Publication Date: August 9th, 2011
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Page Count: 304 pages
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"These violent delights have violent endsSo, I should really give this one 4 1/2 stars because it was amazing and the only thing I didn't really like was the insta-love. Which I understood because it displayed the idea of "soul mates" but still. I'm very anti-insta-love. Regardless, Juliet Immortal was amazing and I enjoyed every minute of it! It's a great take on the traditional story of Romeo and Juliet which is one of my favorite Shakespeare plays and incorporated some interesting mythology that I really liked.
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.
Juliet is inhabiting Ariel's body while she's on earth, but I tended to forget about Ariel a lot since Juliet sort of takes over. I loved how tough Juliet was and she really worked her magic on Ariel's life, trying to make things better for such a damaged girl. The idea of Romeo killing Juliet was an awesome take on their relationship and I could really see Romeo as such a horrible monster of a person, he was just plain awful!
The plot is fun and fast-paced, and I loved all the references to different characters in Romeo and Juliet like Nurse and Friar Tuck. Of course I had to ask Stacey Jay about the attraction between certain characters and the certain ideas of soul mates, but from my understanding, Ben is attracted to Juliet's soul and will know her no matter what body she inhabits. I think this idea is really beautiful and it definitely represents the kind of love that surpasses anything else in life.
Overall I thought this book was really amazing and I absolutely adored the concepts and the characters. It was fast-paced enough to keep me interested, but also had enough depth not to be just a fluff piece. I definitely recommend Juliet Immortal to fans of Romeo and Juliet and lovers of romance. It's also a great read for anyone who enjoys mythology or paranormal stories. If you haven't already picked up your copy of Juliet Immortal you really need to! It's a fabulous story and it had me crying and craving more until the very end!