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Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay

Juliet Immortal (edition 2012)

by Stacey Jay

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Title:Juliet Immortal
Authors:Stacey Jay
Info:Ember (2012), Paperback, 320 pages

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I found this a really interesting concept. Juliet keeps going into bodies to help two soul mates to find each other. She has been doing it for 700 years. Romeo is on the other side and tries to take one of the soul mates to the dark side. This story is dark and creepy. I will say that Juliet drove me crazy at times. I read where several people hated the ending. I didn't mind it. I thought it made sense and set the story up for the second book. I think either you really like this story or you don't. You will have to decide. ( )
  MHanover10 | Jul 10, 2016 |
I love writers who are confident enough to use Shakespeare’s characters in a new piece of fiction. The premise for this novel was completely unexpected. Not to give too much away, the forces of good and evil have enrolled Romeo and Juliet in an eternal battle of opposites. They are able to inhabit the bodies of others in order to fulfill their missions. Juliet is challenged with ensuring the full bloom of true love which brings a young couple under the protection of the Ambassadors of Light. In addition to destroying lovers before they reach full commitment, Romeo is determined to kill Juliet or turn her to the dark side.

Stacy Jay cleverly creates opposing forces that are complex with murky motivations. As the novel progresses, the reader is unsure if even Juliet is on the right side.

Because Romeo and Juliet have lived through many lives, they speak in a combination of Elizabethan wordage and the vernacular of today’s teens. This can be a bit jarring at times but does suit the story line.

Romeo is an over-the-top villain but, once his complete experiences and motivations are revealed, it seems clear that he is a tortured soul, uncertain of the choices he has made, and quite likely insane. Juliet has not come to terms with her own death and her foolish life ending behavior. After dying so young and inhabiting the bodies and minds of other girls, she not only is unsure of who she is but seems to be suffering from posttraumatic stress syndrome.

The story and the characters are complex and challenging. The reader must pay close attention to each reveal as the plot progresses.

Jay blends suspense, romance, terror, and humor effectively. I enjoyed this book and would definitely read something by this author again. ( )
  Bonnie_Ferrante | Jul 10, 2016 |
For seven hundred years the souls of Romeo and Juliet have repeatedly inhabited the bodies of newly deceased people to battle to the death as sworn enemies, until they meet for the last time as two Southern California high school students. ( )
  mrsdanaalbasha | Mar 12, 2016 |
I usually enjoy the retelling of old classics and I liked the premise of "Juliet Immortal" giving Shakespeare's story of the two star-crossed lovers a completely new twist. The story begins back in Verona, Italy, where the reader discovers that Romeo has sacrificed Juliet for his own immortality then quickly moves to modern-day California where Juliet has inhabited the body of a seventeen-year old girl so she can save true love against Romeo who is trying to destroy the human heart.

This book didn't really engage me. I felt that Juliet and Ben were just too good to be totally believable and I didn't like how their connection was practically instantaneous. Nor did I like how the author portrayed Romeo - a manipulative murderer who would do anything to get his own way. I also did not fully understand the role of the Mercenaries and Ambassadors throughout the story and at times found myself skimming through large parts of the book. Overall, I would have to say "Juliet Immortal" was quite ho hum! ( )
  HeatherLINC | Jan 23, 2016 |
This book had a bad beginning, went uphill a little bit, then back down that hill. I could barely get through the end of it and pretty much skipped the whole last chapter. I couldn't connect with the characters and the plot was silly. ( )
  nycke137 | Jul 29, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0385740166, Hardcover)

A Letter from Author Stacey Jay

If you love Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet

I love Shakespeare’s plays--the clever dialogue, the poetry, the epic themes, the tortured characters--but I could never understand why I should love Romeo and Juliet. Yet, it was assumed that I would. That I should. It is our culture’s ultimate, iconic love story, albeit a tragic one.

But is it? Really?

Let’s pretend for a moment that we’re talking about people we know. People we love. Our friends, our family. There’s a boy and a girl. They’ve known each other only a few days—and the boy was head over heels for someone else just a few days before that—but when denied the right to be together, they each decide suicide is their only option. And so they die.

Love over. Life over.

What exactly is romantic about that?

As much as I love Shakespeare’s work, I hate that so many readers come away from Romeo and Juliet viewing it as a fine romance. For me, Romeo and Juliet is a cautionary tale, about the disastrous things that can happen when you value anything--even your true love--more than you value yourself.

I have an amazing husband, but if something were to happen to him I would not even consider ending my life. Because my life is valuable. The love I’ve found with him helped me understand that, and helped me learn to love myself as much as he does. And I’m so glad I did, because I believe only when we love ourselves can we love our mate with the purity and awesomeness they deserve.

That’s why Juliet Immortal is about a Juliet who learns to love herself as much as the boy who loves her. About a Juliet who's been through the worst breakup imaginable and learns to love and trust again. It’s not a cautionary tale, or even a warning against sudden attraction or infatuation. Sometimes we fall hard and fast--especially when we’re young--and there’s nothing wrong with that. I don’t believe love is something to be approached with guards in place and walls erected. The only weapon you need in the quest for true love is found within.

Love yourself, value yourself and your good heart, and no failed romance will ever bring you as low as poor Juliet or her Romeo.

That’s what I hope my readers will take away from this book. That...and a love for unexpected monsters. Because what story is complete without a few unexpected monsters?

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For seven hundred years, the souls of Romeo and Juliet have repeatedly inhabited the bodies of newly deceased people to battle to the death as sworn enemies, until they meet for the last time as two Southern California high school students.

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