By: Amy Engel
Published: November 3, 2015 by Entangled: Teen
Source: Personal Kindle Library
(Goodreads / Amazon)
MY REVIEW: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.
WELL DONE! I highly enjoyed this series ender in The Book of Ivy duology. Not only did I continue to love and root for Ivy and Bishop but then Caleb and (his sort-of sister) Ash enter the story and I love their characters just as much. In fact, I'd love to see more into where their journey leads.
Where book one ends, book 2 picks up. Ivy has been banished beyond the wall of Westfall for allegedly attempting to kill the president's son, whom she is married to. She has never been on her own before. Never had to learn true skills of survival because in Westfall others made sure the needs of the people were met, food was available and shelter was provided. Now she's faced with many unknowns, dangers that potentially include other humans, animals and the elements around her. As her survival instincts kick in she has to push down deep all thoughts of Bishop and what they once shared. She has to accept that all the lies she ever told him are too many to come back from, even if he didn't hate her for the part she played in planning his death.
Her journey to find water, food and other human companionship leads her to some very dangerous situations but it also leads to Ivy finding her strengths and who she really is without the manipulation of her idealistic father and power-hungry sister. The story really is a discovery about what Ivy really is capable of: at the top of that list would be learning to understand her own emotions and feelings and learning to express them and not hide from them or let her fear cripple her own wants and wishes.
I highly enjoyed this series! If you love YA dystopian/post-apocalyptic romance then you should definitely check it out!
Top 5 Favorite Quotes:
"I just want to be with you. Walk next to you, Ivy, wherever you're headed. That's all."
"You don't stop loving someone just because they disappoint you."
But recognizing the ridiculousness of an emotion and being able to master it are two very different things, I'm finding.
"I was never going to just let you go. I love you. There was never any choice."
"Because for all the ways you've changed, you're still the same girl, Ivy, deep down. The one who says everything with her eyes, with her face, even when she refuses to speak. And I know that girl is brave enough to love me, no matter what it costs her."
Language: 1 (light)
Mature Content: 2 (medium)
Final Rating: 4 stars