Book Review: The Revolution of Ivy by Amy Engel

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Song: Gone 2 Long by PRETTYMUCH

These songs are personal to me, they remind me of this book (they may be songs that were popular during the time that I read this, with lyrics that relate to this book or it might just be random)

Synopsis: 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.

**Spoilers for the Book of Ivy**

Review: This book I just devoured. I read it in one sitting. There is so much that could happen in this book, the possibilities were endless but this book wrapped up the story as a whole. And boy what a story that was.

So Ivy has just been exiled from the town for the attempted murder of Bishop. Bishop didn’t believe that she would do something however Ivy filled his head with doubt and he eventually believes that she would have killed him. Her whole family abandon her and let her blame for the plan that they created. I was disheartened by the fact that they didn’t try to see her once whilst she was in prison. I could feel her pain.

I kind of hated Ivy for around half of this book. She did what she thought was best but she wasn’t sympathetic to the people that put her before themselves.

**spoiler**

When Bishop runs away to find Ivy, she totally disregards him. I was so annoyed at her. Bishop’s devotion and love for her was incredible and she totally blew him. I was so glad that she eventually saw the light and listened to Bishop.

** spoiler end **

Also, Ivy has to focus on survival as well as relationships. She tried to forget the pain of leaving Bishop and throws away her wedding ring. This part of the book was so emotional, you could feel that pain. Surviving on her own, out in the wild would be difficult for anyone especially if you haven’t been taught anything that would help you in this situation so…. new characters!!

I loved the new characters (well apart from one) and they really built this story up. Ivy probably wouldn’t have survived without them. There is one bad guy in this book though.

I loved the writing style and also how different this book was to the first one with the new setting and having to learn to live in the wild. This part reminded me of ‘Delirium’ by Lauren Oliver but I think it is executed better. The last quarter of this book was fast-paced and had a lot of tension and suspense. The ending, I think, was perfect. It wrapped up everything well and was just amazing.

Overall this book gets 5 stars. Although Ivy is irritating in this book I kind of understand why she did it (if I was in this situation, I wouldn’t have done that though). Also, today is the publication date for Crossfire by Malorie Blackman so I have tissues and ice cream on standby.

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