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Still Star-Crossed

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Discover what happened after 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 new hearts. Same two families.
The fight to the altar is about to happen.
All. Over. Again.

This homage to the classic Shakespearean tale of Romeo
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published July 9th 2013 by Delacorte Press
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Cindy ✩☽ Savage Queen ♔
Rating ~4-4.5
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 eye-rolling. Honestly, even thinking of their
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
Mar 20, 2013 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 09, 2013 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
Odette Brethouwer
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, metevelyn
This was a really good book! The idea is really original. We've seen a lot of retellings, but this ain't a retelling, it is a sequel to a classic. I really like the idea. It is done really well. You get a Shakespearian feel because of the language (son the translation is done really good as well), but it is still an easy read, as soon as the story gets going.

The start was a bit tough. You need to get through that. It is a lot of names and a lot of information, but the story gets clearer after
tea & time turner
Jun 13, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: books-of-2017
There's only so many times a girl can read about the importance of maidenhood for a woman's reputation in half old English half modern English half "I have no idea how dialogue works so whatever" before she wants to set herself on fire.
Sophia (Bookwyrming Thoughts)
Jun 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviewed-on-blog
Once upon a time I read Romeo and Juliet for English.

It was awful and boring, and I hated it with a passion. I don't know why, but Romeo and Juliet just didn't clash well with me.

Still Star-Crossed isn't exactly like Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet - definitely not a retelling, though I would read a retelling of the cheese any day over rereading the original. Still Star-Crossed is like an unwritten sequel - the aftermath of what happens in Shakespeare's Verona after the tragic ending of Romeo and
Jul 27, 2017 rated it liked it
3 stars
as much as I enjoyed going back to Verona, this wasn't a brilliant book. granted, it got me locked for like 2hours once but I could predict what was going to happen so even the end or a part before that didn't surprise me but still this gave some sense of satisfaction that was pleasing enough.
characters were mostly flat with the exception of Rosaline. she was good enough. but honestly my favorite was Benvolio. he was such an eye-candy .
I'd recommend this book for a change of pace in
Olivia (Stories For Coffee)
Apr 27, 2015 rated it really liked it

This was so beautifully written and had so many wonderful twists and turns that I did not expect! I loved seeing all the surviving characters from Romeo and Juliet in a new light and the dialogue in this novel made my Shakespeare feels rise. The romance was amazing and not ridiculous like Romeo and Juliet which I appreciated SO much. I loved this story! It was such a lovely retelling.
Kim Clifton
May 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I'm always a little skeptical when reading twists on the classics, but this is Shakespearean fan fiction at its best. It starts only weeks after Romeo and Juliet ends, and deals with the immediate problem- that peace is not so easily won between their families. Prince Escalus' solution to wed Benvolio and Rosaline makes sense, but these two are feistier than their dead counterparts, so of course things don't go as planned. There are more brawls, a masked assassin, history between Rosaline and ...more
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Benvolio, Benvolio. Wherefore art thou, Benvolio?

Be still my Shakespeare loving heart. Why have I been smitten with Romeo and Juliet when there is Benvolio and Rosaline?! This book was beautiful and it was such a fun spin on Shakespeare. This is up to par with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead. Melinda took some minor characters and took their story to a whole new level. Frankly, I realized it has been way too long since I've read Romeo and Juliet and I need to add it to my TBR pile. I loved
Chelsey Wolford
Jun 24, 2013 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
Still Star-Crossed has been on my TBR since the year it released, but for some reason, I never got around to reading it (which is actually really weird because you don’t even know how hyped up I was for Benvolio and Rosaline’s hate-to-love romance). When I heard about the tv show coming out, I again meant to pick up the book and give it a go before the pilot aired, but again, for whatever reason, I never got around to it. Now, we’re five episodes into the show and I am absolutely in love, ...more
May 21, 2013 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
Intisar Khanani
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) ...more
Julia França
Jul 12, 2015 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
Samantha (A History of Books)
Oct 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
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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
Feb 14, 2016 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.

4/13/2018: just as magical
Mar 06, 2014 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.
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...
Apr 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
*passionately making out with this book*
Jun 21, 2014 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
Julia (Shakespeare and Such)
Jul 18, 2016 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
Portia Lynn (itsportiasbooks)
May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
I am so happy to say I actually really, really enjoyed this book!!!

"For Montague!"
"For Capulet!"
"For Verona!"

This really could have gone badly. If the author had not been able to recapture that feeling of being in Verona, and make the setting so similar, and the people so familiar, it could have been a disaster. But I got sucked in so easily!

The story picks up almost right after the tragic events of Romeo and Juliet, using characters we are already familiar with. This makes it easy to just
Aug 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Well done.
I am a huge fan of Romeo and Juliet, and Went back and re-read the play before starting on this book, and I can say that Melinda does a fantastic job of capturing the characters with a slightly more modern writing style. It truely feels like an extension of the characters by Shakespeare. When the character think, or you're getting internal descriptive details, you dont have to sift through the " Thou"s and "Canst"s. For anyone who put this book aside thinking it would be in an
Aug 05, 2017 rated it liked it
Set after the events in Romeo & Juliet, I loved the drama and intrigue in this book. I have a thing for retellings, and this was a rather fun one - it's not technically a retelling of course, but it was based on and set in the same world as the Shakespeare play. The writing was a bit of a let-down, but as I read the Dutch translation, I'm not sure if that's because of the original text or the translation. The attempt to stick to Shakespearean language felt very forced, because there were ...more
Shayne Bauer
Jul 24, 2018 rated it liked it
In this "sequel" to Romeo and Juliet, the author takes some liberties while still holding true to Shakespeare's beloved tragedy. There is a welcome concept of finally establishing peace in Verona by uniting (again!) a Capulet and a Montague through marriage. However, the language seems forced, using key words and phrases from the play. It seems like something my ninth grade students would write--and I would applaud them for it. But a published author?

The read was just OK for me, but I can see
Rebecca Sullivan
Jun 15, 2015 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
Jun 14, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf
Romeo, Juliet, Mercutio, Tybalt and Paris are all dead and those left behind are struggling to deal with the loss. Rosaline feels guilt, thinking that if she did not reject Romeo then none of this would have happened. Benvolio is lost without the companionship of his two best friends and wishes for the peace promised by both houses. Prince Escalus decides that a marriage, presumably that doesn't end in death, between a Montague and a Capulet would help to further the tentative peace. Benvolio ...more
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“Benvolio had never been in love, and he was certain that he was not now. When he compared the turmoil Rosaline provoked in him to Romeo’s sighing, poetical ardor, he found they had little in common. He felt no urge to write sonnets, nor to moan her name and weep. That was love. This was—irritating. No” 5 likes
“Here I made this for you. 'Twas finished weeks ago. I should have known better than to expect your attentions when you had no further need of me." She thrust a scrap of cloth at him. "Here." He took it. It was a handkerchief, embroidered with the Montague crest. "Thanks." "You're welcome. Go choke on it.” 4 likes
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