Review: Love & War by Melissa De La Cruz

Love & War by Melissa De La Cruz
Genre: YA Historical Fiction, Contemporary, Romance
Publication: April 17th 2018 by G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Series: Alex & Eliza #2
Length: 384 pages
Format: ARC from Penguin Random House International
Rating: ★★★★

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1780. Albany, New York.

As the war for American Independence carries on, two newlyweds are settling into their new adventure: marriage. But the honeymoon’s over, and Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schuyler are learning firsthand just how tricky wedded life can be. Alex is still General George Washington’s right-hand man and his attention these days is nothing if not divided–much like the colonies’ interests as the end of the Revolution draws near. Alex & Eliza’s relationship is tested further by lingering jealousies and family drama.

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Huge thanks to my friends from Penguin Random House International for sending me a review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This did not, in any way, affect my overall opinion of the book and/or the story.

After almost a year of obsessing over the Hamilton Musical, (also known as a massive hit from Lin Manuel Miranda), here I am, still gushing over the love story of Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler. Last year, I was introduced to these two fictional characters through Melissa De La Cruz’ Alex & Eliza, and I can’t believe I’m now sharing my thoughts on it’s sequel, Love & War. I’m more than proud to say that I equally enjoyed reading it just as much as I enjoyed reading the first one!

Plot

This story picks up after the marriage of Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler. In the first book, Alex & Eliza, we see these characters as two individuals carrying their own name and towards the ending, we see them as one central unit working together to give us a great story. Love & War gives us a glimpse into the married life of these icons, and all throughout the book, readers will get the chance to read about old and modern day conflicts such as unemployment, financial crises, the possibility of infidelity, and a whole lot more. I loved seeing these characters go through such normal problems, even though their story (fictionally) happened a long time ago. And ultimately, I was in awe to see how these people would react to such difficult but again, normal, problems. In the end, I can’t help but once again root for these characters and I intended to stay by their sides once and long after their love story ends.

Writing

In last year’s Alex & Eliza, one of the many reasons as to why I loved it was because of it’s fancy and conservative writing style. This time around, I’m still very impressed by this aspect. I love how in every paragraph, readers could easily get a glimpse of the setting, thanks to the author’s elaborate writing style. I love how even if the story didn’t require much world-building, De La Cruz was still able to portray a wonderfully vivid America that’s just on the rise into becoming the greatest city in the world.

Balance in Romance and History

This time around, I was more than happy to find that Alex & Eliza’s love story wasn’t just showered with sweet dialogue and sassy, witty banter. I loved how it was also filled with historical facts that I loved picking up and savoring even if I’m far from being an American. I love how the author provided such comprehensible details, whether they be fictional or not, that could somehow awaken a reader’s cravings for history and political intrigue as it had most certainly tickled my need to read about these specific topics. But then again, since this is a romantic contemporary for the most part, I’m excited to report that fans of the first book would still obsess over Love & War for the same aspects that they previously adored.

“Love & War is a mix between an engrossing contemporary and an enlightening historical fiction novel. It provides readers a modern, dramatized romance story about two distinguished, historical icons that will surely entice you the way it did me. In every chapter, readers can fully expect to enjoy reading about Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth  Schuyler both as separate individuals and as a married couple, bringing so much substance into their story. Once again, Melissa De La Cruz serves her readers a well-written book, perfect for fans of two exquisite genres.”

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Have YOU read Love & War yet? If not, be sure to grab a copy from your local book store and start reading it! And once you do, let me know what you think of it down below in the comments section!

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Arctic Books general graphics JMJM is a 21 year old blogger from Manila. He has a degree in Hotel and Restaurant Management mainly because it was too late when he discovered that literature and publishing is his true calling. He enjoys reading contemporary and fantasy novels as much as he enjoys playing video games and baking pastries. You may find him on his book blog, Book Freak Revelations, also on TwitterInstagram, & Goodreads.

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