I can’t recommend this story highly enough and not just because it’s dedicated to me (although it is and I will be honest–having a book dedicated to you is pretty awesome). I loved this storyÂ WAY before it was a “real”Â book,Â before it was even a book deal.Â Let me tell you why:
BecauseÂ Romeo and JulietÂ (yes,Â the Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare) is lame. There. I said it. Somewhere, right now, a UniversityÂ official has started proceedings to revoke my English degree. ButÂ it’s true!Â Yes, Shakespeare is a master of language and brilliant andÂ who am I to critique him, blah, blah, blah, but that doesn’t make R & J any less lame. Think about it.Â Juliet killed herself over a guy she knew for less than a week! That’s not romantic. That’sÂ . . . crazy. And Romeo–don’t even get me started on him.Â He didn’t love Juliet. HeÂ wasÂ in love with the idea of being in love. (Hello, Rosaline, anyone?)
Enter Stacey and her awesome creative powers. She has crafted an entirely new kind of Juliet, a Juliet who is brave, and strong, and makes me proud to be a girl instead of want to vomit.Â I urge everyone to check it out–even if you love the original R & J.
Here is the “official” description:
Â “These violent delights have violent ends
And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,
Which as they kiss consume.”
â€”Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare
The most tragic love story in history . . .
Juliet Capulet didn’t take her own life. She was murdered by the person she trusted most, her new husband, Romeo Montague, a sacrifice made to ensure his own immortality. But what Romeo didn’t anticipate was that Juliet would be granted eternity, as well, and would become an agent for the Ambassadors of Light. For 700 years, she’s fought Romeo for the souls of true lovers, struggling to preserve romantic love and the lives of the innocent. Until the day she meets someone she’s forbidden to love, and Romeo, oh Romeo, will do everything in his power to destroy that love.