Review: The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough

20308537 Title: The Game of Love and Death 

Author: Martha Brockenbrough

Publisher: Arthur A. Levine Books

Release Date: April 28, 2015 

Pages: 352

Synopsis (via Goodreads):

Antony and Cleopatra. Helen of Troy and Paris. Romeo and Juliet. And now… Henry and Flora.

For centuries Love and Death have chosen their players. They have set the rules, rolled the dice, and kept close, ready to influence, angling for supremacy. And Death has always won. Always.

Could there ever be one time, one place, one pair whose love would truly tip the balance?

Meet Flora Saudade, an African-American girl who dreams of becoming the next Amelia Earhart by day and sings in the smoky jazz clubs of Seattle by night. Meet Henry Bishop, born a few blocks and a million worlds away, a white boy with his future assured—a wealthy adoptive family in the midst of the Great Depression, a college scholarship, and all the opportunities in the world seemingly available to him.

The players have been chosen. The dice have been rolled. But when human beings make moves of their own, what happens next is anyone’s guess.

Achingly romantic and brilliantly imagined, The Game of Love and Death is a love story you will never forget.

Things I Loved:

  • The characters in this story and wonderfully written. Each one is complex and dynamic, with flaws and fears, but with exquisite wants and needs that drive them.
  • The plot had some twists I was not expecting.
  • The entire concept, to me, was so intriguing. The way that Love and Death, as characters themselves, each played into the story was surprising and cool.
  • Diversity win! Characters of color, LGBTQ+ characters! Seriously, read this if you’re looking for some diversity in your YA.

Things I Disliked:

  • Honestly, nothing. I loved this book. It was beautiful, moving, and so, so magical.

Rating: 5 out of 5 Cups of Tea

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