Series: Juliet Immortal #1
Publisher: Delacorte Press (2011)
Hardcover (206 pages)
Reading Challenges: 2016 Backlist Books, 2016 Retelling Challenge, Read 2016
These violent delights have violent ends
And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,
Which as they kiss consume.
-William Shakespeare, ROMEO AND JULIET
Juliet Capulet didn't take her own life. She was murdered by the person she trusted most, her new husband, Romeo Montague, who made the sacrifice to ensure his own immortality. But Romeo didn't anticipate that Juliet would be granted eternal life as well, and would become an agent for the Ambassadors of Light.
For seven hundred years, Juliet has struggled to preserve romantic love and the lives of the innocent, while Romeo has fought for the dark side, seeking to destroy the human heart. Until now.
Now Juliet has found her own forbidden love, and Romeo, O Romeo, will do everything in his power to destroy their happiness.
Secrets unfold and surprises abound in Stacey Jay's powerfully dark romance, which reunites literature's most tragic couple.
Juliet Immortal gives us a twisted version of the story of Romeo and Juliet. Apparently Romeo was actually the one who murdered his new bride, Juliet, in order to gain immortality.
So Romeo becomes a Mercenary and Juliet is also granted immortality as an Ambassador of Light. They stand on the two sides of what has become a war zone: the love between soulmates.
Romeo’s task is to drive a wedge between the soulmates and cause one to sacrifice the other for the promise of immortality. Juliet’s task is to prevent that from happening. She is to fight for the love between the soulmates to stay strong.
Through it all, Romeo and Juliet are now enemies. We see Juliet making mistakes so similar to the mistakes she makes in Shakespeare’s play. Romeo is manipulative, turning any situation to whatever he wants and still using Juliet.
While this will never be a favorite read, it was intriguing the way the story of Romeo and Juliet was reinterpreted. The plot was entertaining, for the most part, with twists I didn’t necessarily see coming.
There were times when I just wanted to slap Juliet to make her actually pay attention to what was happening. Seriously, abusive best friends are not the way to go!
If you decide to give Juliet Immortal a read, let me know how you liked it. If you’ve already read it, please share as I am interested to see what others think.