Juliet Immortal

Juliet Immortal

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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 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 Shakespeareshow more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 146 x 214 x 26mm | 439.98g
  • Random House USA Inc
  • Delacorte Press Books for Young Readers
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0385740166
  • 9780385740166
  • 203,660

About Stacey Jay

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.show more

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9,612 ratings
3.55 out of 5 stars
5 22% (2,129)
4 32% (3,090)
3 29% (2,832)
2 12% (1,125)
1 5% (436)

Our customer reviews

We are The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club, to know more about this book, go to the post in our website: http://theunofficialaddictionbookfanclub.blogspot.com.es/2013/04/juliet-immortal-by-stacey-jay.html If you are interested, you can visit our website: http://theunofficialaddictionbookfanclub.blogspot.com The Unofficial Addiction Book Fan Club's Review: "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.
The brave Juliet and the wicked Romeo." Juliet Immortal is the first book of the Juliet Immortal series. The plot of this story is quite unique. We really liked this book, because it is a total and brutal twist to the worldwide famous story of Shakespeare: Romeo & Juliet. The beloved star-crossed lovers from Verona, have not had a happily ever after dead either. The truth is that Juliet did not kill herself, Romeo murdered her. He sacrificed her soul for his own immortality, but with the only condition of serving the Dark Ambassadors (the dark side). However, he never expected that Juliet would accept a position in the Light Ambassadors troops in order to get revenge for her premature death; she was not meant to die. If she had not fell for Romeo, she would have had a normal live. It was not simply her moment to leave. Since then, every fifty years, Juliet is sent to Earth where Romeo is waiting for her to show up and kill her. Over and over again. They fight for new couples that have the potential to be soul mates. Juliet, for the Light, to the lovers to fall for each other. And Romeo, for the Dark, to make the girl kill her lover. This battle has been going on since the beginning of time, and in our time, Light is loosing the battle. It has been a long time since Juliet has been called for a mission and when she awakes in Ariel's body, a girl who tried to kill his boyfriend when she found out that their relationship was just a bet, she awakes near Romeo. Well, apparently, the not-so-nice-Ariel's-fake-boyfriend is dead after dying in the car accident that Ariel caused and Romeo has inhabited his body. That has never happened before. It is true that Romeo always find Juliet, but in a couple of days before her appearance. While she tries to save her life and Ariel's, she meets Ben. He was in a car and happened to be near the accident. They run away from the scene when Romeo tries to kill Juliet even in front of an innocent person. Juliet and Ben are drawn to each other instantly, although Juliet resist her feelings reminding herself that she is not the owner of the body she is in. She was sent to Earth with a mission and she has to complete it, not fall for the cutest, honest and good guy that Ben is. Juliet cannot believe that Romeo has not followed her and kill her right away and she knows something is off. Therefore, when Romeo appears and explains to Juliet that they are alone in that city for the first time in centuries, he meant without any type of Ambassadors. Why? Romeo swears that is because is their time. The time when they start to love each other again, like nothing has ever happened, in order to save their souls and reclaim their old bodies, the ones where he was Romeo Montague and she Juliet Capulet. Can she trust him after all she is being truth with him? She did not kill her and betrayed once, but more than once in centuries and centuries of battling one another. And most important, can she love him again? That love she gave so purely, so innocent and selfless and was betrayed for eternity. And then there's Ben. She knows she is falling for him, but everything gets more messed up when she discovers that one of the star-crossed lovers that she is sent here to save from Romeo's tricks is Ben and the other, Ariel's best friend, Gemma. How can she still be in love with Ben when he is in love with Gemma? She is not Gemma's best friend, but it feels like betrayal. Would she risk everything for love or would she fight for the cause? Would Juliet be able to forgive Romeo and love him back in order to save herself for another fifty years in the mist even if that means saving Romeo as well, after everything he did? Would she renew her votes with the Light Ambassadors, will she betray them for love or will she let herself die forever? "Love doesn't want people to stay ignorant and frightened. Love doesn't value obedience over all else. Love doesn't judge and find some lives--or loves--more valuable than others. Love doesn't use people and throw them away. Love stays, and makes you stronger, even when the person you love is gone." We loved this book from the beginning to the end. At first we were suspicious because of how would be the story. We all have heard of Romeo & Juliet and we were afraid to be