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Such Sweet Sorrow

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Never was there a tale of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo…But true love never dies. Though they’re parted by the veil between the world of mortals and the land of the dead, Romeo believes he can restore Juliet to life, but he’ll have to travel to the underworld with a thoroughly infuriating guide.

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, may not have inherited his father’s cro
Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 4th 2014 by Entangled: Teen
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Khanh (the Grinch)

There is so much going on in this book. You have your main cast of leading Shakespearean characters (Hamlet, Juliet, Romeo to name a few), throw them into a bizarre underworld filled with Norse mythology, Greek mythology, and elements of Celtic mythology and Jewish mythology and what you have is a mess. But it's a really interesting mess.

Valkyries, Frost Giants, Fire Giants, the Washerwoman, the Norns, Fenrir, the Sirens, berserkers, shades. You name it, you've got it. This book also takes a lib
Also reviewed for Addicted2Heroines

The beautiful cover sucked me in...I admit it.
And really, it's got such an interesting premise, that I couldn't help but want to read it. Romeo and Juliet plus Hamlet? Cool! I didn't even realize that it would be incorporating Norse mythology, but that was also a bonus!
So why only 3 stars?
I'm not sure really.
The author is talented, and if you've ever read her blog, you'll probably agree that she's quite a funny lady. But for some reason this story just did
I almost didn't read this because the cover put me off (it's pretty, but those kind of covers tend to come with books I don't like), but the concept intrigued me, and I ended up really enjoying it, so I'm glad I gave it a go! Basically, this is what would have happened if Romeo didn't die from poison at the end of Shakespeare's story, and went on a quest through the underworld with Hamlet to find Juliet and bring her back to life. If you don't think that sounds awesome, this obviously isn't the ...more
Jessica *The Lovely Books*
I have never been much of a Romeo and Juliet fan. I hated beyond hated that they committed suicide over love. It made me angry and mad that someone could do that. It wasn't until I got a little bit older that I was able to understand and acknowledge why they did what they did. I didn't agree but I also didn't hate that they both died over one another. I saw the tragedy and the heartache. I feel that same love Romeo felt for Juliet, only it's a motherly love.

Hamlet, I never got into that story un
Jan 12, 2014 Farrah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, retellings
Dark, romantic, and absolutely amazing! Such Sweet Sorrow was a brilliant YA romance/retelling. I absolutely loved this book! From the depiction of Shakespeare's characters, to the thrills, to the unexpected twist, this book was perfection.

I have to admit, I was a bit worried going in to this book. The author was taking on huge characters and changing their stories. And, because of how much I adore Shakespeare, it would only have taken one slip for me to be completely turned off from the book. B
Kelly Sierra
Feb 03, 2014 Kelly Sierra rated it liked it
Shelves: 2014, arc
This sounds like it can go horribly wrong... like a train wreck, but I can be wrong, so I am going to read it.

EDIT: 2/3/2014

The premise of this book scared me. Imagine being told that someone took Hamlet and Romeo & Juliet and created an alternative story... what would you honestly think. My first reaction was to be nervous, it was going to be a train wreck or possibly very unique. I was both surprised and also disappointed.

Such Sweet Sorrow takes place a couple of days after Juliet sought
I've never liked Romeo and Juliet much. Though I have a huge likeness for romance books, but the story of Romeo and Juliet wasn't really for me. Unlike that though, this one was far better.

The story started off quite well. Romeo's determination to find Juliet was really described very nicely. Although the characters of Romeo and Hamlet felt a little flat at first and was hard to relate to, the storyline covered it up well.

The theme of underworld was really interesting. I always have a fascinatio
In a twist on the classic story, Juliet died, but Romeo didn't. Consulting a witch about how to get Juliet back, Romeo learns that he must find a northern land with a murdered king--and surprise, surprise, Hamlet's dead father has just shown him a gateway into the underworld at Elsinore. Hamlet didn't intend to go with Romeo--they disliked each other on sight--but Romeo pulls him in and then they're stuck in the bizarre and deadly realms beyond, searching both for Juliet and for a way out--and s ...more
Jacquie Bolton
Feb 10, 2014 Jacquie Bolton rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014-releases, arcs
O... M... G! How could you NOT love that blurb!? I literally freaked out trying to get on Netgalley to request this. When they approved me, if I had been ABLE to do cartwheels, I would have been cartwheeling all over the place like a cheerleader on crack. I mean, c'mon, Shakespeare, Mythology, JENNY TROUT! OMG!

And of course, it's Jenny Trout, and she does NOT disappoint. I absolutely adored this story. The whole concept of Romeo not dying and venturing into the Afterjord to find Juliet is intere
I’m always been intrigued with all these Romeo and Juliet retellings. I haven’t read the original and I’m bit intimidated to start tbqh; so to compensate with that I decided to try retellings. Such Sweet Sorrow by Jenny Trout sounded really intriguing. The concept of meshing two popular novels is a very grand idea. And we all know how tragic the ending for couple of Shakespeare’s famous work. With all these things in mind I decided to try.

