Welcome to my stop on the ALEX & ELIZA Blog Tour!
I am super excited to be a part of this tour and to be able to share 10 Reasons to Adore ALEX & ELIZA…though there are way more than ten.
Whether you’re a history fan or not (I am), whether you’ve seen the musical or not (I haven’t), it is just so easy to get caught up in and fall in love with this book and its characters. (Though if you are a fan of all things historical, it may take you twice as long to read because your curiosity about the real-life “characters” will have you running off to do some research. And then you’ll start reading about related characters, the setting, the time period, the events… and on… and on…)
And if you happen to be quite familiar with one or more of the places in which this story is set (I am, I am!), it will make you feel that much more connected to the goings-on.
Author Melissa de la Cruz did an amazing job with their story. She gave Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler personality and voice. She made them “real” in a way that reading about them in a history book doesn’t. And she’ll make you like them and care about them and feel connected to them, even if doing so might break your heart.
ALEX & ELIZA releases next week, so there is still time to pre-order a copy and get some awesome swag. Just scroll down to the pre-order banner to be taken to a site with details.
And if you’d like the chance to win a copy of this gorgeous and funny and romantic story, enter in the Rafflecopter for a chance.
To check out other stops on the tour, you can find the full schedule at the bottom of this post.
And if you’d like to know my ten reasons to adore this book, my thoughts follow below the bookish details.
About ALEX & ELIZA
Title: ALEX & ELIZA
Author: Melissa de la Cruz
Release date: April 11, 2017
Publisher: G.P. Putnam’s Sons Books for Young Readers
Formats: Hardcover, audio, eBook
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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.
Pre-order ALEX & ELIZA
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10 Reasons to Adore ALEX & ELIZA
#1 – Eliza
Eliza is instantly likable. She’s smart, strong, and determined. She has a point of view that she’s not afraid to voice. She adheres (for the most part) to the etiquette of the time but doesn’t downplay her intelligence or let the over-the-top fashions trump her more practical nature.
Plus, her wit manages to keep Alex off-balance and leaves him wanting more.
“Colonel Hamilton, if you please, ” she said, adjusting herself beneath his grip. “I am not an apple on the tree to be tested for ripeness. If you could perhaps squeeze a little less tightly. I have worn corsets that took less liberty.”
#2 – Alex
Alex has a way with words – except, at first, when it comes to Eliza. (Yes, she manages to leave him stuttering and blushing and speechless.) He looks beyond a pretty face and a pretty dress to see that the girl for him is someone who is interesting and clever and has the desire to be more than just an ornament. And he doesn’t give up on what his heart wants just because what it wants might not be so easy to attain.
Of course he’s not always the perfect gentleman.
Alex couldn’t resist a smile. Nor could he pretend that he wasn’t above finding a certain amount of guilty pleasure in the sight of the general’s daughter perched atop his wary steed in a much shorter dress than any girl has ever worn in public.
#3 – The Flirtation
Some of the very best parts of this book are the early interactions between Alex and Eliza. Their banter is either flirty – even if Eliza doesn’t always realize it – or contentious – the latter being pretty much exclusive to Eliza.
And it will make you smile whether it’s sweet or funny or wicked or cutting.
“Normally when a gentleman’s foot interposes itself between his partner’s and the floor, he apologizes for being so clumsy,” she said in the kind of imperious voice that would have made Angelica proud.
“Did you drive the sharp wooden heel of your shoe into the top of my foot, threatening to break my arch?” he asked in the lightest possible tone. “I didn’t notice.”
#4 – The Courtship
There were all sorts of rules in the late 1700s of how a courtship was supposed to proceed. But the three Schuyler sisters were never the most conventional, so one couldn’t possibly expect Alex and Eliza’s courtship to strictly follow convention.
“…Are you courting me, Colonel Hamilton?” she asked with a shy smile.
“If you can call courting taking a girl to an infirmary as an afternoon’s outing.”
#5 – The Humor
When thinking about people from an earlier time, it’s easy to forget that they were real people, some of whom might actually have been funny, or had outrageous thoughts, or had a sense of humor. It’s these hilarious bits that make them human.
And it’s what makes this story great.
…Mrs. Jantzen lay awkwardly across one of the horses, tied onto it like a saddlebag and covered in a voluminous fur, so that she looked like a bear carcass being brought in from a hunt.
#6 – The History
1777 through 1780 (the time period of this story) is such an interesting time in this country’s history. We’d declared our independence but were still fighting for it. Just getting a glimpse at this part of history is fascinating.
And the characters in this story – the main, secondary, cameos – were well-known figures in history. You can’t open your wallet (if you carry cash, that is) and not see a couple of these dudes (and if you’re lucky, a third).
Yep, I’m going to name drop…
George Washington, Alexander Hamilton (natch), Benjamin Franklin.
#7 – The Sisters
Eliza isn’t the only interesting Schuyler in the book. Angelica and Peggy are every bit as interesting – and Ange is far more scandalous. One has her sights set on an older man whose past dealings make him not a favorite with their parents. One likes a younger man, whose wealth makes him a good catch, but whose inexperience in the ways of the world make him unproven.
Both will make you want to run to Google to see what became of them. (Stay away from the Wikipedia until after you’ve read this book!)
#8 – The Writing
The writing is gorgeous and humorous and informative. It feels like a period story but without the weight of one.
The dinner over and the guests gone home, the Schuyler sisters retired for the evening. Eliza readied for bed, thinking dreamily of the passionate way Colonel Hamilton had spoken to her at the table that evening. His brilliance, his enlightened mind, and his mischievous good humor were hard to dismiss…
#9 – The Knowing What Happens Next
Usually in fiction you have to imagine the outcome for the characters beyond the story’s ending. Not so with fact-based fiction that is set in the distant past. Not so with Alex and Eliza. You know what happens to them (or can find out easily if you don’t).
And while maybe knowing in advance of finishing the book isn’t ideal, it’s so cool to be able to look up any one of the major players in this novel and discover more about their lives, who gets a happy ending, who doesn’t.
Because Melissa de la Cruz made these characters so real and human and interesting, you likely won’t be able to resist the temptation. (I know I didn’t.) You’ll want to know if the bad feeling that Alex got about his good friend had merit. You’ll want to see just what happened with Angelica and her Mr. Church.
You’ll want to see if somehow, someway, by her writing this novel and you reading it, you’ll be able to change history for Alex and Eliza.
#10 – The Setting (location)
So maybe the story’s location(s) won’t be on everyone’s list of why they’ll adore this book, but it’s on mine. I am very familiar with Morristown, New Jersey, the Ford Mansion, the site where Washington’s Continental Army were encamped. I’ve wandered the Green. I’ve visited the historical sites. I’ve seen a reenactment or two. Having these connections with the story makes it that much more awesome.
About Melissa de la Cruz
Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, Los 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.
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NO PURCHASE NECESSARY. Enter between 12:00 AM Eastern Time on March 27, 2017 and 12:00 AM on April 24, 2017. Open to residents of the fifty United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 and older. Winners will be selected at random on or about April 26, 2017. Odds of winning depend on number of eligible entries received. Void where prohibited or restricted by law.
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The Tour Schedule
- 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 – Spotlight
- 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
- 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