Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Book Review: The Juliet Spell

The Juliet Spell

by Douglas Rees
Release date: 27st September, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: 338 (ARC by NetGalley)

Summary from Goodreads:

I wanted the role of Juliet more than anything. I studied hard. I gave a great reading for it—even with Bobby checking me out the whole time. I deserved the part.
I didn't get it. So I decided to level the playing field, though I actually might have leveled the whole play. You see, since there aren't any Success in Getting to Be Juliet in Your High School Play spells, I thought I'd cast the next best—a Fame spell. Good idea, right?

Yeah. Instead of bringing me a little fame, it brought me someone a little famous. Shakespeare. Well, Edmund Shakespeare. William's younger brother.

Good thing he's sweet and enthusiastic about helping me with the play...and—ahem—maybe a little bit hot. But he's from the past. Way past. Cars amaze him—cars! And cell phones? Ugh.

Still, there's something about him that's making my eyes go star-crossed...

Review By Alaiel Kreuz:

This book and the one I'm reading right now are written by guys and you know what? They really do a pretty awesome job describing a story from a female's point of view. Amazing!

The story is about Miri, a girl that has acting running through her blood thanks to her mom who, despite the fact that she wasn't famous, loves acting and her big dream was to be able to play Juliet but sadly she never made it and now Miri wants to get the role in her school's play to dedicate it ho her. So she decides to make a spell to become Juliet, to be the perfect Juliet... and destiny grants her wish.

The greatest help comes in the form of a gorgeous guy who appears out of nowhere in the middle of her house and besides the weird way he speaks, like an old English man... really really English man, he screams and shouts saying that Miri must be a witch and to leave him alone if she doesn't want to suffer.
And besides smelling really badly Miri discovers something incredible: this guy's name is Edmund. Edmund Shakespeare. Brother of the Skakespeare.

And since he is stuck in our time they must find a way for him to fit in our world. Somehow.
Good luck with that.

But when he gets to be Romeo and Miri is Juliet a spark shines between them and love complicates things even more.

What if he disappears one day? What if he doesn't?

And without telling anyone one of their friends begins to talk with someone from Edmund's time and things get crazier.
Oh, yeah.

Personal opinion:
Once again I have to say that Douglas Rees created very believable characters with Miri and Edmund.
She feels like a real teenager with her doubts and fears, her feelings to understand and her dreams to fulfill; and then we have Edmund, a very colorful and charming character who speaks in this old English that gives him more insight.

There is only one thing that made the book difficult for me: Edmund's old English. Since my mother tongue is Spanish and I haven't really study or read something like this before it was a little bit hard to understand what he was saying but after a few pages it begun to make sense to me ^^

Alaiel's Rating:

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  1. Sounds interesting. I would likely have run across the same difficulty in reading it as well. Great review.

  2. It sounds like a really neat plot line. I might have to pick it up just for that.

    Beth ^_^

  3. Oof - not sure how I'd do with the old English! Good to know in advance!

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