by Stacey Jay
Publication Date: August 9th, 2011
Publisher: Delacorte Press
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"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. -Goodreads
The main characters are, of course, Romeo and Juliet. The story is 700 years after their time. After Romeo sacrificed Juliet’s life to have his own immortality, Juliet was also made immortal as well. For years, they have fought each other in the name of true love.
Juliet was an interesting character to read. She spends her time not only trying to save true love, but to also make life better for the bodies she inhabits. However, while trying to do good things for these people, we see a deep, buried resentment in her. Resentment for what she has become, and also for what Romeo has done to her. I really liked her character, she was thoughtful and caring for others. I especially enjoyed her after she meets Ben, one of the soul mates she has come to help save.
Romeo’s character was totally not what I was expecting. At the beginning of the book, he was just pure evil. It goes that way through much of the book. I didn’t think I would enjoy the book because of that, but it instead drew my attention even more, because I had to know what he was going to do. The Romeo we see in the last half of the book is completely different than what we saw in the beginning.
Most of the secondary characters were pretty enjoyable as well. I found Ben to be very interesting and a bit mysterious at times. The character I didn’t care for at all would have to be Gemma. She was definitely the worst best friend, EVER.
There were some slow parts in the book, but they quickly picked up not long after. There is also insta-love in the book, but I believe it was that way to resemble the Romeo and Juliet storyline, as they fell in love in just a few days time. So, I was pretty ok with it.
Overall, I this was a book that I really liked. I’m definitely up for reading more books about Romeo and Juliet, should anyone else want to write one!
Enjoy and Happy Reading!
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