Thursday, October 11, 2012
Book Review: Romeo Redeemed by Stacey Jay ( Juliet Immortal #2 )
Author: Stacey Jay
Series: Juliet Immortal #2
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Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 9th 2012
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Summary from Goodreads:
Seductive companion to the popular Juliet Immortal, in which former lovers—Romeo and Juliet—meet, not as true lovers, but truly as enemies.
Cursed to live out eternity in his rotted corpse, Romeo, known for his ruthless, cutthroat ways, is given the chance to redeem himself by traveling back in time to save the life of Ariel Dragland. Unbeknownst to her, Ariel is important to both the evil Mercenaries and the love-promoting Ambassadors and holds the fate of the world in her hands. Romeo must win her heart and make her believe in love, turning her away from her darker potential before his work is discovered by the Mercenaries. While his seduction begins as yet another lie, it soon becomes his only truth. Romeo vows to protect Ariel from harm, and do whatever it takes to win her heart and soul. But when Ariel is led to believe his love is a deception, she becomes vulnerable to Mercenary manipulation, and her own inner darkness may ultimately rip them apart.
*Might contain spoilers, might not. Review of first book in series: Juliet Immortal
Stacey, the author, has some serious skills. The twists of this novel were truly unexpected. Well, most of them. I kind of predicted the romance based on the first book but it was still enjoyable. Jay made some scenes really interesting and intriguing to read even though they shouldn't have been. The details were so good and yet again, I felt like rereading Shakespeare's work all over again! The covers in this series are also truly gorgeous and the colors are eye catching! One of the things I'd hoped to see in this series was romance between Romeo and Juliet but Stacey writes some twists into the story that keep you entertained. The writing flowed really easily and it was enjoyable to read.
Romeo was still creepy and selfish but you did see him change throughout the novel and in the end I actually understood his reasons for his actions. I didn't agree with them, but I understood them. Juliet, oh goodness. Poor Juliet. I really wanted to see more of Juliet and Ben because let's admit it, I totally adored them not to mention Ben was such an understanding and awesome character. Ariel, eh. She was one of the main characters but I just couldn't... I couldn't get attached to her and feel bad for what happened to her. I guess the whole romance was what made me not really click with her because I really wanted to see more Juliet and Romeo. :/
The romance itself was really interesting though and I really liked how Romeo's character was influenced by it. I loved how it shaped both of the main characters and I really enjoyed how they click even though I didn't want to see them click.. what can I say? I'm not one for a big chance. Especially when you're messing with the biggest romance story in the world. \(.__.)/
I have to admit, even with all the romance twists... I truly and utterly enjoyed this series. I liked all the characters and the plot was one I was really, really interesting in. This ending was really satisfying. I really enjoyed how each of the books in this series focuses on one of the main characters.