Title: Juliet Immortal
Author: Stacey Jay
Genres: Retellings, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: Delacorte (Imprint of Random House)
Date Published: August 9th, 2011
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.
Juliet Immortal is a retelling (of sorts) of Romeo & Juliet. The only reason I hesitate to call this a full-out retelling is because it takes place after the events in Romeo & Juliet, but it edits what “really” happened and how that original story “got it wrong”.
I thought this was a pretty creative and interesting book, and a completely out there kind of take on Romeo & Juliet. The story was still pretty tragic like the original tale, but with a really cool paranormal twist that I found to be pretty entertaining to read about. Where I think the story lacked though was in the mechanics of this world. Without giving anything away, the reasoning behind who/what Romeo and Juliet are at this point was not very well explained. We’re given an idea, but some of the workings and possibilities seemed out there and disconnected. For example, the way it ended really made no sense to me. It seemed like a bit of a stretch so I was shaking my head a bit.
But the actual getting there was quite fun. I enjoyed this world and I liked Juliet/Ariel, who’s POV we’re in most of the time. I was kind of disappointed in the romance aspect of it. Although I love retellings, and I found this to be really interesting, I wasn’t a big fan of such a huge change in R/J’s romance. I wish it could’ve been different, but that’s not the story this was about.
Overall, I thought this was pretty cool. Like I said above, it’s quite a creative and (if possible) even more tragic twist on THE classic love story and for that I have to hand it to Stacey Jay for coming up with something very interesting and unique. It was a bit out there though and I didn’t like it as much as I thought I would. Still, if you’re a fan of retellings then you’d probably enjoy this. But, if you’re a big fan of Romeo & Juliet then this might just break your heart. lol
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