Saturday, December 21, 2019

Saving Ivy - YA Book Review and Giveaway


Book Overview:

Paperback – November 5, 2019
by Emily Reilly

What happens when your life crumbles at the tips of your fingers? Ivy Hazeldine, a fifteen-year-old girl, finds herself in a world of deterioration when her mother gasps her final breath.Ivy’s Aunt Wiley takes on the challenge of raising Ivy, hoping time will help heal the withering pain from such a sudden and tragic loss. But time seems to be working against them as their lives become further deranged and twisted with chaos.Ivy’s mind becomes dark and contorted, pushing her closer to the edge of doom. Aunt Wiley is seemingly powerless against the thoughts clouding Ivy’s mind, but she isn’t one to give up easily. She dedicates her life to rescuing Ivy from the hands of hell, but are her efforts to help Ivy see the silver lining in her tragic life enough?

My Review:

Saving Ivy tells of a high schooler who is not given a very good lot in life.  Ivy struggles with a lot more than what a normal teenager her age goes through.  Her thoughts, though, seem pretty realistic in comparison with her peers.  The story packs a punch right from the beginning and goes on to the very end.  The narratives are told from the perspectives of four people - Ivy, her mother, her father, and her aunt.  Although I'm not a big fan of stories being told this way, I was able to easily discern between the different characters without confusion.  

The ending is not what I expected.  I was mind blown and left with a whole slew of emotions.  I wanted to be mad that it didn't have the normal happy ending but I have to give kudos for the twist that I didn't expect.  I'm not an advocate for how the ending happened but I can almost see why things happened the way they did.  Although this is a YA book aimed at, well, young adults I think it's appropriate to mention there is mature writing of rape, murder, and suicide.  


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40 comments:

aperry said...

I read between 3 and 4 books per month.

An Apel a Day said...

Possibly 2, but my oldest reads, and rereads. I was kind of freaking out because he left his library books with his stuff in the cafeteria at school. It's while he was partaking in his Science Fair demonstration. Thankfully a teacher picked them up, and they found them.

John Smith said...

"Leave a comment on this blog post with how many books you usually read in a month." Maybe 5 or 6.

bison61 said...

I read 2-3 books a month

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Lisa Williams said...

I would say I read 3 books a month.

Donna said...

I am typically lucky to have the time to finish one book in a month.

Heather62 said...

I read about 8 books a month.

Renee said...

A lot. I'm a fast reader, and I read a lot of graphic novels as well as "regular" books, and I read to my youngest daughter also. Maybe 20 a month, if we count the children's books? We LIVE at the library!

Jennifer T. said...

I typically read 1-2 books a month.

StacyRenee said...

If I'm lucky, I read around 5 adult books a month these days but countless picture books and a few chapter books to my daughter!

Steph said...

I usually read 4 or 5 in a month. More or less if they are really short or really long.

Michele P. said...

I usually read 2 or 3 a month, sometimes more, sometimes less. Happy Holidays!

Jim said...

About a book a month

Nancy Payette said...

About 2-3 books a month. Depends on book & time available.

Leela said...

I read maybe 1-2 a month. My kids, 35-40.

Charlene S. said...

It depends on the month. This month I've read 5 books.

Marissa M said...

Depending the month I read between 2 and 6 books!

Robin A said...

I read between 2-3 books a month

Jessica Peeling said...

I usually read one or two a month!

Megan Parsons said...

I usually read 2-5 books a month

Rebecca Orr said...

In a good month, when I have more time, I can read anywhere from 5-10 a month. This past month, I only read 1. Now that the holidays are over, I can get back into a routine!

LeAnn Harbert said...

I usually read 5 or 6 books depending on how long they are.

desitheblonde said...

you be shocked i read 2 a week and lsiten to 10 audio a week
so it wold be 50 audio and then the books 10 month

Heather! said...

I only read one or two books a month. And I used to be a librarian! LMAO

Edye Nicole said...

usually 1-3 books.

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Shakeia Rieux said...

I usually read 1-2 books a month.

Annmarie Weeks said...

I usually read 2-4 books a month.

wen budro said...

I usually read between 4 and 8 books. It depends upon how busy I am.

katja9_10 said...

I usually only read 1 or 2 books a month. I would love to read more, but life gets so busy.

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Sandy Klocinski said...

I generally read one book per week or 4-5 a month.

Candie L said...

In a perfect world, I would like to read 1-2 a month, but yeah sadly, that does not always happen. Thank you

Buddy Garrett said...

Usually I read one book a month.

Scott D said...

1-2 Books A month is my avg

Bonnie said...

I read about 2 to 3 books a month. This year I have a goal to read a book a week.

Unknown said...

1 to 2 a month I'd say.

Pooch said...

I usually read 2 books per month.

starzine said...

I would say 2.

TC said...

Since I started reading e-books, I read alot more. I used to read maybe one book a month and now I read 5-6 books a month

Sand said...

Typically 6-8 a month.

Renee G said...

I usually read 4 - 5 books per month.