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Juliet Immortal Paperback – September 11, 2012
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About the Author
STACEY JAY lives in the California wine country with her husband and their two boys. She is the author of the Megan Berry, Zombi Settler series and several other books for young adults.
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Top Customer Reviews
I was interested in this idea. How could an author possibly take Romeo and Juliet's tale and create a supernatural element? And being from California, it's nice to read about cities in your home state. Well, the idea sounded fairly standard: instead of the rival families, Romeo and Juliet are now part of warring factions-- he for the Mercenaries of the Apocalypse, she for the Ambassadors of Light. There are some fascinating ideas about the two sides, but their history, however, is confusing and a little comical. It took me about an hour to fully immerse myself in the mythology. The names alone require patience.
Poor Romeo is reduced to a blathering, over the top villain who likes to taunt Juliet. Juliet was a more complex character. Through her, Ms. Jay deals with issues some girls deal with: fitting in, finding yourself, and becoming a strong person. Juliet is capable of holding her own in a fight (which is refreshing considering the amount of female characters written who have the male lead fight for them), but when she meets a boy named Ben whom she feels an instant connection with, she becomes interested much like she was in Romeo in the play. I didn't understand their instant attraction; it felt like it was plunked into the story because there had to be a love interest.Read more ›
Despite the cheesy summary, Juliet Immortal is an absolutely compelling read. Juliet's voice is so honest and so real. She is full of uncertainty, especially because she was burned so badly by Romeo. As readers we want Juliet to succeed and fall in love despite the obstacles because she is so likable, even with her faults.
Then there is Romeo who is delightful as a villain. He's bad, but also sexy. And quite dangerous. Yet, his motivations for joining the Mercenaries are legit. I felt that he wasn't a cliched villain, and I genuinely came to like his scenes.
I thought Juliet Immortal was incredibly romantic. I loved how it turned it's source material, Romeo And Juliet, on it's head. I loved the chemistry between Juliet and Ben, especially because as readers we just want her to be happy. I loved how big of a role love of all types - romantic, friend, family- played in this story.
The ending is great too. It left me completely satisfied. There were no cliff hangers. No sequel bait. There is an actual conclusion and resolution. Juliet Immortal is an excellent read if you love a strong romance and new takes on old stories.
Pros: So I'm pretty conflicted over this book. At the very beginning I easily adored it. It starts with action and suspense and dives right into the plot of the story. The style the romance takes on is very different from that of typical YA. Romeo is basically a sociopath, and Juliet, though once having loved him, is completely aware of this. They're both now part of an ongoing "war" between the Ambassadors of Light and the Mercenaries. The book starts with them being thrown into another one of their missions for their respective sides, except that this time around things are weird. Romeo is stronger, Juliet is weaker. She can't reach her Ambassadors so they can explain things to her. Her mission isn't making sense and is harder to handle than usual. Romeo's acting weirder than usual, etc. All of this, I enjoyed and I found the story overall to be very captivating. I'm a sucker for *genuinely* tragic romances, and I don't see enough of that in most books that claim to have them.
Cons: The writing is simple, sometimes a little cheesy, but what I really didn't like was the resolution of everything at the end. It was kind of confusing and all over the place. It was interesting, but still, it felt really disorganized. I wish the events at the end had been much neater and less thrown together. The author should also try to explain things a little more there because I'm left with a few questions that I doubt are going to ever be answered, since it doesn't look like this will have a sequel- although I'd read that if it did. Heck, several of the characters themselves ended up with attitudes that went something like, "I don't understand what just happened but I'm cool with it!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I just received the book today. I can't wait to read it. The book arrived in good condition.Published 4 months ago by Carlyn Brody
All the other reviewers have so much to say...Frankly, I don't.
Excited. Interested. Amused. Puzzled. Wearied. Contemptuous. Bored. Apathetic.
In that order. Read more
Love this book series. The twists and turns and plot are so well thought out. Need to read with Romeo redeemed for perfect ending.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
4 1/2 stars
Everybody has heard of the most tragic love story in history- Romeo and Juliet- written by the famous William Shakespeare. Read more
This is such an interesting and fun take on Romeo and Juliet, and I really enjoyed reading it. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a re-telling and a fun, easy read!Published 7 months ago by Bryce
So...this has been a book I have had on my to-read list for a long, long time, but for some reason I never picked it up. Until last night. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Selena
Juliet has lived for centuries trying to help others while Romeo pretty much does the opposite. Juliet tries to make connections of true lovers while Romeo tries to convince others... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Krystianna Straley
Stacey Jay works magic again. She creates believable, troubled, developing characters, embeds them in a plot that captures the reader, and manages to use Shakespeare's play as a... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Rafael Scaramouche