Saturday, September 7, 2013

Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay

The most tragic love story in history . . . 
Juliet Capulet didn't take her own life. She was murdered by the person she trusted most, her new husband, Romeo Montague, a sacrifice made to ensure his own immortality. But what Romeo didn't anticipate was that Juliet would be granted eternity, as well, and would become an agent for the Ambassadors of Light. For 700 years, she's fought Romeo for the souls of true lovers, struggling to preserve romantic love and the lives of the innocent. Until the day she meets someone she's forbidden to love, and Romeo, oh Romeo, will do everything in his power to destroy that love.
~Goodreads
Publisher: Ember
Number of Pages: 320
Type: Paperback

Reviewed by Ellie, age 17

Like every other teenager who took English as part of their schooling, I’ve read William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. I think that this fact was part of the reason that I wanted to read Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay: the premise was flawless. Juliet and Romeo aren’t in love? Romeo kills Juliet? Wowza. What else happens, the Friar is evil and convinced Romeo to kill Juliet for eternal life? (Actually, yes.)

Thus, drama ensues.
            
Aside from the very cool premise, I liked Juliet in this story. Shakespeare’s Juliet bothered me a little, mostly due to her insistence to marry a guy she’d known for only three days. However, this Juliet knows better. She regrets her shotgun marriage and now works to promote love: however, she is also well rounded. She’s bitter about Romeo, angry at how stupid she was as a youth, and curious to figure out what exactly her half-life has in store for her. (On the flipside of that coin, Romeo is also a pretty fun character to read. He’s pretty much psycho throughout the entire book, and I found that very entertaining).  I also love how Jay incorporated other characters from the original Romeo and Juliet. Friar Lawrence, Benvolio, and Nurse all make an appearance before the story ends. Of course, it isn’t just the characters that make this book good. The plot includes a lot of magical, spirit-y action that is fun to read and to think over.

I would urge you to read this book. Even though the first couple of chapters are hard to get through simply because you have no idea where the story is going, the book quickly picks up it’s pace and creates a dramatic, romantic (Juliet gets a new love interest!), and magical storyline. I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a new romance or fans of the Bard’s original masterpiece.

This book is in stores now! 
Buy Paperback | $9.99

Happy reading,
Ellie, age 17

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