Flora and Henry were born a few blocks from each other, innocent of the forces that might keep a white boy and an African-American girl apart. Years later they meet again and their mutual love of music sparks an even more powerful connection.
What Flora and Henry don't know is that they are pawns in a game played by the eternal adversaries Love and Death, brilliantly re-imagined as two extremely sympathetic and fascinating characters. Can their hearts and their wills overcome not only their earthly circumstances, but forces that have battled throughout history?
When I received this book to review - I was pleased - I love having a good book to sink my teeth into ( so to speak ) for when I am on the bike at the gym and I love a " classic '' love story - Romeo and Juliet , Cleopatra and Anthony , Heloise and Abelard , Odysseus , Lancelot and Guinevere - oh I could go on .
The book itself has simple and striking art work - a black cover with hands, and as with Scholastic books - is well made , well bound , and made to last through more than one read. The back of the book sets the scene - " Death has never lost and Love will do anything to win '' - it is the fight of light and dark , good and evil. Straight away, from the first page this book drew me in , making me want to keep reading .
The book took me a little while to read - not that it was a hard read , but rather it is a full on story , and I would start reading where I had stopped , and have to go back to re - read and remember something . The book itself is split into chapters , and they range from a couple to 10 + pages - to me this was perfect , not leaving you in the middle of a chapter (totally appeals to my OCD nature ! )
I did find that the twists and turns confused me a little at times , as I mentioned above - I needed to go back a fair bit and re - read to remember what was happening . Having Death as a female and Love as a male is different - but I really liked it - challenged the stereotype maternal / paternal ideas .
I am not entirely sure the age this book was aimed at - but I really enjoyed it and have passed it on to friends to enjoy now too - thanks Scholastic and KIWIreviews !
The asp sinking its fangs into Cleopatras breast, the castration of Abelard, the slow death of Lancelot, the suicide of Juliet they were all pawns in the great game played by Love and Death. For years they would choose an unlikely candidate and watch as their lives are pulled in every direction deciding on whether to love the unlikely or instead take the easy route of death. Every game played throughout the dawn of time Death has always won until......... well predictably - now.
This book took me much longer than I thought to read. Its not that I did not enjoy it but instead the font was so small (recently all books I have read has had large font so took a while to adjust) and so much is crammed into the 330 pages that it could become rather over whelming. The chapters ranged from two to twelve pages long and at times I would find I needed to read the page again just to read the meaning of the message. The style of writing, although enjoyable could be a little perplexing. But I did really enjoy the story.
It did take me a little while to get my head around the fact that Death was a female and Love a male, personally I would of written it the other way but as characters they where enjoyable to read about and at times you felt really sorry for Death. There strange interwinding relationship could jump from love to hate in a mare second. You where kind of routing for them to finally get together or at least admit their feelings for each other but I guess the mortal beings have the rest of time to work on it.
This would make a fantastic movie and with the twists and turns I am sure it would be epic. I found even when I was not reading the book I was continually thinking about it. It is a subject that actually is rather plausable but why anyone would choose death over love is beyond me, even with all the outside complications it is still worth pursuing.
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