Seductive companion to the popular Juliet Immortal, in which former lovers—Romeo and Juliet—meet, not as true lovers, but truly as enemies.
Cursed to live out eternity in his rotted corpse, Romeo, known for his ruthless, cutthroat ways, is given the chance to redeem himself by traveling back in time to save the life of Ariel Dragland. Unbeknownst to her, Ariel is important to both the evil Mercenaries and the love-promoting Ambassadors and holds the fate of the world in her hands. Romeo must win her heart and make her believe in love, turning her away from her darker potential before his work is discovered by the Mercenaries. While his seduction begins as yet another lie, it soon becomes his only truth. Romeo vows to protect Ariel from harm, and do whatever it takes to win her heart and soul. But when Ariel is led to believe his love is a deception, she becomes vulnerable to Mercenary manipulation, and her own inner darkness may ultimately rip them apart.
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Number of Pages: 384
Reviewed by Ellie, age 17
I would like to establish something before this review begins: I hated Romeo in Juliet Immortal. Not hated as in “that’s a poorly written character”, hated as in “he’s a terrible human creature and I don’t want to be in the same room as him”. So, going into Romeo Redeemed by Stacey Jay, I wasn’t so sure that Romeo would, indeed, be redeemed in my eyes. But I digress.
This sequel to Juliet Immortal is centered on Romeo’s life after Juliet is sent back in time to live in Verona. Romeo has become a desperate, dying wraith who skitters around back alleyways and is generally terrifying. However, Juliet’s nurse, the Ambassador, gives Romeo a second chance: if he can convince Ariel Dragland (yes, the girl Juliet inhabited in the first book) that love exists, then he can become an Ambassador and escape his future misery. Romeo accepts the offer and this leads to all sorts of drama.
The Good: Romeo wasn’t a completely awful character! Sure, in the beginning, he talks about murder a bit too much and is very manipulative towards everyone he meets, but he eventually evolves into a likeable character. This is a superb example of character development, one that I think is one of the best parts of the novel. I’d also like to mention the fact that though this book is pretty much all romance, it isn’t bad romance. I only found myself shaking my head at Romeo and Ariel’s shenanigans a few times (a world record for me: I dislike romances. I think it stems from my early exposure to Twilight).
The Bad: Near the end, there is a point where Ariel takes a drastic measure to get back at someone who, she thought, had betrayed her. The emotions that occur before and after this drastic measure aren’t fully believable. As humans, we can’t just bounce from complete rage to full on forgiveness-at least, never in my experience.
The Confusing but Still Cool: TIME TRAVEL. It happens. It confuses me like nothing else. But it adds to the story and I thought it was pretty rad.
The Conclusion to this Review: This is a solid sequel. It tied up loose ends, incorporated past characters, and, all in all, kept me interested. I would recommend this to anyone who has read Juliet Immortal- this sequel wouldn’t make much sense to anyone who hasn’t read the first book.
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Check out my review of Juliet Immortal, here!
Ellie, age 17