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review 2016-08-05 18:50
The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy #1) by Amy Engle
The Book of Ivy - Amy Engel
“You’re easy to read, Ivy, but the whole book of you is complicated.”


Can I just stop for a minute and say thank you to Amy Engle for writing a dystopian world where there’s no definite “good guys” and “bad guys”? That she took the time to write about a consistent world and consistent characters?

I usually stray away from dystopia and the whole “someone who must kill the guy that’s from the enemy side but finds out that they’re good instead” kind of thing. Basically, since I had no expectations from this book, you can imagine my surprise at how good this was.

Ivy Westfall is a character that is not happy. She has to marry the President’s son to continue the line of girls and boys having to marry so that there’s peace between the two sides.

Obviously not everyone is going to love The Book of Ivy since I’ve heard a bunch of things about this book. It had a pretty predictable plot, but that doesn’t mean that there’s not political intrigue or parts of the story that make you want to continue flipping the pages!

I want to be someone strong and brave enough to make hard choices. But I want to be fair and loving enough to make the right ones.

I’ve already said that I appreciate the world in this book for being consistent, but I also really like Ivy’s character—despite how frustrating she was towards the end. But I really like her, she’s much better than some heroines I’ve read about this year anyway.



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God, I need the next book now…

Overall, The Book of Ivy has a pretty decent main character, a believable world without a completely dominating government, a guilt-pleasure romance, and THE WORST CLIFFHANGER EVER. So read this if you want a quick read (but make sure you have the next book…).

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review 2016-07-19 00:29
Ivy's Tangle (book 1)- first freebie find
Ivy's Tangle (Legend of the White Sword Book 1) - P.D. Kalnay

This is very well written. It is not too often you find a story with this much character development on this age group. I love the setting, a huge estate bordering a mystic, off limits forest. As the characters expired there setting it really came to life in my minds, this was my favorite thing about this book.

The story follows a fourteen year old boy as he moves in with his grandmother. This boy is used to being moved around, his parents never stay in one place for long, and to top it off he has been bounced back in forth between the two of them almost all his life. We also have a girl named Ivy who is not like ordinary girls her age in any way. She is smaller than most, the way she speaks is off and comes across as snobish, and she has no knowledge of modern day technology (never seen a movie, etc.). We get to read as a boy learns to handle a sword, a girl excells in gardening through very peculiar actions, and the mystery of the forest starts to reveal itself.

At th he end of this story I am still left without knowing too much of where this is going. Normally that would bug the check out of me, but not with this story. All this does is make me want to move forward til the next book. This is fantasy, and I expect to see much more fanatical elements take in the next book, but not here. The author just sort of teases the reader with little oddities here and there.

This book, at the time of this review, is free on Amazon. This is my first win in my hunt to find the good freebie books on Amazon. Book two will be added to my wish list and read after I have finished my freebie hunt.

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review 2016-05-30 00:40
The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel
The Book of Ivy - Amy Engel

I am so happy that I picked this up at the library. It was such a great book and I flew through it. I loved the characters so much and the world was so interesting. It has been a while since I have read a dystopian book and I am so happy that I decided to dive back into this genre with this duology.

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review 2016-04-24 17:27
Westfalls & Lattimers - 4.5 stars...
The Book of Ivy - Taylor Meskimen,Amy Engel

The Book of Ivy is the story of two warring families, the Westfalls and the Lattimers and the daughter, Ivy Westfall, who's been chosen by her family to kill her newlywed husband in order to restore the Westfall legacy. But as Ivy starts realizing that her husband and her family's motives aren't exactly what she was lead to believe, she starts questioning the mission she was set out to complete.


Ivy, Ivy, Ivy- sometimes I wanted to just shake some sense into her and ask her how can she be so naive and stupid. Then just as soon as I thought, hey she heard me and is learning after all, she'd turn around and do something else entirely stupid. I've always thought though that a good book can bring out the best and worst emotions in you and this one did just that - all the way up to the very end! So if that's any indicator, this was a damn good book! Not quite 5 stars though because there was some repetition in the writing that I thought was unnecessary. If you like audio books, I would recommend giving the audio a try because the narrator was pretty good and made the story even better.


*Thanks for the recommendation Marylou (As the Page Turns)!




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text 2016-04-18 11:29
Reading progress update: I've read 75%.
The Book of Ivy - Taylor Meskimen,Amy Engel

Listening to the audio book. The narrator talks so slow. I had to speed it up to 1.5 which is pretty fast. 1.3 is the speed I usually go with. The writing is a little too repetitive and Ivy drives me nuts sometimes but the plot is good. I'm anxious to see how she handles her father's plan that she's suppose to carry out.

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