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Peek Inside The Book of Ivy

After a brutal nuclear war, the United States was left decimated. A small group of survivors eventually banded together. My name is Ivy Westfall, and my mission is simple: to kill the president’s son—my soon-to-be husband—and return the Westfall family to power. But Bishop Lattimer isn't the cruel, heartless boy my family warned me to expect. But there is no escape from my fate. Bishop must die. And I must be the one to kill him...

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Discover the New York Times bestseller that SLJ called “A fantastic plot that makes readers think about the blurred lines between right and wrong.”

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 return 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…

Each book in The Book of Ivy series should be READ IN ORDER:

Book 1: The Book of Ivy
Book 2: The Revolution of Ivy



“Together with the emotionally fraught situation--simply having to share a house with a man is unsettling for Ivy--the book has immediacy, and there's justification for plenty of teenage angst. Ivy is forced to question her family's motivations as Bishop keeps surprising her, and she surprises herself with her growing feelings for him. The worldbuilding is mostly well-thought-out, with some complicated issues. . . . An intriguing start with a brave heroine.” ―Kirkus Reviews on The Book of Ivy

“Thought-provoking, poignant, and sexy! Readers will burn the midnight oil to finish The Book of Ivy and fall asleep with the name Bishop Lattimer on their lips.” ―Regina at Mel, Erin, and Regina Read-A-Lot

The Book of Ivy has every ingredient you look for in an epic novel: from the spine-tingling plot and exhilarating characters, to every entrancing word penned by Amy Engel.” ―Kris at Insightful Minds Reviews

“I enjoyed this novel so much that I polished it off in two sittings. There is no insta-love! There is no love triangle! Best of all, the protagonist actually has common sense, and she uses it! The slow-to-develop relationship is believable, and both Ivy and Bishop are easy to relate to. Waiting anxiously for Book 2!” ―Julie at Magna Maniac Café

“With her debut, Amy Engel has pulled off one of the best dystopian romances that I have ever read. It was impossible to put down.” ―Kayla at Bibliophilia, Please

Additional Details

ISBN: 9781622664665
Series: The Book of Ivy, Book 1
Release Date: Nov 11, 2014
Page Count: 400
Imprint: teen
Genre: dystopian, sci-fi, young adult
Tropes: enemies to lovers, overcoming odds

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By ~Poppy~ May 01, 2020

"A boy who doesn't want to lie, married to a girl who can't tell the truth."

“You’re easy to read, Ivy, but the whole book of you is complicated.”

Wow, this is the first book that I loved the main characters(Ivy and Bishop❤) and no one else.. That's first!!! Except for the two ...more

By Kassidy February 13, 2017

I need the next book now. That was crazy!

By shady boots May 02, 2015


Okay, I was totally prepared to give this, like, 3.5 or 4 stars. It was enjoyable, but there wasn't much going on storywise. And then somewhere nearing the end things went exactly in the direction I wanted it to go, and the ending--even though it's a cliffhanger--still left me re ...more

By Μaria February 18, 2019

Είμαι θυμωμένη!
Είμαι ΕΞΑΛΛΗ και θέλω να βρίσω, αφού δεν μπορώ να μπω μέσα στο βιβλίο για να ξεριζώσω μαλλιά και να σπάσω μύτες και κεφάλια, αλλά κρατιέμαι γιατί το έχω χέσει (ουπς) με τις βρισιές. Αλλά θα σκάσω αν δεν το πω!!!
Έχω μισήσει σκύλες και σκύλες. Πρώτη και καλύτερη την Λεβάνα. Δεύτερη τ ...more

By Jasmine February 08, 2016

"A boy who doesn't want to lie, married to a girl who can't tell the truth."

The moment I saw this stunning cover, I've made up my mind whatever happened, I'll read it. Because, c'mon! Isn't it eye-catching?

-Her white backless dress indicated her early wedding.
-The knife held behind her ...more

By Jamie-leigh December 29, 2014


You guys, you NEED to read this! I couldn't put it down! I read it in 2 sittings which never happens! I loved everything about this book, the pacing was perfect, the characters were amazing, the love story was one of the best I've seen, not rushed, it was just perfect! Bisho ...more

By Yesy (The Book Vagrant) February 23, 2016


This book has shattered my heart into a million pieces and I'll never be the same again.....I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT!!

BLOG REVIEW: ...more

By Shannon (leaninglights) November 18, 2015

My thoughts on The Book of Ivy are quite simple: I loved it.

It's been awhile since I have picked up a straight young adult dystopian book and I have to say that the experience was refreshing. This book is a testament to the idea that less can be WAY more. There is nothing complicated or overly compl ...more

By Riley November 03, 2015

*review to come* ...more

By Paula M August 26, 2015

You can also read my review HERE.

"My mission is not to make him happy and bear his children and be his wife. My mission is to kill him"

Never mind that I have to wait for a year to read the sequel.


This book! This awesome and fantastic and brilliant book kept me up all night an I'm not even complai ...more

By Lindsey December 28, 2014

[4.5 Stars]

Loved almost everything about this! I cried twice. I had to take off a half star because Ivy's actions for the last 100 pages or so were very frustrating for me to read. Highly recommend!!! ...more

By Justine April 13, 2015

Presque aussi bon que tout le monde le dit... à un détail près : il ne se passe vraiment pas grand chose, finalement, dans ce livre. Par contre, c'est en effet très intéressant au niveau psychologique et idéologique !
Aussi, la fin me semble un peu bancale. Ivy prend une décision très courageu ...more

By Kate (GirlReading) January 29, 2018


With politics, assassination plots, secrets and romance, The Book of Ivy is without a doubt one of the most enjoyable dystopians I have read in years.

