Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Juliet Immortal Review

Juliet Immortal (Juliet Immortal, #1)
Juliet Immortal (Juliet Immortal #1)
By Stacey Jay
Published August 9th, 2011 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
306 pages

4 stars - Fantastic Retelling!

Fans of Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver and Becca Fitzpatrick's Hushwill relish this intense paranormal love story featuring Romeo and Juliet, literary history's most tragic couple, who meet again, not as true lovers, but truly as enemies.
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.

"These violent delights have violent ends
And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,
Which as they kiss consume."
—Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

When I saw that this book had to do with Romeo and Juliet I was honestly skeptical. Luckily I am able to say that I am skeptical no more and neither should you be. I know that not that many people are big fans of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, and I'll admit that I'm not in love with the story, but Juliet Immortal is definitely a different experience. 

Juliet Immortal focuses on Juliet herself and takes place many years after the whole Romeo and Juliet spectacle. It adds a twist to the star-crossed lovers story and it's all the more intriguing. Romeo and Juliet don't love each other, in fact they actually almost hate each other. Neither of them are mortal and each are on different sides fighting for different things. Juliet is fighting for true, romantic love but she isn't quite sure is she even believes there is such a thing. But now with her current mission Juliet is finding out exactly what kind of love is out there and that she might actually have another chance at a love that was taken away from her.

Juliet was a like able  character. She was strong, smart and caring even though most of the people she was interacting with were strangers to her. She really fought to make things right among many of the people there. Her story and how she felt about Romeo betraying her was intriguing and kind of sad. But things start looking up for her and I was happy with were things ended up for her. The whole book had just enough romance, action, suspense and teen angst :). It really was a fantastic retelling of Romeo and Juliet and now I can't wait to be able to read the second book where we focus on Romeo. This book really let you see the characters in a different light. You got to see Juliet grow and start to have faith and believe and you got to see Romeo in all his badness with maybe just a hint of true goodness. All in all Juliet Immortal was a book that caught my attention and held it. So go ahead and check this one out!


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