Friday, 21 November 2014

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

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC and NetGalley.
The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy, #1)
Blurb (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…

The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel

My rating: 3.25 of 5 stars

The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy, #1)(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC and NetGalley.)

This was an interesting dystopian story, but I felt like it took a while to get going.

Ivy was a bit like a limp lettuce leaf for the first half of this book. She did as she was told, she didn’t complain, and she was amenable. It wasn’t until the second half of the story that she actually started to show what she was made of, and started to make her own decisions.

The storyline in this didn’t really interest me until the half-way mark. The pace felt a bit slow, and I just found it all a bit dull. It wasn’t until the halfway mark that things got a bit more interesting. We finally got a bit of action, and some big decisions needing to be made.

I liked the slow and gradual romance in this. Ivy didn’t immediately fall for Bishop which I liked, and I liked how they grew to like each other over time. Bishop’s actions towards Ivy at the end were incredibly sweet, and I liked his assurances that he knew her after their time together.

The ending to this was quite bold, and very self-sacrificing of Ivy, I am really interested to see what happens to Ivy in the next book!
Overall; good dystopian once it got going,
6.5 out of 10.

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