JULIET IMMORTAL by Stacey Jay Book Review
Series: Juliet Immortal, #1
Publication Date: August 9th 2011 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Rating: – Poor
Book Summary: 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 Book Review Overview:
- Convoluted plot
- The insta-love just made me want to cringe
- The only thing I liked was the development of the mother/daughter relationship
I don’t know how I managed to get through the entire audiobook of JULIET IMMORTAL by Stacey Jay. From the very beginning, my alarm bells were already going off, and I knew that there was nothing to change my first impression. JULIET IMMORTAL by Stacey Jay is just not the book for me.
After a serious car accident, Juliet finds herself in the body of Ariel. Much to her horror, she sits next to the reincarnation of her biggest enemy and her former soul mate, Romeo. Juliet had been sent back to bring together two soul mates, her best friend, Gemma, and Ben, the new boy in town. Juliet must solidify their love before Romeo can kill her.
I just couldn’t get into the plot itself. As I was summarizing the audiobook, the plot just seemed to sound more and more ridiculous. Romeo and Juliet are reincarnated throughout years since their deaths. Juliet is forever reincarnated to bring soul mates together. On the other hand, Romeo is sent back to kill her by these immortal Mercenaries. The reincarnation of Romeo and Juliet in these teenage bodies just didn’t sit right with me. I was also just not into the idea of these higher beings controlling the souls of Romeo and Juliet to do their bidding.
The mixture of insta-love and a convoluted love square is not my kind of romance. I found myself cringing at the declarations of love. The dialogue was cheesy, and I did not feel the connection just a few chapters into the story. I’m sorry, but you cannot convince me that these characters are madly in love with each other after three days.
The only highlight of JULIET IMMORTAL was the development of the mother/daughter relationship between Ariel and her mother. Like most mother/daughter relationships in YA, their relationship was rocky. I really enjoyed how Ariel and her mother learned how to communicate with one another. It’s the only part of the book where I didn’t really dislike the protagonist. My heart actually warmed up just a little and for a while, the audiobook became bearable to listen to.
I’m really disappointed by JULIET IMMORTAL by Stacey Jay. I can’t help but feel that such an iconic couple in literature has been butchered by a poorly executed novel.