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December 28, 2015 posted by Nichole

Book Review: Slave to Sensation (Psy-Changeling #1) by Nalini Singh

Slave to SensationNalini Singh dives into a world torn apart by a powerful race with phenomenal powers of the mind-and none of the heart.

In a world that denies emotions, where the ruling Psy punish any sign of desire, Sascha Duncan must conceal the feelings that brand her as flawed. To reveal them would be to sentence herself to the horror of “rehabilitation” – the complete psychic erasure of everything she ever was…

Both human and animal, Lucas Hunter is a changeling hungry for the very sensations the Psy disdain. After centuries of uneasy coexistence, these two races are now on the verge of war over the brutal murders of several changeling women. Lucas is determined to find the Psy killer who butchered his packmate, and Sascha is his ticket into their closely guarded society. But he soon discovers that this ice-cold Psy is very capable of passion – and that the animal in him is fascinated by her. Caught between their conflicting worlds, Lucas and Sascha must remain bound to their identities – or sacrifice everything for a taste of darkest temptation.


Book Review:

How have I not read this series before?! I was on a mission for another amazing adult series similar to Patricia Briggs and Ilona Andrews, so I went on a Goodreads hunt. I ran across this one, and it was actually available through my library’s ebook site, so I grabbed it the first change I got! OH. MY. GOD. Nalini Singh is a writing genius. I loved every single second of this book. I’m so so so so so so so SO excited that I found this series!

I absolutely adored the whole concept of the Psy world. Sascha was an amazing character. It was really interesting watching her go back and forth between no emotion and allowing herself to feel some emotion. The emotionless demeanor of the Psy world was just…..so cool!

The blend between the Psy and Changeling world was utter perfection! I really liked how Lucas and Sascha started out so hesitant around each other. It was a love/hate/emotionless relationship that progressed each and every page. I liked how Lucas was such  dominant male character who challenged Sascha to every single one of her limits and was still always there to catch her if she fell. They were such a magnificent couple!

There were a couple of things that knocked the rating down to a 3.5 First, I didn’t like that I knew who the murderer was from the very beginning of the book. I wasn’t shocked at all. In fact, I would have been shocked if I was wrong. The author gave it away from the very get-go. She didn’t even try to challenge the mind or anything. She just laid it out there point blank. I like to be challenged when it comes to murder mysteries. I don’t want the answer up front. Second, for an emotionless world, I found the Psy to be full of emotion. I understand that the whole point was for the Psy to be releasing emotion and fighting the Psy system, but I mean……they ALL were full of anger, power, and hate. I didn’t run across a single Psy who didn’t feel some sort of emotion. It was just really confusing that the whole series was focused around the Psy not having any emotion at all.

Overall, I adored this book. I did think that there were some flaws but nothing that took away from the book as a whole. I’m already reading the second book, and I LOVE it! I have every intention of straight binging this entire series all the way through! If you’re a fan of adult urban fantasy/paranormal series, then go read this one ASAP!


Pages: 352

Publication Date: September 5th, 2006

Publisher: Berkley Sensation

Rating: : ★★★½☆

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April 18, 2014 posted by Emma

The Shadow Society – Marie Rutkoski

The Shadow SocietyDarcy Jones doesn’t remember anything before the day she was abandoned as a child outside a Chicago firehouse. She has never really belonged anywhere—but she couldn’t have guessed that she comes from an alternate world where the Great Chicago Fire didn’t happen and deadly creatures called Shades terrorize the human population.

Memories begin to haunt Darcy when a new boy arrives at her high school, and he makes her feel both desire and desired in a way she hadn’t thought possible. But Conn’s interest in her is confusing. It doesn’t line up with the way he first looked at her.

As if she were his enemy.

When Conn betrays Darcy, she realizes that she can’t rely on anything—not herself, not the laws of nature, and certainly not him. Darcy decides to infiltrate the Shadow Society and uncover the Shades’ latest terrorist plot. What she finds out will change her world forever . . .


Man, I’m bummed about this one. After practically devouring The Winner’s Curse (also by Marie Rutkoski), I was so excited to see that she had another book already out that looked right up my alley. Urban fantasy? Check. Badass heroine? Check. Hot dude who secretly isn’t the nice guy he claims to be? Check. But unfortunately, I just couldn’t really get into this one, despite wanting to so, so bad.

The Shadow Society tells the story of Darcy, a girl who was orphaned outside a fire department when she was five, and has always felt a little out of place. When the new guy at school takes a special interest in her, she can’t believe her luck! As they get closer, things seem to be going great, until…well…it turns out that she was right all along. She’s not normal at all, and Conn’s definitely not who he seems. And thus begins the wild ride alternate universes, infiltrating a secret society of Shades, and fighting tooth and nail to stay alive.

At first I was definitely digging this book. Darcy was likable enough, her friends were pretty funny, and the premise of her being something other than human kept me hooked. But after a while, there were just too many YA cliches that I couldn’t get past. Like the hot new guy takes an interest in the not-so-special normal girl. Which was fine, once you find out that the real reason he’s interested in her is because it’s his job to hunt down Shades, which is what Darcy is. But the thing is, his priorities change so fast and the budding relationship between them just felt so rushed. They become closer while he’s undercover because they’re working on a joint English project, and that’s all fine and good. But you never really experience that firsthand because time lapses pretty quick and the next thing you know they’re best friends and hanging out all the time. And then super fast he’s revealed to be the enemy, which in the book isn’t actually that soon because they’ve known each other for a few weeks already, but it feels fast cause it happens over the course of like, 3 chapters. But by that point they’re in love, and despite being the IBI (interdimensional bureau of investigation)’s best agent, he pretty much doesn’t give a crap about his job anymore and wants to keep Darcy safe. Yikes. Way too much insta-love for me!

