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Still Star-Crossed

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Soon to be an ABC TV show by producer Shonda Rhimes! Still Star-Crossed follows the aftermath of the tragic deaths of Romeo and Juliet, as mysterious figures in Verona are determined to reignite the feud between the Montagues and the Capulets.

In fair Verona, enemies still walk the streets.
Two news hearts. Same two families.
The fight to the altar is about to happen.
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published July 9th 2013 by Delacorte Press
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I picked up this book thinking that I'd give it a try and if it wasn't very good, I didn't have to finish it. But once I started, I couldn't put it down!

This book takes place a few weeks after the events of "Romeo and Juliet" - Houses Montague and Capulet have bee formally ordered to make peace, but someone keeps stirring the feud between both families. In a last-ditch attempt to stop the fighting, Prince Escalus orders Rosaline (who is a distant cousin of Juliet and the girl Romeo first fell in
Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
Jul 22, 2016 Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔ rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, otps-feels
When a book you really like is being made into a TV show

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In fair Verona, enemies still walk the streets. Two news hearts. Same two families.

I fell fast and hard for this book. It is an absolute delight!

Let me start by saying I do not like Romeo and Juliet, I detest it really. Perhaps it is because I read it in high school, or I was not a fan of Shakespearean language at the time, or perhaps it was because I found the so called "great love story" of Romeo and Juliet utterly ridiculous and
Sep 18, 2013 Mara rated it really liked it
Cover Blurb: Yes or No? I am not a big fan of the cover at all - it, in fact, almost put me off reading the book altogether. It screams romance and girly read and all those things that I really don't like. And while Romeo and Juliet isn't my favorite Shakespeare play, I was curious to see what a "what happened afterward" story would be like. So I ignored the cover and gave it a try.

Characters: I at first didn't care about anyone. As a matter of principle, I tend to not have an opinion either way
Lee Rawles
Jul 12, 2013 Lee Rawles rated it it was amazing
Full disclosure: I knew Melinda when I was about 17 and she was about 13. She was a pretty cool 13-year-old, but since it's been a decade and a half since I last saw her, I feel like I can be impartial about this book.

And my impartial opinion is: I love this book. Love it to pieces. 4.75 stars, for me.

Still Star-Crossed is the sequel to Romeo and Juliet, and tells what happened after the Capulets and the Montagues swore to the Prince that their deadly feud died with their children. Slight spoil
Jul 21, 2013 Chelsey rated it it was amazing
I am an English teacher and a college graduate with an English degree…you do the math – I love Shakespeare! Shakespearean retellings are probably one of my most favorite books to read. I literally did a little jigs with a few girly yelps when I opened this package. This is the story of life in Verona after Romeo and Juliet have passed away. The story mainly follows Rosaline, who was once the beloved of Romeo himself. However, Rosaline did not return his feelings. Prince Escalus approaches the ...more
Apr 23, 2015 Jess rated it it was amazing
Shelves: italy-setting
I loved loved loved this book. I couldn't put it down. I loved the setting, all the subtle Shakespeare references, the love, the language, and the mystery, and betrayal. Wonderful. If you love Romeo and Juliet, you will love Rosaline and Benvolio in this aftermath story of Romeo and Juliet. Wonderful.
Jun 24, 2016 Amy rated it it was amazing
*passionately making out with this book*
Nov 08, 2013 Emma rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Rating: 4.5 stars

I received an ARC of this book and thus am committed to posting an honest review. Let me preface this review by saying that I commenced reading this book feeling wary of its purported intention of picking up where Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet left off. As a lover of Shakespeare’s works, I think this initial wariness may be something I had common with other readers. However, whatever its faults, I am happy to say that this book succeeded in fully drawing me into its world and c
Intisar Khanani
Dec 10, 2014 Intisar Khanani rated it it was ok
Actual rating: 2.5 stars

I wanted to love this book. I think it would easily have been a 4 star read for me--engaging characters, twisting plot, good use of language--if not for a particular character's actions, and the development of a love triangle that, at least from one character's perspective, should not have mattered at all. Here come the spoiler tags... (view spoiler)
Julia França
Feb 29, 2016 Julia França rated it it was amazing
4,5 stars. Oh how I love this kind of stories.

