Lovely War

Lovely War

by Julie Berry

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Lovely War 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous 3 months ago
Honestly one of the most amazing books I have ever read. I could read this book a thousand times over and still want to read it one more time.
Pens-and-Parchment More than 1 year ago
This book is a seriously underrated masterpiece. The writing is some of the best I’ve ever read, it’s intense and romantic with a slight touch of humor, and absolutely perfect for the time period. This story is set primarily during WWI, and follows four different protagonists and their love stories (together they’re two different couples). It portrays the horrors of active trench warfare, the struggles and - even dangers - of being a (female) volunteer on the war front, and the racial violence faced by soldiers of color during this time. I’m not gonna lie, it’s not an easy book to read. Your heart will be broken many times over. There are definite content warnings for unjust and graphic murder/lynching, anxiety/PTSD attacks, sexual assault, and general violence of warfare (guns and explosions). I’ll also mention that the research done for this book is phenomenal! The author includes a 12-page historical note and a bibliography of sources in the back, so while I can’t speak for the POC or mental health representation, I can tell you that the author definitely did extensive historical research. But somehow this book manages to also feel light and filled with hope at the same time. Told by the goddess Aphrodite - with help from some other familiar Greek gods - Hazel, James, Colette, and Aubreys’ stories will make you laugh, cry, and fall head-over-heels in love. I seriously cannot tell you how masterfully this storytelling, and the complex switches in point-of-view, are pulled off. The only criticism I have is that Aubrey and Colette’s romance felt just the smallest bit like insta-love towards the beginning. But the way their two characters are developed individually, and the way their romance concludes were absolutely perfect. Overall, I think this book tells a super important and captivating story that everybody should read, even if historical fiction isn’t a genre you usually lean towards!
nhr3bookcrazyNR More than 1 year ago
The "gods" on trial and also unseen but ever involved in the goings on of mortals. And ... love stories (plural) during war. All very interesting ideas - and at times spun really well. However, at other times I felt the story dragged. I thought the writing was beautiful at times; at other times, it got very wordy and seemed to go nowhere. I also wasn't all that sold on the entire "gods" section - Ares especially was annoying. Overall, I was conflicted and considered at times about giving up on finishing the book, but I did want to see how things progressed. The cover was pretty.
Take_Me_AwayPH More than 1 year ago
This review almost didn't happen. I'm not a huge fan of historical fiction, but this one paired with the promise of Greek gods and goddesses and that wonderful cover... I had to at least give it a try. I see I should start reading synopsis more in depth tho...... Aphrodite and Ares have been sneaking around her husband Hephaestus' back. He's caught on and decided to trap them and give Aphrodite a chance to explain. She attempts to tell him why Love and War are so drawn together by telling the tale of four lovers and the way their stories intertwine during World War I. The main thing that drew me to this was the way the Greek gods and goddesses were involved. I LOVED that they were incorporated and all had a part in telling the story of the young lovers. This was such an interesting concept and that I have never read before. I thought it was a great idea and even though I'm not a fan of historical fiction, I went ahead with reading it anyways. I didn't care for the way there was SO MUCH EXTRA. I don't feel like this book had to be this long. I think had it only told the story of James and Hazel it would have been just as effective. I didn't care to read about Aubrey and Colette (because African Americans in historical fiction bring racial slurs and discrimination) and found myself skimming over their chapters. (Whether they were based on someone in real life or not.) It just turned out to be really wordy and it didn't have to be. I also liked that there were some events that I didn't know about in this book. Like the Houston Riot in 1917. I live in Houston (now) and this isn't something we learn about in Texas history. So although I wasn't a fan of the romantic side of racism in this, I was glad these stories got to be told. Had I not read this book I don't think I would have known about James Reese Europe or the Houston Riot.There may be stories about them, but not in YA novels that I've found. It's difficult for me to think that I may never have known about it. This book was difficult for me to rate. I enjoyed it, but I also was not a fan of some things. I skimmed it, but I read the most important parts and got the most out of it (for me) that I could. Some things worked and others didn't and for me that's ok. I can't say I'll run to everything else by the author, but I can say I didn't hate this one.I still don't know if I said everything I wanted to say and correctly at that, but for the most part, I got some words out.
marongm8 More than 1 year ago
When I read the description of this book, I knew it was going to be a page turner but I was not expecting the book to be so invigoratingly intense. Following the story of Hazel, James, Aubrey, and Colette, you can't help but to read on and see how it will all end. This is by far one of the best books I have read in one sitting and I have read many. The suspense, the climax, and the drama involved with the story really brought the story to life and captivated my mind. Such an enticing book that will leave you breathless. That is why we give this book 5 stars.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*I was provided a complimentary advance copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I love, love, LOVE this book! We begin with the goddess of Love, Aphrodite, her husband, Hephaestus, and her lover, Ares, in an upscale New York hotel. A lovers' quarrel, a "mock trial," and an attempt to answer an age-old question: why is it that Love and War are so often and so inextricably intertwined? Enter the stories of two pairs of lovers from thirty years prior, during the height of World War I: that of Hazel and James, a talented young pianist and a fresh new soldier who is shipped off to battle soon after their romance begins to blossom, and that of Colette, a Belgian singer, and Aubrey, a musician who played at Carnegie, now part of an African American regiment out of New York. I find many romance stories at least slightly cheesy, although I still love them, but this story. This story has absolutely swept me off my feet. Readers will feel the love, the pain, and everything that goes with them as they follow the stories of these lovers as told by the goddess of Love herself. I have to admit, I did not get to finish this story completely before NetGalley's archival date, but based solely on what I have read so far, I am purchasing this book myself, recommending it for purchase by my library, and HIGHLY encouraging anyone who loves romances and/or historical fictions to buy this book as well - it is an EXCELLENT and well-written read that will sweep you off your feet.