Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Series: Juliet Immortal #2
Romeo is a murderer, a betrayer. He is the last person to expect forgiveness, especially from the Ambassadors. So when he's given the chance to join them, how can he say no? All he has to do is make Ariel, the girl Juliet possessed, fall in love with him.... in three days time. Little does Romeo know that he could be capable of falling in love with her, too.
Having loved Juliet Immortal, I've been looking forward to Romeo Redeemed for months. In JI, Romeo is a Mercenary- he's dark, twisted, murderous... not really someone who you'd think could be "redeemed." Needless to say, I was dying to find out how he could be turned into someone for whom I'd root. Somehow, though, Stacey Jay did it.
Romeo starts off as selfish and wicked, but over the course of the novel, he experiences beautiful character development. Despite all that he has done in his past, he becomes a sympathetic, romantic character whom I grew to love. His relationship with Ariel is sensual, intense, and beautiful, even if Ariel's character is not what I expected at all. She's significantly darker than I would have thought-although there is some explanation to this- and a lot of the time I wasn't sure if I even liked her. I definitely connected with Juliet more. However, Ariel is certainly more interesting, just as Romeo Redeemed is overall more suspenseful.
The antagonists in this book are absolutely terrifying and the reader doesn't know who to trust anymore than Romeo does. There's plenty of action and drama to get your heart rate going, mixed in among the more romantic scenes that will raise your pulse in a completely different way. The corruption that exists in the Mercenaries and the Ambassadors was touched upon in Juliet Immortal, but really comes to light now. However, the Mercenaries and the Ambassadors' magic is utterly confusing.
In fact, that's my only true complaint in this book. The magic is complicated, full of alternate realities and body-switching and time-travel, none of which is ever truly explained. The ending is more than confusing because you can't be sure in which reality this is all taking place. Throughout the book the reader has to wonder whether the ending for Juliet Immortal still even stands. There are vague hints at an explanation, but it's weak.
Despite this, Romeo Redeemed is a solid follow up. I look forward to reading whatever Stacey Jay writes next!
*3.5 stars*Cover Rating: 5 stars. Byoo-tee-ful.
Have you read Romeo Redeemed yet? What were your thoughts?