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Friday, August 11, 2017

#Audiobook #Review: 5 out of 5 stars for The Revolution of Ivy by Amy Engel @aengelwrites @LLAudiobooks

SERIES: The Book of Ivy, Book #2
AUTHOR: Amy Engel
NARRATOR: Taylor Meskimen
PUBLISHER: Listening Library
PUBLICATION DATE: November 3, 2015
FORMAT: Unabridged audiobook
LENGTH: 8 hrs and 20 mins
GENRE: Young Adult, Science Fiction/Dystopia
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.
MY REVIEW:

Engel did not let me down! This was a satisfying conclusion to The Book of Ivy duology.

I absolutely loved the first audiobook in this series, The Book of Ivy, when I listened to it in June. I was very eager to finish this series and to find out what happened to Ivy after she was banished from Westfall. Ivy did better than I thought that she would! She did what she had to do to survive, including killing a lizard for food. My stomach turned when Ivy crossed paths with Mark Laird. In hindsight, she should have treated him like that lizard! He dislocates her shoulder before she gets away, and she takes his bag with her. Ivy is out to prove her father wrong. He told her that no one survives beyond the fence. Not only does Ivy survive, but she thrives! Her strength and determination drive her, and she joins up with a group of other survivors. She is not completely honest with them as to who she really is…that she is a Westfall or the reason why she was exiled. She is wary and does not trust them at first because one of the leaders, Caleb, recognizes the bag as Mark’s and takes it from her to give back to Mark when he returns. If Mark lived with these people, were they like him? It’s too soon to tell, but she grows very fond of one girl in particular, Ash. Things go well for several months before Ivy’s world is turned upside-down. A man is brought into the camp by Caleb and the others, and they’ve beaten him. The man had been looking for someone…Ivy. It is none other than Bishop, and that’s when Ivy has some explaining to do!

Ivy is too good for her family. Her father and sister turned their backs on her, and she returns to Westfall to help Callie who has been imprisoned and will be executed. Bishop is so right when he says that Ivy’s family underestimates her. She is definitely a force to be reckoned with, and she will always protect the ones she loves. Ivy’s character is strong, and she stands up for what she believes in…even if that means making sacrifices. That’s what I loved about her in the previous book! This is a great duology, and I’m sad that the series wasn’t longer but loved how Engel ended it. I wouldn’t change a thing!

Taylor Meskimen continued to narrate the series, and she beautifully captured the essence of Ivy. It was a pleasure listening to her. Here is a sample of the narration:



MY RATING:

5 stars!! It was superb! I loved it and will likely read it again! You should definitely put it on your TBR if you enjoy Dystopia!

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4 comments:

  1. I have not heard of this duology or author so I will have to look in to both! Great review!

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    1. Thank you! I had mentioned in my review for The Book of Ivy that I thought the book was underrated because I, too, hadn't heard much about it. I love the series! I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

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  2. Ya know I have this series on my wishlist and think I own book one..maybe audio is the way to go.

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    1. I really enjoyed the audio format. I thought Taylor Meskimen was great! Either way, I think the series is underrated and recommend it for fans of dystopia!

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