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In a Handful of Dust p.93

I read some more of this last night. And although it is easy to read, there are character dynamics that are irritating. Lucy is old enough to think about marriage, but is constantly referred to as “little one.” I’m sure it’s a term of endearment, but it just feels odd to have the dichotomy of marriage age vs little one.

I still don’t see the point of the sequel when the first ended so perfectly. Maybe that was the point…. that happily ever after can’t exist in a dystopia.

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Book of Ivy

I read Book of Ivy last year when it came out. I am a YA dystopia junkie and read it all the time, so I wasn’t expecting anything to surprise me. Been there, done that. But I LOVED this book. Not because it was shockingly unique, but the characters were so dynamic. Ivy is tasked to kill her new husband, Bishop. What happens along the way might be predictable for awhile, but the ending did surprise me. I don’t want to give much away, but it was well worth reading.

Then came the sequel, The Revolution of Ivy. I had high hopes for this one, simply because I loved the first so much. I wasn’t disappointed. Started out a bit slow, but it found it’s way soon enough. Again, no spoilers, but please read these books. It’s a rare two book series. No words wasted. All plausible plots and characters. Really fantastic books. Written by Amy Engel. I will be checking out more of her works in the future!

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In a Handful of Dust

I recently read Not a Drop to Drink and was pleasantly surprised that it ended so well. It wasn’t a cliffhanger. There was a nice ending with a bow on it. Then, after doing some research, I discovered a sequel. I’m not sure why it exists. Perhaps the author wanted to revisit the plot or the characters. I’m giving it a chance (after having it checked out from the library for over 2 months), but I’m a little irritated that it was written because I feel compelled to read it. Why force a good thing?