BOOK REVIEW: 'Alex and Eliza' by Melissa de la Cruz, or how to blatantly (and badly) make money out of Hamilton: An American Musical

ALEX AND ELIZA, or how to blatantly (and badly) make money out of Hamilton

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ALEX AND ELIZA, or how to blatantly (and badly) make money out of HamiltonAlex and Eliza
zero-starsWritten by Melissa de la Cruz
Published by G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
Published on April 11th 2017
Genres: Historical fiction
Pages: 368
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Their romance shaped a nation. The rest was history.

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.

Have you ever seen something that you know was only created to use something else’s fame to make easy money? Because that’s exactly what Melissa de la Cruz’s Alex and Eliza is all about.

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REVIEW: 'Leviathan Wakes' (The Expanse #1) by James S.A. Corey

LEVIATHAN WAKES by James S.A. Corey

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LEVIATHAN WAKES by James S.A. CoreyLeviathan Wakes (The Expanse, #1)
three-starsWritten by James S.A. Corey
Published by Orbit
Published on June 2nd 2011
Genres: Science Fiction
Pages: 561
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Humanity has colonized the solar system - Mars, the Moon, the Asteroid Belt and beyond - but the stars are still out of our reach.

Jim Holden is XO of an ice miner making runs from the rings of Saturn to the mining stations of the Belt. When he and his crew stumble upon a derelict ship, the Scopuli, they find themselves in possession of a secret they never wanted. A secret that someone is willing to kill for - and kill on a scale unfathomable to Jim and his crew. War is brewing in the system unless he can find out who left the ship and why.

Detective Miller is looking for a girl. One girl in a system of billions, but her parents have money and money talks. When the trail leads him to the Scopuli and rebel sympathizer Holden, he realizes that this girl may be the key to everything.

Holden and Miller must thread the needle between the Earth government, the Outer Planet revolutionaries, and secretive corporations - and the odds are against them. But out in the Belt, the rules are different, and one small ship can change the fate of the universe.

It’s hard to review Leviathan Wakes on its plot alone, since I’d already watched season 1 and half of season 2 of the show, and they cover the entirety of the first book. I can’t talk in terms of plot twists or anything like that, since the storyline is similar and I knew what to expect at every step of the line.

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The importance of a female Doctor (Who)

Unless you’ve been living under a rock or were too excited about Game of Thrones to care about anything else, you must have heard it from the grapevine: the new lead for Doctor Who has been announced and… the Doctor is now a woman! Or, more accurately, the Doctor is now played by a woman, since Time Lords have no concept of gender when it comes to their own species and can regenerate into whichever human gender.

And unless you’ve been living under a rock or been too focused on “wait, Ed Sheeran is in GOT?!”, you’ve must have heard it from the grapevine: the fanboys are not happy about it. So let’s discuss why the Doctor being played by a woman is important.

REBEL OF THE SANDS, fast pace and islamophobia

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REBEL OF THE SANDS, fast pace and islamophobiaRebel of the Sands (Rebel of the Sands, #1)
three-starsWritten by Alwyn Hamilton
Published by Viking Books for Young Readers
Published on March 8th 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Pages: 314
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She’s more gunpowder than girl—and the fate of the desert lies in her hands.
Mortals rule the desert nation of Miraji, but mystical beasts still roam the wild and barren wastes, and rumor has it that somewhere, djinni still practice their magic. But there's nothing mystical or magical about Dustwalk, the dead-end town that Amani can't wait to escape from.
Destined to wind up "wed or dead," Amani’s counting on her sharpshooting skills to get her out of Dustwalk. When she meets Jin, a mysterious and devastatingly handsome foreigner, in a shooting contest, she figures he’s the perfect escape route. But in all her years spent dreaming of leaving home, she never imagined she'd gallop away on a mythical horse, fleeing the murderous Sultan's army, with a fugitive who's wanted for treason. And she'd never have predicted she'd fall in love with him... or that he'd help her unlock the powerful truth of who she really is.

With her first novel, Alwyn Hamilton sends us to a fantastic land of deserts and demons, magic and rebellion. Rebel of the Sands is one of those very rare books I couldn’t put down until I reached the last page… but that probably needed some work on the mythology and a good sensitivity reader.

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REVIEW: 'Still Star-Crossed' by Melinda Taub, a tale of bad fanfiction and misogyny

STILL STAR-CROSSED, a tale of bad fanfiction and misogyny

STILL STAR-CROSSED, a tale of bad fanfiction and misogynyStill Star-Crossed
zero-starsWritten by Melinda Taub
Published by Delacorte Press
Published on July 9th 2013
Genres: Historical fiction, Retelling, Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 352

Discover what happened after the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet, as mysterious figures in Verona are determined to reignite the feud between the Montagues and the Capulets.

In fair Verona, enemies still walk the streets.
Two news hearts. Same two families.
The fight to the altar is about to happen.
All. Over. Again.

This homage to the classic Shakespearean tale of Romeo and Juliet will have readers pining for a star-crossed love of their very own.

I read Still Star-Crossed after the show of the same name started airing, in part because I fell in love with Benvolio and Rosaline and wanted more, and in part because I wanted to know what happens next. But let me tell you, where the show grabbed my heart after one episode, the book was an utter disappointment.

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