by Stacey Jay
Release date: 9th August, 2011
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Pages: 304 (Hardcover bought by me)
Next Book: Romeo Redeemed (2012)
Summary from Goodreads:
"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.
Review By Alaiel Kreuz:
Well, this book had the most original twist I've read in... I don't know, years! Because, all the girls (and I'm sure all the guys) know about Romeo and Juliet, I mean, who doesn't?! Sure, tragic story, sad ending but the reason we all love that book is because love is everything for both characters. And they can't live without it. That's why they are the ultimate romantic couple ever, right?
Wrong. It all was a big fat lie. Poor Shakespeare got it all wrong which, by the way, was Romeo's fault.
Let me tell you what really happened:
Sweet Juliet, completely in love with Romeo, knows he is the love of her life, the only man she will ever love and, in her own words, worship.
Sadly turns out Romeo decided that it was way better to gain immortal life in exchange of one little, simple, tiny thing: Juliet's life.
And, obviously, we know he does it. How do we know it? Because of the title, of course!
Since I don't want to spoil anything I'm just going to say that poor Juliet is saved in exchange of hard work. What is her work, you ask? Well, since killing her granted Romeo eternal life now she can have eternal life too in order to protect the life of true lovers like she and Romeo were supposed to be.
Why does she have to do it? She doesn't really understand that.
What happens if she fails? Well, first one of the lovers would die in hands of his/her "true love" who has been convinced by Romeo to do so.
Why would they kill the love of their life? Because Romeo would promise them something in exchange.
What do Romeo gets by doing that? No spoilers, sorry!
And they have being doing this for quite a long time but in this "reincarnation" something is different. No one is watching them, not the good guys nor the bad guys, so for the first time in centuries they are alone. And Romeo wants something from Juliet, something that might stop this eternal war between them for ever.
But Juliet, of course, doesn't want to hear a word. Can you really blame her?! I mean, he killed her! And not in a very nice way, you know? So, she does the only thing they always do when no mortals are around: they try to kill each other. But... something is wrong... there's no extra powers, no super strength... and they knew that somehow they were stuck in their bodies' hosts...
Nevermind that, Juliet won't let Romeo win and only has one thing in her mind: Save the lovers! Which is very mature of her because she is scared and all but that doesn't make her loose her way. And she truly tries to save them until she realizes that somehow, along this whole thing happening, she fell in love with Ben, one of the lovers she is supposed to save. And looks like he is in love with her too... Which drives Romeo crazy (more crazy than he already is) but, he killed her, why is he so upset?!
Confusing review? I honestly hope not because this book was good good GOOD! Buy it, burrow it, steal it, I don't care, just read it! (I'm joking, BTW. About the stealing part, I mean).
And, while I was reading this book I found out that there's a sequel coming out next year BUT this book is auto-conclusive so don't worry about that.
But believe me, you will want to read the next book too :D
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