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Fans of Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver and Becca Fitzpatrick's Hush will relish this intense paranormal love story featuring Romeo and Juliet, literary history's most tragic couple, who meet again, not as true lovers, but truly as enemies.

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 ...
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Overview

Fans of Maggie Stiefvater's Shiver and Becca Fitzpatrick's Hush will relish this intense paranormal love story featuring Romeo and Juliet, literary history's most tragic couple, who meet again, not as true lovers, but truly as enemies.

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


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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Here is a Shakespeare retelling with a difference: What if Romeo actually murdered Juliet as part of a bargain with evil powers called Mercenaries in order to become immortal? The dying Juliet is recruited by the Ambassadors, opponents of the Mercenaries, as a protector of lovers and soul mates, and, for the next 700 years, she fights Romeo, who seeks to convince others to sacrifice their true loves as he himself did. He and Juliet take up temporary residence in new bodies every time they battle each other. Juliet's latest host is a troubled girl whose self-centered best friend, Gemma, appears to be one of the soul mates Juliet has been sent to protect. However, Juliet finds herself falling in forbidden love with good guy Ben, who seems to be Gemma's soul mate, and she also has to resist Romeo, who claims to have found a way to release both of them from their immortal bondage, if only she can love him again. Will Juliet find a true love after centuries of tragedy and loss? The paranormal romance elements work surprisingly well in combination with the play, although the backstory of the Ambassadors and Mercenaries is not always clear. Jay includes some interesting critiques of popular notions of romantic love associated with the story of Romeo and Juliet, which would make for a lively book discussion with teens who have read the play. Readers who enjoyed Amy Plum's Die for Me (HarperTeen, 2011) and Cynthia Leitich Smith's Eternal (Candlewick, 2009) will also enjoy this one.—Kathleen E. Gruver, Burlington County Library, Westampton, NJ
Children's Literature - Carollyne Hutter
Romeo and Juliet is the classic love story. Although William Shakespeare wrote the play in 1500s, the tragic romance still resonates with modern audiences and has been retold in many movies and books. In Juliet Immortal, the author takes the story of Romeo and Juliet and gives it a couple of twists. In this story, Romeo murdered Juliet (in Shakespeare's play she takes her own life) so he could ensure his own immortality. Juliet has also been given eternal life as an Ambassador of Light. Over the course of hundreds of years, Juliet has fought for romantic love and lives of the innocent, while Romeo has been on the dark side. As the book opens, Juliet is in the body of Ariel, a teenage girl living in present day California. Ariel has just had the worst date of her life with Dylan, and in her anger Ariel has caused a fatal car accident. Juliet takes over Ariel's body just as she drives off the road, and Romeo takes over Dylan's body. As Juliet/Ariel tries to flee Romeo/Dylan's violence, she accepts help from Ben, a teenage boy driving a passing car. Instantly, Juliet feels a connection to Ben, but she knows better than to let herself get distracted from her mission. As the book unfolds matters become more complicated as Juliet strives to bring soul mates together and battles Romeo as he warns that their time is almost up. This book fits well with the popular genre of supernatural young adult novels. It may not appeal to Shakespeare purists who may not like the radical alteration to the story of Romeo and Juliet. Reviewer: Carollyne Hutter
VOYA - Jennifer Bloustine
Jay uses the characters of Romeo and Juliet as the basis for this paranormal romance. In this version of the story, however, Romeo murders Juliet in order to gain immortality for himself. Juliet also becomes immortal—or at least her spirit does. She works for the Ambassadors, trying to save and protect true love, while Romeo works for the Mercenaries trying to destroy love and sow evil. They meet throughout history, inhabiting different bodies and fighting each other on behalf of the forces of good and evil. Arriving in the body of physically and emotionally scarred Ariel, Juliet slowly begins to realize that perhaps things could be different for her and for Romeo if she could find a way to see past her anger and pain. Perhaps there is a chance that she could protect the lovers she has been sent to save, and find her own soul mate at the same time. Jay starts with an intriguing premise but quickly falls prey to the cliches of the genre with its melodrama and outsized emotions. Most of the teen characters are well-developed, though the few adults who appear are flat and one-dimensional. The mythology of the Ambassadors and Mercenaries is extremely muddled, which makes the action of the plot confusing and unclear. That said, die-hard paranormal romance fans will love this title for its tense action and heightened emotion. Reviewer: Jennifer Bloustine
Kirkus Reviews

Shakespeare's famous teenage lovers are re-imagined as immortal enemies in this convoluted and occasionally gruesome update of Romeo and Juliet.

