7.14.2011

ARC Tour Review: Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay

Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Format: ARC (courtesy of Fire and Ice ARC Tours)
Genre: Paranormal, Young Adult
Publication Date: 9.13.2011
"These violent delights have violent ends 
And in their triumph die, like fire and powder, 
Which as they kiss consume." 

—Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare 

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.

Before I get into my review, I want to be upfront: I hate the original R&J. I hated suffering through it in high school English classes (because reading it once wasn't enough, I got to read it all three years), and I hate the everyday references to true love that seem to be synonymous with Romeo and Juliet...like they go together. I get that it was an epic love story, but there are so many other stories out there that demonstrate what I see as real true love. This may or may not color my feelings for Juliet Immortal.

Despite being different than I thought it would be, Juliet Immortal met my expectations in regards to turning Romeo and Juliet's story completely upside down. I initially thought Romeo and/or Juliet would become some sort of vampire, fey, or another type of immortal, but they were something completely different. I didn't expect that, but I ended up liking it.

There were some flat characters in this book, including the love interest (the other one). I wish I had gotten to see a little more of his personality. We see that Juliet feels for him, and we hear his life story, but he never seems to show any charisma. Juliet herself was interesting enough of a character to have me like and understand her, but it took half the book before I decided I really liked her. I really enjoyed Romeo's character. Stacey Jay captured a kind of arrogance about him that hid his immaturity fairly well. With each move he made in the story, I could see his suffering or anger, and could see the reasons behind why he did what he did. He was definitely the best character in the story; good and bad.

I really got into the book in the second chapter. The way we are introduced to the character and her modern-day self at this time, sucked me into the story. The things that happen and the reasons behind the characters' current places in the world made such a fascinating story that I was up all night reading until I had finished. It is really a unique plot, and Romeo and Juliet was the perfect story to revive with it. It definitely isn't perfect, but whether you love or hate Romeo and Juliet, you'll love the paranormal revamp Stacey Jay gives it. And besides--who can say no to an epic love story turned into an epic hate story? :)


Read this if:
...you believe in true love, and you believe that there was more to Romeo and Juliet's story than was ever told.

Content Warning
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{Moderate amount of swearing, and some violence.}

11 comments:

  1. I didn't really fancy reading this one at all - but now thanks to your review I am actually interested :)

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  2. Thanks for the review! I'm looking forward to reading this book.
    NC
    Truly Bookish

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  3. I have had this book on my TBR list for a while. I cannot wait to read it. Thanks for the review.

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  4. Jules: Glad I could persuade you. :) I hope you like it!

    NC: Sweet! Thanks for stopping by!

    Anne: I hope you like it as much as I did!

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  5. I'm curious about this book. I hate R&J, I really do, but it sounds like a really interesting twist.

    Great review! :)

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  6. I've been lusting for this novel forever! I really love Romeo & Juliet in any form so I can't wait to see what she's done with it. Thanks for your honest review and I'm so glad you liked it despite your reservations!

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  7. I like the original story so I'll skip this one, but I agree that the original is not about true or real love.

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  8. I actually enjoyed reading Romeo and Juliet in high school. I was actually upset because my teacher didn't plan the time out right so we only read the first part of the story and watched the second half on movies. I think I'll just stick with the original story though.

    Thanks for the great review :)

    Pages of Forbidden Love

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  9. I'm dying to read this! Thanks so much for the review, I'll definitely be looking forward to this one.

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  10. The Story Queen: I hope you decide to read it! I think it's worth it. :)

    Amber: If you like R&J in any form, you'll love this!

    Alexis: Thanks for stopping by!

    Juju: Thanks for your comment. :)

    Alexa: I wish I had liked the original more, but I didn't. I'm glad you did, though!

    Laura: Glad I could help! I hope you love it!

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Thanks for commenting! I read each and every one, and reply as soon as I can :)

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