Standalone Sunday: The Game of Love and Death

Standalone Sunday is a weekly feature created by Megan at Bookslayer Reads which aims to showcase standalone books which you loved or would recommend.


The Game of Love and Death by Martha Brockenbrough

The Game of Love and Death

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 assuredβ€”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.

The Game of Love and Death was on my TBR list for a while before I finally got around to reading it. It was one of those books I added and then pretty much forgot about until it randomly caught my eyes again, and now part of me is kicking myself for not having gotten around to it sooner.

This book is incredible, and reading it brought to mind two of my all-time favourite reads The Night Circus and The Book Thief. Chances are if you’ve been following my blog for a while you know how I consider both of these books all-time favourites of mine, so the fact that I’m comparing The Game of Love and Death to them goes so much further to explaining how I much I loved it than anything else I could say.

“If life didn’t end…there would be no need for me. To choose love in the face of death is the ultimate act of courage. I am the joy, but you are the meaning. Together, we make humanity more than it otherwise might have been.”

You can check out my review for The Game of Love and Death here.


What did you think of The Game of Love and Death? Have you read it yet or is it still on your to-read list? Let me know in the comments and let me know if you took part in this week’s Standalone Sunday as well.

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27 thoughts on “Standalone Sunday: The Game of Love and Death

  1. OHh great pick, Beth! I added this book on my TBR a little while ago, but kind of forgot about it until just now…thank you for reminding me, I should read that one soon, it sounds SO good! πŸ™‚ ❀

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  2. Agh, when you told me about this book, I’d added to my GR TBR! At first I was a bit hesitant because it didn’t quite sound like my style (because I don’t really like “love stories”), but seeing how much you liked it convinced me to add it!

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    1. To be honest when I first saw the blurb I was a little hesitant as well, just because I love full-on fantasy stories and this seemed a little too magical realism to me. Still I gave it a go and I really loved it. Hopefully it will be the same case for you May. I really hope so but even if not I’d love to hear your thoughts on this one! πŸ˜€

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  3. Lovely pick Beth! I still have The Game of Love and Death on my TBR (far too long now) πŸ™ˆbut now that you’ve made comparisons to The Night Circus, I am extremely curious about this title now πŸ‘€ you are one of very few that I take recommendations from & so I’m boosting this one to the top πŸ˜‰πŸ’•

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    1. Thanks so much Lilly! πŸ˜€ The Game of Love and Death was on my to-read list for ages as well. It was one of those books I kept forgetting I had on there but I eventually got around to it.
      Yeah the stories aren’t similar, but something about the situation the two main characters are put in reminds me of The Night Circus and the battle Celia and Marco were forced into.
      That’s great to hear, I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did. πŸ™‚ ❀

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