As an agent for the ill-defined Ambassadors of Light—angels? gods? vampires? It's never clear—Juliet Capulet finds and protects new soul mates; serving the Mercenaries of the Apocalypse, Romeo Montague tries to convince one lover to kill the other and gain immortality. The fact that Juliet is also immortal—as evidenced by the title—remains unaddressed, as do the clear downsides of Romeo's demonic afterlife. Rather than reincarnation, the two temporarily possess humans—Juliet occupies the scarred and scared Ariel Dragland, while Romeo re-animates the fresh corpse of sociopath Dylan Stroud. Their host bodies come with an abundance of emotional baggage, bad friendships and dysfunctional families, all of which they must sort through as they attend high school, search for the soul mates and perform in West Side Story. Though the characters are flat—particularly secondary ones like spoiled Gemma and brooding but noble Ben—readers seeking melodrama may be pleased by the ever-changing couplings and life-or-death situations. Jay (The Locket, 2011, etc.) celebrates the giddy rush of teenage love, but the violence—often bordering on sexual sadism—far outstrips the original tale.

An uneven combination of Shakespeare and the supernatural. (Fiction. 14 & up)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780375898938
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 8/9/2011
  • Sold by: Random House
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 180,333
  • Age range: 14 years
  • Lexile: 770L (what's this?)
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

STACEY JAY lives in the California wine country with her husband and their two boys. She is the author of the Megan Berry, Zombi Settler series and several other books for young adults.




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ONE

VERONA, ITALY, 1304

Tonight, he could have come through the door--the castello is quiet, even the servants asleep in their beds, and Nurse would have let him in--but he chooses the window, climbing through the tangle of night flowers, carrying petals in on his clothes.

He stumbles on a loose stone and falls to the floor, grinning as I rush to meet him.

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.

Despite our parents, and our prince, and the blood spilled in the plaza. Despite the fact that we have little money and fewer friends and our once-shining futures are clouded and dim.

"Tell me that tomorrow will never come." He pulls me to the floor beside him, cradling me on his lap, hand curling over my hip in a way it has not before. Heat flares from the tips of his fingers, spreading through me, reminding me I will soon be his wife in every way. Every touch is sanctified. Everything we will do tonight is meant to be, a celebration of the vows we have made and the love that consumes us.

I drop my lips to his. Joy bleeds from his mouth to mine and I sigh the lie into the fire of him. "It will never come."

"Tell me that I will always be here in this room. Alone with you. And that you will always be the most beautiful girl in the world." His hands are at the ties on the back of my dress, slow and patient, slipping each ribbon through its loop with a deliberate flick of his fingers.

No urgent, shame-filled fumbling in the dark for us. He is steady and sure, and every candle shines bright, the better to see the tenderness in his eyes, to be more certain with every passing moment that this is no youthful mistake. This is love. Real. Magnificent. Eternal.

"Always," I whisper, so full of adoration the emotion borders on worship. A part of me feels that to love so is sacrilege, but I do not care. There is nothing in the world but Romeo. For the rest of my life, he is the god at whose feet I will kneel.

His cheek presses to mine, his warm breath in my ear making mine come faster. "Juliet . . . you are . . ."

I am his goddess. I can feel it in the way he shudders as my fingers come to the buttons of his cotehardie and pluck them from their holes, one by one, revealing the thin linen of the shirt beneath.

"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.

My love, my love, my love. I could hear the words a thousand times and never grow tired of them. Not ever.

"Forever," I whisper into the hot skin at his neck, sighing as the last tie holding my dress to my body falls away.


TWO

SOLVANG, CALIFORNIA, PRESENT DAY

Dying is easy. It's coming back that hurts like hell.

"Oh . . ." I press my hands to my forehead, where hot, tacky liquid pours from a cut above my eyebrow.

There is a lot of blood this time. Blood on my hands, smeared onto the dashboard, dripping through my fingers onto my jeans, leaving black spots I can see in the dim moonlight shining through the car's glass sunroof. It's messy, frightening, but, amazingly, the accident hasn't killed her. Killed me.

