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Lovely War
Lovely War | Julie Berry
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. 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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MandaMT
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Just started this one. Seems promising

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GirlNamedJesse
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I adored this wild, unexpected mashup of Greek mythology and love stories during wartime! The premise put me off for a while, because how could you possibly make that combo work?!, but Julie Berry pulled it off. In spades! This one is going to linger with me for a long, long time. 🎶

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thea-block
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A unique combination of historical fiction, mythology, and a compelling method of storytelling, this “YA” book captured my imagination and provided a new lens through which to see the time of the Great War. Glad I picked it up on recommendation from #modernmrsdarcy!

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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GirlNamedJesse
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This one is worth the read to experience the narration, alone. 💙

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ferskner
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I'm usually bored by world war books (there are too many!) but oh my gosh, this book made me cry. Haunting, romantic, and heartbreaking, with a fascinating frame of Greek mythology (!!!!), plus the prettiest cover of the year. #pop19 #bookinspiredbymythologylegendorfolklore #readingwomenchallenge #mythretelling @thereadingwomen

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Lindsay.Butier
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“You‘re a brand new piece of sheet music... for a song which, once played, I‘d swear I‘d always known”

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Becker
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I am loving this beautiful story 💕

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DarcysMom
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Super excited for the 1:00 panel!

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Sharpeipup
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Thankful for carpooling as it allows me to squeeze a few pages in on my way to work.

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Sharpeipup
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“Nothing has ever been quite so spiritually motivating as Death. “

sprainedbrain I loved that book so much. 💕 4mo
Sharpeipup @sprainedbrain I can totally see how... 4mo
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KyrstinElizabeth
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Experience breeds unity; a band of soldiers who have fought the same enemy, the same war, together, for their entire lives, understand unity. As did their parents and grandparents before them.

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KyrstinElizabeth
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She stopped him with a kiss on the cheek. “Grief is not a contest,” she said.

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KyrstinElizabeth
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This book is written so beautifully. Even the tough parts.

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KyrstinElizabeth
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He began to cry. I am so often moved by souls whose first concern is not for their own lost years, but for the grief their passing will cause to those they love. It‘s more common than you might think. The most ordinary mortal bodies are housed by spectacular souls.

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KyrstinElizabeth
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Hazel went from stranger and pianist to reason why the war mattered at all, symbol of all that was pure and beautiful and worth dying for in a broken world.

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KyrstinElizabeth
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Modesty was never her forte, but then, a humble god is hard to find.

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Oh, the joys of playing Wizards Unite (and Pokemon Go before it) in a rural area.

In happier news, my #BFC week 2 update: I had a terrible, three day migraine this week, so I haven‘t run as much as I would‘ve liked, but that can‘t be helped. I did do yoga every day and read three books: Lovely War, How (Not) To Ask a Boy to Prom, and Can‘t Escape Love. Ready for week 3! #BookFitnessChallenge

wanderinglynn Great week! 🙌🏻 But sorry you were down a few days with a migraine. That‘s no fun. 💚 5mo
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Daria.Adrianna21
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This is such a fantastic book. The stories of Hazel and James and Aubrey and Colette makes my heart feel warm and fuzzy. It is also very unique for a story about WWI to be told by the goddess of love, Aphrodite, during WWII. #lovelywar #julieberry #youngadult #goodreads

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Librarybelle
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This book is more than a romance. It‘s a tale of war and its destruction. It‘s the grief, the horrors, and the effects of battle. It‘s the racism and intolerance within the military. It‘s an opening to explore more about World War I, the war that was to end all wars. And, it‘s told through the eyes of the Greek gods. So different, yet so effective. I shed a few tears reading this one. Thanks for bringing this to my attention, @sprainedbrain !

sprainedbrain One of the best books I‘ve read this year. I am so glad you enjoyed it! ❤️ 6mo
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Librarybelle
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I can‘t think of a better way to spend a Friday evening...kitty cuddles and a good book. #Zeke #Vladimir #catsoflitsy

Crazeedi This is what I'm doing too! #catsoflitsy!😻 6mo
Leftcoastzen Looks like a great plan ! 6mo
CoverToCoverGirl Heaven ♥️ 6mo
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ninergrl6
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"Many never returned from the war. Others returned but were never the same. Still others returned to bigotry and hatred that history has yet to leave firmly in the past. They paid a price... We owe a debt."
Very fitting coincidence that I finished this book about #WWI today. #MemorialDay #ya #bookclub #teachersoflitsy

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CharissaWeaksAuthor
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Thank you @sprainedbrain for this recommendation! This book is so me 💗

sprainedbrain I loved it so much! 💕 6mo
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Beatlefan129
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It was supposed to be the war to end all wars, but unfortunately that was not the case.It felt very fitting to finish this book on Memorial Day weekend.This book drew me in with a very creative setup by having a WW1 historical romance delivered by Greek gods.I also appreciated the author‘s notes at the end detailing her research. Although the main characters were fictional, she uses actual people from the time as some of the supporting characters.

