Lovely War by Julie Berry

Lovely War

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 J...

Details Lovely War

TitleLovely War
Release DateMar 5th, 2019
PublisherViking Books for Young Readers
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Young Adult, Romance, Fiction, Fantasy

Reviews Lovely War

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  • Julie
    I love this book desperately. I did write it, so the possibility of bias is real. :) I can't wait to share it with the world. The year-plus I spent researching, writing, and revising it was intense, and harrowing at times, but I'm thrilled with where we landed. Here's hoping you enjoy it, too. Hazel, a pianist, and James, a builder-turned-soldier, meet at a London dance in late 1917, on the eve of his departure for the trenches of World War I. Au...
  • Kate Quinn
    Julie Berry pens an utter delight in LOVELY WAR, an effervescent confection of a novel filled with humor, tragedy, romance, and myth. Four lovers meet in the chaos and terror of World War I--a shy English pianist, a gentle architect turned sharpshooter, a French singer scarred by German atrocities, and a brash musician bound for one of the all-African-American regiments heading overseas. Hovering over this love-struck war-bound quartet is the god...
  • Christy
    Wow! Lovely War is a unique story, with Aphrodite narrating two stories of love through WWI. The way Julie Berry tackles this age old love vs war dynamic is stunning! I really loved how everything wove together and the ending, including the historical context that we so miss in American history classes.
  • Lisa
    Mixing romance, war, and mythology, Julie Berry's Lovely War is an all encompassing and emotional story. While it is marketed as a historical romance, war and its effects are given just as much attention. Several of the secondary characters were real people, which adds to the realism of the story. Berry does not shy away from the gruesome details and Lovely War is rare in its candid handling of the events of World War I.Narrated by a cast of gods...
  • Lauren
    Oh my god. Simply heartbreaking and beautiful and told from such a unique and intriguing perspective. I loved this WWI novel of love and hope. Loved it.
  • ║ madalin ║
    "Woodwinds chasing one another in lilting ribbons of sound, swirling around the balconies. Then brass and winds together. A marcher and a dancer. A soldier and a piano girl.Hazel pulled pulsing sound into her lungs. Beside her, a grave-eyed young man made the air crackle around him. She made a wish. Let tonight never end. Let the music play on and on."Sometimes you finish a book, think about it for a week or so after, and then move on. And then s...
  • La Reine ✨
    this is my dream book. this is the book i would've written in a past life. this book is so good.when i first heard about this book, it was on penguin's insta story on their Friday rec-a-reads. i literally just saw the cover and said "this is going to be a historical fiction novel that's going to be pretty boring and super cliche and im gonna probably give it 3 stars in the end." but then i heard what it was about. they ''sold'' it to me as 'a WW...
  • Emily
    This was such an unexpectedly good book! I picked it up initially for the Greek gods narrating a story about the Great War, but it was so much better than just that. Every character is well-written and the Greek god narrators truly enhance the story. The hardships that the four main characters endure and the bonds they make would be an incredible story on their own, but Aphrodite's perspective, as well as that of Hades and Apollo, adds depth and ...
  • Kalie
    It's true, I don't often read historical fiction centered around the world wars because, for me, the setting often feels rote and repetitive, focusing on the same viewpoints and the same struggles when there are other angles an author can take. There are exceptions to this, of course, but it's not a sect of historical fiction that I will pick up often unless it comes from an author I've previously enjoyed or heavily recommended. Fortunately, LOVE...
  • Panda Incognito
    This book is SO UNSPEAKABLY GOOD. It is everything I could possibly want out of historical fiction, and the dual love stories are phenomenal beyond imagination. I have followed Julie Berry's career for ten years, and I don't think she can possibly top this book. She was born to write this particular novel in this particular way, and no one else could have done it this well. The themes! The attention to small details! The historical accuracy! The ...
  • Gina Dalfonzo
    Wow. Just WOW. This book was so beautiful, I didn't want it to end. (Seriously, I deliberately put off reading the ending for about half a day.) I was enthralled, delighted, and more than once brought to tears. Please read this book.
  • Christina (Confessions of a Book Addict)
