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.
I really enjoyed The Book of Ivy, and I was looking forward to reading the second installment. Where Book 1 was very character-driven and the romance was slow-burning, and I loved that, I was expecting plenty of action in this book, but, for me, it fell a little short of the mark.
Without a doubt, Bishop Lattimer is the star of this show. God, I love him! He is mature and selfless and so patient with Ivy, even when she is wrecking his (and my) head. Ivy showed great strength at the start of this book, and she proved she was a real fighter, but her attitude toward Bishop really irritated me. When he first showed up she was so ungrateful, and the poor boy had sacrificed everything for her! I love how he supports her even though he doesn’t always agree with her. He was often the calm, confident voice of reason. As a male lead, I found his character very refreshing and quite a change from a lot of the male characters in popular YA books. It’s a pity we didn’t get any scenes in his perspective. I would have loved that!
Eventually, they got their act together, and I loved seeing them as a real team. That was one of my favorite parts of the entire book. I didn’t feel like a hell of a lot happened until the last third of the book. Then the pace and suspense picked up, and it was more exciting and less predictable.
I hated that Ivy was putting her safety and that of Bishop and their friends at risk for her father and sister, but the logic behind her decision-making was believable and consistent with her character.
I thought the world beyond the fence was dull and underdeveloped, and I wish the author had done more with it.
The writing is excellent, and I really enjoy Amy’s style. I will definitely check out whatever she produces next.
Overall, this was an enjoyable enough read, mainly thanks to the delectable Bishop. While there were aspects I was disappointed with, it was still a decent, quick read.