Poor Juliet. The bastard she was in love with murdered her 700 years ago to gain immortality. But they have been running into each other ever since: wPoor Juliet. The bastard she was in love with murdered her 700 years ago to gain immortality. But they have been running into each other ever since: while Romeo became a Mercenary, sent to earth to take over a freshly deceased corpse and lure someone to the dark side (just as he was 700 years ago), Juliet became an Ambassador and must join 2 soulmates together before Romeo gets his way. And while they’re at it, he really enjoys torturing poor Juliet.
I loved this quirky take on the Romeo and Juliet story. I thought the initial information dump was a bit excessive, I would have liked for it to be spread out a little more. The characters were vibrant and real. Romeo was a douche canoe and I hated that Juliet had to keep running into him. Just like Juliet, I was never sure whether he was truly sorry, or if he was just trying to hurt her again.
After Romeo’s latest attempt on Juliet’s life, Ben showed up as her rescuer and hero. He was a nice, family-loving guy and the chemistry between them was yummy.
“I don’t need any more time to know that I’ve never felt like this before and never will again,” Ben says, banishing thoughts of anything but him as his hands smooth over my hips. “But I don’t care if you have.”
My eyebrows arch. “You don’t?”
“No. I don’t care if I’m not the first.” His head tilts and his lips move within a whisper of mine. “As long as I’m the last.” And then he kisses me, until the world spins and my blood races and there is nothing but Ben. And he is perfect and right.
Ariel’s mom was a flawed character, holding onto guilt that made her incapable of showing affection for her daughter. I liked Juliet’s attempt at bringing them back together, I thought it was sweet. The dialogue was realistic and every time Romeo said something creepily-sexy (trust me, it’s a thing) to Juliet, it made my skin crawl. The entire story had a sort of gritty feel to it. Between the multi-plane settings, the subject and the dialogue, it was harsh and dark, which I thought really worked with the theme and the overall story.
The cover is beautiful and matches the tone of the book. The dreary background and the pop of red is so pretty together. Add in the girl that looks like she just wants to be left alone, and it’s spot-on.
The sum up: Dark and gritty, this is a beautiful and romantic retelling of Romeo and Juliet....more
This book is written differently than other books I’ve read. It’s written backwards, kind of like the movie Memento. You start at the end of the storyThis book is written differently than other books I’ve read. It’s written backwards, kind of like the movie Memento. You start at the end of the story, after the climax and work backwards to the beginning. At first I found it jarring and actually thought about going to the end and reading it chronologically, but I decided I owed it to the author to read it the way she intended*. And I’m so glad I did. After a few chapters, I got into the groove and even started to enjoy the way it worked backward. It was interesting to see Ann react to Connor’s apology, then learn what he did to have to apologize for.
Poor Ann. She used to be such an interesting person, with friends and a social life. Then Connor got his hooks into her and she became nothing. Their relationship had all of the classic signs of abuse – she pulled away from her friends and family and he was super controlling. The people around her may have seen the signs, but they weren’t able to do anything to help her. Besides, she didn’t see their relationship as something so easily categorized as ‘bad’:
But it’s not black and white at all. It’s gray. It’s a never-ending world of gray. They don’t understand that there is so much to him that they’ll never see.
The plot was good, but the way the novel is written in reverse chronological order made it even better. It was focused entirely on Ann and Connor and their relationship. There wasn’t much character development for any of the other people in their lives, though we did learn about where Connor’s abusive tendencies may have started. I was surprised at Ann’s parents. I like to think that if I had a daughter, I would have handled a similar situation differently than they did. But, I guess we never know how we’ll react until we are faced with a situation.
I enjoyed the writing, it was simple and straightforward. There was no attempt to lighten the mood or make anything seem darker than it really was. Everything just seemed very stark to me, like how it would feel to watch a movie or TV show with no background music; like there is nothing to get in the way. I don’t think I’m describing it very well, but that’s how it felt to me. Raw, without any excess feelings, emotions or extraneous words in the way.
The cover is right on. The heart sculpture actually plays a part in the story, plus it’s simple and pretty.
The sum up: Powerful yet simple, this one will stay with you....more
Marcie went along when her mom went to their old summer house for a few days. Once she starts at the local school, she figures this is more than a vacMarcie went along when her mom went to their old summer house for a few days. Once she starts at the local school, she figures this is more than a vacation. She misses her boyfriend and group of close friends back home. Her mom is in a downward spiral of depression and Marcie is left all alone.
I admit I was very concerned about reading something in verse, but I needn’t have worried. After the second page/poem, I was hooked. Every chapter is a different poem written by Marcie and I was surprised at how much emotion and imagery Tregay managed to put into each poem.
Do you hate the person who tapped the first domino down? Or do you hate the domino for not standing up for itself? And if you are the second domino, and you get toppled, do you hate yourself?
The verse was actually quite easy to read and I finished the book in just a few hours, which also spoke to how much I enjoyed it.
The plot wasn’t especially unique, but the way it was written and the unexpected direction it took made it feel new and fresh. Every character was represented and I never wondered how or why they did the things they did. Even with so many people in Marcie’s life, I didn’t feel like anyone was missing anything.
The dialogue was great, I loved the snarky way Marcie and her friends talked to each other. Their group of friends was great; they didn’t fit in with any of the other cliques at school so they made their own, and they were a tight group who didn’t take any crap from anyone.
I love the cover, everything about it is cute and fits the story perfectly.
The sum up: A fantastic introduction to verse, I loved every minute of this one.