Thursday, February 14, 2013

Juliet Immortal

In the spirit of Valentines Day I have reviewed a retelling of Shakespeare classic tale of Romeo and Juliet.

Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay
Published- August 9, 2011 through Random House
and September 11, 2012 through Ember

What William Shakespeare has told you is a lie. Romeo and Juliet were not the perfect couple, but they weren't far from it. 700 years ago Romeo made a deal, Juliet's life for an immortal one. Determined to not let Juliet lead the life she is fated to lead if she stays with Romeo, he agrees. However, when Juliet's nurse (also an immortal being) offers a way for Juliet to live again, she can't refuse; especially if it is a way to get revenge on Romeo. But what will happen when Romeo professes his undying love for Juliet 700 years later and attempts to turn his back on all of the evils from his past?

My Thoughts-
I personally loved this story a lot more than the original Romeo and Juliet. Even though it is using all the same characters and it doesn't go along with Shakespeare's storyline at all, it is okay. I like the idea of the two opposing forces (good/evil and love/death) fighting against each other and how Stacey Jay used these two famous characters to tell this story about the two opposing sides.

Sometimes people just sit there and think about a book for a little bit, and sometimes they get done reading it and don't ever read it again. This was the kind of the book that has you thinking at the end. What happened between Juliet and Benvolio after the point of view had switched back to Romeo in the present day? I am still thinking about it and I finished reading it three and a half hours ago. 

In this book there is someone that I think everyone can kind of connect with. There is Ariel/Juliet who is shy (Ariel), will do anything to prove something or throw someone off balance (Juliet), and who will do anything for her friends (a bit of both here.) There is Dylan/Romeo who is very outgoing (both here), is scared to caught doing something he shouldn't and yet still does it (Romeo) and amazingly talented (Dylan for sure.) Then you have Ben who falls in love with Ariel/Juliet who is dropping all of the hint and yet she still rejects him, and who has a very troubled past. Gemma who is the rich kid who doesn't really fit in and has serious daddy issues.

All in all I loved this book and probably will read it again. I can't wait until I get the second one. 

Hope to have you reading again soon,
Paige <3

 I am giving this book 5 out of 5 stars