disappointed. Obviously, that was not the case. We were impressed and, of course, glad to see that Stacey Jay has done an excellent work balancing between paranormal things (immortal souls, The Ambassadors, etc.) and regular life things (school stuff, relationship problems, etc.). Although this mixture of genres, we did not feel lost or confused by the story not once and we were not annoyed by altering Shakespeare's story. We loved the twist of the story and how the plot was related. So well, we almost felt like we were on Juliet's skin, well... more or less. You know what we mean. The main character is strong, determined and full of emotions that she is enable to express because of what she chose to be when she was murdered by her lover. We felt betrayed hearing the story, we cried and we felt sorry for Juliet. We even wanted to help her and kill Romeo for her! We also liked a lot the determination in Ben's character. It is like I know what I want, I know you want it, so marry me baby right now. Even when the situations get to a point when you, as a reader, think that have no solution left to rescue the situation, there goes Ben's personality kicking everything down. Despite this, we could not shake the feeling of a Romeo 2.0 in Ben's behavior. We mean, Romeo was young and desperate and heartbroken when he fell from Juliet. He truly believe he was in love with her and did everything in his power to ensure that the feeling would last forever, for eternity. Why is not Ben falling for the same temptation? Because of the second quote, book addicts! We were relieved to see that Ben was, in the end, everything we were hoping for. In conclusion, we enjoyed so much reading Juliet Immortal that we strongly recommend you guys this book. Is a great and creative story about two star-crossed lovers who die and die and die and fight. Now seriously, we recommend this book with a five gorjuss doll in our addiction ranking. We were so hooked up in this story that we could not wait a minute to start reading the second book of the series: Romeo Redeemed. You cannot miss Juliet's side of the story and if she gets her happily ever after. "I love you. I want to do everything with you. I want to marry you and have kids with you and get old with you. And then I want to die the day before you do, so I never have to live without you."show more
by TUABFC
After ages of seeing this one being reviewed on a number of blogs I finally broke down and decided to read this after reading Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer's review of the second book in the series Romeo Redeemed (Click Here to read her review) I figured what the hell lets give the series a try. I had really high hopes for this book. I'm not a big Shakespeare fan but I do tend to like novels that are a play on his well..plays. His among the only works that I don't overly mind being reused and modernized and I've been really lucky to read some very good ones. Juliet Immortal, was unfortunately not one of the good ones. The book was more of a filler book for me. I needed a quick read and I was hoping that this one would be really good and it really wasn't. I mean yeah the book started off with a really intense scene where Juliet enters Ariel Dragland's body after they've been in a car crash but then things got a wee bit bizarre. All of a sudden the dead guy next to her is Romeo who is in another boy's body and she's running away into the arms of a perfect stranger that happens to be driving by and what do you know there's an instant attraction between Juliet and the boy named Ben. You see Juliet is an Ambassador of Light, she pops in every once in awhile down the centuries to help soulmates stay together while Romeo (who murdered Juliet) tries to rip them apart and get one of the soulmates to join the Mercenaries. The concept of there being the Ambassadors of Light and the Mercenaries was really interesting when I first started the novel and I was really eager to find out more about both societies but that information was rather elusive throughout the length of the novel and very little was said about them. I found that really strange. Then there were my issues with the characters themselves. Besides the bad dialogue between them they were so awkward, annoying and frustrating I found very little to like about any of them including Juliet because of what a miserable person she was deep down. I just couldn't handle all the low points her character had that weren't properly balanced out with good spots. The other characters might not have even bothered to be there they were so forgettable. I also had issues with the fact that the story was told over only a matter of 3 days. I found it so completely weird and I hated the fact that the whole book seemed extremely rushed. I couldn't catch my breath and the story line from the middle until the end became very jumbled and disjointed leading me to get rather annoyed with the book and it got to the point where I just wanted to finish it so I wouldn't have to read any more about it. Despite all that though I won't give it the dreaded one star rating because there was potential for the book to be really good if the book didn't have the issues I had with it. I'm not sure if I would recommend this book at all because it wasn't all that memorable to be honest but if I had to I'd probably recommend this to YA fans who like a different take on the classic R&J story though I suggest borrowing this book instead of committing to a purchase. I doubt if I'll ever read the second book Romeo Redeemed but if I do it won't be for a long time.show more
