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Monday 2 December 2013

Review: Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay

Title: Juliet Immortal
Author: Stacey Jay
Series: Juliet Immortal
Book #: 1
Pages: 307
Reading Level: YA
Book Rating: Photobucket
Goodreads Rating: 3.69
Published: August 9th, 2011

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.

Taschima's POV:

I liked it more than I like the original story of Romeo and Juliet, one which I hate because I think it's not romantic but utterly stupid. Nevertheless I loved the cover of this story so I was anxiously waiting for it and I was expecting a dark though utterly investing revenge/love story. I was expecting fireworks, instead I got normal light bulb. It was a let down in some places, and in others it wasn't... mostly a let down.

The irony? The let down was the romance. THE ROMANCE! Since the story is a re told of one of the world's most beloved romantic stories (though admittedly not one of mine) I was thinking that this book would take it up a notch and create a real romance story that tackled all the big and dark questions about love. Instead it tackled love at first sight, a type of love I am so not in the team of. Love at first sight, soul mates, etc. In other words a love that doesn't need a backbone (yeah it does). Juliet meets a boy and almost instantly falls in love, what is even more impressive is the boy falls in love right back after picking this crazy girl with blood on her clothes up from the road after she had a serious fight with her "date of the evening" otherwise known as Romeo, otherwise known as Dylan (they inhabit bodies while they are on earth). And all we get that they are really truly in lurve? He can see past the scars in the girl's face and see her true inner beauty. Ta da! Even though Juliet never really fesses up, and he is always painted as this 2 dimensional character with no true depth and no true possible future. I was not a fan of the love interest.

Also weren't Juliet and Romeo supposed to be mortal enemies? I didn't see it. At the beginning it started great, Romeo was out to get her and Juliet was fighting him and all was right with the world, but then suddenly Romeo needed Juliet and she went along with it. Oookay. Not okay. I liked it better when you guys were beating the crap out of each other.

The relationship between Romeo and Juliet though, that was interesting. Their hate/love/hate relationship was interesting to read about. Juliet was this feisty character that learnt from the mistakes she did in the past and is trying to re invent herself while still kicking Romeo for being an asshole and Romeo is this crazy ass character who is a little insane and has no real moral compass  but all in all he seems to be one of the most interesting characters of the entire story, go figure (that rings true). His insanity keeps the story interesting. [Spoiler]  Though to be completely honest, even though Juliet was the idiot who took her own life in the end I don't think Romeo should have had a second chance so freaking quickly and I am not positive if I could ever root for him seeing as he truly is evil and killed people for the hell of it, he could have quit and faced the consequences. So reading the second novel is going to be interesting[Spoiler ENDS]

Another note on Juliet, I have no idea how this girl could have ever actually helped any soul mates to end up together. She seems to be crappy at her job, and without the help of her boss's she hardly knew what she was doing (even though she has been doing the same thing for 700 years). And it isn't like it was so hard to tell who the lovers were, the big red tell tale sign gives it away pretty quick. [Spoiler]  so when Nurse said she wouldn't re hire Juliet I was like "good, understandable, she sucks at her job so I understand why you wouldn't like to hire her back" it was funny how Romeo's boss's though wanted to give him a promotion at the drop of a hat with only a bit more of work, Romeo was good at his job of being evil though.[Spoiler ENDS]

The whole story was a bit confusing too. I feel like this book needed another book before it that gave us more of a look into the supernatural world that is being built up, plus that could give us a glimpse at what truly happen in Verona. The whole mythology was a bit fucked up, and to be honest I didn't feel that invested in the whole cupid thing. At the end I was like "so what?"

Okay, let's see what else. The ending. It was fast paced and the decisions that Romeo did were unexpected, but I felt like how it ended undermined the entire story. I felt like the final key that helped everything better was, too easy. [Spoiler]  the whole "other worlds" thing undermined the story! It was like, this easy escape route where everything that happen in the beginning of the story didn't matter. It was too easy, and it was so out of the freaking blue. An easy ending.[Spoiler ENDS]A suckie ending.

So you might be wondering how exactly did I like this book since it seemed that I have a complain about it every other turn. I liked Juliet, and I liked Romeo, and I liked the beginning where they were mortal enemies, I didn't like the romance, but I guess I liked the concept of the book more than the book itself, and it had it's moments (like the moments where Juliet wanted to make Ariel's -the body she was inhabiting- life's better by making things right with her mother and such), but they were too far in between. I think I shall read Romeo's story just to see how it ends and to see what happens to him. Great concept, not so great way of conducting the story.

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