Me, now. Her, sometime again soon, depending on how long it takes to ensure the safety of the soul mates I've been sent to protect. Or how long it takes Romeo to convince one lover to sacrifice the other for the boon of eternal life.

It might not be long. He excels at his work.

Either way, Ariel Dragland will wear this shell again. Until then she'll wait in the realm where I've spent most of my eternity, in the mists of forgetting, that place outside of time where the gray stretches on forever.

I've been assured by my contact in the Ambassadors of Light that there are worse places, realms of torment where the boy who bartered our love for immortality will suffer someday. Nurse never uses the word hell, but I like to imagine that Romeo will number among hell's inhabitants. Of course, she never mentions heaven, either, or whether I might go there when my work is finished . . . if it is ever finished.

There are a lot of things Nurse sees fit not to mention. Including the exact workings of the magic that pulls me from the mist again and again, now more than thirty times in seven centuries. All I know is life comes suddenly. One moment I'm numb and bodiless, the next I'm slipping into another's skin, another's life--the ultimate, dreadful disguise.

I shiver as the memory of Ariel's last moments sweeps through me. I watch her snatch the wheel from the driver's hands before a deadly turn in the road and pull hard to the right, hoping the dive into the ravine will kill them both--her and the boy who hurt her. My eyes flick to the driver's seat. The boy--Dylan--slumps forward, the downward tilt of the car making his limp body curl around the wheel. He is still, not a puff of breath escaping his parted lips.

It seems one half of Ariel's wish has been granted.

I shiver again, but I can't say I'm sorry. I know what he did, can feel Ariel's shame and rage rush inside me as the rest of her life pours in to fill the empty corners in my mind.

Behind my eyes flash images from her eighteen years. I focus, sucking in every detail, taking her memories as my own.


Tiptoe, tiptoe, always on tiptoe. Up the stairs, across the kitchen, down the hall to the room where the crayons live and I can breathe. Where she isn't watching. My mother, with her sad, sad eyes.

Seven, ten, fifteen, eighteen years old and still there is nothing finer than a blank sheet of paper, the white promise that the world can be what I make it. A magical place, an adventurous place, a possible place. Erasers take away the mistakes. Another coat of paint to cover them up. Black and red and purple and blue. Always blue.

Mom sees in blue. She sees the scars she made. I was six. She sees Gemma, my one friend, as a mistake, not a lifeline. She sees my hours alone and feels more powerfully every hour she's wasted. I am the waste, the thing that's eaten her youth alive. Refused to cough up the bones.

Sometimes it seems all I have are bones, scraps, a frame with nothing to fill in the empty space. Sometimes I hate her for it, sometimes I hate myself, sometimes I hate everyone and everything and imagine the world melting the way the grease melted my skin.

Skin and bones. Mom and I are both so thin. Hugs hurt, but there aren't many. Not for years. There are surgeries and pain and bright lights and then days trapped in the house with the shades drawn on our shame. There is the darkness inside, that baleful intruder that comes just when I dare to believe I might one day be whole.

There is school and the misery of being a person unseen, the jealousy that I can't be wild and beautiful like Gemma, that I am always an audience, never a player. There is the frustration of words that won't come out of my mouth no matter how hard I try. A D in public speaking. The one step up to the podium is an impossible climb. Everest. Higher. I hate Mr. Stark for his frustrated sighs, hate the class for their muffled laughter. I want to hurt them, to show them how it feels to have your insides twisted into knots you can't unravel.

Gemma doesn't care, tells me to get over it, stops sharing her adventures, closes the window into her vibrant world, forgets to pick me up for school at least twice a week. I'm losing everything. My only friend, my perfect GPA, my mind. How much longer can I live like this? Can I make it four more years, sleeping in that room, commuting to the nursing college in Santa Barbara, learning to live with more sickness and pain, when all I want to do is escape?

But then . . . there is him. His smile, his voice singing so strong, cutting through the curtains where I hide with my paints, curling into my ear, spinning dreams I want to come true.

They don't.

It's a joke.

We're kissing--slow, perfect kisses that make my heart race--when the text comes, asking if he's taken the Freak's virginity yet. He tries to hide the phone, but I see it. I start to cry, even though I'm not sad. I'm angry, so angry. He offers me fifty dollars--a piece of the bet--if I let him have what he's come for. I explode. I try to run from the car, but he grabs my hand, squeezing as he pulls back onto the road, telling me to "chill the hell out," promising to take me to a better place.

