Monday, February 27, 2017

Review: The Revolution of Ivy by Amy Engel

The Revolution of Ivy (The Book of Ivy #2) by Amy Engel
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Goodreads Summary: 
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.
Rating: 4 Stars
Review: Ivy Westfall is a traitor to her family, to her town, and to Bishop Lattimer. Left outside the fence to die, she must fight to survive the harsh conditions. Many challenges will test her as she must answer the question: is it worth it to survive after losing everything she's ever known?

I like this one better than The Book of Ivy, but not by much. Ivy's whole journey seemed way too easy; sure, there were a few "harder" moments but overall she got her way with only a few struggles. In the last few chapters this all changed, which made me wish that the whole book followed the logic of those chapters. In my opinion this series actually suits younger readers better because the characters aren't put through too much especially in the form of extreme violence, and the romance isn't very explicit at all.

Ivy discovers her identity which is one of the things I like about this book. There's an actual fight which mirrors reality and without her identity, Ivy is nothing. She must make a few conflicted decisions at the end of the book, however I don't think the writing projected how Ivy would've felt after her losses very well.

Caleb's character intrigued me and in the end I found him a lot more interesting compared to Bishop. Sure, Bishop is kind and he "sees through" people but I didn't think there was much to him, whereas Caleb is loyal and unafraid to stand up or protect those he cares about. Ash has a heart of gold and it is easily forgotten that she too can be hurt.

The Revolution of Ivy ends in happiness but the last part preceding the epilogue is dark and violent. The concept of this series is great but I'm not such a fan of the storyline, and to me it seems like just another Dystopia. Ivy's character stayed true in The Revolution of Ivy and Ivy's development is similar to that of any teenage girl.
Purchase Location: Borrowed From Library
Edition:
Paperback
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Quotes: "You don't stop loving someone just because they disappoint you." –Ash, The Revolution of Ivy
Recommended for: Fans of teen fiction.

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