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By Any Other Name: A Retelling of Romeo & Juliet Paperback – March 13, 2017
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I enjoyed the story. Two things kept this from being 5 stars. Firstly the fight scenes weren't terribly well done. Secondly, parts of the story (including most of the second half) felt quite rushed. I feel it would have been better to add a bit more story and detail. I believe the author was aiming for a fast-paced section before the grand finale, but in my opinion it came across as being too rushed.
I volunteered to read the ARC of this book.
Author: Laura Greenwood
4 unexpected stars
Unlike many of Laura Greenwood's other novels, By Any Other Name- A Retelling Of Romeo & Juliet, really takes William Shakespeare's original play and bases her own story from it adding her own personal flare to it. Vampires, centuries old feuds and vampires vowing to take an itch of celibacy, Laura Greenwood's latest release doesn't spare her readers when we read her novel, giving us just the right amount of old and new. I could have sworn that I was back in school, studying my English writers in history in my english lit class, and of course, it wouldn't have been complete with the option of 'modernizing' the original plays (I assure you, 20 years ago, that options was absolutely possible!). What made Laura Greenwood's version exciting was the fact that she made it into a paranormal type of read that made want to read it faster than my brain can actually process it to find out how she'll make the Capulets and Montagues work out: will Romeo and Juliet have the same fate as their original counterparts?
4 unexpected dreams
As I would have expected, it had a beautiful love story, with its own twists, but true to what I fell in love from William Shakespeare ~ not because it's the work that was most studied in high school, but because it was the one that made me fall in love with writing and that even non-HEAs can be beautiful. Always having been a fan of Laura Greenwood's, I loved the fact that she took the time to make it her own story, the sights, smells, emotions and the 'people' as real as though I was there alongside the characters. What's In A Name will be one of those rare novels that becomes more important than the author can ever know, reviving my love for things I thought had been lost so long ago and for that and so much more, I can only profusely thank her for it.
*ARC provided by Author in exchange for an honest review.
Reviewed by Kathleen, The Small Girl from A small girl, her man and her books
"Love couldn’t spring from where there was only hate, and their clans had ensured that there was plenty of that between them."
Unless you have grown up on another planet, chances are you HAD to read at least one of Shakespeare's plays in your life. That play was (usually) Romeo and Juliet, and you were probably kind of turned off by the "olde English". I feel your pain because I did too. IMHO, books like this are a much better alternative in our 'Gamer/cosplay' world.
Josie Capulet and Romain Montague, both vampire teenagers at 40-something, and, at some level, caught in a centuries old feud between the two houses. Romain's human confidant, Father Lawrence as well as Julie's human nurse, Adrianne are along for the ride, and both seem much more involved than in the original.
Things more more swiftly in the Parisian Vampiracy than human Italy. And I'm not going to rehash the story. What I will share is that I enjoyed this book a lot. I got lost in the language, something I did post high school and in some ways, the play makes more sense in this time frame.
This is a great fantasy and a marvelous escape. Highly recommended
I knew the ending would be the same as the play and despite that, I got invested in the characters and was sad when they died and wished that they hadn't...I wonder if an alternate ending could be made to fulfill my fantasy of Romeo and Juliet having a happy ending or in this case Romain and Josi. In this version of the tale, I enjoyed getting more insight into what was happening inside Romain and Josi's heads about everything and the fact the author made them you in terms of being vampires but not as young as they were originally worked really well and made the plot more believable for this day and age.
I highly recommend this to anyone who likes a vampy/paranormal twist on classic tales and I was beyond happy to receive my ARC copy for review
I received an ARC of this book from the author. This is my honest review.
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