Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Released on August 9, 2011
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. (From Random House)
I have never been a fan of the Romeo and Juliet story. I never thought of it as the greatest love story, I know that a lot of people do and love it, but I always thought of it as a tragedy. So when I found out about this book and the different take Stacey Jay would use to tell the “greatest love story ever told” I was immediately curious to read it. I wanted to see her spin on it and it definitely sounded like something I would enjoy. I was not wrong nor disappointed. I loved that Stacey Jay made the story of Romeo and Juliet in the novel a tragic story that didn’t represent love, but deceit, lies, and selfishness.
The mythology that Stacey Jay introduced us to was quite interesting and new. I’m a sucker for mythology of any kind so I loved reading about the Ambassadors of Light and the Mercenaries in this novel, what their purpose was and how they survived by feeding of love and murder. How they enter people’s bodies to fight for love of destroy it.
I loved most of the characters in this one, the three main ones at least. I loved Juliet’s fierce attitude and will to do the right thing for the soul mates no matter what, even though I was screaming at her the whole time to just think of her own feelings for once and kick her best friend to the curve. Ben who was not the perfect hot guy but had real physical flaws that made him even more attractive and realistic. Even Romeo who had just a little something under the surface and the act he put on, that I just couldn’t find myself to hate him, even after all he did to Juliet.
The ending was perfect for me and I definitely did not expect it, it left me giddy and satisfied. I really didn’t anticipate much of what happened in this novel it was full of pleasant surprises that kept popping up when you thought all hope was lost. Juliet Immortal stands alone perfectly but you won’t hear me complaining if Stacey Jay decides to make a sequel or companion novel to this one, I would be more than thrilled to read it. I’m actually looking forward to reading more from her since this is the first Stacey Jay book I’ve read. An original plot with beautiful writing and great romance made this book a wonderful read, I highly recommend it.