Romeo and Juliet have become a passion of mine specially this last few months, being so that I am terribly afraid of bad retellings. But I am SO HAPPY I gave this one a chance!

We never get to know what happens after the Shakesperian play. Of course, is implied that Montagues and Capulets, with a summer of tragedy past them, finally agreed to put an end to the deaths and start living in peace with each other. But such peace is not spoken of in Shakesp
Elizabeth O
Mar 23, 2014 Elizabeth O rated it it was amazing
Fantastic, lovely, wonderful, amazing, and delightful are all words I use to describe this masterpiece written by Melinda Taub. I have no shame in finishing it in a day and absolutely loved every page of it. I wasn't too sure about what I was going to read and what would transpire but was extremely pleased with all that did. Taub's characters were magic, whether they were Shakespeare's or her own. I felt her characterization was spot on and I liked her view on the previously elusive Rosaline. ...more
This was really good. I mean, I love a good Shakespeare retelling as much as the next English major, but this...this is what happened after Romeo and Juliet. Which is a really good question, if you think about it. Did the feud really just end after the summer of death?

I read this all in one day because it was so good and engaging. I never quite knew where it was going to go next.

And the plot. Loved it. After the feud begins to pick up again, Prince Escalus forces a betrothal upon Rosaline and Be
Lake County Public Library Indiana
Surprisingly enjoyable "sequel" to Romeo and Juliet. The author's style is Shakespeare-lite, incorporating certain terms and elements of the Bard's style but much easier to read and understand. The story also explains the feud between the Capulets and Montagues that could serve as preparation for tackling Romeo and Juliet for the first time. Benvolio and Rosaline are appealing characters - slated to marry against both their wills - and the plot is action-packed and suspenseful with nice touches ...more
Feb 26, 2016 Kristy rated it it was amazing
By my troth, an excellent story!

This story starts after the deaths Romeo and Juliet, and follows Benvolio and Rosaline as they come to terms with what happened.

I've always had a soft spot for Benvolio, and I'm so happy with how he was portrayed in this book.

The author did a really great job developing the characters in her story. I also enjoyed the cameos by characters from other well-loved Shakespeare works, namely Don Pedro and Benedick from Much Ado About Nothing.
Judith (Judith'sChoiceReads)
*gasp* I didn't know Rosaline was a Capulet! There is something to be said about a boy who wants women he can't have...
Jun 21, 2014 Kayla rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Overall Review:
I am not at all a fan ofRomeo and Juliet. If you'd let me, I could go on a huge, never ending rant about everything that's wrong with it and just how much I can't stand that play. I'm a lot more open to R&J retellings, likeSuch Sweet Sorrow by Jenny Trout, but I try to stay as far away from Shakespeare's story as I can so I was pleasantly surprised to find myself interested in this story. What happened after all the madness that was that dreaded three day love affa
Julia (Shakespeare and Such)
Jul 22, 2016 Julia (Shakespeare and Such) rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of both YA and shakespeare

Buddy read with Erika!

I was pleasantly surprised by this book. In general, I'm such a big fan of Romeo and Juliet that any and all retellings/adaptations appeal to me, but I go into them with apprehension. The premise of this book was particularly appealing to me because I'm a sucker for Benvolio and Rosaline as a pairing (mainly thanks to Romeo's Ex: Rosaline's Story, which I devoured in high school and probably have read at least three times). Since that was the basis for me, let's start by
Tiffany Holme
Oct 22, 2013 Tiffany Holme rated it really liked it
Saying that this is in league with Romeo and Juliet feels wrong. Not because it was not a good read but because it is something that is unique and wonderful in its own way. Reading this was the heartbreak and damage that the star crossed lovers left behind, it was seeing the aftermath of their tragic ending. This was its own brand of beauty and I fell in love with it. I am writing this review several weeks after I first picked this up, and the story still stands out. That has to say something ...more
Oct 03, 2016 TL marked it as gave-up-on-lost-interest
eh, not for me...

