Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Time Travel Shakespeare: Juliet Immortal Review

Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay
Release Date: August 9, 2011
Publisher: Delacorte Press
Pages: 306
Keywords: romance, time travel, supernatural
Format Read: hardcover from publisher (thank you!)
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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.
This cover was striking, and I've had this on my TBR shelf for eons. Probably since it was first published. So I finally decided to pick it up, and even after I've finished it, I'm torn.

The whole idea behind the book was extremely interesting — Romeo wasn't actually the love of Juliet's life. Instead, he wanted to be a part of this immortal group that promised him glory and fame and fortune, and to do that, he had to kill Juliet. So she fell in love, and he sacrificed her, and he ran off to this group. Well, the Nurse found Juliet and brought her back to life (sort of) to be on the other side of this immortal group, the kind that saves lovers and brings them together for eternity. And each of them keeps coming back to life to inhabit lovers bodies to try and break people up or keep them together.

My main issue was that the story line was confusing. It seemed intriguing at first, but then Juliet was looking for mirrors to call Nurse, and I didn't know how that worked. Then she talked about the council or Ambassadors in charge. And I didn't know how that worked. And then Romeo couldn't decide what side he was on, and then more people from their time showed up in other bodies, and I couldn't keep track of who was who or who was on what side, or even if the main characters knew that these other guys were here.

I really liked Ben and Gemma, characters that popped up when Juliet inherited Ariel's body. They were dynamic and funny, and they grew along with Ariel/Juliet (see what I mean about confusing?) throughout the story. They had great personalities and seemed to care a lot about their friends, and I loved both of their different approaches to how they handled situations.

Ultimately, though, I didn't feel invested in the story because I didn't even fully understand what was happening. I found myself pushing to finish it not because I truly wanted to, but there was one part of the storyline that I vaguely wanted to see how it would play out. Sadly, I will not be looking for book two. It just was not my style.

1 comment:

  1. I loved this book! Stacey Jay manages to turn the story of Romeo and Juliet on its head with this haunting retelling. Beautiful!

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