Prince of Shadows
In the Houses of Montague and Capulet, there is only one goal: power. The boys are born to fight and die for honor and—if they survive—marry for influence and money, not love. The girls are assets, to be spent wisely. Their wishe ...more
Well, that was completely unexpected. I decided to read this book because I have an arc of it, because it was Shakespeare, because I was curious, but... I have to confess, I was expecting the worst. For a few reasons: 1) I couldn't even make it through the first book of the author's Morganville Vampires series, 2) Well, duh, it's a Shakespeare retelling, and 3) Romeo and Juliet has always sparked conflicted emotions within m ...more
Wow. Here I am, in love with a Romeo and Juliet retelling. Who would have ever believed that it was possible? Not me for sure.
Romeo is a foolish infatuated kid who composes poems like we would write a shopping list. Yay! Finally I found in Benvolio a hero who shares my opinion of Romeo : as a kind but inconsistent and immature teenager who craves for drama. God, I'll take the Prince of Shadows on any day.
"It's Romeo. He'd swoon over a dancing bear if it wore a skirt."
My thoughts exactly.
"I hadn't known I had innocence left in me until I'd felt it die."
Thi book conquered my heart, my soul, my mind and everything it was possible to conquer. It is intelligent, well-written, witty, wonderfully plotted- you name it. It had me hooked from the very first chapters, and the rest not only lived up, but exceeded the expectations that had been raised.
•Prince of Shadows is a retelling of Romeo and Juliet, yes. But we all know how retellings go nowadays: they take a couple of things from ...more
The fire of Romeo and Juliet revises itself in this beautiful retelling by Rachel Caine. It is narrated by the thief who tootles the streets of Verona during the dark hours of night, Benvolio.
Prince of Shadows is rich in beautiful expressions, fine writing, crispy dialogues, and a cultural glimpse of the middle ages when a man's duty to his family and a woman's honour stood foremost and sacred.
Caine has entrancingly recaptured ...more
What a fantastic retelling of Romeo and Juliet. I'm not a fan of the story. Before reading Shakespeare's original tale, I was so sure I was going to hate it, and I was surprised to see I didn't, and that's because while reading it, I realised tht the story can be interpreted in various ways. Mine was that Romeo fell because of his lust. I already knew that normally in Shakespeare's plays the character whose emotions where the most intense or uncontrolled was the one destined to die or to be mock ...more
I'm just tired of 4.5s, and I haven't given a 5 since The Raven King. I'm not 100 percent sure on this one, I might change it, but for now I only want to shout: FINALLY A FREAKING 5.
"I stood in the dark corner of my enemy's house, and thought of murder."
Well, colour me surprised, but this might be one of the best retellings I've ever read. And let me add that I've read some good ones (Tiger Lily and The Forbidden Wish, to name just two of those).
There are a lot of gre ...more
I've really liked Benvolio and Rosaline but everyone else was not so memorable. We all know the story Shakespeare created but Rachel Caine got the idea to take that story and narrate it through the eyes of Benvolio. Of course that I was super excited to read this since I really liked Benvolio in Romeo and Juliet but,unfortunately,I didn't quite enjoy this story as much as I thought I would. Benvolio,or Prince of Shadows,is a great character and I definitely connected with him and felt b ...more
What a FANTASTIC STORY!
If you enjoyed this,
Or hell, even this,
Then you will adore this retelling of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet!
Prince of Shadows is told from the perspective of Benvolio Montague, who for those of you familiar with the play will recall, is the only one of his generation left alive at the end. In Caine’s telling he is from a lower branch of the Montague family, therefore not entitled to the power and tithes of his cousin and family heir Romeo. Rather than begrudging th ...more
It has been a while since I read Shakespeare. I originally read this in high school and I remember acting this story out in class to make it seem more interesting to a bunch of rowdy teenagers, as well as watching the movie (with Clare Danes).
I went into this expecting to be bored, and was thoroughly surprised, once I passed the slow start, to be immersed.
"You're as fragile as a barbarian's broadsword."
"I've yet to see a barbarian close enough to examine his broadsword."
