BOOK REVIEW: Lovely War by Julie Berry

Posted January 18, 2020 by wildandw in Book Reviews / 2 Comments

BOOK REVIEW:  Lovely War by Julie BerryLovely War by Julie Berry
Published by Viking Books for Young Readers on March 5, 2019
Genres: Young Adult Historical Fiction
Pages: 480
Format: eBook
Source: Purchase

Read the novel New York Times bestselling author of The Alice Network Kate Quinn called "easily one of the best novels I have read all year!" A critically acclaimed, multi-layered romance set in the perilous days of World Wars I and II, where gods hold the fates--and the hearts--of four mortals in their hands.
They are Hazel, James, Aubrey, and Colette. A classical pianist from London, a British would-be architect-turned-soldier, a Harlem-born ragtime genius in the U.S. Army, and a Belgian orphan with a gorgeous voice and a devastating past. Their story, as told by goddess Aphrodite, who must spin the tale or face judgment on Mount Olympus, is filled with hope and heartbreak, prejudice and passion, and reveals that, though War is a formidable force, it's no match for the transcendent power of Love.
Hailed by critics, Lovely War has received seven starred reviews and is an indie bestseller. Author Julie Berry has been called "a modern master of historical fiction" by Bookpage and "a celestially inspired storyteller" by the New York Times, and Lovely War is truly her masterwork.

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My Rating: 4.5 stars

Lovely War is beautiful, brilliant, and completely unexpected!

Quite honestly, if not for a group read to motivate me, I doubt I ever would have picked up this book on my own, and that would have been a shame.  I’m a mood reader, and my mood doesn’t often crave historical fiction.  However, this YA novel took me by surprise with its unique structure and elegant storytelling.

I loved how Julie Berry interweaved two World War era romances and told their stories from a divine viewpoint.  The narration and interjection by Greek Gods and Goddesses gives the story a fresh twist!  It took me a bit to get used to how the story was being told, but once I did, it was fascinating.

I was instantly compelled by James and Hazel.  After some time, I became just as enamored by Aubrey and Colette.  Their stories all wrapped me up and broke my heart!

Overall, I absolutely recommend Lovely War to fans of historical fiction and to those intrigued by mythology.  I even feel that non-YA readers would enjoy this one!  P.S. Read the author’s note; it adds a lot to the reading experience!


Julie Berry is the author of the 2017 Printz Honor and Los Angeles Times Book Prize shortlisted novel The Passion of Dolssa, the Carnegie and Edgar shortlisted All the Truth That’s in Me (2013, Viking), the Odyssey Honor title The Scandalous Sisterhood of Prickwillow Place (2014, Roaring Brook), and several others. She holds a BS from Rensselaer in communication and an MFA from Vermont College. She divides her time between Massachusetts and California with her family.

Source: Macmillan



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