Review: Love & War - Melissa De La Cruz


Title: Love & War: An Alex & Eliza Story

Author: Melissa De La Cruz

Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers

Release Date: April 17, 2018

Pages: 369

My Rating: ★★★ (3/5)

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“We will only stand if we learn to accept and even embrace each other’s differences rather than allow them to divide us.”

Hello my friends! Welcome back.

Today I thought I’d go back and review one of my recent reads, Love and War by Melissa De La Cruz. If you haven’t already read my review of Alex and Eliza which is the first book in the series, go ahead and give that a read here!

So Love and War… This book continues the story of Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler (now Elizabeth Hamilton) as they prepare to move out into the world and begin their lives as newlyweds. Since their marriage, Alex has been busy with fighting in the American Revolutionary War and Eliza’s been hanging with her sisters at the family estate in upstate New York. They run into a few hiccups but finally, the war ends and they set out to New York City, where the couple will live and Alex will build his reputation as a lawyer. With Alex busy working 24/7, Eliza is left to build a home - with far less resources than she is used to - and together, the couple face a string of difficulties.

I’m gonna come right out and say it. I didn’t enjoy this book as much as I did the first one. I felt like this took a really different approach to the Hamilton’s story than I was expecting. I get that it’s a young adults series, so it probably won’t deal with a lot of the more mature or dark themes of their marriage (i.e. death, infidelity, etc.) but it just seemed a bit too light-hearted, if that makes sense? Even the conflicts they faced seemed to be solved almost immediately. It just seemed like they were living their own fairytale which, if you know the true history, you’ll know is not realistic.

I really hope that the final book of the trilogy, All For One, which is scheduled to be published in spring of 2019, will be closer to the Hamilton’s story. I just found that this novel was a lot more fiction than it was historical-fiction. Sort of like Reign but maybe even more far-fetched?

Have you read All For One? What did you think?

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