Juliet Immortal (Juliet Immortal #1)

Juliet Immortal (Juliet Immortal #1)

"These violent delights have violent ends
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 Immortal by Stacey Jay
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

`~ Romeo’s song ~`

There comes a time in every weird underweight scar-faced teenager’s life when another soul inhabits her body and does a quick repair to her life. This may be also known as growing up to some, but to others this is called Juliet Immortal inhabiting your body to fight the forces of evil.

WARNING. Long quote ahead. Read it or you won’t get any dessert!

He is a romantic, a dreamer, and never afraid to play the fool. He is fearless and reckless and brave and I love him for it. Desperately. Love for him steals my breath away, makes me feel I am dying and being reborn every time I look into his eyes or run trembling fingers through his brown curls. I love him for the way he sprawls on the freshly scrubbed stones, strong legs flexing beneath his hose, as if there is no cause for worry, as if we have not broken every rule and do not face banishment from the only homes we have ever known. I love him for the way he finds my hand, presses it to his smooth cheek, inhaling as if my skin smells sweeter than the petals clinging to his coat. I love him for the way he whispers my name, “Juliet”—a prayer for deliverance, a promise of pleasure, a vow that all this sweet everything he is to me will be forever. Forever and always.[…]
“You are everything,” he says, eyes shining. “Everything.” And I know that I am. I am his moon, and his brightly shining star. I am his life, his heart. I am all that and the answer to every unspoken question, the comfort for every hurt, the companion who will walk beside him from now until the end of our lives, reveling in the bliss of each simple chore done in his name, overflowing with beauty because I am blessed to spend my life with my love.

Saying that I’m impressed with the author’s writing skills would be an understatement. This is wonderful and amazing and I’m in love! Ok, I’ll stop exaggerating. I admire her skills and I am really impressed with the first quarter of this book. The rest.. Go see Figure 1.

What’s wrong with Juliet Immortal? The love story and all the drama going on bored me. I wanted the book to be more like what it was in its beginning, a constant fight between Romeo and Juliet, lots of action, terrifying scenes and emotional moments. What this book offered me was a 700 year old teenager having her first crush and an overly annoying thoughtless selfish mean spoiled best friend who’s always begging for a punch in the face stab in the back.

Despite all the mentioning of supernatural elements, like her guardian (the Nurse), the Mercenaries and whatever (I don’t even remember them all), I didn’t get any scenes related to them that would explain wtf is going on. Who are all these beings possessing people out of the blue? What’s this nonsense about soul mates having to end up together else one of them dies? Cupid syndrome? What’s the purpose of everything? When will Juliet be free? What’s the deal with those mirrors? What’s the secret recipe for McDonalds fries? So many questions left unanswered…

I still fail to understand why Stacey Jay messed up a book that had such good potential. Why do [almost] all authors take this venomous path when it comes to YA?

Well, at least it didn’t have a love triangle.

Or it did.. No, I don’t consider this a love triangle. She loves one of the guys and wants to dig the other’s eye out with a paintbrush and feed it to the crows. One has to love both guys in order to be in a love triangle. Am I right?

I’m not entirely happy with the ending; I find it weird that they’ll reset the story. I was hoping for something else, especially considering Juliet. I mean wtf did they do to her?? She got shot in the head and didn’t die. Then she takes the hand of her zombie self and wakes up in the cemetery, 700 years in the past. In a coffin. Under the f*cking ground. And what do you know? Past Ben is there to rescue her. And he doesn’t even flip out when he sees a girl that’s supposed to be dead rise from her grave. Ooooh yes, plenty of people go through this.. that’s why he sticks his tongue down her throat like there’s no tomorrow and confesses his eternal love on the spot.

Since Romeo is my favourite character in the book (yes, I love him) I can truly say that I’m excited about Romeo Redeemed. I will read it for him and him only!

“This is better,” Romeo whispers in my ear. “Better to die than to be turned or stolen away to the mist.” His voice catches and something damp falls on my neck. “You can rest now, sweet Juliet, and perhaps that heaven we haven’t dared believe in will be there for you after all.”

The final chapter found me smiling while switching off my Kindle.

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