Published: August 2011 from Delacorte
Rating: 4 ♥ / 5 ♥ – I really liked it
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.
Being a Shakespeare fan, I was immediately drawn in to Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay. A twist on the star-crossed lovers where Romeo murdered Juliet and now they are both technically immortal? Definitely an interesting plot and had my attention held enough that I read it in one sitting.
There are two factions warring against each other – the Light and Dark, of course. After Juliet is murdered by Romeo to secure his immortality, she is offered the chance for the same from the Light. For over seven hundred years she has been placed into bodied on Earth to help the course of true love and soul mates. Romeo and his brethren are there to disrupt her at every turn. Juliet is a wonderfully developed character. She was horribly betrayed in life, and though she’s running around saving true love and helping sort out the lives of the people she inhabits, she’s still angry and a little bit vengeful. She has dimension to her, and it’s refreshing to see. Romeo is full on creepy evil in the beginning of the story, and even by the end when he seems redeemed or what have you, he’s still kind of creepy. You know it’s written right when you actively dislike a character in a manner you’re meant to.
The concept in Juliet Immortal is unique and very intriguing. The book is well written – the pace, action and romance all mesh into an absorbing story that will keep you turning the pages. A bit of the ending was confusing at times, but as you keep reading it evens out and leaves a nice segue into the upcoming sequel. Although the romance is of the insta-love variety (something I am not a fan of), I didn’t mind in this one. The whole idea behind Romeo and Juliet is how they fell in love so quickly, and Juliet is returning to Earth to ensure soul mates have a chance to thrive, after all. Aren’t soul mates the definition of insta-love? Definitely worth a read, especially if you enjoy re-vamped stories, and I’ll be sure to pick up the sequel.