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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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A 2015 Colorado Romance Writers Award of Excellence Finalist in the Young Adult with Romantic Elements category

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…



“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 4, 2014
Page Count: 400
Imprint: teen
Genre: dystopian, sci-fi, young adult, young adult sci-fi
Tropes: enemies to lovers, overcoming odds

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By Kassidy February 13, 2017

I need the next book now. That was crazy!

By shady 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... ...more

By ★Jasmine☆ [HIATUS] 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 back... ...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! Bi... ...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 co... ...more

By Paula M. of Her Book Thoughts! 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 compl... ...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 Riley November 03, 2015

*review to come* ...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 coura... ...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 kazanma...

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 fee... ...more

By Jen (in her Unicorn Bubble) 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 buildi... ...more

By Merve April 12, 2016

Mükemmelsin kitap. Oturup ağlıycam şimdi. Gidin bulun lan okyanusu.


By Bekah AwesomeBookNut 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, i... ...more

By Anatea March 13, 2016

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

Everytime I see a dystopia book, I'm kind of sceptic 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 was... ...more

By Deniz July 11, 2015

"Ama zor yoldan öğrenmiştim, kime aşık olacağımızı seçemezdik. Aşk bizi seçerdi. Aşk uygunluğu ya da kolaylığı ya da tasarıları umursamıyordu. Aşkın kendi planları vardı ve tek yapabileceğimiz yolundan çekilmekti."

Aman Allahımm, o nasıl bir sondu öylee!!! Ivy sen ne yaptın böyle yaa :( Kitabın so... ...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*

By Elena August 12, 2016


I wasn't expecting to love this book as much as I did. AT ALL.
I aboslutely and freakin' LOVED the characters.
Bishop is my guy. End of story.

Also, it's not funny at all, to end a book this way.
Highly recommending this book if you are a fan of dystopian novels! ...more

By Alican May 09, 2015

Şu an gerçekten kitabın içine girip bazı karakterleri öldürmek, bazılarına da gerizekalı kendine gel ve sen de onlara acıma demek geliyor.
Ayrıca ikinci kitaba daha çok var ve bu bir miktar acı verici ve üzücü.
*Kapanış* ...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 l... ...more

By Jillian (bookishandnerdy) November 23, 2014

Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from Entangled Teen Publishing in exchange for an honest review.


I don't have any coherent thoughts at this point but here are some appropriate gifs. Stay tuned for a review on my booktube channel!

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I'm gonna need that sequel right now plskt... ...more

By Alicia March 29, 2015

4 Stars

THE BOOK OF IVY was full of love, betrayals, murder plots, deception, and the courage to do what is in your heart, no matter the consequences...

I've had THE BOOK OF IVY on my radar for a while now, but since it sounded vaguely familiar to another book I read, ABERRANT, I was reluctant to... ...more

By S.K. February 16, 2015

This is the best book I've read all year. I'm not sure exactly why, but something about the simplistic style of writing and the shabby chic version of Dystopian glamour ticked the right boxes for me.

It starts off what seems like a shallow premise, not unlike The Selection: Every year, the eligibl... ...more

By Cait • A Page with a View September 11, 2016

3.5 stars. It's like Cruel Beauty meets The Hunger Games... or Divergent or any other dystopian YA novel with a fence around a divided society.

In this dystopian future, the US was split by a war and now the daughters from the losing side marry the sons from the winning side in order to keep peace... ...more

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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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