I had no idea what to expect going in to this but I definitely don't expect to love it so much. It had me totally engrossed from the first page ...more

By Rusty's Ghost Engine October 13, 2017

Review also available at:

This book, especially the ending, gave me feels. The author did a really good job here of developing her characters, building her plot and writing in a beautiful, suspenseful style.

Let me start with Ivy, she was a really well thought o ...more

By Nikoleta May 19, 2017

Μικρό σχετικά βιβλίο, αλλά ολοκληρωμένο. Βασίζεται κυρίως στην ψυχολογία της ηρωίδας, στα διλλήματα και στις εσωτερικές διακυμάνσεις που βιώνει. Σε κάποια σημεία μπορώ να πω ότι με εκνεύρισε, αν και παραδέχομαι ότι από την στιγμή που η συγγραφέας βασίστηκε στην αληθοφάνεια όσον αφορά την ψυχολογία ε ...more

By Gamze June 30, 2015


"Neden benim için çabalamayı bırakmadın?" Kendime eğer uyuyorsa, bir daha sormayacağımı söyledim.
Uyumamıştı. "Ne demek istiyorsun?" Nefesi ensemdeki saçları gıdıkladı.
"Doğruluk mu, cesaret mi oynadığımız o akşam. Bir süre sonra annenin sevgisini kazanmak

By Anatea March 28, 2017

This review is also posted on my blog, Anatea's Bookshelf.

Every time I see a dystopia book, I'm kind of skeptic to read it because they all have so similar concept and I can't help but feel that I've already read something alike. I'm happy to say that it wasn't the case with The Book of Ivy. I w ...more

By Μαρία July 16, 2017

Κεντρικός πυρήνας της ιστορίας η Άιβι και η δανεική δίψα της για εκδίκηση . Η πένα της Amy Engel όμως επιφυλάσσει μεγάλη συμπάθεια (ίσως και περισσότερη) για τον σύζυγό της , τον Μπίσοπ. Πλένει, μαγειρεύει, δανείζει βιβλία, ντύνεται σένια, σέβεται (σίγμα τελικό έγινε στον καναπέ), τριγυρνάει με πετσ ...more

By Korrina December 28, 2015

This book was so addicting! I had to stay up until 3:30AM to finish it because I had to know what happened. Bishop may also be my new book boyfriend. ;) All silliness aside this book was dark and provided an interesting perspective on women's rights and a society without democracy, and had me feelin ...more

By Rebekah December 28, 2014

Original Review at:

What a GREAT book! I knew I wanted to read it but wasn't sure how I would enjoy it. Let me tell you how much I loved this book...I started it at 8:30ish in the evening and didn't put it down till after 2 in the freaking morning! AHHHH so good, in f ...more

By Jen ♥Star-Crossed Book Blog♥ December 29, 2016

***4.5/5 Stars***

Our story was written long ago, and it does not have a happy ending.

The Book of Ivy was so much fun, and I quickly devoured it in two sittings! It's just one of those books that you can step right into and easily enjoy it from the first page on. The characters, the world ...more

By Athena ღ January 07, 2020

Το τέλος με σκότωσε. Πάω κατευθείαν στο δεύτερο. ...more

By Vaso May 07, 2019

Από τα λίγα βιβλία που είναι επικεντρωμένα στους χαρακτήρες των 2 πρωταγωνιστών από την αρχή. Δεν έχει σκηνές δράσεις αλλά αυτό δεν το κάνει λιγότερο ενδιαφέρον.
Το βιβλίο είναι ευκολοδιάβαστο και ανταποκρίθηκε στις προσδοκίες μου.
Βέβαια, έπαιξαν ρόλο και τα θετικά σχόλια των φίλων εδώ στο GR που με ...more

By Jaime January 17, 2015

Is there an “I’m in love with Bishop Lattimer” club? Because I need to be in it.

The Book of Ivy is probably going to be on my list of favorite books come the end of the year… and even though It’s only January I feel pretty confident in saying that.

It’s the future, and a brutal nuclear war has left ...more

By Ezgi Su April 30, 2015

Kurucunun Kızı'nı okumayı an vaktiyle bitirmiş insan modeli, şekil a:

şekil b:

şekil c:

şekil d:

şekil e:


Bu kitap bana daha çok distopya okumam gerektiğini hatırlattı. *çoközlemiş*

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Amy Engel

About the author

NY Times Best Selling Author

Amy Engel

Amy Engel was born on a commune in Kansas and after a nomadic child and young adulthood spent bouncing between countries (Iran, Taiwan) and states (Kansas, California, Missouri, Washington, D.C.), she settled in Kansas City, Missouri with her husband and two children. Amy has an English degree from the University of Kansas and a J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center. Before devoting herself full-time to writing and motherhood, she worked as a criminal defense attorney, which is not quite as exciting as it looks on television. When she has a free moment, Amy can usually be found reading, running or shoe shopping. “The Book of Ivy” is her debut novel.

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