Rachel Caine tru ...more
Too slow for my taste and writing is pretty bad. It's weird because when I read the real Romeo and Juliet, I felt that Romeo did the things he did because he was hopelessly in love but when I read this book, I felt like he did those things because he was just stupid. There's a difference there and that brings down the story a bit. I understand that the author wanted to rewrite the story in the hopes of making it better and more interesting. Unfortunately, I don't even have the strength t ...more
Having previously read the first 11 novels in the Morganville Vampires series by Rachel Caine, when I saw that she was going to be releasing a stand-alone novel, and a retelling of Romeo and Juliet at that, I knew that I was definitely going to buying this one when it came out. I did, and then let it sit on my shelf for a couple of years, as I normally do with all of my books.
When I finally did pick it up, reading it made me wish that I had picked it up sooner. Prince of Sha ...more
I must confess that I read Romeo and Juliet way back in high school. I don't remember all the ...more
Prince of Shadows just gave me a major book hangover. Romeo & Juliet is one of the Shakespearean tales that I have read and loved, for the epic, tragic love story and the ages old feud between the Capulets and the Montagues.
Rachel Caine adds a new dimension to the greatest love tragedy ever told with brilliant writing and storytelling. She has embellished Romeo & Juliet with her own flair for the dramatic and new surp ...more
I have no love for the original Romeo and Juliet. Perhaps that's the biggest reason why I liked this retelling so much. Because it highlights everything I find wrong in the original story and paints Romeo and Juliet as the love struck well meaning but extremely foolish children that they are IMHO.
Benvolio is a deeply flawed yet noble character. Best of all, Ben is seriously interesting and a rather dashing hero. What can I say, I'm a fan.
And Rosaline is the very p ...more
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I'm just going to put it out there: I hate Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet. Yes, I hate his most famous play, despite the fact that many English teachers have championed it, it just doesn't work for me and it probably never will.
However, a retelling of this famous tale from a minor character's POV to me seemed like it could be interesting. Especially since said main character is said to be a thief, sad to say he and most of the book made me yawn more ...more
OH my goodness this was good! Like I'll admit in the original play, I didn't give two thoughts about Benvolio or Mercutio, but in this story - you just couldn't ignore them.
I did prefer the first part of the book more so than the second, but it was still a great read over all!
I liked the language that was used in the story, just because if Romeo started saying "Damn, I'd tap that girl and show her my swag," or whatever, it would just be so out of place HAHA It felt like Shakespearian and yet no ...more
What I really loved is that I got a real sense of this time and place. I think it is very easy to get caught up in the romance of Romeo and Juliet and forget that the story is a tragedy. This gives more an idea of h ...more
In some ways, this is the story of Romeo and Juliet through Benvolio's eyes. But it's also much more than that! The story begins before Romeo even sets eyes on Juliet. In fact, he's already "in love" with Rosaline. The Montagues and Capulets are already duking it out daily ...more
Title: Prince of Shadows
Author: Rachel Caine
Publisher: New American Library (NAL), 2014
Genre: YA Historical Fiction, YA Retellings
Though not seemingly a hefty book (at 351 pages), the book is densely written in prose reminiscent of Shakespeare. Most books only take me a day to read, and if interrupted, two days max. This book took me three days because of the heavy prose. And what makes me pleased about this is that it
This was fantastic. My expectations were high to start with and they were definitely met. This book is dark, sensual, gorgeous, and I loved every minute of it.
(Okay, that's a lie. Towards the beginning the plotline was a little rinse-and-repeat and at some points the main character annoyed me, which is why I'm rounding down. But it was honestly fantastic.)
It's full of beautiful, lush prose and witty dialogue; I love the way Rachel Caine writes and here it felt so smooth and elegant. The ...more
"Another set of windows opened, another set of curtains billowed, and another girl stepped to her balcony. Taller, stronger, older, more richly beautiful to my eyes."This is a retelling of Romeo and Juliet, through Romeo's cousin, Benvolio's, perspective. It follows the same storyline as the original tale, but adds a lot of subplots and new character insights.
I've only read one Shakespeare play, Julius Caesar, but I plan to read Romeo and Juliet soon. I already knew the basic outline for it ...more
But, it is not Romeo or Juliet’s story she has imagined. It is the story of Benvolio, Romeo’s cousin and a Montague, and Rosaline, the lady once adored by Romeo, Juliet’s cousin, and a Capulet. Caine also shines the light of her imagination on Mercutio. Did you ever wonder why Mecutio was so desperate ...more