Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Juliette Immortal by Stacey Jay

Source: bought audiobook from audible
Length: 9 hours 20 minutes long
Narrator: Justine Eyre

My Summary:

That story Shakespeare wrote about that tragic young couple may not of been exactly accurate.  Romeo and Juliet didn't end in that tomb so long ago, no they are both here now fighting against each other in an eternal struggle for/against love.  Juliet died at the hand of her beloved Romeo but was granted immortality and joined the Ambassadors of Light to help protect the same tragic outcome from happening to other soul mates.  Romeo is trying to find her and kill her for good this time.  Or is he?  What could have caused Romeo to do such a thing in the first place?  And after 700 years of this battle, are both of them tired of the fight? 

My Thoughts:

3 1/2 stars - Lots to like in this one

So I'm starting with the narrator for this book since I listened to it.  I've listened to this narrator before.  She's not my favorite.  Narrators are such a personal thing that I always recommend you listen to the sample before you buy the book.  Of course I never follow that rule myself.  If I had, I probably would have read the book instead.  Not that she's a bad narrator, I just don't care for her voice.

Now the book.  I'm totally torn between 3 and 4 stars which means it's a solid 3 1/2! Let me explain why I'm torn.  First, I loved the idea of this story.  While Shakespeare has always intrigued me, I just couldn't get into the tragedy thing.  I'm more of a happily ever after or at least most people are still alive kind of girl.  But using that tragedy with a little paranormal thrown in the mix is an epic idea!  I may have struggled with Romeo doing what he did in this version to get them where they are but I guess I can sorta of understand why he did it.

I loved some of the characters a lot.  Especially Ben.  Adorable and totally misunderstood as a bad boy, Ben is the perfect guy to step in and help Juliet (playing Ariel).  Totally cute, Ben is Hispanic and  he sometimes throws in some Spanish which I loved.  He is protective and loyal to his friends and the stranger on the side of the road who's in trouble.  Love that about him.

The story has some twists and turns that make it interesting and had my total attention.  I figured out a few things, which is normal for me.  The ending was a little bit of a surprise.  Really wasn't expecting that's how it would end.  I like the ending.

Now, there was one thing that kept this book from being a 4 star book for me.  Juliet's internal banter with herself over the state of love in the world, or love in her life , or love from her mom, or love with Romeo, or love with Ben got a little old for me.  If I could have edited some of that out, this book would have rocked for me.  I choose to overlook it as much as I could and just keep going because I loved the story itself.

If you enjoy YA paranormal romance, then this book is a good one to pick up.   

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  1. I keep wanting to read this book and I just keep not reading it lol!! It sounds really good, but there are so many other books I just want to read more. I completely get what you mean with the narrator. If I can't enjoy the persons voice it makes it hard to enjoy a book. Great review.

  2. This book sounds really good. A retelling of Romeo and Juliet with a twist? I need this now. I've never listened to an audio book, so when I do I'll definitely use your tip! Thanks for the great review. (: