March 8, 2019

Alex & Eliza by Melissa De La Cruz

Cover Art Courtesy of Goodreads
I've talked it about extensively on my Twitter, but I have a HUGE Hamilton obsession. So much so that recently I've jumped head first into the world of Hamilton-themed fiction. The first book I picked up was Alex & Eliza by Melissa De La Cruz. 

Eliza Schuyler, rich as she is, wants nothing more than to help with the war effort. But her parents and sisters focus more on the finer things in life, even as their fortune starts to dwindle. Eliza has no time for suitors, especially Colonel Alexander Hamilton. But the more time she spends around the soldiers, and Hamilton in particular, the more those feelings start to shift.

This obviously had a very basic plot, and exists simply to further a fictional back story between these two famous characters. That being said, this absolutely did what I was hoping for-it gave me more time with characters I love. It also developed Eliza more extensively than you see on stage, and I enjoyed getting to see more of Angelica and Peggy and their own relationships.

While a lot of this is steeped in historical fact, you have to remember that much is a creation of the author's imagination. I won't go into details as to what is real and what isn't, because if you take this simply for what it is-a work of fiction-that just doesn't matter.

Historical fiction, historically, has not been my thing at all. But I think I just hadn't found the right subject matter. I fell in love with these characters through the musical, and I'm not sure I would like this is much if I had read the book first. Regardless, I enjoyed the time I spent with this read and don't think I will get tired of Alexander or Eliza any time soon.

The second book in this trilogy, Love & War, is out now and I can't wait to pick it up. And the last installment, All for One, comes out in April!

Overall Rating: 4 out of 5 Stars

7 comments:

Bookworms Corner said...

I am also not a fan of historical fiction. (very historical. I like books set in more recent history.) I am glad that you enjoyed Alex and Eliza and hope that the rest of the series is as good.

Gemma Jackson said...

I've heard so much about Hamilton, everyone seems to love it. I think I need to look up the soundtrack.
Gemma @ Gemma's Book Nook

Whispering Stories Blog said...

I'm not much of a theatre person so have never seen Hamilton. The book does sound good though.

DJ Sakata said...

New series and author to me, glad it is working for you, historical fiction can is a tricky genre for me as well

Katelynne Lawson said...

I enjoyed this one too. I haven’t read the sequel yet, but my friend let me borrow a copy about 100 years ago...

Lady In Read said...

my son and i have been wanting to go check out hamilton; everyone gushes about it:) and now this book seems like a cool read too

Katiria said...

Great review, I've been seeing a lot of readers really enjoying this book series. I am really glad and happy you fully enjoyed reading this book. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post.