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Review: Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay

October 12, 2012
Title: Juliet Immortal
Author: Stacey Jay
Published: Delacorte Books; August, 2011
Genre: Fantasy, Romance, YA
Series: Juliet Immortal
    Juliet Immortal
    Romeo Redeemed 

    Synopsis (from Goodreads): 
    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.

    "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

    Review:
                
         I'm a hopeless romantic, and my all time favorite couple being Romeo & Juliet, I had so many high hopes from Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay. The cover is absolutely stunning, and the summary just makes you want to read this book right now, BUT the story turned out to be an utter disaster. I hate when I have right negative reviews about books most people love, but I can't help myself in this case. It was just awful, and I wanted it to end. I kept checking the percentage bar on my kindle every few minutes, and that's a sign of a bad read.

         Starting with something good, I loved the first three chapters. The mythology that the author created was very interesting, and it started at a high point. Juliet working for the Ambassador to get the soul-mates together, thereby restoring love, and Romeo working for the Mercenaries to keep lovers apart. It is a brilliant concept, and it would have been so good if things wouldn't have been complicated. Now starting with the not so likable part, Juliet's character was very confusing. She didn't know what to do half the time, and her mood swings were all over the place. She just couldn't decide on one thing, and it was frustrating to read her thoughts. Then there is Romeo. I actually liked him a lot. His character was not really bad, he was just under bad circumstances, if you get what I'm saying. He loved Juliet, and did things for her benefit, but at the end of the day, he just made a bad choice in life for which he has been paying for centuries. I liked him, I would definitely read his book.

         There are several other characters like Ben & Gemma. The worst part was that Ben was a love interest, and his character was not even developed properly. All I knew about him was that he was nice, and he would do anything for Juliet's love. This emotions weren't shown, the author just told us what she thought was important for the novel. I had no feelings for him, he was basically a statue or a passerby for me. Gemma was something different, I surprisingly enjoyed her scenes. Anything else is better for me than reading about Juliet. The ending was just out of the world CRAZY. Alternate universe. Really. I understand, and accept time travel, but living in two parallel worlds with different outcomes is simple demented.

         Juliet Immortal might sound really good but it is all delusional. The story was torturous to read, and the characters were extremely unrealistic. Probably they were from the alternate universe the author mentioned. Ha Ha. Anyway, the conclusion to all my rambling is to just skip Juliet Immortal if you can. It's not worth your time, and money. Call me crazy, but I probably will read the sequel (but not anytime soon) just because I want to watch Romeo redeem himself, and fall in love.


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    8 comments:

    1. I know EXACTLY what you mean about writing negative reviews- I just had gather the courage to post one on my own book blog today:) But I liked your review! Glad I stumbled on your blog, excited to follow it!

      Lauren

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    2. The reviews for this one really aren't good and all, and a moody character is not for me O_O Too bad you didn't enjoy i, it's always sucky to expect a great book when it's torturous >.<

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    3. That cover is beautiful, but that's as far as I'm going. Thanks for the review!

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    4. I totally agree with you! After I read the book, I was like Really? >.< The characters didn't act realistically and it just got me so aggravated. Great review!

      Daphne @ Reading Until Dawn

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    5. The cover is gorgeous on this one and I almost wanted to buy this because of that. I'm still undecided. Thanks for the honest review. :)

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    6. I too was really disappointed with this book, I too was quite excited about picking it up after reading it's premise :( I hope you enjoy your next read much more!

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    7. Great review! I don't like writing negative reviews either, for the most part. And there are plenty of times I find myself not liking a book that everyone else loves. I like that you started the review with something you enjoyed.
      Unrealistic characters is a pet peeve of mine. If the characters act or speak in a way that doesn't feel genuine, it seriously affects my enjoyment of the book, even if the story is otherwise good. It sounds like Juliet Immortal was a complete miss for you though. I hope you enjoy the net one more!

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    8. I just got this from the library and after reading this post, I can't wait to start it to see what's up with it! "Unrealistic characters" doesn't sound too promising though, haha.

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