Review: The Book of Ivy

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Series: Ivy Duology #1

Rating: ★★★★★

I just can’t handle this book…in a good way. I loved every second of it.

At first I was a little wary because Ivy came off so a-emotional in the beginning, but that made more and more sense as the story progressed and we got to know her family (whom I want to punch in the face). Seriously, her sister in such a sociopath. When I first read those lines about the dog I just kept wishing that Ivy would push her off the bridge and be done with it. Since everything is told from Ivy’s perspective you don’t get much depth from people she doesn’t particularly care about, which I would’ve enjoyed, like more about Erin Lattimer or the President and especially Victoria who I think has an interesting backstory hidden in there somewhere.

Overall though I was glad Engel spent most of her time building up Ivy as an internally critical character who’s life revolved around other people’s wants until she gets married to Bishop. Speaking of him, what a charmer, I was in love from their first walk back to the house when he asked about her shoes *swoon*. He is a little too perfect at times, with endless amounts of patience that I doubt most guys would have and he is seriously gullible to never suspect Ivy or her family, but I am a serious sucker for male characters like that.

The ending felt somewhat rushed but I couldn’t have imagined the book being any longer than it was, although I wouldn’t have begrudged any extra Ivy & Bishop time *wink*. Of course I already have the sequel on pre-order so I’m dying to delve into the next chapter, but until then I’m probably just going to wear this version out 20 times over!

I just can’t handle this book…in a good way. I loved every second of it.

At first I was a little wary because Ivy came off so a-emotional in the beginning, but that made more and more sense as the story progressed and we got to know her family (whom I want to punch in the face). Seriously, her sister in such a sociopath. When I first read those lines about the dog I just kept wishing that Ivy would push her off the bridge and be done with it. Since everything is told from Ivy’s perspective you don’t get much depth from people she doesn’t particularly care about, which I would’ve enjoyed, like more about Erin Lattimer or the President and especially Victoria who I think has an interesting backstory hidden in there somewhere.

Overall though I was glad Engel spent most of her time building up Ivy as an internally critical character who’s life revolved around other people’s wants until she gets married to Bishop. Speaking of him, what a charmer, I was in love from their first walk back to the house when he asked about her shoes *swoon*. He is a little too perfect at times, with endless amounts of patience that I doubt most guys would have and he is seriously gullible to never suspect Ivy or her family, but I am a serious sucker for male characters like that.

The ending felt somewhat rushed but I couldn’t have imagined the book being any longer than it was, although I wouldn’t have begrudged any extra Ivy & Bishop time *wink*. Of course I already have the sequel on pre-order so I’m dying to delve into the next chapter, but until then I’m probably just going to wear this version out 20 times over!

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