Genre: Love and Romance
Publisher: Delacorte Press (Random House)
Website: http://www.staceyjay.com/juliet-immortal/, http://staceyjayya.blogspot.com/, randombuzzers.com
Rating: 5 stars (Plus extra credit for an amazing cover!)
As Shakespeare told it, Romeo and Juliet took their lives to be with each other in the afterlife, so that their love could be eternal. But Juliet Capulet knows that it's more like eternal hatred, and that neither of them really died. Romeo tried to kill her to gain immortality, but Juliet was able to get immortality for herself, as well. So for the past seven hundred years, the Montague/Capulet rivalry has lived on as Romeo works to destroy true love and Juliet battles to protect it. That is, until she meets Ben- sweet, beautiful, forbidden Ben- and starts to question everything she knows. The question foremost in her mind is simple: Can she love again?
I'm a huge Shakespeare fan, and I found this book to be a fantastic adaptation. Juliet jumps off the page with her personable, mildly sarcastic narration. Romeo, in turn, is a perfect villain, and perfectly complex, with his own emotional turmoil and angst. The thing that I really praise Jay for, though, is that Ben escapes the fate of most of today's romantic interests and is realistic, while still being charming and handsome.
From the very beginning, the plot is full of twists and turns and draws you in. As soon as I picked it up, I couldn't put it down! The mythology is fascinating, the relationship between good and evil is well done, and Juliet's journey is extraordinary. It isn't disrespectful to the original at all; rather, it's an excellent continuation of Shakespeare's work.
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P.S. I just found out there's going to be a sequel called Romeo Redeemed. I can't wait to read it!