But there is no better place. I know that by now. There are only mirrors reflecting disappointment, shattering it in a million different directions, filling the world until there is no way out. It will always be this way. Always, even when I finally leave the house on El Camino Road.

The road, the road is . . . impossible. I won't let him drive it a second longer. I won't let him steer through the hole in the mountain down to the beach, where the cold, dark ocean waits like a nightmare creeping. I won't let him.

Not now. Not ever again.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 27, 2011

    My girlfriend made me read this

    It was pretty good. I liked that Juliet was tough. Like my girlfriend.

    19 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 14, 2011

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    Interesting concept...

    We all know the story: Fourteen-year-old Juliet Capulet falls for Romeo Montague. Their love is forbidden because their families are constantly at war with each other. The two are secretly married, Romeo kills Juliet's cousin and is banished to Mantua. Juliet fakes her death, Romeo comes back for her and believing her dead, kills himself. When Juliet awakens and finds Romeo dead, she plunges a dagger through her heart to join him.

    In Stacey Jay's Juliet Immortal, that isn't exactly how it all ended. Rewind to the moment Romeo finds Juliet in her tomb. Juliet awakens only to be stabbed in the heart by none other than Romeo himself. He has made a pact with a group of immortals who call themselves The Mercenaries. By killing his soul mate, Romeo will be granted immortality, and allowed to join The Mercenaries. He will roam the earth, inhabiting the bodies of dead people and enticing others to kill their soul mate in exchange for their own immortality. What Romeo doesn't realize is that Juliet was saved by her nurse, a member of another paranormal group called The Ambassadors. As part of this group, Juliet will temporarily assume the body of someone and fight to keep love alive, hopefully preventing them from falling prey to Romeo's destruction.

    700 years after she died, Juliet finds herself inhabiting the body of seventeen-year-old Ariel. Not only will she work to restore Ariel's relationship with her mother and friends while attempting to boost her self-confidence, Juliet must search out and help two soul mates realize their love for one another before Romeo gets to them. She doesn't expect to fall head over heels in love in the process, something that is strictly forbidden by her elders. With Romeo hot on her heels and her heart on the line, Juliet must put her feelings aside to save not only the soul mates in love, but herself as well.

    This book was much more violent than I expected, and it had a lot of action which kept me rapidly turning the pages. The story is engaging and has many twists and turns which keep you guessing. In the end, I think it was the number of twists involved that dampened the ending for me. I really enjoyed the story up until about the last six or seven chapters which was when something stopped working for me. It seemed like the twists the story kept taking got to be a little too much, to the point that I just gave up trying to follow everything. The first few chapters of the book are great. Ms. Jay sets up the story with a lot of tension and mystery which I loved. The characters are well-drawn and fit the story (though the character of Gemma grated my last nerve) and the writing is strong. I just had a hard time with the resolution. It isn't that it was bad, it just felt . off. Part of that may be because my head was spinning so rapidly by the end of the book I had just stopped caring and wanted it to be over.

    18 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 17, 2011

    Amazing!!!!!!!!

    This book is a modern take on the old time classic Romeo & Juliet. Its a book i just couldnt put down from the beginning. At the end, it was definetly a twist & i wasnt expecting it but i loved it. Im sure you will too, so im recomending it to you.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 30, 2011

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    A unique twist on an old story

