Book Review: Juliet Immortal

Book Review: Juliet ImmortalJuliet Immortal by Stacey Jay
Series: Juliet Immortal #1
Published by Delacorte Books on August 9th 2011
Pages: 304
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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.

One of the greatest love stories of all time? Check. Flipping the so-called greatest love story on its butt? Double check. The idea that the tragic romance that is Romeo and Juliet is a complete lie instantly drew me to this tale. Plus, I loved the concept: lovers fighting a war for centuries to ensure (or destroy) the souls true lovers.
 
'There never was a tale of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo'.. well at least that is what Shakespeare would want us to believe. But if you were to ask Juliet, she never, ever wants to hear mention of that play and all its lies. To her, the Romeo who is depicted in that play's pages does not exist. Nor did he ever exist.
 
Juliet Immortal flips everything you ever thought about Romeo and Juliet right out from under you. I try not to go into books like these with too many exceptions. You never know just what direction it will go in. Within the first pages, I knew I was right not to make assumptions. Because nothing could have prepared me for this book. That Juliet Immortal was going to be this different. How different?
 

"Romeo has found a corpse. It's my last thought before his hands are around my throat." p. 13, ARC

"I am going to rip your arms and eat them. While you watch!" p.16, ARC

You don't get much more different than that. Even Romeo's entrance was breathtaking, leaving my first thoughts of him somewhere along the lines of… 'WOW! This boy is a sociopath'. And it only get deeper. As Jay explores the mythos of Romeo and Juliet, I really began to think about what I knew about the legendary tale. Jay take something so familiar, and made it so foreign.

While Juliet is our main character and the focus of the novel, it was Romeo who really captured my attention. Juliet was great. But with her being in the position that she was, her character did not see much growth. Yes, she does have some 'ah ha' moments, but she did not move me. Romeo, on the other hand, started out so grotesque, so vile that if he could only develop into something more. And boy, did he. It is remarkable how much this character grew on me. How much I wanted him to succeed.

Final Verdict:
Never in my wildest daydreams imagined that I would be reading something as glorious as Juliet Immortal. It has that spark. It makes you question the boundary between love and hate. I was totally taken by surprised with this one. After all this, you will never think about Romeo and Juliet the same. If, like me, you were wondering if Romeo and Juliet will have their happily ever after, you will just have to read Juliet Immortal to find out.

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7 responses to “Book Review: Juliet Immortal

  1. This one’s on my wishlist! I passed it over on the Vine newsletter last month because there were just so many good ones to choose from, but I’ve really been regretting that decision! Thanks for the review!

  2. So when I read the summary, I was, you know, like totally appalled but then reading your review I guess I calmed down. For some reason this has always been one of my favorite stories and I didn’t think I could handle it being flipped all around but you have my interest. Must try it!

  3. Rita Webb

    I felt like Pam–totally appalled at the idea–but after reading your thoughts, I’d be willing to give the book a chance. At least Romeo & Juliet wasn’t one of my favorite Shakespeare plays. I always preferred the comedies.

  4. Brodie

    Oh geez, way to make me ten times more needy for this book. It sounds fantastic!! I’ve been intrigued by this book for months and now that I’m starting to see a few reviews trickle in… it certainly seems to be living up to expectations! I’m growing more and more fascinated by Romeo’s crazy character. Love your review!

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