Published August 9, 2011 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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.
When I first read the blurb for Juliet Immortal, I knew I had to read it. I had to see this spin on Romeo and Juliet, mostly because I am in the minority with my opinion on R & J. Don’t get me wrong, I think it’s a great tragedy. Tragedy. But I am disturbed by how often it is referred to as a “timeless love story” or a “great American love story” or “the ultimate romance”, and even more so by the fact that their “love” is something that people in this world desire. Like suicide in the name of love is ever noble. So yes, I was dying to see how things were twisted in Juliet Immortal, and on that front, this book didn’t disappoint.
Juliet was an interesting character, although I didn’t necessarily love her. She was a little too angsty for my taste, and spent a lot of time telling us about her misdirected hate. I preferred Romeo over all of the characters. He is so twisted and I loved getting inside his head when we got the chance. I found myself wishing—several times—that this story was from his point of view, so I will definitely be reading the sequel as it will be from his point of view. Although given his transformation, I probably won’t be as entertained.
Insta-love is not something I am a fan of, and it definitely had an impact on how much I enjoyed this story. Between the writing and the take on the classic, I probably would have loved this book, if not for the insta-love. I didn’t really understand why Juliet and Ben fell for each other, and it’s difficult to buy into a love story if you don’t really see how the love is there at all. So it was a little rocky from time to time, especially when she and Ben were together, and professing their love to each other. I mean, I don’t actually recall a serious conversation between the two of them that didn’t include an “I love you” or some make-out action. Juliet obviously didn’t learn from her first mistake—Romeo.
I also wasn’t really a fan of the ending. To be honest, I think it tied things up a little too neatly, not to mention there are some small revelations that left me scratching my chin. It kind of made me wonder what the point in all of that was.
Overall, Juliet Immortal was still a good read. I breezed through it in a matter of hours, and I’m definitely interested in seeing how Romeo’s story will pan out.