April 27, 2017

#BookReview: Alex and Eliza: A Love Story by Melissa de la Cruz

 
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.
 





Melissa de la Cruz is the #1 New York TimesUSA TodayWall Street JournalLos Angeles Times and Publishers Weekly internationally bestselling author of many critically acclaimed novels, including The Isle of the Lost: A Descendants Novel and the Summer on East End series. 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.



I really wanted to love this one.  I don't know anything about Hamilton but I love me some De La Cruz!  She is one of my all time fav authors. So I was very excited when I was approved for this one. But that glee didn't last.  (Insert sad face here) 

This book just didn't work out for me.  The banter between Angelica, Peggy, and Eliza just didn't work for me and they all came off as bitter, petty, naive, and pretty insipid characters. I really didn't like anyone and that made this book very hard to read.  The historical aspect of this book was very flat and dull and I found myself just putting the book down again and again.  

My recommendation is:
 Don't go into this thinking it is a retelling of the musical. You will be disappointed! 








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