Thursday, November 13, 2014

Blog tour: The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy #1) by Amy Engel with interview and giveaway @aengelwrites @entangledteen @NereydaG1003

The Book of Ivy (The Book of Ivy #1) 
by Amy Engel 
YA sci-fi, dystopia
Paperback/eBook, 304 pages
Release Date: 11/04/14
Entangled Teen

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…

Interview with Ivy Westfall

Q: Tell us a little bit about where you live?
A: I live in Westfall, a small town in what was once Missouri, specifically the Ozarks. Westfall has a population of about 10,000 people, all survivors of a nuclear war that occurred fifty years ago. My grandfather, Samuel Westfall, founded the town, but now it is under the control of President Lattimer, whose father took control from my grandfather.

Q: We’ve heard a little bit about how marriages happen in Westfall, can you tell us more?
During our sixteenth year, the girls from the losing side (my grandfather’s side) are married to the sons of the winning side. Usually there are interviews and personality tests to determine your best match but, in my case, I am marrying President Lattimer’s son. It’s been destined for years.

Q: How do you feel about that?
[Pause] I’m very happy.

Q: There’s been bad blood between your family and the Lattimers for several generations. Is it going to be difficult to be married to a Lattimer, especially a boy you don’t even know?
A little, I’m sure. [Pause] I just mean that arranged marriages are bound to be awkward at first. You’ve never even met! But I’m looking forward to our two families uniting and I think it will be good for Westfall.

Q: How do your father and sister feel about the marriage?
Can I get a glass of water? Thanks. [Pause] I think my father and sister are excited about the possibilities. And I am, too. Hopefully the relationship will work out for the best.

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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