Review of The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel

Title: The Book of Ivy 
Author: Amy Engel
Series: The Book of Ivy Book 1
Publisher: Entangled Teen 

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…

Rating: I will be giving this book a 3 out of 5 stars. This book was good, but it was not my favorite. I feel that this book, in a way, let me down. After all the hype that I have heard from this book and all the people praising this book, I held this book to such high expectations to then having it not meet them. The book seemed so interesting to me, especially because this is a dystopian book and the synopsis was so gripping, but when it came to the delivery of this book it fell short. The character development on Ivy’s part, to me, was not as well developed as I would have liked since she struggled for a little bit and then came to this resolution all of a sudden. If you liked the book Matched then I feel you will definitely enjoy this book. 


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