“”. . we can’t choose who we love. Love chooses us. Love doesn’t care about what’s convenient or easy or planned. Love has its own agenda and all we can do is get out of its way.”
Author: Amy Engel
Publication: November 4th 2014 by Entangled Teen
Rating – 5/5
Genre: Young Adult, Dystopian
After experiencing the dreaded phenomenon we readers fear known as the reading slump, I am happy to say that I am officially out it! And this is all thanks to the latest book I finished: The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel. In general, I was pleasantly surprised by this dystopian novel. I have read plenty of books from this genre before but I think this one was just so fast paced and intriguing that I could not stop reading. If you are looking for quick and simple read with a rapid plot and great characters, then this book is best for you!
The Book of Ivy follows a girl named Ivy Westfall after a brutal nuclear war which left the country divided between two families who yearned to rule the nation. This resulted in a division between those who supported the Westfalls, who eventually lost the feud and Lattimers, the family which gained power over the country. In order to keep the peace between the two sides, daughters of the losing side were to wed the sons of the winning group in a yearly ritual. Ivy Westfall is forced to marry the President’s son, Bishop Lattimer but she plans to bring her family back into power with a mission of her own – Killing Bishop Lattimer. The only problem is that the boy who she initially thought to be cruel and merciless, actually turns out to be the only person who understands her.
- Ivy Westfall – Resilient, A bit reckless; I honestly liked Ivy as a character. I loved how she was strong enough to enter into this marriage alone with a heavy expectation placed on her and that she is not afraid to speak her mind.
- Bishop Lattimer – Patient, Kind, Truthful; Bishop is probably the one guy who most girls want to end up with since he literally portrayed to as being Perfect but I guess that is also a flaw in his character. Sometimes being too naive is not always a good thing and I believe he does grow as a character in this book and maybe even more in the second book of the duology.
Despite taking on the trope of arranged marriages, I was surprised to see that there was more of a deeper societal/political aspect which was tackled within this novel. The romance does take a back seat and is not the major portion of the story which I appreciated. Amy also explores the different sides to marriages as well which I was not expecting. It definitely kept me intrigued and made me wonder about our current societal issues which many people may be facing.
This novel would definitely make you think what you would do if you were in Ivy’s position? And what really IS the right thing to do? This is another reason why I loved this book since the author did take her time to offer two sides to the story and make sure all the characters had layers to the personality. She makes it clear that while it is good to hold your ground in a conflict, it’s best to understand both sides properly before you act impulsively.
Overall, I thought that this was an awesome read and I just hope that I pick up the next book soon because THAT ENDING THOUGH!!!!!
Hope you all enjoyed this review and let me know your thoughts if you have read it already!
Until next time, keep reading and I will be back with another bookish post!