Thursday, April 20, 2017

Blog Tour: Review, Pinterest Board, Giveaway: ALEX AND ELIZA 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. 

I'm going to be honest:
I have never listened to the Hamilton soundtrack, seen the Hamilton Broadway Show, or really know anything about Hamilton. Oh, and did I mention that history wasn't my favorite in high school either? 
With those reasons being said,  you wouldn't think this book would be meant for me. BUT, I think all of those reasons may have been why I was so intrigued with getting started with this book! With the pressure off from high school history, and my excitement to explore peaking at a new level, it was time to dive right on into Alex and Eliza. 

I've always been so curious about the fad of Hamilton, but never really had the time to truly check it out until now. Plus, I'm a sucker for a good love story.

Starting out Alex and Eliza, I could tell Melissa De La Cruz really did some major research with this one. I was very pleased with the old-fashioned writing style as well that really gave you the feel of being back in the late 1700's! It gave the novel that authentic feel, with just a bit of a modern touch.
Not forgetting to mention the many dresses and wigs! Being a girl who loved dressing up when she was younger (who am I kidding, I still do.... lol), the description of the dress styles and wigs had me reading with heart eyes.  I relished in those minor details, and a big part of me wished I was born back in their time!

As for the love story aspect of this book, it was lacking in some areas. I think I was caught up in all of the history within this book, that I found myself wanting to know more about the historical facts rather than pay attention to the romance between Alex and Eliza. I did find it to be a bit slow in some areas, and it really just left me with wanting "more" from both of them.

All in all, I think this book was a great, quick and easy read! 
If you're looking for a stand alone book to read in between series, this may be one to pick up if you're interested in history and romance. 
I also want to note that Hamilton knowledge isn't necessary when reading, which was nice since I had no idea what I was getting myself into!!

Have you picked up this book yet?? If so, leave a comment with what you thought of the book!

Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times, USA TodayWall Street JournalLos 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.


Week One:
March 27 – Ex Libris – Top 10 Moments from A&E
March 28 – Tales of the Ravenous Reader – Eliza’s Legacy
March 29 – The Paige-Turner – Review + Favorite Quotes
March 30 – YA Bibliophile – A&E’s Love Letters
March 31 – Bookiemoji – Review

Week Two:
April 3 – The Book Nut – Playlist
April 4 – Bibliophile Gathering – Review
April 5 – The Page Turners Blog – Review
April 6 – Fiktshun – Top 10 Reasons to Adore A&E
April 7 – A Page with a View – Review

Week Three:
April 8 – Twirling Pages – Review
April 11 – Mundie Moms – Review
April 12 – Fiction Fare – Review
April 13 – What Sarah Read – Review + Mood Board
April 14 – YA Wednesdays – A&E Fashion History

Week Four:
April 17 – The Fandom – Modernizing Hamilton Characters
April 18 – Hollywood the Write Way – Review
April 19 – Cracking the Cover – How A&E Have Shaped Our Lives

April 20 – Oh the Book Feels – Review + Pinterest Board
April 21 – Bookworm Everlasting – Review

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