“The greatest love story ever told is a lie.” Juliet did not take her own life. She was murdered by her new husband, Romeo, who sought immortality. Romeo didn’t ever think that Juliet would be granted immortality as well through the Ambassadors of Light. For 700 years Juliet has struggled to preserve the innocent souls of true love while Romeo does everything in his power to destroy them. It is an epic struggle until the day Juliet finds herself with someone she is forbidden to love and everything changes.
I know that I've read many mixed reviews on this book. I haven't ever really been a fan of the story of Romeo and Juliet. I guess I find nothing romantic about people who kill themselves over love. Thus, I found this to be a very creative retelling of an old story. I really enjoyed the new ideas presented in this book. It was fast paced, interesting and exciting. I was completely rooting for the happily ever after ending that Juliet never had. I loved the ending which both left it open for a next book and gave me some resolution. We closed in a full circle for Romeo, which I also loved.
I think I loved Juliet best. Her strength and resolve, her loneliness, her continued fight for true love's happy endings even though that isn't what she got...
Yeah, there was some over the top moments, cheesy even. But, I liked this story better than the original. (I can't help it! I'm a sucker for happy endings.)
There was plenty of content in this book that would make it more suitable for 18+ than the 15 year old that YA books encompass. Language, language, language. Pretty much everything shy of the F word at some point or another. Profanity. Sexual things (implied sex, none described) and violence.
My favorite quote from the book:
"Real love has little to do with falling. It's a climb up the rocky face of a mountain, hard work, and most people are too selfish or scared to bother."