Book Review: The Revolution of Ivy by Amy Engel

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Title: The Revolution of Ivy (The Book of Ivy #2)
Author: Amy Engel 
Release Date: November 3rd 2015
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Source: Bought
Rating: ★★★★
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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.

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My Review: 



*minor spoilers ahead*

The Revolution of Ivy is the sequel and finale to The Book of Ivy. Read my review for the first installment of the series if you haven't done so already here

This series is much quieter than the current trend of dystopia that have higher stakes and play out on a larger scale. It's refreshing to read about characters whose lives are quieter, who are not revolutionaries and trained fighters. 

Their lives are still difficult, and they do fight and kill to survive. It's not where I expected the series to go, but I enjoyed it nevertheless.  




What's good about it:

Ash and Caleb: Ash and Caleb are new characters that are introduced in this book, and I found them to be enjoyable and I loved their family background and the way they interacted with each other and the rest of the characters. 

Character development: Ivy matures a lot throughout the story, processing her emotions during the aftermath of leaving her family behind. Bishop also develops as a character, and seeing him unfold into a more complex and multi-layered character was great.  



What's bad about it:

Plot: This is not a bad thing about the book, just something unexpected. I expected something different from the plot. This is a much quieter story, about ordinary people who still deal with a lot of drama and conflict, although the conflict is on a much smaller scale than most dystopias.  


Final Thoughts:

The Revolution of Ivy is a great sequel and end to the series, and I loved the ending. One of my favorite series I've read this year, and one of the most enjoyable duology series I've read so far. 

Check out my review for the other installments in the series: 
The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy #1)

Check out my interview with the author, Amy Engel here

The Revolution of Ivy is available here




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