Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Review: The Revolution of Ivy by Amy Engel

The Revolution of IvyThe Revolution of Ivy

Author: Amy Engel
Series: The Book of Ivy
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Pages: 400
Release date: 3rd November 2015

Synopsis (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.

Review:  4 ½ out of 5 stars

Contains possible spoilers from book 1, The Book of Ivy

I absolutely loved the first book in the series The Book of Ivy so The Revolution of Ivy has been one of my most anticipated reads for this year and it didn’t fail to disappoint with its thrilling action, swoon-worthy romance and amazing characters.

At the end of the first book, Ivy Westfall was forced beyond the fence, abandoned by her family and now separated from her husband Bishop Latimer. Surviving beyond the fence was brutal but Ivy held strong and made it work with the help of a few new friends.

Now forced to fend for herself, the first part of the book shows us how Ivy adjusts to her new living arrangements, the pacing was quite slow at times but it didn’t bother me as I was engrossed in her new life and budding friendships. The second part of the books pacing picked up and things between the Westfall’s and the Latimer’s finally came to a close, it most certainly wasn’t what I expected but I don’t feel it could have gone any other way.

All of the characters, secondary included played an Important role in this book. Ivy and Bishop continued to grow as characters, Ivy is the kind of character I love - strong, independent and determined but she still shows a softer more vulnerable side at times. Bishop is an absolute sweetheart! I loved the way he looked out for Ivy and stood by her side, they made the sweetest couple and I love seeing them progress from friends to more, the slow burn romance was done very well. We meet Caleb and Ash who are also beyond the fence, I loved their back story and the friendship they came to share with both Ivy and Latimer. Mark the ass also returns and I despised him just as much as I did in the first book.

The Revolution of Ivy is an action packed sequel with a sweet romance and a satisfying ending. I am really pleased that it was a duology and not dragged out. Amy Engel’s writing is engaging and her storyline has been consistent and kept me mesmerised from the first page; I am really excited to read more books by her.

Thank you to Entangled Teen via Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review The Revolution of Ivy.

Amy EngelAbout the author

Amy Engel is the author of THE BOOK OF IVY (out now) and its sequel, THE REVOLUTION OF IVY, which will be available on November 3, 2015. In addition, her debut adult novel (gothic suspense), THE ROANOKE GIRLS, is forthcoming from Crown in early 2017. Amy lives in Missouri with her husband and two children.

All images/blurb/author details etc. have been copied from GoodReads


  1. I'm so happy you enjoyed this one just as much as I did, Sharon! Wasn't it just an amazing sequel? I agree with everything you mentioned about the romance and the action.
    I'm excited to read more from her.
    Lovely review ! :)

  2. I skimmed Sharon but I have book one and I am so excited that you loved this.


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