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The Juliet Spell

3.34  ·  Rating Details  ·  694 Ratings  ·  165 Reviews

I wanted the role of Juliet more than anything. I studied hard. I gave a great reading for it--even with Bobby checking me out the whole time. I deserved the part.
I didn't get it. So I decided to level the playing field, though I actually might have leveled the whole play. You see, since there aren't any Success in Getting to Be Juliet in Your High School Play spells, I t
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Published October 1st 2011 by Harlequin Teen (first published September 27th 2011)
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Kwesi 章英狮

I only participated one play in my whole life, I mean bigger play, and that was Romeo and Juliet. This overrated masterpiece of the greatest poet and a playwright, William Shakespeare. I'm not a fan of him and never enjoyed long plays especially written by him but I'm enjoying watching kids, teens and actors playing roles of his own imagination. I know he was good but I just can't pass through from pages of his dialogues in old English. Please Shakespeare, give me a break for awhile.

But what
Aug 09, 2011 Isamlq rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

Not a retelling (thank gosh!) Cute? Right now though two things are clear: it was sometimes improbable but mostly sweet.

That it involved magic spells was not what rang unlikely to me. That it involved a time travelling English man boy was not a big deal either. I came into Juliet Spell knowing these two things. Rather, it was the characters reactions that confounded me. Everyone was so OK with how things unfolded. On a side note, I found the weeping that took place quite novel if a little
Aria (My Infinite Reading List)
I was kind of hesitant in reading this book because of the last book I read about Romeo and Juliet. They were trying to kill each other which was a little disturbing, unque but disturbing. I actually had to put that book down. It was a bit dragging so I had to pause on that book.

Miranda auditioned for a play.
Guess what the play was?
It was Romeo and Juliet. Obviously, she wanted to play Juliet.
Miri didn’t get the part but that didn’t stop her.
She wanted it so bad she even went as far as castin
Oct 03, 2011 Maria rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, netgalley, harlequin
I didn't like The Juliet Spell.



The Juliet Spell could’ve been good. Sadly, after a funny and enjoyable start, the cracks started to appear. Douglas Rees lost his grip on me when Edmund acted out like a modern-day, hormone-driven teenage boy instead of a gentleman from Elizabethan times. I was annoyed with Miranda over her falling in love with Edmund a day after she ‘magicked’ him into her present time. C’mon, man. That fast?!!

Miranda, who desperately wanted to be Juliet in her schoo
Sep 11, 2011 Jenna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It started out very funny..but when Miranda met Edmund, the combo of them was sooo darn hilarious and I just can't stop laughing,( my sister thought I went nuts!) The story was real good..the flow and pace went just right. Every character had their own uniqueness and well...character. They owned theirselves. The descriptions were well detailed and it was like I was succumbed and swallowed into the book. The prose was also good. The story. The plot. Everything was great. I felt every emotion Mira ...more
Victoria Scott
Sep 20, 2011 Victoria Scott rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fun and original story. I love when an author weaves historical elements into a YA story without making it overly stuffy. The voice in this book jumps off the page, and not to get too technical, but I LOVED the writer's sentence structure. Three chapters into reading TJS, I actually emailed Rees to ask for tips on how to "make every word count" like he does so well. For a great story, and a good way to improve your craft, pick up a copy of THE JULIET SPELL. You won't be disappointed!
Fun, spunky and so cute! Any fan of Shakespeare, a touch of magic and friendship should get a kick out of this spin.
Very sweet!
Douglass Reese that author that romps among the genres turns his hand to a contemporary Shakespearean tale.
Miranda and her mother are actresses. To keep body and soul together now that Dad, a Jungian, Freudian, dream interpreting psychoanalyst has left in his battered Toyota “to find himself”, Mom is working double shifts at the hospital.

A community theater loosely attached to the high school is producing Romeo and Juliet. Miranda wants above all to perform Juliet in homage to her mother. To th
Aug 05, 2011 Nina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had a hard time with this book. I really tried to like it. I actually did like it. There had been some great characters, lots of Shakespeare (in more ways than one ;) and some pretty funny lines.
But something just wasn't right. For one thing the pace felt wrong. It was fast when it should have been slow and slow when I wouldn't have minded some action. Some of the character's behaviors felt wrong and not really believable. Everybody just believed Edmund's story without a second guess for exam
Kal-El (the BookGeekBeauty)
Oh! This book had so much potential! Retellings and time travels are usually among my favorite books. However, this book was just lacking it every area.