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Librarybelle
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Starting this one tonight...I had to read this after @sprainedbrain ‘s glowing review of it!

sprainedbrain Oooooh, I hope you love it! 💕 7mo
Aswenson I‘ve seen this one a couple times, curious to hear more reviews! 7mo
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ninergrl6
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I started this book today and I'M IN LOVE! WWI romance + Greek mythology sounds like an odd combination, but (so far) it's clever and utterly charming. It pains me to have to put it down to grade papers. Also, how gorgeous is this cover? 💗💗💗💗 #ya #bookclub #teachersoflitsy #WWI #historicalfiction #romance #mythology

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danimgill
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This was an absolutely enchanting story about the beauty and bravery of love during wartime. I picked it up purely based on the framing device - Greek gods narrate the interwoven stories of four young people during World War I - and devoured it for the beautiful prose and burning desire to find out what happens to these characters. It‘s categorized as YA but I think it easily walks the line of adult fiction and that anyone could enjoy it.

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sprainedbrain
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I am completely, devastatingly in love with this book.

In the middle of WWII, a few of my favorite Greek gods come together under odd circumstances and tell the interwoven love stories of two lovely couples during WWI. You read that right.

So original and fresh, heartbreaking and beautiful, witty and smart. I just adore all of the characters, and the full-cast audiobook with original music is breathtaking.❤️

All the stars!

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Becker Love your enthusiasm 🥰 7mo
sammisho Sounds amazing! 7mo
Librarybelle Well, your review has me wanting to read this book...right now! 7mo
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Sharpeipup I just bought this one & now I‘m really excited to read it! 7mo
Rachel_nyc Stacked! I‘ve been avoiding WWII books since I‘ve read so many but this sounds like a fresh and interesting take. 7mo
sprainedbrain @Rachel_nyc This one is definitely more of a WWI story. Hope you love it! 7mo
sprainedbrain @Librarybelle That‘s how I was when I first heard of it... took forever for my hold to come in! 7mo
sprainedbrain @Sharpeipup I hope you love it!! 7mo
Sharpeipup I just moved it up my #tbr pile 7mo
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ChristyM
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YA historical romance + Greek gods = an interesting concept with flaws. Aphrodite, with help from other gods, narrates a World War I love story. The characters fell a bit flat for me but the battle details were gripping.

Bindrosbookshelf This sounds fascinating 6mo
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ivory
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Half way through this beautiful book and pulled out the charms and velvet ribbon to make a Lovely War inspired bookmark. Cant decide which one I like better.

Reecaspieces They are all gorgeous 8mo
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Nitpickyabouttrains
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This historical fiction had an interesting framing device. I loved the two love stories. But the fake trial with God‘s didn‘t work for me.

Gissy I have it!😱 4mo
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mdemanatee
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The only book in a recent book order that‘s currently out. Purchased for myself for the gods narration angle with the intention of passing along to my mom for time period (or at least that helped me justify adding it to my cart)

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sophierayton
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Literary historical fiction with the twist of the story being told by Greek Gods. Very quotable and I found myself writing out lines from it (which I rarely do).
It's 'clean' as far as romances go and the most you read on the page is a kiss. Still, it's definitely a romance and you're wishing the best for all the characters. This book is also educational as some of the characters were real people. Very good.

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JenlovesJT47
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Jace‘s Granddad was in a generous mood today and got us this awesome #bookhaul - has anyone here read the tagged book? I chose it solely based on the pretty cover, I shan‘t lie. 😬

#Jace
#historicalfiction

Freespirit Lovely Grandad😊 9mo
SoapboxEdits Lovely cover! Read for you, too, mama! Baby can‘t understand yet, they just wanna hear your voice, so read for you now and then! 9mo
JenlovesJT47 @SoapboxEdits oh I definitely do! My yearly total so far is 95, 62 of which are Jace‘s, so not too bad so far. Now I have double the book buying problem: I see books for both of us all the time that I want to buy! 😱❤️ 9mo
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JenlovesJT47 @Freespirit for sure! 😘 9mo
SoapboxEdits You could have worse problems! 😅 9mo
Clare-Dragonfly I see Ian‘s favorite book in Jace‘s stack! 😄 9mo
JenlovesJT47 @SoapboxEdits true! 😅 @Clare-Dragonfly which is his favorite? 🤗 9mo
janeycanuck Jace looks perplexed as to why there is something separating him from his beloved books! 9mo
Clare-Dragonfly Llama Llama! 😍 When he got his own copy, I actually had to hide it so he would drink his bedtime bottle. He takes after his mama! 9mo
JenlovesJT47 @Clare-Dragonfly that‘s awesome! My husband loves llamas so he insisted on getting this one. 🦙❤️ 9mo
JenlovesJT47 @janeycanuck either that or “Moooom, why are you taking my picture AGAIN?!” 😅 9mo
janeycanuck @JenlovesJT47 well, if he doesn‘t want to be photographed, he shouldn‘t have such adorable cheeks 🤪 9mo
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Missusb
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#currentlyreading #marchrelease #julieberry Think I have time to squeeze this one in before #mayrso2019 previews start arriving. Have loved all her previous books. Plus #amaranth

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AmyG
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Book mail! I don‘t even know why I got this. Ha...I must have entered something.

Thanks @penguinrandomhouse. It looks really good! I love WW I and II books.

GypsyKat Oh fun! I always enjoy books about WWII and I love the cover! 💖 10mo
Hollie Surprise books are the best! 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful cover!! Same with me and Cemetery Road!! Yay us!! 🙌🏻 10mo
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AmyG @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You won Cemetary Road? 🎉🎉🎉 10mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @AmyG yes, it showed up in the mail yesterday!! Not sure where! Maybe goodreads! 🤷🏼‍♀️ 10mo
AmyG @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Ha! Too funny. 10mo
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In the middle of this book and struggling a bit. Not sure if it's the structure of the plot or the weird formatting of the egalley...