    This outstanding book retells the tale of Romeo and Juliet, with a much-needed and amazingly fantastic spin on a very old love story. In fact, Stacey Jay has brought us a completely thrilling story that finally uncovers what really happened that 'suicidal' night in Verona, and announces that the greatest love story ever told, was a complete and utter lie. Over thirty times in the last seven centuries, Juliet has come back into the world on a mission. Each and every time she's supposed to bring two soul mates together, BEFORE her own evil love - Romeo - appears once again and rips the two lovers apart. It is so funny to Juliet that the world believes she and her Romeo were so madly in love. At one time, Juliet thought they were. The tale was told correctly up until the ending Shakespeare had written - as if her hero was actually a hero, and not the blood-thirsty killer he'd turned out to be. Juliet was lied to, and became an Ambassador of Light after her hideous ending. She is the one with the bright light - the good energy - who is allowed out of her "hazy" existence to save another couple. Romeo has stayed on earth. In fact, the way he "goes" into another human being, and where he finds the "husks" that he hides himself in, are truly disgusting. But Juliet knows she only has a short time to complete her mission before her once true love, now a Mercenary of the Apocalypse, comes to kill her once again. This time, Juliet finds herself in the body of Ariel Dragland. Ariel is a nice girl, but she is deeply disturbed. She has been lied to and used by Dylan - a boy she actually was in love with before finding out what a hideous person he really was. Juliet must save Ariel, and find a way to convince her that her real soul mate is a wonderful young man by the name of Ben. Unfortunately, Ben may just be the soul mate meant for Juliet, herself, and the story erupts in passionate flames. Add to this the fact that Romeo is back, but this timehe is trying to 'change his ways' and get Juliet to become his 'partner' instead of his opponent, and this story goes from great to phenomenal in only pages. Quill Says: Solvang, California in 2011 is a far cry from Verona in 1304, but this writer has certainly put together one of the best Romeo and Juliet "spins" ever written.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2011

    AMAZING BOOK!!!!!!!

    Anyone who likes Romeo and Juliet and West Side Story would like this book. Really loved this book!!!!! I was left wanting more! What happens to Romeo?!

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 25, 2011

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    Awesome!

    One of the best teen fiction books I've read in a long time :)

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2011

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    I Recommend...but

    I read this book because it looked really interesting. I liked that the author made a unique twist on the Shakespeare classic. Having the two star-crossed-lovers mortal enemies and fighting through the ages over whether true love can exist. The only thing I didn't like was that Romeo was made out as such a bad, terrible guy. And that Juliet ended up with someone else. I'm sorry, but the original story was "Romeo and Juliet" not "Juliet and some random guy". I liked that story, I just wish that with the realization that Romeo wasn't so bad at the end, that Juliet could forgive her one and only true love.

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 2, 2011

    Loved it!!!

    I'm not usually crazy about retellings of famous stories, but I'm glad I gave JULIET IMMORTAL a chance because I ended up loving it SO MUCH. It's very romantic, but there is also a lot of action, which is my favorite kind of book to read. Plus, I like that Ariel/Juliet (the main character) has some physical imperfections (scars from getting burned when she was little) instead of being a Barbie doll with a designer wardrobe the way a lot of main characters in teen books are. I felt like I could relate to her more. And I really loved the concept of Romeo and Juliet being enemies. If you are looking for a really interesting, romantic book with lots of action, I highly recommend Juliet Immortal!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2012

    Umm¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿¿

    I'm sorry for those of you who loved this book, but I did not. I couldn't even make it through the sample. I just didn't like it myself, but for those of you who haven't read it, still try it if it sounds good to you. I personally didn't like it.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 30, 2012

    One of the best books of paranormal romance that I have read, I

    One of the best books of paranormal romance that I have read, I love the way in which the story develop and the question on the $100000 what is really true love worth of?
    I can said that now I love Romeo and Juliet story more than ever

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 6, 2012

    Really good

    This book is really good but i wouldnt recomend it to people under 15

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2012

    Anonymous January 4 2012

    This was the best twist on one of my favorite love stories. The author gave me quiet a detailed picture with her excellent writting skills as I read this story. My favorite part was the second to last chapter. I was very pleased with the ending it gave me a very warm feeling that everything was going to be fine. I hope she writes more books like this one. It was just mind blowing for her to add the twist she did. Again I loved this book keeps u at on the edge of your seat. If you like action,romance, and surprises then this is the book for you. On this note I bid you good readings.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2011

    Best book

    Amazing i couldnt finish it fast enough:)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2011

    Good read

    I thought it was a pretty good read. A nice twist to an old love story. The only down side was that it closed in such a way that it could be the end, or there could be a sequal.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 10, 2011

    To Verona and Beyond

    Really 3.5 stars

    Although I am not a huge fan of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet (don't shoot me, some of his other plays are just better), I do love retellings of classic stories. This book reimagines Romeo and Juliet's entire story, placing them both in a new light and adding a paranormal twist.

