Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay
Reading level: Ages 14 and up
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (August 9, 2011)
"These violent delights have violent ends And in their triumph die, like fire and powder, Which as they kiss consume." —Romeo and Juliet by William
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
Nothing is as haunted and full of more woe then this re-telling of Juliet and her Romeo.
Juliet Immortal is a novel that re invokes the spirit of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet but do not be fooled by the promise of flowery prose and romantic notions because this novel takes on an original spin that is wildly twisted an unforgetable.
Remember Romeo and Juliet? Those star crossed lovers that could not live without one another? Well, forget everything you believed about them because their love story isn't a tragedy. It is about a mind warped Romeo convinced by Mercenaries that killing his Juliet will bring him eternal life and glory. Yet, instead of Juliet perishing she is granted equal immortality by becoming an Ambassador, who sole purpose is to protect and ensure that soul mates find one another. The antithesis to the Mercenaries whose only objective is to disband and destroy soul mates. So, you can understand that Juliet has her work cut out for her.
Jump forward 700 years and you find Juliet inhabiting the body of Ariel Dragland; a girl with low self esteem and on a date with an obvious douchebag. But before Juliet can get adjust to her new body she comes in contact with Romeo. And it is not a happy reunion, for the last 7 centuries those two have been battling each other for both of their causes but this time something is different.....off axis and unsettling. This fact becomes more apparent when she herself falls in love, something she never imagined possible but she knows she cannot keep this body nor the boy that she has feelings for. Then she gains knowledge of how all her wishes can become reality from a very unlikely source but it would mean that she would have to trust and love the one being that she has sworn to hate for all eternity. But can love conquer all?
When I read the synopsis about this novel, I could not wait to read it. I am not a great fan of Romeo and Juliet (I think tragic love stories are just that...tragic) I wanted to know how this story would play out and was pleased by the results. What I enjoyed most about this story was the original, very dark and emotional nature of this novel. It seems twisted but I witnessing Romeo and Juliet's interactions together would emit such volatile emotions that I did not know if I was coming or going.
I understood Juliet's distrust of love and how despite that fact that she never wavered from her missions of ensuring her soul mates their happiness, it demonstrated her strength and vulnerability that was endearing. And her journey to self acceptance and love is pleasing to witness as she navigates through this mission ensuring her soul mates find eternal happiness, the body she now inhabits come through better than before and that the one she now loves finds eternal bliss.
Despite the fact that I enjoyed this read It is not to say that I don't have issues with this novel, because I do. I mainly have issue with Juliet's wavering adoration with Ben...yes I love him, but I can't be with him...but I can...but I can't...and so on. It proved to be a bit much at times. Besides that fact I wished that the Mercenary and Ambassador culture was better explained because their were moments that left me perplexed and needing a better understanding. These issues being said I truly enjoyed what this story had to offer.
I believe that anyone that favors a paranormal romantic read will enjoy Juliet Immortal for it's original concept and darkly and compelling storyline.