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Review: Alex & Eliza: A Love Story by Melissa de la Cruz

Hey all, Dani here.

You know what…it has been a little while since I last talked about my obsession with Hamilton. I have been listening to the soundtrack non-stop again, and when I was grabbing possible books for the 24 Hourathon I just randomly reached over and grabbed this one. Then I started reading it the day before the readathon. So I only read the second half of this for the 24 Hourathon, but it made for a good book for me to start my day with because I already knew that I was hooked on the story.



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.

My Thoughts

Rating: 5 stars

I’ll admit it everyone. When I first heard about this book I was very judgmental about it. A YA historical romance story about Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Scuyler…I thought there was no way it would be able to do the kind of justice to the relationship that Hamilton did, or Alexander Hamilton’s actual writings did.

But I still bought a copy of this book, because…well, Hamilton.

So it sat in a pile for a few months. Now that I’ve read it, oh my goodness you guys, I was soo wrong to judge it before reading it. I’m sorry for doubting you Melissa de la Cruz.

This book had all the witty banter I could have asked for. The wit of Alexander Hamilton as well as the witty fiesty intelligence of the Schuyler sisters just absolutely shines in this book. And I was so happy about that.

While reading I laughed, I cried, I cheered for the characters, and I absolutely hugged the book a few times.

I’ll be completely honest, there was even a part when it seemed like things wouldn’t work out between Alex and Eliza and I was so upset about it because it was so obvious that they belonged together. And I thought this even while knowing that it would all work out. I was so invested in the story that my mind temporarily forgot that this was a historical tale based on actual events. My emotions were so wrapped up in the story.

So basically I loved this book and if you are a fan of Hamilton and you have not yet picked this up, just go buy it already.

Where to Buy

You can pick up your own copy of Alex & Eliza from Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Books-a-million, Book Depository, or your local indie bookstore.

Biannual Bibliothon Update

I finished Dead Poets Society by N.H. Kleinbaum, and then I started Last Call at the Nightshade Lounge by Paul Krueger, a book I picked up because the cover was gorgeous, and so far I am really enjoying it. I am hoping to finish Nightshade Lounge today and then I’ll dive into Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh.

Readathon totals

# books completed: 3

# reading challenges completed: 1/2 (still need to watch Dead Poets Society)

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