    Seven hundred years ago, Romeo murdered Juliet so that he could become immortal. But Juliet didn't die; instead, her Nurse offered her a new life. She became part of the Ambassadors of Light, a group who works against the Mercenaries to preserve soul mates and true love. But every time Juliet returns to earth, Romeo is there, trying to thwart her and win one of the lovers to the Mercenaries' cause. This time, Juliet has found herself in the body of Ariel, a girl who has had a rough life and been badly hurt by those she thought she could love. While Juliet tries to find the soul mates she has been sent to protect, she also tries to improve Ariel's life and her relationships. But this isn't a routine mission. She never expected to find someone new to love, someone with whom a future would be impossible. Nothing seems to be as it should, and for some reason seeing Romeo again only confuses her more. Will true love win in the end?

    This story wasn't quite what I was expecting. Instead of being a retelling of Romeo and Juliet, it places the familiar characters in a new setting entirely; however, some of the dialogue from the play does make an appearance, and certain ideas from the original story make an appearance. In this book, Juliet is not the love-struck girl she was in the play. Instead, she is strong and independent, slightly jaded, and someone who doesn't really believe in love despite her constant work with soul mates. When she finds someone she thinks she can love, she fights her feelings every step of the way, afraid of being betrayed again. I have to say that my favorite character in this book was Ben. While Romeo worked for the dark side, Ben was caring, passionate, and sweet. I did enjoy the brief intermezzi from Romeo's point of view, however; they shed new light on his character and added more depth to the story. The book was certainly interesting, with both two different plots running side by side and the mystery and paranormal twist throughout the book.

    Juliet spent a lot of time frustrated in this book, and as I result I sometimes found myself frustrated as well. Although I understood her reasons for pushing Ben away, it was always sad to watch her do that. However, after the plot twists and changes of heart from some of the characters, I loved the way that everything turned out in the end.

    Juliet Immortal is an enjoyable book, one that will take you to Verona and beyond and one that will make you believe in soul mates again. I will definitely be reading more books by Stacey Jay.

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  • Posted August 9, 2011

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    Darkly Compelling

    4 ½ Stars:

    Everybody has heard of the most tragic love story in history, Romeo and Juliet, written by the famous William Shakespeare. Die-hard romantics can't get enough of Romeo and Juliet, although I have never really liked the story. I'm a happy ending type of girl and everyone knows that the story Romeo and Juliet doesn't have one. Well, Stacey Jay is transforming that famous story into something a little more YA and supernatural.

    Juliet Capulet died seven centuries ago but instead of going to the afterlife and resting in peace she agrees on her death bed to help the Ambassadors of Light. So for seven centuries she has slipped into other people's bodies to help soul mates find and love each other. Enter Romeo, it turns out Romeo wasn't such a great catch all those years ago after all, as he works for the Mercenaries to rip apart love.

    But this time she slips into a girl is different in more ways then one. And maybe, just maybe, Juliet will find true love. A true "Romeo", that is if she can keep him safe from Romeo and the Mercenaries.

    I loved Juliet Immortal! It was such a compelling read. All the characters were fantastic, with very distinct personalities. Juliet was extremely likeable and you just had to sympathize with her for everything she has gone through. Ben was incredibly sweet and cute. Gemma was, well... an interesting character although not very likeable. Finally Romeo, I have to give the author props for writing a villain where there are times you actually feel sorry for him. Romeo was an interesting character to read about because there was a battle going on inside him. He was extremely evil but then I'd melt a bit when I saw him struggle with not wanting the life he chose and wanting peace for Juliet. Then he'd go do something horrible and I'd hate him again.

    It was a terrific read, very dark and emotional. The only reason I didn't give it five stars was because of how many spelling and grammatical mistakes there were. Also, Juliet waffled A LOT with Ben and it was a bit annoying. But all in all, a super great must-read for all romantics out there!

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  • Posted February 23, 2014

    I'm not one who enjoys retellings, but this was a brilliant and

    I'm not one who enjoys retellings, but this was a brilliant and original twist on the Romeo and Juliet myth. Ms. Jay's writing is very smooth and flows perfectly. She does a terrific job writing first person and what Juliet and Romeo experience. The emotions layered into her writing hit hard and deep and I loved every second of it!

    She balances dialogue and exposition and immediately anchors the reader in this new world where the forces of good and evil have Juliet and Romeo as their emissaries. Fantastic worldbuilding that never slows the pacing for a second!

