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The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy #1)

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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.

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Paperback, 282 pages
Published November 4th 2014 by Entangled: Teen
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Nov 03, 2015 Kassidy rated it it was amazing
I need the next book now. That was crazy!
Lola  Reviewer
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.

So the premise is grandiose. AMAZING. I didn’t want to expect much from this book, but how could I not, with that enticing blurb and beautiful cover? In fact, it all screamed KICKASS! And a kickass dystopian book is always welcome. Always. But this book barely contained any action. There was secrecy and plotting, of course, but no real and convincing exec
shady boots

Okay, I was totally prepared to give this, like, 3.5 or 4 stars. It was enjoyable, but there wasn't much going on storywise. And then somewhere nearing the end things went exactly in the direction I wanted it to go, and the ending--even though it's a cliffhanger--still left me really really fucking satisfied. I thought this book was good before, but after finishing it, I can honestly say I would stamp "AWESOME" onto the cover.

Also, side note; before I read this book, I joking
"A boy who doesn't want to lie, married to a girl who can't tell the truth."

The moment I saw this stunning cover, I've made up my mind whatever happened, I'll read it. Because, c'mon! Isn't it eye-catching?

-Her white backless dress indicated her early wedding.
-The knife held behind her back meant the very purpose she needed to get close to him.
-The silhouette of the city resembled where the story took place, including Westfall(West) and Lattimer(East) sides of it.

This is a story about arran
Jan 25, 2016 April rated it really liked it
Shelves: favourites, 2015
*4.5 STARS*
3.5 stars

Lately, I have been a bit weary of hype. Hype can be a great thing because it enables you to find books you would otherwise never have picked up. However, it can also take the fun out of reading because you practically already know everything about a book before you’ve even read the first page. This is why I decided to pick up The Book of Ivy, which I really hadn’t heard that much about previously. In this case, the decision paid of. I really enjoyed this novel; it was a very short, qui
Yesy (The Book Vagrant)
Feb 23, 2016 Yesy (The Book Vagrant) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, owned

This book has shattered my heart into a million pieces and I'll never be the same again.....I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!!

Jamie-leigh Haughn
Dec 29, 2014 Jamie-leigh Haughn rated it it was amazing

You guys, you NEED to read this! I couldn't put it down! I read it in 2 sittings which never happens! I loved everything about this book, the pacing was perfect, the characters were amazing, the love story was one of the best I've seen, not rushed, it was just perfect! Bishop is now one of my new book boyfriends for sure!

Its going to be a struggle waiting for the next book! I NEED to know what happens with Ivy!!!!!!

This book was sent to me for review by Entangled Teen fo
Shannon (leaninglights)
Nov 18, 2015 Shannon (leaninglights) rated it really liked it
My thoughts on The Book of Ivy are quite simple: I loved it.

It's been awhile since I have picked up a straight young adult dystopian book and I have to say that the experience was refreshing. This book is a testament to the idea that less can be WAY more. There is nothing complicated or overly complex about the book and honestly, it is part of what made is so enjoyable.

Amy Engel was able to capture something familiar yet enticing with her balance between politics and romance. The Book of Ivy, at
Cait Grace
Well, that felt underwhelming. (I'm sorry...I really thought I'd like this one!) I have read a whole ton of dystopians though, so I blame that for making me feel like I'd "heard this all before". It was a lot like Matched meets Uglies. Like combine those two plots and: BOOM -- I knew exactly what was going to happen.

Plus it suffered from "strong heroine" syndrome. "Why is that bad, Cait?" you ask. "Why don't you like heroines who are tough and strong?" OKAY, LEMME EXPLAIN: I do. But I don't. I f
Paula M. of Her Book Thoughts!
You can also read my review HERE.

"My mission is not to make him happy and bear his children and be his wife. My mission is to kill him"

Never mind that I have to wait for a year to read the sequel.


This book! This awesome and fantastic and brilliant book kept me up all night an I'm not even complaining! I remember saying ‘Okay, just the first chapter' then BAM! After almost 5 hours, I'm still in the same position, I've forgotten my hunger and bladder and yes, I was bit of a mess. Amy Engel, you
Lindsey Rey
Dec 28, 2014 Lindsey Rey rated it it was amazing
[4.5 Stars]

Loved almost everything about this! I cried twice. I had to take off a half star because Ivy's actions for the last 100 pages or so were very frustrating for me to read. Highly recommend!!!
Yasmin (Book Unicorn)
“You’re easy to read, Ivy, but the whole book of you is complicated.”

