Sunday, December 11, 2011 | By: Megzarooni

Juliet Immortal

By: Stacey Jay
Reviewer: Kaependragon

"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 Shakespeare

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.

As a fan of Shakespeare my interests were piqued by the whole concept of this novel and from the first page to the last I was ensnarled by this modernized love story. Stacey Jay weaves a believable story of betrayal, hate, love and it had me hoping, as cliché as it is, for a happy ending.

      The story was simply amazing; it was a complete and radical change from the play. In this fictional book Romeo has killed Juliet in cold blood and from his unwilling sacrifice he is now immortal. Little does he know that his actions have given Juliet a new lease on life, well if you can call it that, she has become immortal as well. Her purpose? She is destined to fight against Romeo and his evildoings to protect other lovers from doing what he did to their relationship—being killed by the one you love most.

       I normally don’t read books that have a lot of romance in it but I will admit the struggles that Juliet faces were all too real and I could relate. She is thrust into the body of a young girl named Ariel who had just died in a car crash. Little does Juliet know that a surprise awaits her when the driver of the car wakes up. The ultimate power struggle between light and darkness was eloquently described and Ms. Jay was able to give vivid descriptions of characters and she was also able express certain feelings in a manner that left Goosebumps on my arms The eeriness of some parts of this book made me lean over in my bed and turn on my light.

       Readers will discover the characters they love and hate from the play come to life within these pages! I though Ms. Jay’s ability to incorporate other characters, besides Romeo and Juliet was clever and a smart move! Will Juliet be able to separate herself from her heart to follow out her duty when she falls in love? Will Romeo succeed in destroying the love that Juliet was sent to help grow or will Juliet’s own feelings and longing take over and cloud her judgment?

4/5 Sonnets


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