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These violent delights have violent ends
And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,
Which as they kiss consume.
-William Shakespeare, ROMEO AND JULIET

Juliet Capulet didn't take her own life. She was murdered by the person she trusted most, her new husband, Romeo Montague, who made the sacrifice to ensure his own immortality. But Romeo didn't anticipate that Juliet would
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Hardcover, 306 pages
Published September 13th 2011 by Delacorte Press (first published August 9th 2011)
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No sex, nudity, or cursing.
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Khanh (the Grinch)
I’ll have to decide: join Romeo or let the specter of my soul take me. I know I should be afraid for my future, but all I can think about is Ben.
This book mocks the original Juliet's weakness, only to have the newly improved Juliet just as fucking dumb as the original.



So the original Shakespeare version, Juliet met Romeo, fell in love, and died for love within three days. In this retelling of Juliet's story, before this book starts, Juliet still ran away with Romeo, and then said Romeo stabbed
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Annabelle Marie Veronica
FINAL RATING: 1.25 STARS

CATCHALL
I wanted to like this book. I really did. It was one of those books I heard about by random chance and immediately started counting down the days to its release. It looked that good, and was beautiful besides. And when I finally bought it, with its gorgeous cover, I was ecstatic. I dove right in. The beginning was amazing and drew me in right away. And now? I'm embarrassed to admit I own it. Yet another time where I've let beautifully written dust jacket blurbs
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Emily May
Mar 30, 2012 Emily May rated it really liked it


Interesting beginning... middle had highs and lows... ending was PERFECT...

I appreciate that not everyone is going to like this book. It's very much a Marmite kind of thing - you either love it or you hate it - except, unlike Marmite, I loved it! I think I liked it even more because it was very far from what I was expecting... and I had expected all kinds of possible ways this could go: super luvvy-duvvy romance, melodrama, ultra-angst...

Okay, there was the teensiest, tiniest bit of teen angst
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Kelly
Aug 28, 2011 Kelly rated it it was ok
Juliet Immortal was one of my most anticipated books of 2011. I loved Stacey Jay’s Dead on the Delta, and when I learned that she was writing a Shakespeare spin-off involving an original type of paranormal being, it seemed like too much awesomeness in one package. I really wanted to like Juliet Immortal, and it makes me sad that I did not.

Here’s the premise: Romeo and Juliet fell in love in medieval Italy, but their story ended rather differently than the version we all know. Romeo sacrificed Ju
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Angie
Sep 20, 2011 Angie rated it really liked it
Originally published here.

What a beautiful cover. I remember when I first saw it my initial thought was, Oh, please don't let it suck. I know that sounds harsh, but sometimes a cover just calls out to you and you know when you finally hold a physical copy of the book itself you'll just want to stroke it and love it and tell it it's found its home on your shelves. Unfortunately, the innards (as my boy is fond of saying) don't always match the outtards. And then I am forced to cry. Because . . . s
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Parvathy
Mar 30, 2013 Parvathy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: People who like contemporary takes on well known stories, YA readers
Recommended to Parvathy by: goodreads
This is not your typical Romeo and Juliet love story. For one thing the starting premise is the one where Juliet did not commit suicide for the sake of everlasting true love as the Bard's version claims but was killed by her lover Romeo who exchanged her life for immortality. But the betrayed and forsaken Juliet did not die according to plan. On the contrary she become an immortal, an ambassador of light whose sole purpose is fight for the sake of true loves across time against her one true love ...more
Amanda Ashby
Feb 11, 2011 Amanda Ashby rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! Stacey Jay manages to turn the story of Romeo and Juliet on its head with this haunting retelling. Beautiful!
Nafiza
Oct 04, 2011 Nafiza rated it liked it
Shelves: 2011
"Romeo, Romeo, where art thou Romeo?"
"Why, right here, my love!"
"Oh Romeo, whyfore dost thou kiss me so?"
"All the better to suck your soul away, my love."

I couldn't resist, okay! And I know Shakespeare is turning over in his grave (I feel obliged to apologise to Krystle too) but people, Romeo and Juliet! In a YA novel set in contemporary times. How awesome is that? And Romeo and Juliet on opposite side of the spectrum with Romeo batting for the bad guys! Even more awesome. But (and Shakespeare c
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Anzu The Great Destroyer

`~ Romeo’s song ~`

There comes a time in every weird underweight scar-faced teenager’s life when another soul inhabits her body and does a quick repair to her life. This may be also known as growing up to some, but to others this is called Juliet Immortal inhabiting your body to fight the forces of evil.