    4.5 out of 5 stars - Whoa....Julie Berry is an amazing writer. She tied together WWI, romance, and mythology beautifully. I didn't care for the mythology portions of the story as much as the other sections of the book, but it still worked for me...surprisingly. This is one of the best YA books I've read this year. Full review to come.
  • Kip
    Oh my goodness, this book! I have a new Julie Berry favorite. I love everything about LOVELY WAR. The setting was so vivid, the characters so filled with emotion, the writing so gorgeous, and the story so layered and rich and divine. Both teen and adult readers will surely be captivated by the romances (more than one!), the thrilling, terrifying battle scenes, and the deeper meaning behind it all. Historical fiction at its finest right here. I ca...
  • Vikki VanSickle
    Perfection. Romantic, tragic, sweeping, and beautifully written. For readers who like to escape but also want some grit and gravitas in their books.
  • Sami
    Julie Berry has truly outdone herself in this lush historical drama of The Great War with notes of The Illiad. Framing the novel as the trial of unfaithful Aphrodite by her husband Hephasteus, Aphrodite summons godly witnesses to tell the story of two pairs of star-crossed lovers during World War I. You'll be equally engrossed with Hazel, James, Aubrey, and Collette, as well as their Olympian counterparts. It's an incredibly beautiful novel that ...
  • Sakina (aforestofbooks)
    4.5/5 starsI finished this gem while on the bus this morning. Actually, I almost had a heart attack near the end there and sat with my mouth hanging open. I think the 6am bus commuters are slightly concerned at this point lolI gushed about this book on Twitter and Instagram when I first started reading earlier this month, and I'm happy to say that it was a beautiful, mesmerizing story. This book is about love. And it captures your attention just ...
  • Samantha Hastings
    If you enjoyed Death narrating THE BOOK THIEF you will adore Aphrodite’s narration of LOVELY WAR. She tells a haunting, sweeping, romantic story about four individuals during WWI.What I loved 🖤🖤🖤:1. The story is predominantly told by Aphrodite, but other Greek gods get a few turns. Aphrodite is one of the most charming and hilarious voices I’ve ever had the pleasure of reading. And Hades’ stories were especially moving; I cried-a l...
  • Jes Drew
    This novel was so comfortably mesmerizing in its wording and the way the story is told. We get three romances in this tale: the sweet romance of a British soldier and his pianist sweetheart; American ragtime musician and the Belgium refugee; and our storyteller Aphrodite and her husband (all couples worth shipping). Seeing the story told by Aphrodite and the other Olympians was an interesting twist that often had me laughing out loud (but I alway...
  • Roni Derossett
    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 pi...
  • Chelsea
    What a unique way to tell a story! I loved the narration by the gods, it was so interesting. It took me a little while to get into, because they tell two stories, so it feels like three, but I soon got sucked in and couldn't put it down! I loved the characters, and the different ways they handled the war and their circumstances. And though it was terrible to read about the black servicemen, I appreciated reading about their experiences, since it ...
  • Molly
    4.5 stars this was so good!!! Berry wove an intricate and interweaving story of love and heartbreak set during a time of war, hate and fear. I truly enjoyed the mythology and themes of fate decided by the gods. Each character was crafted delicately and I enjoyed reading about the passions they held and the journey they went on. The story held onto the darkness of the war and truth of it’s jarring reality while also spreading hope and love.I abs...
  • Ann
    Fabulous read! I picked it up because I thought it was your basic war novel about WWI...and it was so much more. I loved the way Greek Gods met in 1942 and how they influenced the lives of the characters in WWI. Almost as good as the novel were the historical notes that were included at the end of the book - fascinating. This YA novel is a wonderful read for everyone who loves history, romance, and mythology!
  • Daisy Gonzalez
    Why is there no hype over this incredible book??Such a beautiful emotional story about the First World War told by the Greek gods! Loved every page of this book!
  • Meredith
    This was so amazing! I’ve never read a historical fiction on ww1 before and this was heartbreaking and real but also so sweet and so well written. Hazel and James had a really special place in my heart but I loved Aubrey and Colette too. Ugh just read this ok? It’s unbelievable.
  • Amanda (MetalPhantasmReads)
    Full review to come on 2/25 on the blog and other social media :)