Thursday, November 1, 2018

Review: Alex and Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz


Goodreads Description:
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.

It was a sweet read, I found myself just kind of floating along, not really feeling much for the characters up until the 70% mark. The characters weren't bad at all, of course. Melissa de la Cruz has been a solid author for years for me and I feel like the reason that this book was so hyped up and people were so excited about it has a lot to do with Hamilton the play which I will be the first to admit that as of (5/18/2017) I have yet to see it or hear any of the songs. So I have yet to understand why people are SO into it. Its sad really because by the time I see it, people will be over it and I will be alone in my feelings.
One Eliza admitted to herself her true feelings, that is when things got more interesting for me, and of course, the smidge of drama that happened with her family due to their expectations and other people around her which made what she was doing super scandalous. 
So the break down is a bit like this.
Somewhat boring, considered not finishing the book more than once but it wasnt boring enough for me to quit it.
Okay, this makes the book worth it, does it make it my favorite?
Would I have liked it better if I was into the Hamilton hype?
Does it MAKE me want to see Hamilton?

Recommend it?
If you have seen Hamilton or you love Melissa.