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Juliet by Anne Fortier

Juliet (edition 2010)

by Anne Fortier

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Authors:Anne Fortier
Info:Ballantine Books (2010), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 464 pages
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Juliet by Anne Fortier

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* The story, which takes place mainly in Sienna, Italy, is so atmospheric and descriptive, I feel as if I know the city by heart
* I enjoyed the hidden summaries that were preceded by, "So let me get this straight..." as the book sometimes got a bit off course and those hidden summaries righted you on the path again. With that being said, it should be obvious at times the book got a bit messy.
* The romance was kind of predictable which since this is a metaliterature of Romeo and Juliet, we shouldn't be surprised but honestly? I wanted the author to give us something a bit more challenging.
* Thoroughly research of the Middle Ages.
* Juliet, who doesn't know Italian, was able to read an Italian manuscript -- her knowledge of Italian comes and goes as the story progresses and gets a bit annoying
* Thought the story was more of a three rather than a four but after the book had finished, I found myself missing the characters and wondering what they were up to -- so obviously, the book left an impression on me and that my friend, is the mark of a well executed work. (Unless it's a terrible story but just work with me here.) ( )
  byshieldmaiden | Jan 17, 2017 |
Juliet contains everything I could ever want in a book, murder, mystery, Shakespeare, exotic locales, family strife holy relics and ancient history, set against a timeless romance. ( )
  Michelle_Wendt | Jun 15, 2016 |
Juliet –Anne Fortier
Audio version narrated by Cassandra Campbell
3 stars
To begin with, the founding premise of this novel is completely unbelievable. Julie Jacobs receives nothing of her expected inheritance from her beloved Aunt. She is given only a key to a safe deposit box in Sienna, Italy. It seems she is the direct descendent of Giulietta Tolomei, the original, Juliet who inspired the tragic play. Julie hopes the key will lead her to a hidden treasure. Let’s see… what other predictable clichés make their appearance? Of course there is a Romeo, the prince charming beneath the bad boy exterior. We have an evil twin, an ancient curse, a drunken artist, Italian mobsters, and a great deal of butchered Shakespeare. The climax of the story takes place far below Sienna in previously undiscovered burial vaults. Think of the cheesy movie, National Treasure,and place it in Sienna. That about says it all.

I was trapped in my car with this book. I was tempted to throw the CD’s out the window a few times, but I do try not to damage library materials. So much of the book is just too ridiculous, but after a while there is a certain humor to that. Humor may even have been the author’s intention at some points where the narrator did not quite bring it across. Once I stopped being annoyed that this book could never be anything approaching believable historical fiction, I was mildly entertained. As a predictable, Saturday afternoon movie diversion, the book works fairly well.

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  msjudy | May 30, 2016 |
Fun Summer read with historical facts about the story behind the story. Ending reads like summer blockbuster movie, so that was a little disappointing, but otherwise just good fun. ( )
  sydsavvy | Apr 8, 2016 |
I am reading Juliet, and I am loving every page, the description of Siena, the story, everything is just right, and I know I am loving a book when I don't want to run through it, I want to taste it slowly, this book is yummy :)

I am almost in middle, though I like the story, I had to drop a star because I found the main character annoying, she is rather dull, uninteresting and has so many issues. In every situation she is in, I want her to do something different, to be different, Julie is killing my buzz!

I know her twin sister Janice should be the villain of the story but I prefer her more than Julie. I'm depressed about Giulietta and Romeo's sad ending, I knew how it will end but it's still depressing. I feel so sorry for Friar Lorenzo!!! His end was horrible!

I just finished Juliet and when I read Giannozza's letter and tears rolled in my eyes, the two sister's lives had been miserable... but all in all, the book was amazing! ( )
  mrsdanaalbasha | Mar 12, 2016 |
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Lovers of adventurous fiction will lose themselves in Fortier's exciting, intricately woven tale.
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To my beloved mother,
Birgit Malling Eriksen,
whose magnanimity and herculean research
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They say I died.
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When Julie Jacobs leaves for Italy per the instructions of her late aunt's will, she never imagines that she'll be thrust into a centuries-old feud, not to mention one of the most legendary romances of all time.

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