Aug 06, 2013 kari rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, 2013

This isn't a retelling of Romeo and Juliet, but a continuation of the story, a what happens next. And I loved it from start to finish. Melinda Taub has crafted a wonderfully well-rounded story with believable actions and characters. Benvolio and Rosaline have growth and concern beyond themselves which makes them great hero and heroine in my opinion. They have what they want, but they also care beyond what they want or, more to the point, what they don't want.
There is a large cast of characters a
Rebecca Sullivan
Jun 15, 2015 Rebecca Sullivan rated it really liked it
The only reason this isn't five stars is because I'm bored to death of heterosexual love triangles.

I'm a bit of a Shakespeare nut, and you do need that to properly enjoy this book. Not only have I attended public school and thus been force-fed half of the Bard's works, but I've seen and even been in a wide variety of the plays. I know them pretty well and I'm pretty comfortable with the language, which is one of the reasons I enjoyed this book so much. Taub mimics Shakespeare's writing style (sh
Sep 16, 2016 Vero rated it it was amazing
I am an ardent admirer of the absolute god that is William Shakespeare, and I love his classic tale of love more than I can possibly express in this review. And thus, I was enchanted by this fanfiction-like sequel that gave more room to a character I had always enjoyed - Benvolio. And then there's lots lot love, betrayal and death, which is also great. I am very happy with this book and I will definitely watch the series - I can't wait, actually :)
Samantha (A History of Books)
Oct 21, 2013 Samantha (A History of Books) rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
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Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
An unsolicited ARC was provided by the publisher for an honest review.

If there ever was a book that was written after the events that transpired about Romeo and Juliet, this one would be it. Oh god, the writing was so well versed. Very beautifully done and yes it’s written in Shakespearean English. It adds a wonderful experience to reading Still Star-Crossed. It’s not overdone, so you can still understand it. The whole cast of characters are still here, but the major players (so to speak) are Ro
Jill Myles
Nov 11, 2013 Jill Myles rated it really liked it
So! This is totally out of my wheelhouse because it's SHAKESPEARE. I kinda...hate Shakespeare. I know! But I was interested when it mentioned that it was a book about fair Rosaline, who is mentioned only a little by Romeo in the beginning of the play. Anyhow, I thought i'd give it a few pages to see what it was like, and ended up devouring the book. There's a lot of 'Shakespearean' speak but it's done in a way that doesn't make you feel stupid or that you can't follow along. I thought all the ...more
Actual rating: 7.5/10
I admit, my interest was piqued when I saw the trailer for the new tv series. Having read the book now, it looks like the tv series will be changing it up a bit (and probably end up being as soapy, saucy and morally ambiguous as the other Shonda shows). But anyway, the book: the story picks up from the end of Romeo and Juliet and imagines the city of Verona on edge and the Montagues and Capulets still roiling with conflict. A marriage between the two families is proposed by
Lucy March
This could have been a lot better. The characterizations (most of them anyway) were excellent and the writing style was really good. The only thing this was weak on was a believable plot. The resolution was weak and forced in my opinion and having a character (I won't spoil which one, for anyone who might still want to read it) from the play that's supposed to be dead have survived just for the plot to work didn't sit well with me.

There was just so much this book COULD have been that it wasn't.
Kristel Villar
A beautiful and engaging read. I loved how the author explored Verona on the aftermath of Romeo and Juliet's deaths. In the middle of trying to end the animosity between the Montagues and the Capulets, the streets of Verona are shaken with deaths from the two Houses in the hands of a mysterious masked man. We see here Rosaline of House Capulet and her sister Livia, Benvolio of House Montague, and Prince Escalus of Verona as key players in the story. I also loved the Shakespearean language used ...more
Jan 15, 2014 Hannah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-fic
It's been pointed out to me that I'm very stingy with my stars, so this one's getting five, because I loved reading it, but in my brain, it's a 4, because the trajectory of the story was nothing new for a YA.
Sep 07, 2016 Alexa rated it really liked it
Recommended to Alexa by: Cris M
I'm SO ready for the TV adaptation of this novel! While I did have a reservation or two when it came to the language, and it did start out a bit slow, but I actually wound up enjoying Taub's creative take on what happened AFTER Romeo & Juliet. Very inventive and very fun to read!
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