WARNING. Long quote ahead. Read it or you won’t get any dessert!
He is a romantic, a dreamer, and never afraid to play the fool. He is fearless and reckless and brave and I love him for it. Despe
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Kt
Aug 01, 2011 Kt rated it it was amazing
Forget everything you thought to be true about Romeo and Juliet's story. It isn't some great tragedy with starcrossed lovers that couldn't bear to be apart. No, it's a story about betrayal. Romeo murdered Juliet in hopes for his own immortality, but in a twist of fate, Juliet was granted the same. Only, she serves on the side of light, whose job it is to protect true lovers from people like Romeo who would tear it all apart. It's been over 700 years of fighting him and his kind every step of the ...more
Bookish
Aug 08, 2011 Bookish rated it liked it
Upon hearing about Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay- which turns the famous tragic love story on its ear – I was immediately desirous of it. I relished the notion of a kickass Juliet protecting true lovers and battling, rather than mooning over, an evil Romeo. I thought Juliet Immortal would be the novel for all those who had ever sacrificed everything for love only to find out they’ve been cruelly played. Can you tell I’m building up to a “but?”

Juliet Immortal strove for that to some extent BUT f
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April
Aug 15, 2011 April rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, fantasy, for-review
Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay reexamines the Romeo and Juliet mythos. You see, Shakespeare gets it all wrong. Romeo and Juliet didn’t die for love. Instead, Romeo killed Juliet to get immortality as promised by these beings known as the Mercenaries. Yet, Romeo’s plans go awry when Juliet doesn’t stay dead and is offered a position fighting for love and soul mates on behalf of the side of good known as the Ambassadors. Over the centuries, Romeo and Juliet find each other in battle in different ti ...more
mich
Quantum Leap meets Match.com

So...this was a hard book to rate - some aspects of this story are great, but the bad stuff is really, REALLY bad.

I love the whole idea of Romeo and Juliet being enemies. (view spoiler) Romeo was so very psychotic, I loved that. I liked Juliet's character for the most part as well - a girl betrayed by her former love, she is serious and driven and now lives only
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Jasprit
Oct 01, 2011 Jasprit rated it liked it
I seem to be going through a “selective book slump” (is that even possible???) where the only books I seem to be able to get into at the moment are Aussie Books. With everything else I’ve either struggled to get into or struggled to finish. The latter case was apparent with Juliet Immortal, it started off really well; Juliet finds herself in the borrowed body of Ariel Dragland covered in blood. She can remember from Ariel’s memories that she’s been in some sort of accident and that the guy she w ...more
Hannah (The Irish Banana Review)
Nov 28, 2011 Hannah (The Irish Banana Review) rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-romance
To say that this book completely blew me away in surprise is such a gross understatement that I hesitate to even say it. I figured this book would be something the romantic in me would enjoy, but by the end I had positively swooned. I never wanted this end. Stacey Jay took the story of Romeo and Juliet and twisted it around completely—and in the best way possible.

I almost feel like I need to include a little warning label because there is quite a bit of sexuality in this book. I probably wouldn’
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~Tina~
Mar 05, 2012 ~Tina~ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

Oh this was so good! I haven't met a Stacey Jay book that I didn't like. All her books seem to have that spark that I crave in a good read. I've been so curious about this book for awhile now, I'm not sure why it's taken me so long to get to it.
Juliet Immortal would have to be one of my favorite retelling of the classic tale of Romeo and Juliet. I absolutely love the twist! Romeo and Juliet don't get a peaceful afterlife. Juliet is apart of the Ambassadors and Romeo is Mercenary. Julie
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Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
Juliet and Romeo are on the sides of good and evil. Juliet on the dude of good, the Ambassadors. Romeo on the dude if evil, the Mercenary. Together they find soulmates to protect and keep their charges on their side. Until a certain mate she's encountered appears, everything turns around even she starts to fall in love.

The point of view change from the past to the present. Two point of views from Juliet who is now in Ariel's body and Romeo who is in Dylan's body. It's incredibly heart breaking t
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Ariel
May 19, 2013 Ariel rated it really liked it
This book was super awesome.. But also super flawed! Overall, I really enjoyed it but I do have to mention the flaws.. LETS CHAT!

The thing that really got me about this boom was the concept: Romeo and Juliet fighting against each other?! Juliet falling in love with another man?! A fight between good and evil, darkness and light?! It was spectacular! I love that Shakespeare was mentioned, how original the whole concept was, how passionate the characters were!, Juliet's self-awareness discovery, t
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TheBookSmugglers
Aug 12, 2011 TheBookSmugglers rated it really liked it
Originally Reviewed on The Book Smugglers: http://thebooksmugglers.com/2011/08/b...

