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Love & War

(Alex & Eliza #2)

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  3,344 ratings  ·  420 reviews
1780. Albany, New York.

As the war for American Independence carries on, two newlyweds are settling into their new adventure: marriage. But the honeymoon's over, and Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schuyler are learning firsthand just how tricky wedded life can be. Alex is still General George Washington's right-hand man and his attention these days is nothing if not divided-
Hardcover, 369 pages
Published April 17th 2018 by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
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May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: library-3
In this sequel to “Alex and Eliza” Alexander Hamilton and Eliza Schulyer are newly married, but war continues to separate them. Alex is on the battlefront and Eliza is at home.

Please excuse typos/name misspellings. Entered on screen reader.
It was nice to read the sequel but I was not into this one as much as the first book. I think it was because fans are now moving away from the new love courting Alex and Eliza found in book one on to the more serious grownup stuff. I wonder if there will be a next book in which Maria Reynolds (yeah I’m a nerd 🤓) enters the picture. I mean we know Alexander Hamilton had what many view as the first sex scandal of a politician but will that be approached in this series? Because I don’t know how tha ...more
Marialyce (absltmom, yaya)
3.5 historical stars

I have read a few book about the Elizabeth and Alexander Hamilton. Ron Chernov's Alexander Hamilton gave one a wonderful perspective into the life and the times of this great American forefather. I, Eliza Hamilton introduced us to Eliza and provided her point of view on her marriage, life, and courtship to Alexander. In this book we take a look at the early marriage and the stresses and strains that a young America put onto this couple and how they were truly deeply in love w
Look, I'm not sure why I read this book when I hated Alex & Eliza so profoundly; I think I was just wildly, morbidly curious as to how the fuck this story can even CONTINUE TO BE WRITTEN AS A YOUNG ADULT BOOK, SERIOUSLY, THE PREMISE IS SO GODDAMN BONKERS!! I can't believe Melissa de la Cruz deliberately changed how soon Alex and Eliza had kids just because she's writing a young adult book, like, this was your choice?? What are you doing?? SO MUCH of the decisions are just ridiculous-- like, the ...more
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Oct 21, 2018 marked it as d-n-f
DNF 30%. I absolutely loved the first book. I gave it five stars it was so good. But I just couldn't continue on with this. I got so bored. idk maybe one day I'll decide to pick it back up, who knows :-/ ...more
May 30, 2018 rated it liked it
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Jun 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I’ve really enjoyed this series so far and can’t wait for the third book.

I love history and YA so this was super appealing to me. I liked the focus of this novel on the early stages of the Hamiltons’ young marriage (even though the author took liberties with the timeline for their children). There were possibly a few slower moving chapters in this novel versus the first, but it didn’t take away from my overall enjoyment of the book.

I hope all you Hamilton fans have checked this series out! 🇺🇸
Ruby Rose
May 23, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book would have been good if the story would have been more adventure. I know it is based on a true story but I had way higher expectations. I had to forcefully sit myself down this morning to finish it because I want to read something else so badly. In the beginning I was giving it a 5 star because life at the Pastures was definitely fun. But as a married woman she of course had to go live with Alex once the war was over. This became the boring part of the story with the exception of a few ...more
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: january-2020-tbr
I loved this book so much I am really loving the story of Alex and Eliza. I really love the characters so much they all add so much character to the story though of course my favorite characters are Alex and Eliza and their relationship although it had its ups and downs I still loved everything about how well they go together a match made in heaven they are for sure. I like how the time is so well written about so you feel it is in revolutionary era and after America. I really love the story it ...more
If I had been taught American History through the telling of a love story, I feel I would have remembered a lot more. History lesson (with some noted fictional elements) that was actually quite captivating.
Apr 28, 2018 rated it liked it
It was interesting to see Alex and Eliza as newlyweds navigating their new life together. This is less about the romance and more about their day to day lives as a married couple.

I very seldom read historical fiction about real people, but I think the author did a good job with Hamilton. He was quite the visionary. The author’s version of Eliza seemed to be a little too independent for the time period, but I still liked her as a character.

I didn’t know that the Hamiltons only lived a few doors
Oct 03, 2018 rated it liked it
I was hoping this book to reach higher than my low expectations, but it didn't. It was slow moving, and nothing happened. I only enjoyed when Alex was helping Mrs. Childress because there was some jealousy and action. Overall I didn't think it was worth reading. ...more
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May 22, 2018 marked it as dnf

I actually really like this book but I lost all on interest in it so I'm moving it to my DNF shelf until I feel like picking it back up
May 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Now that the couple has entered married life, they run into typical couple problems: miscommunication, work and hostess duties, and finding a way to pay for everything. I found myself wishing throughout the book that Alex and Eliza would just talk to each other (which could have solved so many of their issues). Eliza just wants to spend time with her husband, but between the war and the office Hamilton is kept busy. He starts spending more time with work and a widow and she spends more time with ...more
May 05, 2018 rated it liked it
This was a nice read just a bit boring and uneventful. I thought it would cover the affair as well but I suppose that will be next book. This mostly surrounded Eliza being lonely and Hamilton being away all the time lol. Nice read just not super amazing.
Olivia Bruns
Dec 08, 2020 rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the first book better and after reading this just found it more of a let down.

