Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Review: Juliet Immortal

Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay

publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

released: August 9th, 2011

hardcover, 304 pages

intended audience: Young adult


source: from publisher for honest review

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.

Review: This is one I'd been coveting for a long time---with its gorgeous cover and the promise of a completely reimagined Romeo & Juliet. Juliet Immortal takes the most well-known love story of all time and gives it a completely twisted makeover, sending the characters off into a whole new direction.

Over 700 years, Juliet and Romeo are pitted against each other in a war of love---Juliet fights to save the love between soulmates, while Romeo fights to destroy it. Juliet jumps from body to body and then has to figure out who the two soulmates are that she has to keep together. She lands in the body of Ariel, a girl who is a bit awkward and unself-assured due to a burn scar on her face and mother who has always made her feel self-conscious about it. I loved the way Juliet had to balance her actions between how she would react and how Ariel was expected to act, and the fact that with each life she overtook, she strove to make things better in that life, despite that not being her purpose for being there. It made for a very complex character. It was almost like reading a story told in both first and second person perspectives. I thought the romance was very sweet and I loved Ben's character---definitely not love at first site but a sort of instant easiness with each other that grew as they got to know each other, despite Juliet's efforts to hold back. I found the main plot twist concerning them to be predictable, but not in a way that completely ruined the story---more like you are just waiting for the characters to realize it, too.

There are some really great satisfying and heartfelt moments concerning Ariel and her mother and the intensity and conflict in the friendship between Juliet/Ariel and the best friend, Gemma was so infuriating as it needed to be. There are some really creepy moments and a good amount of violence and gore, which was slightly unexpected. Romeo made a fairly nasty villain, but his true intentions were always kind of unclear. Still, I found a few parts dragged for me and the details of the Mercenaries and the Ambassadors became a bit muddy and confusing.

Still, an interesting take on Romeo & Juliet! I recommend giving this one a try at your library.

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  1. Hmmm. I had this book ready to read next, but I'm thinking I want to wait now.

  2. Three and a half is good enough for me, especially since I've been wanting to read this one for a while. Hopefully I'll get to it in the next few months (soooo many books to read)!

    The Musings of ALMYBNENR

  3. I've heard a lot of off and on things about this book, but I seriously adore the cover... it's beautiful and it sounds really interesting. I think I need to get it and give it a try. Really enjoyed your review! :)

    Liza @ Book Crook Liza

  4. Glad you liked it and thank you for being honest about some of the confusing parts. I'm still really excited to give this one a try but will follow your advice and go the library way!

    Great review!

  5. OMG I can not wait to read this book! Great review!! Sucks that it's only three and a half though. I have such high expectations...

  6. I have this on hold at our library so I'm pretty excited to see what I think of this one.

  7. This book still in my TBR list and I hope I can find someone's copy :D I'm curious about Juliet jumping into another body. I wonder if this was like what Sam Beckett (from "Quantum Leap") did but instead of righting a wrong from the past, Juliet is saving soulmates in the present.

  8. @trailsofthepen

    Yes! Very much like Quantum Leap! I loved that show! :D