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Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
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.
Would you recommend The Revolution of Ivy to your friends? Why or why not?
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.
What do you think the narrator could have done better?
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.
Do you think The Revolution of Ivy needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
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.
Any additional comments?
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
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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+
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