Friday, March 1, 2019

Blog Tour: Spotlight on Lovely War by Julie Berry

Guys, I am super excited to be a part of the blog tour for Julie Berry's Lovely War.  It comes out March 5th and it sounds amazing. You guys know I am always on the hunt for a really great historical read and this one sounds like it fits the bill. I especially love when historical novels for YA readers as I think we need more powerful stories for this age group.  

Goodreads says, "A sweeping, multi-layered romance with a divine twist, by the Printz Honor-winning author of The Passion of Dolssa, set in the perilous days of World Wars I and II.  It's 1917, and World War I is at its zenith when Hazel and James first catch sight of each other at a London party. She's a shy and talented pianist; he's a newly minted soldier with dreams of becoming an architect. When they fall in love, it's immediate and deep--and cut short when James is shipped off to the killing fields.  Aubrey Edwards is also headed toward the trenches. A gifted musician who's played Carnegie Hall, he's a member of the 15th New York Infantry, an all-African-American regiment being sent to Europe to help end the Great War. Love is the last thing on his mind. But that's before he meets Colette Fournier, a Belgian chanteuse who's already survived unspeakable tragedy at the hands of the Germans.  Thirty years after these four lovers' fates collide, the Greek goddess Aphrodite tells their stories to her husband, Hephaestus, and her lover, Ares, in a luxe Manhattan hotel room at the height of World War II. She seeks to answer the age-old question: Why are Love and War eternally drawn to one another? But her quest for a conclusion that will satisfy her jealous husband uncovers a multi-threaded tale of prejudice, trauma, and music and reveals that War is no match for the power of Love."

I really like that Julie Berry incorporated Gods and Goddesses to act as the narrators. I think that is such a fun and interesting idea. Kate Quinn, author of The Alice Network, said it was "easily one of the best novels I have read all year!" Also, Kirkus Reviews described it as, “an unforgettable romance so Olympian in scope, human at its core, and lyrical in its prose that it must be divinely inspired.” Whoa! Now that is a glowing review!

To learn more about Julie Berry, check out her website or follow her on Twitter.  You can also add Lovely War to your Goodreads TBR list!

Let me know in the comments if you have read any of Julie Berry's novels before and if you plan on reading Lovely War. I can't wait to dive in!  Lastly, thank you to Viking Books and Penguin Teen for having me be a part of the blog tour.  

Happy Friday!


  1. The inclusion of the gods was quite an unexpected twist in the blurb!

    1. Right?! I am very intrigued! Thanks for dropping by, Angela.


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