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Lovely War af Julie Berry
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Lovely War (original 2019; udgave 2020)

af Julie Berry (Forfatter)

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New York City, 1942. World War II is at its zenith. A stunningly attractive couple meets in a Manhattan hotel room for a forbidden tryst. But these are no ordinary lovers. When immortals Ares and Aphrodite are caught by the latter's jealous husband, the goddess of passion must justify her actions, or face judgment on Mount Olympus. To plead her case, she spins a tale that took place in Europe some twenty-five years earlier- the story of four mortals whose lives entwined in the crucible of World War I. 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--filled with hope and heartbreak, prejudice and passion--reveals that, though War is a formidable force, it's no match for the transcendent power of Love.… (mere)
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Titel:Lovely War
Forfattere:Julie Berry (Forfatter)
Info:Penguin Books (2020), Edition: Reprint, 480 pages
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Lovely War af Julie Berry (2019)

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The audiobook is amazing and the story is great. Honestly, in a better headspace this would have been a five star review but the romance in this book seemed a bit forced to me and the story unfolds from the perspective of the Greek Gods (probably the coolest part). Full cast was stellar. Will recommend to those that want a good romance with diverse characters. ( )
  MorbidLibrarian | Sep 18, 2021 |
Unfortunately, the writing style is "tell, not show" which I find miserably grating. Even though the concept of Aphrodite recounting a love story is really cool, this was a DNF for me. I just wasn't enjoying anything about the story's execution. ( )
  Nikki_Sojkowski | Aug 26, 2021 |
The framing story is fantasy, the two WWI love stories are only fantasy because they're being told by 4 of the Greek gods to a fifth in a NY hotel room in 1942, and yes it was a bit disorienting, though not quite fatal. Still it does result in a patchwork told by a modern US author via Olympians about 2 Brits, 1 Belgian and 1 African American. ( )
  quondame | Nov 13, 2020 |
The ARC of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

A touching novel that combines love, loss, war, and all the things in between. Marketed toward the young adult audience, it doesn’t water down the war, racism, or their implications, but it still captures that coming-of-age feeling through the ways in which these characters grow up with and through the war. I found the courtroom scenes with the gods in 1942 a bit jarring, but I still liked the nuances of their narrations.

Read my full review here. ( )
  littlebookjockey | Sep 15, 2020 |
SLJ: Greek gods relate the tale of how four young people's fates collide in a love story for the ages. Caught by Hephaestus in an compromising position with Ares, the god of War, Aphrodite is put on trial by her husband in a Manhattan hotel. World War II is waging, but the goddess of Love hearkens back to the first World War to present the romantic epic tale of Brits Hazel (a shy pianist) and James (a reluctant soldier). Hazel follows James to the Western Front, where she meets Colette (a grieving Belgian) and Aubrey (an African American musician from Harlem). Readers will be swept away by Berry's lyrical prose, evenly paced alternating chapters, and unforgettable characters who will jump off the page and resonate with teens. Her acute attention to historical detail is supported by thorough back matter touching upon the racism and sexism of American armed forces at the time. While the conceit of meddling Greek gods sometimes borders on contrivance, the format is ultimately successful. This rumination on the costs of war, the healing power of love and music, and the inevitability of death will stay with readers and tug at their hearts. ( )
  karilibrary | Sep 9, 2020 |
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New York City, 1942. World War II is at its zenith. A stunningly attractive couple meets in a Manhattan hotel room for a forbidden tryst. But these are no ordinary lovers. When immortals Ares and Aphrodite are caught by the latter's jealous husband, the goddess of passion must justify her actions, or face judgment on Mount Olympus. To plead her case, she spins a tale that took place in Europe some twenty-five years earlier- the story of four mortals whose lives entwined in the crucible of World War I. 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--filled with hope and heartbreak, prejudice and passion--reveals that, though War is a formidable force, it's no match for the transcendent power of Love.

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