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Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay

November 21st, 2011 by Debbie's World of Books

Source: Received for review

Publication date: August 9, 2011

Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers

I give this book 3 out 5 stars

Summary from Goodreads.com: 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.

I’ll openly admit it was the cover of this book that really grabbed me because it is just absolutely stunning.  Then the idea of the Romeo and Juliet romance being a sham caught my imagination despite contemporary YA stories not being my main area of interest. Juliet is sent into the body of a teenage girl, Ariel, and finds herself having to protect Ariel’s best friend, Gemma, from Romeo who also returns in the body of another teenager on a mission to tear Gemma and her soulmate apart.  Both Romeo and Juliet quickly realize everything is different this time around.  There appear to be no others of their kind around, their powers are muted and Juliet falls herself falling for the boy that she suspects of being Gemma’s soulmate.   Then to just make things even more complicated Gemma turns out to be a real b*tch and probably a bit crazy and Romeo is convinced that if Juliet falls for him again they can both get their original bodies back and carry on with an actual life.

The cast of characters ranged the wide spectrum from Romeo who I actually felt bad for.  Yes he was despicable and was playing for the dark side but I loved his cockiness and the fact that despite all he actually did have a heart.  When the ending is revealed and we find out why he did what he did I felt even worse for him and I did want to kind of slap Juliet around.   Juliet was more of one of those characters I didn’t feel very strongly about one way or another.  I felt bad that her life was cut short and now she was doomed to spend eternity battling Romeo for souls of soul mates but I never really came to “like” her.  Then there was Gemma who was beyond horrid.  She was supposed to be Ariel’s best friend but treated her like crap, she was unbalanced and even though supposedly she did truly care about Ariel I found that hard to believe.  Instead she just comes across as a total whack job and it is hard to believe she was supposed to be the one one who ends up with happily ever after.

The story itself moved along at a great clip and I was eagerly flipping through the pages waiting to find out what would happen in the end.  Then the story comes to a screeching halt as one random act after another happens and I felt my head spinning by time the story was over.  I still am not sure how the ending really came about.  It was just too pat and didn’t make sense how we got there.  So I felt totally deflated upon finishing what started out as a great book and the only upside was it looks like we will get to see more Romeo in future books!

Posted in 3 Star Books, Books, Young Adult

5 Responses

  1. Linda

    Sounds interesting but I don’t like endings like that. If I see it, I might pick it. Thank you for your honest review.

  2. Kailana

    I have to admit when I came to your review the cover caught my eye, too. I was sad to see you didn’t like the book more, though.

  3. Debbie's World of Books

    Kailana-I think it was mostly just Juliet I couldn’t related to. I liked Romeo so definitely want to check out the next book.

  4. Michelle

    I really liked this one. Romeo definitely got the short end of the stick. I did like how I wasn’t sure if he was good or evil for most of the time. It was hard to tell where he was really going to end up falling in that way.

  5. Danya

    Sorry to hear the ending was such a disappointment! Endings that are too pat and convenient irritate me as well. I haven’t seen too many reviews of this one, so thanks for giving me a better idea of what to expect!

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