Romeo and Juliet and Vampires

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"You are deluded, Romeo. Vampires do not have the capability to love. They are heartless."

The Capulets and the Montagues have some deep and essential differences. Blood differences. Of course, the Capulets can escape their vampire fate, and the Montagues can try not to kill their undead enemies. But at the end of the day, their blood feud is unstoppable. So it's really quite a problem when Juliet, a vampire-to-be, and Romeo, the human who should be hunting her, fall desperately in love. What they don't realize...

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Overview

"You are deluded, Romeo. Vampires do not have the capability to love. They are heartless."

The Capulets and the Montagues have some deep and essential differences. Blood differences. Of course, the Capulets can escape their vampire fate, and the Montagues can try not to kill their undead enemies. But at the end of the day, their blood feud is unstoppable. So it's really quite a problem when Juliet, a vampire-to-be, and Romeo, the human who should be hunting her, fall desperately in love. What they don't realize is how deadly their love will turn out to be—or what it will mean for their afterlives. . . .

This riotous twist on the ultimate tale of forbidden romance is simply to die for.

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Editorial Reviews

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Gr 7–10—The vampire craze comes to Verona. Juliet Capulet, dreading her 16th-birthday transition ritual, falls madly in love with Romeo, a Montague from the household that has been slaying her vampire relatives for eons. Despite the truce that Prince Radu has called between the two families, the hatred continues: Juliet's cousin Tybalt kills Romeo's best friend, Mercutio, and a distraught Romeo then slays Tybalt. Banished from the kingdom and fearing for his life, Romeo flees. Friar Laurence launches a plan to help reunite the lovers, but it goes awry. Only when Juliet drinks her dead husband's blood, turning him also into one of the undead, can the two forge a life together beyond Transylvania, away from their families' vengeful mores. For what it is, Gabel has done a credible job of adapting the original story to accommodate the rudiments of vampire lore, using both humor and passion to reel in her readers. The familiar characters are all here, if, generally, in two-dimensional form, and the clear plot moves quickly, but with the tragic ending replaced by a "happy" one. The language, stripped of the beauty of the Bard's poetry, has Mercutio warning that he is about to "punch Benvolio's lights out," and sappy dialogue abounds. Some vocabulary is not explained, and there are some sexual references. While fans of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight (Little, Brown, 2005) are bound to be enthralled, those preferring the poignancy of Shakespeare's original love story would be better served by either Bruce Coville's eloquent prose retelling (Dial, 1999) or the dramatic reading found in Audio Partners' "The Complete Arkangel Shakespeare" (Audio Editions, 2003).—Nancy Menaldi-Scanlan, The Naples Players, FL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061976247
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/31/2010
  • Pages: 231
  • Sales rank: 599,461
  • Age range: 12 - 15 Years
  • Lexile: 930L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

William Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, England, in 1564. He is widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language. We’re pretty sure he would think this version of his play is awesome.

Claudia Gabel and Cheryl Klam met when Claudia edited Cheryl's previous novels, Learning to Swim and The Pretty One. Claudia works as an editor in New York, but she's also the author of several books for tweens and teens, including the In or Out series and the mash-up Romeo & Juliet & Vampires. They liked working together so much that they decided to cowrite a bunch of things, including movie proposals and TV sitcom scripts. And then one day they had the idea for Elusion, and the rest is the future.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    What a brain drain. And how is it Claudia Gabel became an author

    What a brain drain. And how is it Claudia Gabel became an author after being accused of plagiarism when she was an editor about a decade ago?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 1, 2011

    Seriously?

    Go on. Make macbeth a vampire too.

    1 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2011

    love it!!!

    I love this book, the story takes the same road as Shakespear's bur I loved this ending more!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2014

    Hades cabin

    Is hades result 2

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2014

    Nursery

    Sparkclan

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2014

    I've only read the description but...

    I've only read the description but this sounds alot like Twilight with a R & J twist.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2013

    Looks like a horrible book

    :( :( ):

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2013

    Great twist!

    Even though i only have sample right now it still has a great twist too it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2013

    Axel

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2013

    To: Seriously? LolthatsfunnybutN1GAFno 1 gives a fuck

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 14, 2012

    Best Story Ever!

    I just finished reading Romeo and Juliet and Vampires. When I picked up the book I literally couldn't put it down. The story followed the basic outline of Romeo and Juliet-except with vampires of course. I won't give away the plot line but I'm telling you, if you like romance this is the book for you. This is my new favorite book. Even though it's only 150 pages long it's definently worth $7.99. I hope they make a book 2.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 16, 2012

    Amazing!

    I'm a sucker for romance with horror so this book was great.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2012

    bloody

    The cover looks good enough to read

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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