by Kimberly Roy
"The greatest love story every told is a lie" that one sentence got me so intrigued that I picked up the book and read Juliet Immortal. I am so glad that who every thought of that line put it right in front of the cover to tempt me into picking up this book. I've never thought I'd be one of those readers who'll love retelling, basically because I've never read one. But now that I have. I'm definitely loving how it started out for me. I never put in much thought into Romeo and Juliet's story. The only time I was so fixated on it was just to sound romantic while speaking in Shakespearean talk with my friends and when I watched the movie Shakespeare In Love (I love that movie!). Now, Juliet Immortal is so haunting with clear dark romance. Juliet is an immortal soul shifting from body to body to maintain true love for the Ambassadors of Light, while Romeo kills to sustain the Mercenaries of the Dark. They've been traveling for hundreds of years shifting and sustaining whatever sides they're on. Until they hit the end of their line. As I've read, many retellings have been bad-mouthed and called bad. But this one. Isn't. This is finally a story that is unique, and all kinds of original (despite it being based on Romeo and Juliet, of course). Stacey Jay managed to recreate a story so beautifully with characters with realistic flaws and good qualities. Some characters were down right annoying but you learn to like them for their own flaws and such. I didn't feel that the plot was weak, the characters were bad or anything like that. I really loved this book, come on! It was fabulous! Don't listen to all those bad reviews. Just read it before you judge based on other peoples preferences. Juliet Immortal is an excellent take on Romeo and Juliet's story. It was haunting, dark, somewhat morbid with all kinds of romance in between. A great read for the hopeless romantics and those readera who'd like to see Romeo without Juliet for once.show more
by Najla Qamber
Well, this book had the most original twist I've read in... I don't know, years! Because, all the girls (and I'm sure all the guys) know about Romeo and Juliet, I mean, who doesn't?! Sure, tragic story, sad ending but the reason we all love that book is because love is everything for both characters. And they can't live without it. That's why they are the ultimate romantic couple ever, right? Wrong. It all was a big fat lie. Poor Shakespeare get it all wrong which, by the way, was Romeo's fault. Let me tell you what really happened: Sweet Juliet, completely in love with Romeo, knows he is the love of her life, the only man she will ever love and, in her own words, worship. Sadly turns out Romeo decided that it was way better to gain immortal life in exchange of one little, simple, tiny thing: Juliet's life. And, obviously, we know he does it. How do we know it? Because of the title, of course! Since I don't want to spoil anything I'm just going to say that poor Juliet is saved in exchange of hard work. What is her work, you ask? Well, since killing her granted Romeo eternal life now she can have eternal life too in order to protect the life of true lovers like she and Romeo were supposed to be. Why does she have to do it? She doesn't really understand that. What happens if she fails? Well, first one of the lovers would die in hands of his/her "true love" who has been convinced by Romeo to do so. Why would they kill the love of their life? Because Romeo would promise them something in exchange. What do Romeo gets by doing that? No spoilers, sorry! And they have being doing this for quite a long time but in this "reincarnation" something is different. No one is watching them, not the good guys nor the bad guys, so for the first time in centuries they are alone. And Romeo wants something from Juliet, something that might stop this eternal war between them for ever. But Juliet, of course, doesn't want to hear a word. Can you really blame her?! I mean, he killed her! And not in a very nice way, you know? So, she does the only thing they always do when no mortals are around: they try to kill each other. But... something is wrong... there's no extra powers, no super strength... and they knew that somehow they were stuck in their bodies' hosts... Nevermind that, Juliet won't let Romeo win and only has one thing in her mind: Save the lovers! Which is very mature of her because she is scared and all but that doesn't make her loose her way. And she truly tries to save them until she realizes that somehow, along this whole thing happening, she fell in love with Ben, one of the lovers she is supposed to save. And looks like he is in love with her too... Which drives Romeo crazy (more crazy than he already is) but, he killed her, why is he so upset?! Confusing review? I honestly hope not because this book was good good GOOD! Buy it, burrow it, steal it, I don't care, just read it! (I'm joking, BTW. About the stealing part, I mean). And, while I was reading this book I found out that there's a sequel coming out next year BUT this book is auto-conclusive so don't worry about that. But believe me, you will want to read the next book too :Dshow more
by Alaiel Kreuz
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