Review: ‘The Game of Love and Death’ by Martha Brockenbrough

Review: ‘The Game of Love and Death’ by Martha BrockenbroughThe Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough
Published by Arthur A. Levine Books on April 28th, 2015
Genres: Historical, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 329
Format: eBook
Source: borrowed from the library
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.

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Alternates point of views between the two lovers while Love and Death are playing their game.. This is how it all starts. They choose their players and by cheating or influencing the people in their players lives do they get to win. Which one will win and which one will lose?

Here we have Love and Death as people who shapeshift into others and by doing so they influence this game they play to win. While Love is good and ultimately wants everyone to be happy, he is a worthy opponent. Death on the other hand is cunning and deceitful.

I loved how creative this book was and not only did it have a wonderful story-line, it had such flawed characters. Both of the main characters aren’t perfect and you see how their lives were shaped by Love and Death from the very beginning. I loved seeing the slow decline as I kept reading on.

Poor Flora just wants to be a pilot but she’s African American and also a woman. I love how determined she is to be someone, to be one of the first, and how her love for flying got her through her life. Henry is a sweet boy, who is ultimately trying to be a good person even though he isn’t perfect. He’s loyal and kind and I admire him for not letting anyone get in the way. It was so hard just having them perform together that if they ended up being a couple in public health would prove to be dangerous to their livelihoods. Even Ethan was a great side character, and he was battling with his feelings for his very own self. It felt so raw and real that I wanted to finish the book as soon as I could.

One underrated love story between a Caucasian and an African American set in a time where it was dangerous to fall in love, The Game of Love and Death will have you rooting for both sides of the chessboard. Pick it up if you’re looking for a unique historical romance with a little bit of magic thrown in.


If God didn’t want me to fly, why on earth would God have made me want to fly so much?
Love was nothing you could see or touch. It lived entirely inside of you, invisibly.
The one you’ve been looking for. One who is here. One who sees you. One who is able to love you just as you are.
Every last one of us is going to die, but if we don’t live as we truly want, if we’re not with the one we want to be with, we’re dead already.
Everything separates us. You can go where you want. Do what you want. Eat where you want. The world belongs to you and yours. My kind, we’re here to be your mules. Your world rests on our backs.
If it’s us versus the world, my money’s on us.
What we create must be something that we love. That’s how we know it’s true.
We do not choose whom we love. We can only choose how well.

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  1. Beth @ Fuelled By Fiction

    January 13, 2016 at 7:04 PM

    Oh my goodness this book sounds right up my alley! Thanks for sharing:) Otherwise I might have missed it! Definitely on my tbr now !
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    • giselle

      January 14, 2016 at 11:23 PM

      It’s super underrated! I wish more people knew about it. Just a different type of love story that needs to be read 😀

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