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Alex & Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz
Amina's Voice by Hena Khan
Armstrong and Charlie by Steven B. Frank
Bad Housekeeping by Maia Chance
Black Hammer Volume 1: Secret Origins by Jeff Lemire
The Book of Mistakes by Corinna Luyken
Bow Wow by Spencer Quinn
A Boy Called Bat by Elana K. Arnold
Farm Fresh Murder by Paige Shelton
Field Trip by Gary Paulsen and Jim Paulsen
The First Rule of Punk by Celia C. Pérez
Hereville: How Mirka Caught a Fish by Barry Deutsch
Ivy by Katherine Coville
The Lotterys Plus One by Emma Donoghue
Lumberjanes Volume 3: A Terrible Plan by Noelle Stevenson
Miles Morales by Jason Reynolds
Mrs. Saint and the Defectives by Julie Lawson Timmer
Murder Is Bad Manners by Robin Stevens
My Dirty Dumb Eyes by Lisa Hanawalt
Otis by Loren Long
Our Hero by Jennifer L. Holm
Outside In by Jennifer Bradbury
Queen and Country Volume 1 by Greg Rucka
Smarty Marty Steps Up Her Game by Amy Gutierrez
Through the Grinder by Cleo Coyle
We Are the Engineers by Angela Melick
Winnebago Graveyard #3 by Steve Niles
A Woman's World Tour in a Motor by Harriet White Fisher
Wrong Side of the Paw by Laurie Cass Zeroes by Scott Westerfeld, Margo Lanagan, and Deborah Biancotti

Miscellaneous
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (November 06)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (November 13)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (November 20)
It's Monday! What Are You Reading? (November 27)
October 2017 Sources
October 2017 Summary
Reading Goals for 2018

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5 stars: Completely enjoyable or compelling
4 stars: Good but flawed
3 stars: Average
2 stars: OK
1 star: Did not finish

Reading Challenges

My Kind of Mystery Reading Challenge 2017 February - January 2017-8



Alex & Eliza: 11/25/17

Alex & Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz

Alex & Eliza by Melissa de la Cruz is the latest in a number of books riding the coat-tails of the Hamilton musical. This one looks at the romance between Alexander Hamilton and Elizabeth "Eliza" Schuyler.

The book opens with Eliza rebelling against what she's told to wear to a ball her family is attending. At the ball, Alexander arrives to deliver a message from General Washington. He is an unwelcome guest for a variety of reasons but he falls for the sassy Eliza.

Except for the change in location and the more casual / modern word choice (despite the era), the opening is like a CliffNotes version of Pride and Prejudice but with historical figures. While Jenny Presnell describes Eliza's meeting of Alex as "love at first sight" for her, the relationship and marriage wasn't a romantic happily ever after. This book, though, uses the tropes of a romance to offer that HEA ending.

Sure, it's YA romance written for fans of the musical. Sure it's got lots of nods to said musical — including lines of dialog that skitter on the edge of straight out quoting lyrics. But it's not enough and frankly it was a disappointing read.

That said, my middle grade aged daughter thoroughly enjoyed the series. It does hit the mark for the target audience — young fans of Hamilton.

A second book been announced: Love & War being released April 17, 2018.

Three stars

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