For centuries, Romeo and Juliet have been the ultimate symbol of tragic romance; the embodiment of love at any cost, the couple has been a touchstone for star-crossed lovers across countless generations. But what if the love that claimed the lives of these young lovers was actually a lie? What if, instead of killing themselves for love, there was a more sinister, supernatural plot afoot? What if Juliet was actuall
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Jen (The Starry-Eyed Revue)
Meh. Interesting spin on the original story, I suppose, but it never made all that much sense to me...or else I just didn't care? Plus, the insta-love. Oh, and it's narrated by Justine Eyre, though that aspect didn't bother me as much as it normally would, maybe because I sped up the playback so much that I couldn't hear that breathiness her performances usually hold.

I didn't really enjoy this one, and yet I still find myself wishing the sequel was on audio. Oh, well. Since it's not, I won't wor
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Rachel (The Rest Is Still Unwritten)
Sounds like a very different, twisted take on Romeo and Juliet. Can't wait!
Kavanand
Aug 16, 2011 Kavanand rated it really liked it
Juliet Immortal is an interesting twist on the story of the world's most famous star-crossed lovers. In this version of the tale, Romeo killed Juliet so he could become immortal. But Juliet survived and became an Ambassador, an immortal being who brings soulmates together and protects them from the forces of darkness, the Mercenaries, who want to drive a wedge between soulmates and bring them over to the dark side.

Juliet exists in a misty place outside of time, except for when she's sent back to
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Rebecca ♥ Matrim, Kishan, Magnus ♥
Mar 01, 2016 Rebecca ♥ Matrim, Kishan, Magnus ♥ rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fans of Existence and Everneath
This review can also be found on my blog: A Match Made in Heaven

I really didnt expect to enjoy this as much as I did. I am usually not a fan of retellings. But this book was crazy intense! As you can probably guess from a book that deals with love and death. And all the supernatural elements were almost overwhelming in there awesomeness. It was one of the most surprisingly original books I have read in a long time. Just change the names from Romeo and Juliet to something else and you wouldnt eve
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Drottni
May 29, 2012 Drottni rated it did not like it
wow, I was pretty close to not finishing this book at all, which is so sad because I was SO looking forward to this book

-The idea of a twisted Romeo and Juliet story was just amazing. From the minute I heard about it I couldn't wait to read it and find out why the most tragic love story ever told was completely false, and why the sweet Romeo we all know would be evil. The twisted version of the story was the only good thing in this entire book. And even that was barely good. Some mumbo jumo abou
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Susana
Oct 03, 2012 Susana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, ya, stacey-jay

Dark, original and romantic
A very original idea that the author developed. Beautiful writing in a story that doesnt let go, until you have finished it. It was the last book that i read on 2011, and a story that i wont soon forget.

On the cover you can read:" The greatest love story ever told is a lie."

Juliet Capulet didn't kill herself, she was killed by her husband, Romeo Montague. Whom, in a way to achieve immortality decided to sacrifice Juliet. What he wasn't expecting, was that the same thi
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Nihan
Jul 05, 2015 Nihan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sonu mutsuz biten bir aşkın daha da trajik olabilmesi için ne gerekir? Sanırım bedenlerinden ayrıldıktan sonra ruhlarının başına gelenlerin anlatılması... Romeo ve Juliet için karanlık bir ölümden sonrası hayal etmiş yazar. Anlatımı beğendim ve çeviriden kaynaklı anlam bozukluğu olsa da akıcılıkla bir sorun yaşamadım. Ben'de güçlü bir karakter ama Romeo benim için her zaman asıl kahraman olarak kalacak.
Cory
Jul 14, 2011 Cory marked it as to-read
Never in a million years would I have thought I'd put a retelling of R+J on my TR list. This better be good because it sounds awesome.

Plus, the title isn't half bad. And I like the cover, despite the font.
Danielle
Jun 09, 2011 Danielle marked it as to-read
Shelves: ya-fiction
Another book due in September (do publishers want returning students to ignore their studies???) Sounds quite intriguing, and the few reviews on this site liked it.
Parajunkee
Aug 13, 2011 Parajunkee rated it liked it
Juliet Immortal

As a new trend goes, retellings come and go in fits and starts...we've recently gone through a mass retellings of fairy-tales, then Greek mythologies, but one that seems to stay with us a lot are the retellings of Shakespeare stories. Might as well right? Better than another retelling of Dracula. And from a retelling POV this one was original. At least they just didn't recycle the story and put it in modern times...it just well was a retelling. Where my blasé attitude stems from,
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Kathy (Kindle-aholic)
Sep 17, 2011 Kathy (Kindle-aholic) rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
3.75 stars

My second dark YA romance of the day. I really disliked reading Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet in high school (it inspired me to read more Shakespeare, I thought that his plays had to be better if we still had to read them). Romeo worked really well as the tragic villain. Will be very interesting to see where Jay takes the next book.

Another case where the villain is more vibrant than the heroine, but that's because she's carrying around a lot of hate and loathing (understandable when
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