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Romeo Redeemed (Juliet Immortal) Hardcover – October 9, 2012
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Romeo Redeemed is a book that is impossible to put down. I could not stop reading and then reread the book as soon as I finished. Stacey Jay's writing is poetic and her storyline is brilliant. Teen girls and young women will love Romeo Redeemed. I give this novel five out of five stars.
*Received a copy of the book to review, this in no way affects my review*
I absolutely loved the first book in this series, Juliet Immortal. I just felt like it fixed everything I couldn't stand about the original story and made it so much better. I'm just not big on tragedy and heartache. That being said, when I saw that Romeo would be getting his own chance at happiness, I was more than excited to see how things played out. I was really hoping to be swept right off my feet like I was the first time around, but unfortunately that never happened. Even though I had seen a spark of goodness in Romeo from the first book, I had a hard time believing his insanely quick transition this time around. In fact, he seemed rather sappy all too quick as well as way too willing to sacrifice himself considering his history. They say love conquers all, but despite being a hopeless romantic, in this case I can't help but being a little skeptical.
Another thing that really frustrated me about this book was the lack of answers. In fact there were a lot of part that were quite confusing as they just weren't explained very well. I realize that the characters really had no idea either, and just were flying by at the seat of their pants, but I still think a little more explanation and resolution would have gone a long way, especially when it came to Ariel's episodes. Also, I still don't really understand the business between the Missionaries and the Ambassadors other than they are locked in some epic struggle that winds up hurting so many others. Well, the Missionaries was quite obviously evil, so his agenda was pretty straightforward. It was the Ambassadors that left me scratching my head, as some of Nurse's actions were anything but good and pure, making her seem almost evil as well. I really wanted to know what the heck they were other than two powerful beings toying with others, but perhaps that's the point right there.
In all honestly I'm not really sure how I feel about Romeo Redeemed in the end as I'm stuck between a two and three rating. But since it was able to mostly hold my attention to the end, I'll round up to a three. It's just rather frustrating to go from my resounding five star rating of Juliet Immortal to the decidedly less enjoyable Romeo Redeemed. It is one of those cases where I can't help thinking that things should have been left as a stand alone, considering just how satisfying things were left at the end of Juliet Immortal. Don't get me wrong, I did enjoy seeing how Romeo ended up where he did at the very end of Juliet Immortal, it's just that there also was a lot of frustration involved that lessened the overall enjoyment factor.
The book is told from both Romeo and Ariel's point of view. There is even a little Juliet thrown in throughout the book. This did confuse me to start and I was beyond thrown because of the glimpse we got at the end of Juliet Immortal. The switch from each POV is put at the start of each chapter but more than that you can just tell who you are reading. Their voices are very clear,easy to identify and made the book go much faster than I had anticipated. That being said I was happy with how the book was paced and the way things were placed throughout the book. This was more of a what's happening now than what happened before and really I think that may have given this book a bit of an edge from the first.
There is a lot of growth in Romeo in particular in this book. As previously stated Romeo wasn't exactly a saint and made a lot of wrong choices to get where he is. To start he seemed like the same old selfish Romeo, the one that is only looking out for his own best interest but things change. I loved the changes that occurred within Romeo and the things that he learned strictly because of true love. The revelation that he makes does not come without consequences but the end result seems to be worth it. Not only for him but also for those around him. The Romeo we knew with Juliet has turned into someone that we could fall for and feel for.
Ariel (who is actually Ariel not Juliet this time around) is the object of Romeo's mission. She is troubled and hardened but with good reason. Her life hasn't really been simple or easy and because of this she lives with her heart guarded. Really my heart went out this girl. There were times I wanted to run and hug her and others that I wanted to shake and scream at her. Ariel in my opinion was both strong and weak. I know what a contradiction right? However there were times I would smile because she would put her foot down and that was the way it was and also when she felt something she didn't fear it. The opposite end of that was that she didn't always think things through and was swayed way too often by the thoughts and opinions of others. The one time I thought she was going to fight it she just didn't. This makes her more human though I guess and I found her to be an overall beautiful and developed character.
The romance in this book are for the most part beautiful and heart felt. Though it does move really fast due to the three day time limit that Romeo is given to make Ariel love him. So to some this will be something they see as an insta love and nothing more than that. The love wasn't instant though. Rushed yes but not by choice and Ariel didn't just swoon herself into Romeo's arms. They had to work for it in many different ways. Once Ariel let her guard down and all truth that could be out there was out there the romance was beautiful and what they had was wonderful. Though their love never seems to come easy and there is a lot of stuff standing in the way at every turn.
I repeat what I said with Juliet Immortal: Stacey Jay took a chance with twisting this well known love story into something different. With book two it still works if not a little more so than the previous story. The ending was wonderful and I loved how everything felt finished. There was no loose ends with anyone really and everyone got an ending. Even Juliet's story is truly finished in this novel. I would still warn those that are really attached to the original story of Romeo and Juliet that this series is nothing like the story you know and you need to brace yourself for a new truth. That being said I look forward to seeing what Stacey comes up with next!
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