Book Review: Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay

January 24, 2012 Young Adult Book Reviews 4 ★★½

Book Review: Juliet Immortal by Stacey JayTitle: Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay
Series: Juliet Immortal #1
Published by: Delacorte BYR on September 13, 2011
Genres: Retellings, Young Adult
Source: Bought
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 306
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two-half-stars

These violent delights have violent endsAnd 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.

I really wanted to love this book, but I didn’t. I didn’t hate it, but I didn’t really like it very much.

This book reminded me so much of Abandon by Meg Cabot, the only difference being I didn’t want to bang my head on the table like I did with that book. It’s told from Juliet’s perspective and she tends to repeat her thoughts A LOT. She’s basically sent to inhabit various female bodies through time and help soul mates come and stay together only this time, things are a bit different and more challenging, which Stacey Jay is determined to beat into your head over and over. Yes, Romeo was the cause of your death and you hate him with a deathly passion, we get it! No need to repeat the same thoughts and lines over and over again to add fluff to the book. The theme of love and soul mates was ever-present and although I liked the secondary characters like Ben and Gemma, I found it difficult to believe in the love and emotions that were swirling around between all the characters. There was no real depth there and I found myself saying, “Really?! Just like that now?!” a lot.

I did, however, enjoy the nice twist of Romeo & Juliet’s story, especially how Stacey Jay incorporates exactly where Shakespeare got the idea for the story. You see a different side of both characters not typically seen in the original story or various retellings. Juliet’s character, despite the repetitiveness, was strong and determined and I especially enjoyed her interactions with Romeo, who was a fierce and mysterious character I had a love/hate relationship with. There’s this once scene in the beginning between Romeo & Juliet that I loved and really made me believe this could be a great book before I read the rest and wasn’t so impressed. But, that scene, when they meet again for the first time in their new bodies, was great and quite possibly the highlight of the whole book.

The book does have its merits and I’m sure some will find it worth reading, but personally I’m glad I didn’t give into temptation when I saw it that one time at the bookstore and instead won it in a giveaway because I don’t think it would’ve been worth the money. You’d be better off borrowing it from the library or a friend. I’m still on the fence about whether or not I’ll be reading the second book, curiosity might win me over, but it won’t be at the top of my list.

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4 Responses to “Book Review: Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay”

  1. Eesti

    Juliet Immortal has to be one of my most coveted books of the summer. I have been waiting for a while to read this book, and finally got my hands on a copy. I love anything Romeo and Juliet. Their story is the ultimate love story, despite the tragic ending. When I discovered Juliet Immortal, I knew it would something I had to read.
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    • Vivian

      I agree, which is why I wanted to read this book, and although it has a very unique and creative twist, the way she presented it all was a bit too “un-epic” for such a great love story. I hope you love it though! 🙂

    • Vivian

      It’s really not even worth your time, especially if you have other awesome books in your TBR pile, haha. It definitely wasn’t a fav of mine. Thanks for commenting! 🙂

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