Saturday, June 17, 2017

Alex & Eliza - Book Breakdown

Their romance shaped a nation. The rest was history.

1777. Albany, New York. 

As battle cries of the American Revolution echo in the distance, servants flutter about preparing for one of New York society’s biggest events: the Schuylers’ grand ball. Descended from two of the oldest and most distinguished bloodlines in New York, the Schuylers are proud to be one of their fledgling country’s founding families, and even prouder still of their three daughters—Angelica, with her razor-sharp wit; Peggy, with her dazzling looks; and Eliza, whose beauty and charm rival that of both her sisters, though she’d rather be aiding the colonists’ cause than dressing up for some silly ball. 

Still, she can barely contain her excitement when she hears of the arrival of one Alexander Hamilton, a mysterious, rakish young colonel and General George Washington’s right-hand man. Though Alex has arrived as the bearer of bad news for the Schuylers, he can’t believe his luck—as an orphan, and a bastard one at that—to be in such esteemed company. And when Alex and Eliza meet that fateful night, so begins an epic love story that would forever change the course of American history.

Book Breakdown 

I know some people don't like this author's writing but I'm not one of them. I've loved this author since I read her Blue Blood series like a decade ago... Goddess I feel old. I just checked the Goodreads page for Blue Bloods and it has been a decade. I can't even believe that. Time flies when you're sick I guess... Anyway, read the Blue Bloods if you haven't, it's a wonderful series.

Anyway, that being said, I like this author's writing and after finishing Sad Perfect, I needed a light and fluffy book. Something happy after the dark realness of the other book. So I loved this book! It's just a cute love story between Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler. I know that the author claims that she wrote it because her daughter wanted to know more after they saw the musical.... but I'm also sure it was a cash grab. Either way, that doesn't bother me. Cash grab or not, I still enjoyed it.

I love the writing style, the banter between the two, and I loved seeing Eliza have a good relationship with her sisters. That doesn't happen often in YA, the good family kind of thing so it was nice to see here.

So now a love story does describe this book to a T. It's got the smallest amount of politics but that's it. It's just a light and fluffy love story and I loved it for that. I knew that going in so I wasn't disappointed at all, I know some might be wanting more but don't. You're getting what the book said.

So if you're a fan of Hamilton or clean love stories, this is for you. You'll love it!