Book Tour & Giveaway: The Book of Ivy by Amy Engel
Release Date: 11/04/14
Summary from Goodreads:
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 restore 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…
Full Name: Ivy Westfall
Family: Her father, Justin Westfall; older sister, Callie Westfall
--The color purple
--Voicing her opinion, although that’s not something she’s been allowed to do very often in her life
--Bishop Lattimer, even though she knows she shouldn’t
--The dog bite scar on her forearm, more for what it represents than aesthetic reasons
--The traditional gender roles girls are forced into in Westfall
Ivy has spent most of her life trying to transform herself into the girl her father and sister need her to be. The parts of her personality that don’t fit--her impulsiveness, her outspokenness, her curiosity--have been shoved far down inside her. Ivy is smart, inquisitive, and can be confrontational, but those traits haven’t been encouraged by her family. Ivy loves her family and is loyal to them, but she is also discovering her own voice and learning that the world is not always as black and white as she’s been led to believe.
About the Author
Amy Engel was born in Kansas and after a childhood spent bouncing between countries (Iran, Taiwan) and states (Kansas; California; Missouri; Washington, D.C.), she settled in Kansas City, Missouri, where she lives with her husband and two kids. Before devoting herself full-time to motherhood and writing, she was a criminal defense attorney, which is not quite as exciting as it looks on TV. When she has a free moment, she can usually be found reading, running, or shoe shopping. The Book of Ivy is her debut YA novel. Find her online at or @aengelwrites.
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