literally reading this book right now! It's so damn good!

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    1. For years my yahoo mail sent me "Delivery Status Notification (Failure)" emails saying you and a few other bloggers were not get my messages but I always see my comments pop up so I left it alone. I am thinking you just were not getting email updates of my comments? Well, I changed my Blogger email to my gmail and it seems to be working. Anyways, just thought I would explain.

  15. Sounds like a rough world where this duology takes place. I've seen this series around a few tmes, but didn't realize where it was about till I read you review. Not sure if this is a series for me. Bishop sounds like a great character and that's sos weet he never gives up on her. Great review!

  16. Love the name Ivy and while your review for the book is amazing, I think I'll skip this read. :)


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