Well, the thing is, it’s just good. It wasn’t mind blowi
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Here is a fact, I love retellings. Another fact? I love Romeo and Juliet. I know what you are thinking, why in the world do you love a tale so full of foolishness and woe? Why love something that only ends in heartache, despair and death?

The simple answer, love. I love a good love story. I eat them up. I devour them and I can never get enough of them. I love a good tale about star crossed lovers and while I normally love a happy ending, there is just something to be said about Juliet and her Rom
Sep 23, 2014 Tati rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy
This is, essentially, two pieces from Shakespeare meeting, namely, Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet. I’ve never read them, but I am familiar with them (Romeo and Juliet more so than Hamlet). The synopsis also looked promising, so I decided to request this book. It turned out to be an okay read.

I don’t really know why, but it just didn’t click with me. It was not lack of action, as this book has plenty of action. It also has plenty of mythological elements, which I usually love. Maybe it was just too
Feb 13, 2014 Jo rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle
What a fantastic premise... Hamlet and Romeo searching the underworld for Juliet. There are many tests they must face before they can be released. The writing was solid and the pacing good. It made me go back and brush up on my Shakespeare. I did notice that Juliet's age was bumped up from 13 to 15. I don't why that makes it more acceptable for her to be married to Romeo, but for some reason it does. She is smart and determined, and I like that in a character.
Feb 16, 2014 Ellen rated it liked it
Shelves: e-arc
Romeo and Juliet with monsters, mythology and more - who wouldn't be intrigued. I hate to say that I am not a Romeo and Juliet fan, nevertheless, I couldn't resist reading this novel and discovering the unique take Jennifer Trout has created with this timeless love story. Not only do we have Romeo and Juliet, but Trout has also incorporate Hamlet in the mix as well. Stir that all together with witches, sirens, monsters, and ghosts, and add a measure of mythology and the result cooks up to be a p ...more
Feb 03, 2014 Samantha rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-books
Honestly the first 70% of this book had me prepared for a 3 star rating, maybe a 3.5, but the final 30% bumped it up to a 4 star. As much as I enjoy Shakespeare, I have always found Romeo to be such a whiny impulsive young man...and for the majority of the book it seemed he would remain that way, but he grew there at the end. Combining R&J and Hamlet was interesting and I loved the combating theologies/mythologies. Juliet proved to be one of the strongest characters and I found that to be aw ...more
Feb 12, 2014 BookHookup rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
The original review of this title can be found here on The Book Hookup.

Christina's Review:

**SPECIAL NOTE:** An eARC of this title was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. However, that did not influence this review in any way. All thoughts, quotes, and opinions will be of this version and not of the published edition.

Initial Thoughts and Rating: 3 stars! I feel like my rating doesn’t really reflect the worth of this novel. I applaud the author for her imaginative rewo
Feb 12, 2014 Chelsea rated it really liked it
This book is the answer to "What happens next?" at the end of Romeo & Juliet.

Romeo's determined to find Juliet, but he's hampered by still recovering from the poison he took (and for which an antidote was administered). He's directed towards Hamlet who has been recently charged by his father's ghost with protecting a corpseway - a portal to the underworld.

I had a few problems with this book.

I had a hard time getting into it because the characters felt a little flat for at first. Romeo was
ARe Cafe
Feb 09, 2014 ARe Cafe rated it really liked it
Shelves: kats-picks
Kat's staff pick for the week of 2/9/14.

Kat says: Imagine what would happen if Romeo survived (physically, anyway) the double suicide that took away Shakespeare's famous star-crossed lovers. Imagine what might happen if a certain Danish prince with his own family problems steps in to assist the mourning Italian, all the while hoping to accomplish revenge on his father's untimely death. Jenny Trout's Such Sweet Sorrow takes two Shakespearean heroes out of their element and thrusts them on an othe
Hope johnson
Aug 18, 2014 Hope johnson rated it liked it
My Thoughts:

This is yet another library book that I came across. It was an easy and fast reading; I was intrigued by it. I mean you have Juliet, Romeo and Hamlet together in one story, on an adventure in underworld type world.

So what did I think? After I was finished reading I thought it was alright story, but nothing special really. There were times when I was annoyed with Romeo, and the time I was not aannoyed with him I was rolling my eyes at him.

Juliet was pretty great character, however I
Feb 05, 2014 Sabrina rated it it was amazing
The cover drew me in but when I read the blurb I knew I had to read this book. The combining of Romeo and Juliet with Hamlet blew my mind but than Jenny added in mythology and I was blown away!

I know it sounds crazy to have these classic plays rewritten and than even crossing over but Jenny makes it work and have you so caught up in this story that you will be flipping the pages just to see what happens next. And that is exactly what I did. I read this book in one sitting to the point of ignori
Feb 04, 2014 Leeanna rated it liked it
Shelves: arcs, for-review, e-book
This review originally appeared on my blog,


SUCH SWEET SORROW is an intriguing mix of Shakespeare, Norse mythology, and Greek mythology. If you’ve ever wondered what happens after Romeo and Juliet, if you can return to life after death, or what a journey through the Underworld might be like, this could be the book for you.

