The Revolution of Ivy – Amy Engel | Book Review

Title: The Revolution of Ivy
Author: Amy Engel
Release Date: November 3rd, 2015
Rating: 4/5

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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.

Warning : Do not read if you haven’t read the first book, The Book of Ivy.

Review

“No one survives beyond the fence. At least that’s what my father always told me when I was a child. But I’m not a little girl anymore, and I no longer believe in the words of my father. He told me the Lattimers were cruel and deserved to die. He told me my only choice was to kill the boy I loved. He has been wrong about so many things. And I’m determined that he’s going to be wrong about my survival as well.”

 The story begins with Ivy being sent outside the fence and of course she felt sad and depressed most of the time. In my opinion, it was a bit stretched because it takes too much time before she sorted out what she feels and the reasons behind them. We got to meet new characters, Ash and Caleb who became Ivy’s friends. They taught her how to survive beyond the fence. Later, Bishop appeared after he went to look for her.

In terms of romance, I was kind of frustrated because Ivy kept ignoring Bishop even though he tried his best. Like I said before, Ivy felt sorry for her a little bit too long and she wasn’t sure what to do with Bishop being there. I got that she felt scared after everything that happened before, but I wish she could be a little nicer to Bishop.

 “You think I had a choice?” Bishop demands. “What choice? I’m not like your father or Callie, Ivy. I was never going to just let you go. I love you. There was never any choice.”

Please pardon me while I’m swooning over Bishop. He is still as perfect as he was in the first book. He stayed with Ivy even though she’s trying to push him away. There were moments in the book in which I wished he would stop being so nice and just confront Ivy because he deserved better. Thank God he never give up on Ivy because I know I’ll be heartbroken if he did.

“Are most people this lucky? To find someone who really understands them? Someone who accepts all their strange and foreign ways of looking at and approaching the world without constantly trying to change them into someone more like themselves? Letting me be Ivy, when so many others have tried to mold me into a different kind of girl, is the most valuable gift Bishop will ever give me.”

 The ending was bittersweet. The much-needed confrontation between the two families finally happened and it was totally unexpected. I knew that Bishop and Ivy would have their happy ending despite having to go through the heartache.

Overall, it’s a great follow up to the first book. I enjoyed it slightly less than the first book because I thought it could have been shorter. However, if you read the first book, you don’t want to miss this one!

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