I've always kind of been skeptical to reading YA dystopian. To me, they all seem more or less the same. The Book of Ivy is really no different. After a brutal war in the US, two groups battle, and the Westfall side ends up losing. Now, the yearly ritual is that the daughters from the losing group have arranged marriages to the sons of the winners. Ivy Westfall, the MC, has to marry the president's (perfect) son, Bishop Lattim
Nov 03, 2015 Riley rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc, dystopian
*review to come*
Jun 30, 2015 Gamze rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

"Neden benim için çabalamayı bırakmadın?" Kendime eğer uyuyorsa, bir daha sormayacağımı söyledim.
Uyumamıştı. "Ne demek istiyorsun?" Nefesi ensemdeki saçları gıdıkladı.
"Doğruluk mu, cesaret mi oynadığımız o akşam. Bir süre sonra annenin sevgisini kazanmak için çabalamayı bıraktığını söylemiştin." Durdum. "Neden benim için de pes etmedin?"
"Nedenini biliyorsun," dedi sessizce. Gözlerimi kapattım. Biliyordum ama duymak için hazır olduğumu sanmıyordum. Anc
Ecmel Soylu
1,5/5 sanırım??

Bir diğer yorumlara bakıyorum bir de okuduğum kitaba da, biz aynı kitabı mı okuduk yahu :')

Distopya yönü o kadar zayıftı ki anlatamam. Nükleer savaşımsı bir şey olmuş, ufak bir topluluk kalmış, çit var bir tane, kimse o çitin dışında ne var bilmiyor vs... E ayrıntı biraz? Dünya hakkında hiçbir şey öğrenemedik. Temeli çok kötü kitabın.. :<
Hiçbir karakteri sevmedim. Ivy 16 yaşında olmasına rağmen inanılmaz iradeli, mantıklı, fedakar... Çocuk yaşında ama o yahu. Bishop da klasik k
Apr 13, 2015 Justine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned-books
Presque aussi bon que tout le monde le dit... à un détail près : il ne se passe vraiment pas grand chose, finalement, dans ce livre. Par contre, c'est en effet très intéressant au niveau psychologique et idéologique !
Aussi, la fin me semble un peu bancale. Ivy prend une décision très courageuse. Mais en voulant garder ce fameux secret, elle prend finalement le risque de voir son sacrifice vain... parce que la personne en question n'est pas plus en sécurité à présent.
Mais j'ai hâte de lire
Sarah (Starry Night Reader)
3.5 stars

I think I'm kind of burnt out on YA dystopia. But it was still a quick and enjoyable read and holy crap that ending I need to know what happens next!!
Korrina  (OwlCrate)
Dec 28, 2015 Korrina (OwlCrate) rated it it was amazing
This book was so addicting! I had to stay up until 3:30AM to finish it because I had to know what happened. Bishop may also be my new book boyfriend. ;) All silliness aside this book was dark and provided an interesting perspective on women's rights and a society without democracy, and had me feeling very grateful for my own life. While the beginning of the book was a bit predictable, the ending certainly was not. I want the next book, but I've heard mixed things. We'll see...I don't think I can ...more
Merve  Özcan
Apr 12, 2016 Merve Özcan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Mükemmelsin kitap. Oturup ağlıycam şimdi. Gidin bulun lan okyanusu.

Dec 29, 2015 Nina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dystopian
A light and quick read which does not strain too many brain cells. This reminded me a lot of The Selection – minus its painful main character, America Singer.

I read The Book of Ivy in one sitting. Despite its standard not being particularly high, I found my eyes glued to the pages, which brings to mind a term I’ve already used in my review for The Selection: Addictive YA rubbish.

I’m going to keep this light and short like the book itself.

