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.
©2015 Amy Engel (P)2015 Listening Library
I listened to this book based on my love for Ivy and Bishop's relationship, which (in my opinion) is the very backbone of the series. Thus, If you want Ivy and Bishop developing their relationship, then I suppose this is time well spent.
If you want more focus on the political and social situation of Westfall and the world it inhabits, unfortunately, you'd be disappointed. Because it seems to me as nothing more than a prop to Ivy and Bishop's romance.
I'd only recommend it to those who want a resolution to The Book of Ivy. To be fair, it did tie up loose ends. But just not in a way that I would have liked.
I think the narrator was good. But I guess, I'm just comparing her to other narrators I've heard. I've listened to other narrators that seemed to be so into the story that I definitely felt moved by their performance. The narration for the Revolution of Ivy is really just that. A Narration. Reading the book aloud.
I honestly thought that the Ivy Series would focus on both Ivy & Bishop's romance as well as the socio-political situation of their world. But Book 2 pretty much shows me that the series is really all about the romance. And on that front, I think that it already reached the conclusion it needs. Thus, I think that the book should end at that point.
I had high hopes for a great sequel. But I guess I was just expecting something epic (perhaps involving explosions and a bit of a war) considering it was called "The Revolution of Ivy."
However, it wasn't like that at all. And I feel a little let down on that front.
On the other hand, at least it ended in a satisfying manner (in my opinion) with no more obstacles to the two lovebirds being together
Thank goodness audible is good about giving your money back for those not so great books... This one could've been much better if the author would've expanded the story a bit. The romance was ok but I was yawning after an hour or two into it. I finally had to give up after the third. The narrator didn't know how to make a males voice sound masculine at all!? Thanks but no thanks, unfortunately! After reading the first book I thought that the second one would be filled with great stuff about the other side of the fence and maybe even a sneak back to see what was happening back where home used to be.... What a disappointment! Did I miss something huge at the end of the book ...I wonder...?
I read. A lot. Audiobooks are my guilty pleasure--especially romance! Bring on the HEAs, please :)
Revolution picks up where The Book of Ivy left off--right after Ivy's banishment from Westfall. She soon runs into trouble beyond devastating thirst and hunger, testing her strength, adaptability, and convictions. Just how far will she go to survive?
Though Ivy showed a tremendous amount of courage and growth throughout the book, I have to admit she tried my patience more than once. I can understand her reluctance to trust her new acquaintances, but her attitude when Bishop shows up? And the fact that the attitude continued for quite some time? Harder to swallow. Bishop deserves a medal for waiting through her crazy until she finally got her head on straight.
But then, he IS Bishop Lattimer. ;)
Despite my sometimes-frustration with its main character, I really did enjoy The Revolution of Ivy. Even when she was pushing Bishop away with both hands, I couldn't stop reading, needing to find out just how everything was going to end up.
Spoiler alert: Ivy's sister Callie's still a mega-b*tch. Shocker, I know. And people are going to die. Some of them horribly.
The narrator did a good job reading this one--she really managed to capture Ivy's voice. I can't think of a single thing to critique in her recitation.
This book really works best if you've read book one first. Though Ivy does do some recapping of events for the reader, everything will have a much greater impact if you've read The Book of Ivy already. (Plus, book one is flipping awesome, so you really should read it anyway just because.)
I'm looking forward to seeing what Ms. Engel will bring us next!
Rating: 4 stars / B+
I can not stand for a book that has a man rape a NINE year old, rapes and kills ANOTHER girl and then tries to do it AGAIN to the main character. She has a chance to kill him and says I can't I do it, I do not want to be a murderer like him. WHAT?! If you protect and value life there would be no question.
Just one example of the main character thinking throughout every situation. VERY maddening!!!
the writer paints a very vivid picture in every scene, and the character is always deep in thought. it is a very real, heart-felt fictional story that draws you in. you develope a stake in the love story.
The way Ivy acts towards Bishop when she sees him again. He gave her a second chance and she still acts distant. Very strange
I want a refund! I didn't appreciate the sexual content in this book! Why can't people just write a book without sex in it? I listened to the first book thought it was okay. I definitely do not care for the reader, her voice bores me to death! She makes the grown man sound like little boys... Anyway, as far as the overall story there was no powwow to it there was no heart stoppers. I guess I'm just spoiled from "divergent", "the hunger games" and "the partials" best books ever!!
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