Monday, November 9, 2015
BLOG TOUR: The Revolution of Ivy (The Book of Ivy #2) by Amy Engel
**Spoilers if you haven't read book one**
The Revolution of Ivy (The Book of Ivy #2)
by Amy Engel
Release Date: 11/03/15
Summary from 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.
This book satisfied my reading need.
The author had a way of making things seem so real, so realistic, you felt like you're living it yourself.
The book is full of surprises at every corner, holding us in suspense as we wait for what is to happen next.
It really has you thinking.
The characters are complex, as they develop along the way and Bishop. Woo-we! Before I give you a whole bunch of spoilers as I so badly want too, I will let you read the book for yourself as I give it five tasty stars.
***I received a ARC for this book in exchange for a honest review***
Cutting Muse Blog Review
The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy #1)
by Amy Engel
Release Date: 11/04/14
Summary from Goodreads:
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...
Top Five Best Things That Have Happened To Me Since The Book of Ivy released
The year since The Book of Ivy released has been a whirlwind, in the best way! I feel very lucky and grateful for every positive thing that has happened and I try hard to not take any of it for granted. So, in no particular order, here are the top five best things that have happened to me since The Book of Ivy released:
1)The foreign rights agent for Entangled Teen (who is just amazing at her job) sold IVY to ten countries. It’s so exciting to see the covers from the different countries and know that people all over the world are going to be reading my book.
2)The French publisher who bought IVY and REVOLUTION is flying me to Paris in early December to do book signings and interviews at the Montreuil Book Festival. I’ve been to Paris before, but that was years ago, and I’m very excited about being able to go again and meet some of IVY’s French fans.
3) I’ve been privileged to receive some really kind and wonderful emails from readers. I love hearing from people who’ve read IVY and I try to answer every email. I know how many books are out there for readers to choose from, so for someone to not only take the time to read mine but to also go to the effort to send me an email is really special. Thank you!
4)Early this year I began querying an adult novel I wrote called THE ROANOKE GIRLS and accepted an offer of representation from Jodi Reamer of Writers House. The book went out on submission and sold to the Crown Imprint of Random House in May. It will be out in the world in early 2017 and I’m over-the-moon excited!
5)I guess I lied when I said these are in random order because this last one is definitely the very best thing that’s happened to me in the past year—I’m healthy and happy and so are my husband and two kids. Without those things, none of the rest of it matters.
Top Five Reasons that Bishop is Swoon-worthy
Ah, Bishop…that guy gets me every time. I definitely have a serious soft spot for him and hopefully readers do, too. I could probably wax poetic about him all day, but I’ll limit myself to the top five reasons he’s swoon-worthy.
1)He doesn’t try to change Ivy: That’s not to say that Bishop doesn’t want Ivy to think for herself rather than believing in her father blindly. But Bishop doesn’t mind Ivy’s impulsiveness or her sometimes prickly personality. He’s patient enough to wait her out and smart enough to know that Ivy needs to trust him completely before she can love him.
2)He’s patient, but he’s not a pushover: Bishop is willing to give Ivy the time she needs, over and over again, but there is always a point at which he is going to take a stand. And once he does, he’s not going to budge.
3)Bishop’s love is steady: It doesn’t waver when things get tough or when it might be easier to give up. Bishop isn’t the kind of guy who is going to sing love songs to Ivy or run around telling the whole word that he adores her, but he shows his feelings in the way he treats her and the way he believes in her.
4)Bishop is a genuinely good person: He sometimes makes tough choices, but always for the right reason. He’s very self-aware and constantly thinks about the consequences of what he does, both for himself and for others. He would do anything for the people he loves.
5)Bishop balances knowing he's attractive without preening: You may think I’m nuts, but for me, Bishop’s looks may actually be the least swoon-worthy thing about him. It’s more his reaction to his own looks that’s swoon-worthy. He’s incredibly good looking, but his handsomeness doesn’t mean much to him. He’s not unaware of his appeal, however; he knows what people see when they look at him. But he never pays attention to his own handsomeness or tries to use it to get what he wants. There’s something incredibly compelling about someone who lives comfortably in their own gorgeous skin without ever preening or, on the other extreme, down-playing. Bishop’s response to his looks is a metaphorical shrug, and that makes him even hotter.
Character Inspiration for the New Characters in the Book
I knew going into writing The Revolution of Ivy that I’d be introducing some new characters. There was no way Ivy could survive alone beyond the fence. She would have to find other people and learn from them.
Knowing that, I started thinking about the new characters and pretty quickly I decided I wanted them to be near Ivy’s age. Although by the end of the first book Ivy and Bishop are incredibly close, I felt it was important for Ivy to find a true female friendship in the sequel. Her whole life Ivy’s never really had a friend other than her sister Callie, and that’s not exactly a model for a healthy relationship. That’s how the idea for the character of Ash first blossomed. She is exactly what Ivy needs in a friend—loyal, strong, funny.
Once I had Ash figured out, Caleb flowed pretty easily from there. I pictured him in my mind and knew he was a little older than Ivy and Ash and that he would be serious and a bit intimidating. And, as Ash was for Ivy, he would be a true friend for Bishop (and Ivy). I definitely had to be careful when writing Caleb because I didn’t want readers to worry that he was a new love interest for Ivy. They are just friends and I wanted to make sure readers understood that from the outset.
I had a great time coming up with Ash’s and Caleb’s characters and writing their interactions with Bishop and Ivy. I think they help both Bishop and Ivy grow and learn more about what it means to have loyal and loving friends. I hope readers enjoy these new characters as much as I enjoyed writing them!
About the Author:
Amy Engel was born in Kansas and after a childhood spent bouncing between countries (Iran, Taiwan) and states (Kansas; California; Missouri; Washington, D.C.), she settled in Kansas City, Missouri, where she lives with her husband and two kids. Before devoting herself full-time tomotherhood and writing, she was a criminal defense attorney, which is not quite as exciting asitlooks on TV. When she has a free moment, she can usually be found reading, running, or shoe shopping. The Book of Ivy is her debut YA novel.
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The runner-up could just get a signed copy of the book.
And open to US residents only for both.
Book Tour Organized by: YA Bound