Author: Stacey Jay
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Release Date: January 1, 2011
Edition: Hardcover (307 pages)
Genre: YA Paranormal Romance
Cover Review: I really like this cover. It's very simple and I love the pops of red.
Tagline: Romeo and Juliet, the greatest love story ever told, is a lie.
Series: Juliet Immortal #1
Main Character: Juliet Capulet
Fans of Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver and Becca Fitzpatrick's Hush, Hush will relish this intense paranormal love story featuring Romeo and Juliet, literary history's most tragic couple, who meet again, not as true lovers, but truly as enemies.The most tragic love story in history . . .Juliet has lived for centuries trying to help others while Romeo pretty much does the opposite. Juliet tries to make connections of true lovers while Romeo tries to convince others to do exactly as he did-murder their loved one. This time when Juliet takes cover as a young girl who was in a car accident, something feels different. Final, in a way. This later leads to bigger ideas.
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.
I read this book just because I've always been interested in the story of Romeo and Juliet. I'm hoping to read it soon, and so I decided to read this first. I absolutely loved the characters. Romeo was arrogant and annoying at times, but I felt that at other times in the novel we got to see the true him. Juliet was just a normal girl who lost her first love at the age of 14 when Romeo murdered her out of, according to him, "his love".
I thought that this was a great twist on the story. I really enjoyed reading it, especially because the writing was easier to read than most other classics. That's my favorite part about retellings. I loved this book so much and because of the ending, I'm definitely buying Romeo Redeemed. ASAP.