Please note I have quite high standards/criteria for the following:
Time travel, Retellings, historical, historical paranormal/fiction, and just paranormal in general.
This being said I CAN be a tough critic...Here is my REVIEW:)

1.How quickly Edmund adapted to everything! Seriously Miss Rees? He would make a comment like "What witch craft is
Sep 24, 2011 Alessia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Prima di recensire questo libro, ho alcune premesse da fare.
Premessa numero 1: prenotate questo libro ORA. HarlequinTeen lo pubblicherà il 27 Settembre in America.
Premessa numero 2: la copertina di questo libro ha poco a che vedere con la storia. In effetti non ha nulla a che vedere con la storia.
Premessa numero 3: se avete visto e amato Kate & Leopold dovete leggere The Juliet Spell. Per fare ciò, ritornate alla premessa numero 1.

E ora passiamo alla recensione.
Ho richiesto The Juliet Spell
Oct 26, 2011 Maria rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is another example of a book that I was totally into and loving...and then they went and ruined the ending. Actually, in this case, they ruined the entire second half of the novel.

Let me explain.

The idea for this story is freakin' adorable! Basically, there is this girl named Miranda who desperately wants to be Juliet in her school play. She realizes that she's not going to get the part and decides to do a little magic spell to make sure she gets the part. But little does she realize that t
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All Miranda wanted was to be cast as Juliet. So after tryouts, just to be sure that she would get the part in the famous Romeo and Juliet play, she did a little spell. The spell was supposed to be a harmless. It was supposed to get Miri the role of Juliet. It was not supposed bring William Shakespeare's younger brother Edmund back from the past! But it did. Now Edmund is stuck in a future with weird contraptions like the car, TV, and ce
Apr 01, 2012 Preet rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted to like this book from the start, but it just didn't end up that way. I was always annoyed by the main characters. I'd usually always like a guy that spoke in Shakespearean English, but Edmund just didn't do anything for me. Other than being a relative, I don't feel like I was given much about who he was as a character. The issue I had with Miri was that the author gave very little into showing that she even liked Edmund. She also seemed a little overly whiny to me.

Another big issue tha
Oct 15, 2011 Saly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Juliet Spell was an enjoyable book, it starts of with Miranda, who is sixteen auditioning for the role of Juliet in a school play, it is a role she really wants and isn't sure she is going to get.

For her the play makes her dream of mending her family back together, reliving and doing something her mom as an actress never did, so she casts a fame spell never expecting it to work but is terrified when a guy appears. After much shrieking and threats she finds out she has managed to get Shakespe
Oct 14, 2011 Precious rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Originally posted at Fragments of Life.

When I first started The Juliet Spell, I didn’t know what to expect. But I was glad to realize that my fondness of theater-themed books increased with this debut. The main character, Miranda or Miri, was a dedicated theater girl. She was full of hope, dreams and unbridled desire to be Juliet in the upcoming play of her school. Now, I’ve encountered a lot of characters who wanted to be Juliet. But Miri was different. Miri had a purpose to be Juliet and the r
(A strong three-and-a-half star read, so I'll round up.) The Juliet Spell was a sweet story, if not exactly believable at times. The main characters were a bit too accepting of the fantasy stuff--Miranda and Edmund's response at the beginning was really the only one that was even remotely believable in this regard; everyone else found out and pretty much accepted it without question--but overall this didn't really affect my enjoyment of the book. Other than giving me a bit a of pause and a "real ...more
Lyn  Ching
Feb 22, 2012 Lyn Ching rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Romeo, Romeo wherefore art thou Romeo?

Is Perhaps the most famous line from William Shakespeare’s Tragedy, ROMEO & JULIET. The play itself is one that everyone seems to know most. Well, the story is given a new spin here in the Juliet Spell.

Miranda Hoberman is desperate to play Juliet in their town’s upcoming production of Romeo and Juliet. So one night she casts a witch’s spell for fame
Kate (VerbVixen)
Sep 02, 2011 Kate (VerbVixen) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Juliet Spell was in short: delightful! Just as with any Shakespeare related story all I can say was, You had me at Shakespeare. The plot was cleverly done, and I loved that it wasn't a glorification of the bard but a portrayal through another's eyes of a very human Shakespeare. But lest you be confused, this book isn't really about Shakespeare, it's about everything from theatre to language to science to friendship and of course the play Romeo and Juliet. The contemporary YA plot is classic but ...more
H.L. Laffin
Aug 29, 2014 H.L. Laffin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

