About the Author:
Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times and Publishers Weekly internationally bestselling author of many critically acclaimed novels. Her Blue Bloods series has sold over three million copies, and the Witches of East End series became an hour-long television drama on the Lifetime network.
Alex & Eliza Summary:
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Witches of East End and The Descendants comes the love story of young Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schuyler.
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.
In the pages of Alex and Eliza, #1 New York Times bestselling author Melissa de la Cruz brings to life the romance of young Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler.
Ok, I should probably preface this by saying that I have never seen/heard that Hamilton musical…
But that also means I was able to approach this as a regular historical YA romance and just look at the story as it is. I didn’t have any preconceived ideas about how the characters should be, so my take on it might be slightly different.
A lot of the historical YA books I’ve found have forced characters who sound super young and just end up being cheesy. Or the stories try to make everyone act modern in a historical context… which is fine, but sometimes I want to actually read about a realistic setting (without demons or vampires). And I’m not huge on most adult historical romances because they tend to have overly elaborate descriptions that put me to sleep or the actual plot just becomes background filler for sexy times. I just want an actual story.
So anyways, that’s an elaborate way for me to say that this book didn’t do any of that nonsense. It totally worked and I really enjoyed it! I think it’s a story that pretty much any age could appreciate, too.
The author had to take some creative freedom with Alex and Eliza’s lives, but I liked what she came up with. The story mostly spans the time between their meeting and marriage (pretty sure this shouldn’t be a spoiler). There were certain areas I wanted to see more of in order to get more into the story, buuuut I get that this story had to work around real events. It was mostly just fun to see someone else’s take on well-known historical figures.
I liked that we got to see the perspectives of both Alex & Eliza and that they fit their age and era (because I was obviously alive in that time period and totally know what I’m talking about). Sometimes the dialogue was a bit cheesy, but I genuinely liked them and got really invested in the story. The setting felt realistic as well!
Actually, my favorite part was the occasional moments between Hamilton and the other soldiers. I know this is a love story (and I DID like that part), but I was more interested in the troops at times.
My extreme love for anything involving the Revolution miiiiight have influenced my rating, too. I just love this time period and was thrilled to find a story that got right to the plot. Nothing is super complex, but it also never lost my interest. It’s a fast read that would probably still be fun even if you don’t know American history or the musical!
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