Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Juliet Immortal:A Book Review

Sometimes when walking through the bookstore, I come across a book that I just can’t walk away from. This was one of those. I was in Alabama, visiting my cousin, and we were just killing time in the bookstore when I looked down and saw 
this book. Now, you must know that I am a sucker for books that give a twist to the classics. They do, however, make me nervous. I never want them to ruin a classic, but there are a few that change it up with the modern times and it is just too good to put down. 

Here is a summary of the book taken from Goodreads: 

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 trump die, like fire and powder,
Which as they kiss consume.”
-Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

Forget everything you’ve been told or have read about Romeo and Juliet. What if it was a lie? What if Romeo and Juliet were still alive, today? Would you believe it if I told you they were enemies, going through years of fighting for love (Juliet) and fighting against (Romeo)?

Juliet’s goal is to find two soul mates and help them to fall in love all while Romeo tries his hardest to keep that from happening. When Juliet enters the body of Ariel, a teenager who has tried to end her life, Juliet takes control of Ariel’s body so that she can complete her mission. While trying to complete her mission, she end up falling in love with Ben even though it is forbidden. She tries to fight her feelings for Ben and Romeo tries to win her back by telling her about a spell he found that could make them truly immortal. No more traveling from body to body or not being able to feel, touch, or smell. They could live again. But will Juliet choose to follow Romeo and truly become immortal?

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I couldn’t help but praise the imagination of Stacey Jay and the twist that she put on one of the greatest love stories ever told. I’ve always loved the story of Romeo and Juliet, whether it be in Shakespeare form or in movie form, (1968 version). (Okay, I love the Leonardo Dicaprio version too, but that’s a whole other blog post.) Anyways, what if the romantic Romeo we’ve always known and loved took the life of Juliet? The story we’ve always known wouldn’t exist, and neither would a lot of other stories or movies for that matter. At first, I was hesitant about this book. I was interested with the twist in the original storyline, but scared that it would completely take away from the story. It did the opposite though. I found myself fascinated with the story Stacey Jay had created and trying to figure out what was going to happen. I love when a book does that, it’s a puzzle that I must complete. There were a few things I would have like to have seen happen and a character that I absolutely couldn’t stand. (If you read it, you may know exactly who I am talking about). I will say that it was a good book and one that I am happy I bought on a whim. I know for sure that I will be reading the sequel, Romeo Redeemed. 

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