The „rubbish“ part

The world-building was lacking. There’s
Bekah AwesomeBookNut
Dec 28, 2014 Bekah AwesomeBookNut rated it it was amazing
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What a GREAT book! I knew I wanted to read it but wasn't sure how I would enjoy it. Let me tell you how much I loved this book...I started it at 8:30ish in the evening and didn't put it down till after 2 in the freaking morning! AHHHH so good, in fact so good that I tweeted the author telling her how upset I am that I have to WAIT for book 2! GAH!

This book is engaging, entertaining, unputdownable, sweet, exciting, and devastating!

The story foll
Wendy Higgins
I started this last night and finished by lunch today. SO GOOD! That cliffhanger was a doozy though, aaaaah!
Jul 11, 2015 Deniz rated it it was amazing
"Ama zor yoldan öğrenmiştim, kime aşık olacağımızı seçemezdik. Aşk bizi seçerdi. Aşk uygunluğu ya da kolaylığı ya da tasarıları umursamıyordu. Aşkın kendi planları vardı ve tek yapabileceğimiz yolundan çekilmekti."

Aman Allahımm, o nasıl bir sondu öylee!!! Ivy sen ne yaptın böyle yaa :( Kitabın sonu yaktı geçti ortalığı... Ve ben kitabı duvara fırlatıp hırsımı mı çıkarsam (sadece hayal ettim, elim gitmez caanım kitaplarımı fırlatmaya), yoksa kucağıma alıp sarılıp kendimi mi teselli etsem, bilemed
Anatea Oroz
Mar 13, 2016 Anatea Oroz rated it it was amazing
This review is also posted on my blog, Anatea's Bookshelf.

Everytime I see a dystopia book, I'm kind of sceptic to read it because they all have so similar concept and I can't help but feel that I've already read something alike. I'm happy to say that it wasn't the case with The Book of Ivy. I was actually pleasently surprised with its concept and its originality, even though it had some dystopia stereotypes. I ended up LOVING the book! Though, I think that a lot of my doubts were because of the
Ezgi Su
Apr 30, 2015 Ezgi Su rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Kurucunun Kızı'nı okumayı an vaktiyle bitirmiş insan modeli, şekil a:

şekil b:

şekil c:

şekil d:

şekil e:


Bu kitap bana daha çok distopya okumam gerektiğini hatırlattı. *çoközlemiş*
Alican Bozkurt
May 09, 2015 Alican Bozkurt rated it it was amazing
Şu an gerçekten kitabın içine girip bazı karakterleri öldürmek, bazılarına da gerizekalı kendine gel ve sen de onlara acıma demek geliyor.
Ayrıca ikinci kitaba daha çok var ve bu bir miktar acı verici ve üzücü.
Jaime Arkin
Is there an “I’m in love with Bishop Lattimer” club? Because I need to be in it.

The Book of Ivy is probably going to be on my list of favorite books come the end of the year… and even though It’s only January I feel pretty confident in saying that.

It’s the future, and a brutal nuclear war has left what we think of as the United States barely unrecognizable. A group of survivors banded together to create their own town, but the families couldn’t agree on how to govern the people and war broke o
Alicia Batista (Addicted Readers)

4 Stars

THE BOOK OF IVY was full of love, betrayals, murder plots, deception, and the courage to do what is in your heart, no matter the consequences...

I've had THE BOOK OF IVY on my radar for a while now, but since it sounded vaguely familiar to another book I read, ABERRANT, I was reluctant to pick it up. But my curiosity won me over and I finally decided to give THE BOOK OF IVY it's fair shot regardless of the similarities I thought they had. But I am pleasantly surprised to admit that was n
Nov 09, 2015 Kimi rated it really liked it
4.5 stars.

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.

When I first read the blurb of this book I just thought AMAZING. Some books you just know for sure that you'll enjoy them merely because of the premise.

I have to say I wasn't disappointed with this book, even though I feel like it wasn't as good as it could've been but still, I had a great time reading it! Let me tell you a little more about th
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Amy Engel is the author of THE BOOK OF IVY and its sequel, THE REVOLUTION OF IVY. In addition, her debut adult novel (gothic suspense), THE ROANOKE GIRLS, is forthcoming from Crown in early 2017. Amy lives in Missouri with her husband and two children.
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“You’re easy to read, Ivy, but the whole book of you is complicated.” 79 likes
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