Do you remember this beauty?
The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy #1)
by Amy Engel
Release Date: 11/04/14
Summary from Goodreads:
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.
I absolutelly loved THE BOOK OF IVY, by Amy Engel, and naturally was excited to read its conclusion. And here it is! :o)
The Revolution of Ivy (The Book of Ivy #2)
by Amy Engel
Release Date: 11/03/15
**Spoilers if you haven't read book one**
Summary 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…
MY OPINION OF THE BOOK
A powerful and violent re-entry into Ivy's world. I was thrilled to go back to her story right when she's facing the challenges of being thrown out to the other side of the fence. And what challenges they are! A brutal enemy, harsh conditions of life in the wild, the nagging truth of what and who she left behind... All told with a self-aware wisdom and a steady rhythm.
The intensity of all the emotions completely enveloped me. Ivy is full of anger, regret, fear, the will to survive against her weakness in a new world made of threats and forced strength. Above all, she fights to reconcile her upbringing of deceit and revenge with a new self that can believe in the love of a good man like Bishop.
Oh, that part was so beautiful. Bishop is patient, understanding and caring, a noble and supportive balance to all the edges in Ivy. I couldn't have imagined a better follow-up to The Book of Ivy. This is a tale of survival, of endurance against betrayal and conditioning, of sacrifice and discovering who you really are beneath fear, pressure and deceit. It's beautifully told in a deeply moving voice, harsh when life made Ivy and Bishop make soul-altering decisions, poignant in its romantic moments that dig in your heart with acute aim.
The feelings tear you apart and build you anew.
I wholeheartedly recommend this duology because it has a heroine worth of the title. Full of doubts but fierce in her determination to find herself in a world torn by hatred. This final part shines with a couple that melts hearts, and also with scenes full of bravery, thrill and meaning. I truly enjoyed it.
No matter what damage we do-to ourselves, to each other, to the world-life can still surprise us with its depth of possibility.
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