    I know some readers hated the ending, but as someone who reads lots of paranormal novels, it felt like the perfect way paranormal twist to end this story and lead into the sequel. 

    This is a story of love, not just about romantic love, but about the love of a friend, of parent and child, and of oneself. 

    The realizations Juliet has toward the end of the novel were beautiful and poignant and makes this a book I will reread in the future. 

    I also can't wait to get my hands on the next book!

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  • Posted August 27, 2013

    Juliet Capulet and Romeo Montague. Most people see it as a love

    Juliet Capulet and Romeo Montague. Most people see it as a love story, others as a tragedy. In this book, it is a tragedy indeed. Romeo murders Juliet. She becomes an Ambassador of Light and he serves the dark and deadly Mercenary. They have the same job. Live for eternity and take souls for their side.

    “She will fight for light, and he for dark,
    Battling through the ages for loves sweet spark.
    Wherever two souls adore truly, you will find them, lo,
    The brave Juliet and the wicked Romeo.”

    But love changes everything when Juliet takes over a girl’s body called Ariel and instantly fells in love with Ben, who is her best friend’s love interest.

    Juliet knows she must stay away from him, but she hasn’t felt like that even with Romeo. Apart from that, both Romeo and Juliet are haunted by dead versions of themselves which means that this time is different. Romeo suggests a way out but Juliet is scared that he’s lying again.

    “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.”

    She knows she’s too close to finish her mission…or not? Ben’s aura is red but not for Ariel’s friend, Gemma, who might be interested in Ben but her heart has already found her soul mate.
    Just a hint… both Romeo and Juliet are given a second chance to love again, for real this time.

    “I take his hand and pull him back to me, stealing another kiss, smiling against his lips as he kisses me back.
    And kisses me again.
    And then some more.
    And I know he is mine. For now, for the rest of our lives, no matter what comes next.”

    For true love believers, this is the book for them!

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  • Posted August 25, 2013

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    I'm a huge Shakespeare fan, so there was really never any doubt

    I'm a huge Shakespeare fan, so there was really never any doubt that I would read this. It was just a matter of when. I finally picked it up, and really I'm glad I did because there are some interesting thoughts concerning the original tale of Romeo and Juliet.

    Juliet is inhabiting the body of Ariel for most of this tale, while Romeo is Dylan. It's not overly confusing even though both character names are kind of used interchangeably. We get little bits and pieces of information concerning past lives, especially concerning the original life were they made their choice to become what they are. I really liked the idea that Romeo and Juliet are waring over true lovers souls. It's the ultimate battle between good and evil, although I found the idea that one soul could be corrupted to kill the other a little disheartening.

    There are two points that I found extremely interesting about this story. First, that the bodies they are chosen to inhabit are already at ends with each other. Ariel is truly a broken soul. She has only one friend, if you count her as that, and often feels like her mother doesn't love her. It's no wonder that she agrees to go out with Dylan, who is only acting on a bet. But of course Ariel finds out and in an act of extreme anger, she sends their car off a cliff. Enter in Romeo and Juliet. Juliet's job is find the ones marked as true lovers according to the aura and help the realize their true feelings. Once they are marked as being truly in love, the power of their love is given to the Ambassadors of Light and there is no danger of them being tempted by the Mercenaries. That is what Romeo is.

    I was a little surprised at Romeo at first. I expected someone heartless just from the description. But, those initial scenes in the canyon are that of a psychopath. So, yeah I was a little confused when Romeo suddenly switched to the idea of this being their shot to get out of the vows they took so many years ago. I don't blame Juliet for not believing him, I didn't. Which brings up my second point. The actual story of Romeo and Juliet. I think this book does an excellent job of highlighting the fact that it's a tragedy and not the ultimate romance. The very idea of the mercenaries is to snuff out that ultimate love. I think that why Romeo influenced Shakespeare into writing the tragedy, so that was what people could identified with. It gave Romeo an edge in the game.

    Overall, I liked the book. But, there were times the storyline behind the Ambassadors and Mercenaries just got too complicated. The bigger picture behind what each group was doing just didn't make any sense to me. In the end, I didn't really think either group was inherently good or bad.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2013

    This book was amazing, I thought everything was descriptive. You

    This book was amazing, I thought everything was descriptive. You could feel the emotions between lovers and the suspense throughout the story. I'm so glad I was recommended this book and I can't wait until I read the next!

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