When I first read the excerpt, I was very interested. I mean, who doesn't love the Romeo and Juliet story...? I read it back in school and watched the Clair Danes and Leonardo DiCaprio movie. I love it! So I had to read this novel, in first person. A little confusing at first, since there was many characters introduced. But once the author brought in Edmund Shakeshaft, I was deeply involved within the story.
The story is about a young lady trying out for Juliet and feels she wont get the part in
Pamela Moreno
I had a hard time with this book. I tried to like it, I really did. However, it was not my piece of cake. Miranda had one wish, one dream; she wanted to play Juliet in her school play. You know how sometimes you get a feeling of desperation over something, well to Miranda it was this, but her audition didn’t go how she wanted it so, as anyone would, she conjured a spell to get her the part. This, also didn’t go as planned. She brought someone back from the past, she messed with time, and now she ...more
Oct 25, 2011 Louisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really great novel, loved it, and the Shakespears were really funny! A bit sad ending, but otherwise, a great book!
Didn't want to continue, language, sexual stuff between high school kids, not for me. Just withing the first chapter.
Jo Ann Mulligan
This book was adorable. Though im confused on why Edmund was resurrected in the First pale, i loved it. I hunted this book down on the Internet because I wanted to read it so bad. I'm really upset that Edmund was sent back so him and Miranda can't be together. I don't understand though how Edmund could go from Vivian right to miranda. He obviously didn't like Vivian at all or he's a man whore. I can't believe that they just sent Edmund and Will back to the 16th century. And how she "glowed" afte ...more
Aug 30, 2011 Kristina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First the title caught my eye, then the cover, and then the story just drew me in completely! The Juliet Spell is an original, fun and cute read and I highly recommend it if you are looking for that kind of story! I thought that writing was good and the pacing flowed nicely (well, except at the end, which I discuss later on in the review). Overall, it was a great and entertaining read!

Miranda really wants to be Juliet in her high school production of Romeo & Juliet. She decides to cast a spe
A Canadian Girl
The Juliet Spell by Douglas Rees was a quick and easy read, two reasons why I continued reading rather than abandoning it.

First off, I couldn’t connect with any of the characters, and with the exception of Drew (whose possible explanation about how Edmund time traveled was way too hard for my brain to grasp), nor did I like any of them. I thought they were too trusting, too forgiving … well, you get the idea. Here are two examples to illustrate my point:
1) Miranda’s mother doesn’t even blink an
Sep 19, 2011 Karen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Juliet Spell is the story of Miranda, a high school student, who wants to play Juliet more than anything in the world. She wants the part so badly she casts a spell to become Juliet. The spell, of course, goes awry and instead of making her Juliet it accidentally summons Shakespeare's brother through time to her house.

The word I would use to describe The Juliet Spell would be fluffy. It didn't have much substance and was light on believability. I didn't dislike the book but it isn't stickin
Elizabeth B
Somehow I’ve ended up reading 3 chick lit books one right after the other and, unfortunately, my review on all of them is going to color that. I know that’s unfair of me but since I rarely read chick lit, it’s impossible for me not to compare and contrast them. Thankfully, they are the last on my review list for quite some time!

This book was a chick lit of the “cute” variety. Like YA Dessen novels, this is just one of those books that is superficial and clichéd but fun and easy to read. It’s lon
Andrea at Reading Lark
Review Posted on Reading Lark 10/10/11:

The Juliet Spell was an unexpected surprise for me. I typically expect books published by Harlequin Teen to be full of romance, but The Juliet Spell isn't driven by the romantic elements at all. The title pretty much sums this one up - It's about a girl who casts a spell in order to land the role of Juliet in a local production of Shakespeare's famous tale of star crossed lovers. Miranda turns to magic to land the ic
Crys (The Hodgenator)
Rees has an interesting plot idea for the novel - what if the brother of Shakespeare came to modern time? For me as a reader, the novel was a miss.

This novel would have been more effective had it been written from Edmund's point of view. It is difficult for the reader to truly capture the essence of this novel through Miranda's eyes.

What I liked:

The overall idea for the novel was clever.
Interesting characters - Miranda and Drew were the best developed.

What I did not like:

Edmund's Elizabethan
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I was born on October 19th, 1947 in the hospital at March Air Force Base just outside Riverside, California. My father, Norman, was a career sergeant who'd served as an aircraft mechanic and infantryman in the Philippines campaign early in the war and was taken prisoner on Bataan. My mother, Agnes, was a nurse at the hospital where he was sent to recuperate after the war was over.

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“I cast a spell to make me Juliet. It worked. But I forgot that Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy. I got what I asked for.” 11 likes
“Careful, Edmund,” I said. “She eats guys for breakfast.”
“Should I pour milk on meself?” Edmund asked me, and grinned.”
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