The author draws on two plays by Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet and Hamlet, for her main characters. In her version, Romeo has survived, although weakened from the
Feb 10, 2014 Krutula rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Never was there a tale of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo...

But true love never dies. Though they're parted by the veil between the world of mortals and the land of the dead, Romeo believes he can restore Juliet to life, but he'll have to travel to the underworld with a thoroughly infuriating guide.

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, may not have inherited his father's crown, but the murdered king left his son a much more important responsibility---a portal to the Afterjord, where the souls of
Feb 23, 2014 Nicola rated it really liked it
Shakespeare as you've never read it before... Or are likely to again.
This is a Young Adult fantasy novel that takes the stories of Romeo & Juliet and Hamlet and takes them into a fantasy land of Norse mythology. Simply put, the story follows Romeo and Hamlet as they take off into the afterlife in an attempt to rescue Juliet from death and learn about the magical gateway Hamlet is charged with protecting by his father's ghost (who also charges Hamlet with avenging his murder as per the origin
Katherine Adams
Feb 08, 2014 Katherine Adams rated it liked it
After Juliet kills herself for thinking Romeo is dead, Romeo is wracked with grief. He visits a witch who tells him of a prince who can help him free Juliet from her eternal torment. He travels to find this person, who happens to be Prince Hamlet, and the two set forth on an adventure.
I saw the cover of this book and was instantly entranced. Look! It's so Pretty! I then read the synopsis and was even more intrigued. Romeo and Juliet continued? Sure, why not. I love a good love story, especially
A Book Addict's YA Palace
Okay it's more like 3.5 but, hey I'm feeling generous!
Full review is at http://misslittlebookaddict.blogspot....
I was intrigued as soon as I read the summary for this YA retelling/continuation of Romeo and Juliet. I was also excited when I realized Hamlet would be a starring character as well. But I was also nervous, imaging that the author may have taken on too much and was going to get things twisted in a way I wouldn't like.

But I was proved 85% wrong. Such Sweet Sorrow is set just after the
Jessica (Taking It One Book at a Time)
Brilliant, beautiful & deadly!

Never have I read a book that has taken on such iconic characters and twisted their stories to intertwine the way this author did.

We all know Romeo & Juliet are thee greatest couple to ever grace the pages of a novel, then add in Hamlet & you've created either something truly epic, or a train wreck.....

Well thank the gods this was epic!

As the story starts off Juliet has died and Romeo wants nothing more but to find a way to be with her again. He's basi
Alisha Tarran
Jan 23, 2014 Alisha Tarran rated it did not like it
Everyone knows the tale of Romeo and Juliet, but no-one knows that Romeo actually survived, dying slowly from the poison he took. Romeo and Juliet are separated by the veil between the worlds of the living and the dead. After visiting a witch, Romeo has a way to be re-united with his lost love and restore her to life. All he has to do is travel to the castle of the murdered King to find his guide to the underworld.

Enter stage left...Hamlet, Prince of Denmark. Hamlet hasn't inherited his father'
Jan 23, 2014 Kathryn rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
Imagine what would happen if Romeo survived (physically, anyway) the double suicide that took away Shakespeare's famous star-crossed lovers. Imagine what might happen if a certain Danish prince with his own family problems steps in to assist the mourning Italian, all the while hoping to accomplish revenge on his father's untimely death. Jenny Trout's Such Sweet Sorrow takes two Shakespearean heroes out of their element and thrusts them on an otherworldly adventure to save Juliet, and ultimately ...more
Juliet is dead but Romeo won't give her up. He has survived the poison and now following the clues a witch has given him he goes to find Hamlet who is the key to getting him into Afterjord and bringing Juliet back. Hamlet doesn't have the crown of his murdered father but he does have his gift. When Romeo ask him for help getting Juliet back Hamlet agrees as he wants some adventure and maybe the chance to avenge his father. The underworld doesn't let it's souls go back easily and finding Juliet i ...more
Jess at Such a Novel Idea
For this review and more, visit Such a Novel Idea.

*I received this book in exchange for an honest review.*

Take Romeo & Juliet, add Hamlet, and mix in some Greek and Norse mythology and you'll get Such Sweet Sorrow.

A couple of months ago, I really wasn't a fan of Shakespeare. (Yes, I know, I know that sounds crazy coming from an English Lit major). Before, I probably wouldn't have picked this book up. But that all changed when I took a Shakespeare class this fall -- it was challenging, but I
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Jenny Trout is a writer, blogger, and funny person.

Writing as Jennifer Armintrout, she made the USA Today Bestseller list with Blood Ties Book One: The Turning. Her novel American Vampire was named one of the top ten horror novels of 2011 by Booklist Magazine Online.

Jenny also writes award-winning erotic romance as Abigail Barnette.

When she’s not writing, she’s sleeping or otherwise incapacitated.
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