I am not losing hope on the third book!
Mar 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Love & War: An Alex & Eliza Story is the second installment of the epic love story of Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth Schuyler by Melissa De La Cruz. The story picks up after the marriage of Eliza and Alex as Eliza’s family is preparing a farewell party for Alex, who is returning to the aide of General Washington. Yet unbeknown to Eliza, Alex has given Washington an ultimatum in order to secure his own battalion, which would result in Alex going to the front lines of the war. The story follows ...more
Josie J,
Feb 24, 2021 rated it really liked it
This was a lot better than the first book. The timeline was still wrong, just less noticeable than it was in the first book. In some parts the author dropped a lot of information and that resulted in making the story drag. But what I liked about this book was that whenever I picked it up I found myself lost in the world when the story finely picked up. It was easy to feel sympathy for both of the characters' perspectives because on one hand you have Alex trying to make a name for himself and to ...more
Mar 18, 2018 marked it as dnf
Yikes I’m putting this on hold because I’m bored out of my freaking mind



Although I didn't love this as much as the first one, I still enjoyed my time reading this. I would recommend this series if you have a passion for the American Revolution and enjoy learning about it, because I could defiantly see how some might find these books info-dumpy and a little stale. I, however, love the Revolution, and I found myself fascinated by what I was reading. But I really didn't think there was enough conflict in this one. The first one had the will-they-won't-they tension
Dec 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
Well this was just paaaaaainful for me. After disliking so much of the second half of book one, I'm not sure why I continued. Especially since I wasn't remotely engaged at all. I blame audio and morbid curiosity for seeing it to the end. The names and places and some historical fact such as that may be accurate, but everything else was just a bunch of juvenile Hamilton fan fiction. So much of it felt either too modern, trying too hard, and just too tween-ish for such important figures. I really ...more
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
FirstLine ~ Forget Paris.

This book is fantastic. It was one of those books that I was not sure what to expect and adored it cover to cover. I loved that there was history mixed into the story in such a way that makes history come alive. The love story is so compelling and the book was nearly impossible to put down. I love that is challenges the reader because you are feeling everything with the characters, you are on the journey with them. A delight and the best type of book for book clubs and s
Shreya Ganju
Feb 19, 2019 rated it liked it
It was a very slow read for me. Left the book in the middle but was finally able to finish it. I flew through the last 5 chapters.
Charlie Smith
Apr 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
For a book 2 in a trilogy, Love and War did more that fill in.... Usually book 2's are a continuation of the first and a prelude to the last. Love & War is all this plus more. Its is not the boring history of the American Revolution, though it is loosely based on the real story. I just cant imagine how dependent a woman can be on her husband during those times. But aside from that, still a good novel. ...more
Aug 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
So much fun. While not the most historically accurate, it was interesting and made me excited for the next book and seeing Hamilton in October. Would recommend to any fans of the show or history geeks
4/5 Stars
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May 22, 2018 rated it liked it
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As you all know, one of my favourite YA releases last year was Melissa de la Cruz's Alex & Eliza. For a hot minute, I hadn't realized that it was set up to be a series of novels vs. a standalone. Melissa de la Cruz is perhaps one of my most-purchased authors, so there was really no question that I'd be picking up a copy of Love & War. While I do feel as though its predecessor was far better than this installment, it was still a thoroug
Beth, BooksNest
May 01, 2018 rated it it was ok
This book was a very highly anticipated release for me this year, having loved the first book, Alex & Eliza so much. However upon reading about 100 pages of this book I felt completely bored! The story was following a very boring plot with all the potential moments of interest cut out. We don't see Alex and Eliza's relationship growing in-between the last book and the Battle of Yorktown, we don't see them have their children and we don't see their lives together grow other than moving to New Yor ...more
Heather Hughes
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I’d like to thank Penguin Teen for sending me an early copy and allowing me to participate in the official blog tour for this installment in the Alex & Eliza series.

First of all, I’ll reiterate again that I have not read the biography of Alexander Hamilton that is popular among readers and that has inspired the Hamilton musical. Yes, shame on me. So, this series is initially my first encounter with any kind of Alexander Hamilton history...if you don’t count whatever I learned in high school.

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Melissa de la Cruz is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of many critically acclaimed and award-winning novels for teens including The Au Pairs series, the Blue Bloods series, the Ashleys series, the Angels on Sunset Boulevard series and the semi-autobiographical novel Fresh off the Boat.

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