Book: Alex and Eliza by Melissa De La Cruz
Rating: 4 stars
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.
I love the musical and even if I didn’t, does the synopsis not sounds adorable? I do prefer fantasy, but I love an adorable romance from time to time and I adore historical fiction!
+ just a note I don’t know how accurate everything is and I’m just basing my review on it being a YA romance. There are things I know that happened in real life that was omitted in the story but I’m basing this on the novel itself and it may be included in the sequel?
Ahh I just wanted to keep on reading and reading. It was so so adorable. I loved seeing the Schuyler sisters and the wit and banter between Alex and Eliza.
For being such a light and fluffy read this book does cover attempted rape/sexual assault. A few chapters are dedicated to discussing this and ah I loved how this was talked over. We go over the issue of how it’s blamed on girls and that it’s ‘their fault’, that what they were wearing caused it but that’s BS. Eliza’s aunt is quick to shut that down and tell us that no it wasn’t her fault and it was just such an important scene that I appreciated.
The writing was fun and the characters were so witty and charming.
Eliza: I loved Eliza. How witty she was. What she believed in and how she stood up for it. She really set herself apart. Not having an interest in material things and rather wanting to help the war/soldiers in whatever way she could.
Alex: It was so adorable seeing him fall for Eliza and he was such a charming character. It’s also kind of weird seeing how courting worked then vs what ‘courting’ is nowadays haha.
It felt slow burn to me, but in the book itself, Alex says that what would have happened over the course of many months happened over weeks because of the war and that’s just the truth of it. It was interesting to see how the war and their positions in society affected their relationship. The romance is kind of hate to love? They don’t hate each other, but Eliza dislikes him at first because he brings bad new for her father, but he was just the messenger and seeing their relationship grow was my favourite part of the book.
I will say it was cheesy and cliche at times (especially near the end), but I was just in the mood for it and it did kinda fit in with the story/time period
A shorter bullet point review can be found on my Goodreads here.
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Have you read Alex and Eliza? Is it on you TBR? What about Melissa De La Cruz’s other books? Are your opinions the same as mine? Or are they totally different?
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