The plot was slightly better, but again, some of the beginning events felt like they happened too quickly without a lot of explanation. It kind of seemed like Ms. Rutkoski just really wanted to get to a certain part of the book, so she was just moving really quickly through the more…boring parts? I guess? Even though to me, I would’ve liked to learn more about the agency Conn works for, and just more about the society in general. Oh well.

Anyway, I ended up DNF-ing this about halfway through, just because I was having a hard time staying focused and forcing myself to keep reading. I’m sure there’ll definitely be tons of fans of this book, but it felt a little too high school for me, with not enough substance to the plot to sustain it. And again, I’m SUPER bummed about this! I absolutely adored The Winner’s Curse, so I know what Ms. Rutkoski is capable of, but this one just didn’t deliver for me.

Pages: 416

Date Published: October 6, 2012

Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux

Rating: DNF

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April 10, 2014 posted by Emma

The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle #2) – Maggie Stiefvater

The Dream Thieves (The Raven Cycle, #2)Now that the ley lines around Cabeswater have been woken, nothing for Ronan, Gansey, Blue, and Adam will be the same.

Ronan, for one, is falling more and more deeply into his dreams, and his dreams are intruding more and more into waking life.

Meanwhile, some very sinister people are looking for some of the same pieces of the Cabeswater puzzle that Gansey is after…


Anyone who knows me knows that I became a huuuge fan of this series after recently picking up a copy of The Raven Boys. There’s just so much goodness in these books, I can’t even begin to describe it.

Of course as soon as I finished the first one, I knew I had to get a copy of The Dream Thieves ASAP. This second installment picks up pretty closely after the first one ends, with Blue and the gang still desperately looking for Glendower. However, finding Cabeswater and the ley line changes all of them pretty drastically, and now they have to deal with the aftermath, along with staying alive against some not-so-nice people in search of the same magic that Gansey is looking for.

This book is definitely a little darker in tone than the first, because most of the gang isn’t coping very well with the discovery of the ley line. But now they’ve got bigger things to worry about, with the addition of an even more sinister villain (or is he?) and some new characters as well. I’m not going to lie, the plot definitely confused me (again), but like the first time, I pushed through for the sake of finding out what happens to the characters. There were so many things happening in so many different directions that at times it did feel a bit much, but it ended up being worth the confusion. I loved every single twisted second!

I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again, it absolutely astounds me how Ms. Stiefvater is able to create a world that’s so implausible and disconnected from our own, and yet so refreshingly real at the same time. Every word, every action, every breath that the characters take feels like they’re actually there with you. Or I guess, like you’re actually there with them. It’s beautiful, it really is.

And speaking of characters, we get to learn even more about the gang in the second book. The Dream Thieves shifts its focus a little, as far as who is doing most of the narrating. In this book, it shifts away from Gansey/Blue and more towards Ronan, which I really enjoyed. He’s such a darkly enigmatic character that it was fascinating (and oh my goodness, so heartbreaking) to learn about his backstory. Watching him struggle with his new abilities was amazing and little bit frightening, especially considering some of the revelations that go along with it. He gets fleshed out a lot more in this second book, and I loved it.

But don’t worry Gansey and Blue fans! They’re still present, just slightly less so. They’re just as bicker-y and snarky as the first book, except this time with a little more romance. As someone who loves the two of them together (sorry, Adam!), I enjoyed watching the slow build of their relationship as they became closer. But at the same time, her romantic entanglements are a little sad to watch, because you just know that someone’s going to get hurt.

Which brings me to Adam. Oh, Adam. He’s such a sweet, insecure guy, and I love him to death. But a definite darker side comes out in this book. Admittedly a huge chunk of it has to do with the effects of the ley line, but to what extent, I don’t know. Either way, if in the last book he was heading towards the edge of the precipice, in this book he’s teetering at the very tip. I’m so worried for this character, guys! He’s so unstable and unpredictable, and reading from his point of view feels like reading about a ticking time bomb, just waiting to explode. Definitely excited (and wary) to see what happens with him in the third book.

All in all, this book absolutely rocked just as much as the first one! Anyone who’s a fan of kickass heroines, slow-building romance, urban magic, and beautiful writing has GOT to check The Raven Cycle series out. Or really just if you like reading at all, check it out!

Go get your copies, this one’s a must read!


Pages: 439

Date Published: September 17, 2013

Publisher: Scholastic Press

Rating: ★★★★★

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March 28, 2014 posted by Emma

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle #1) – Maggie Stiefvater

The Raven Boys (The Raven Cycle, #1)“There are only two reasons a non-seer would see a spirit on St. Mark’s Eve,” Neeve said. “Either you’re his true love . . . or you killed him.”

It is freezing in the churchyard, even before the dead arrive.

Every year, Blue Sargent stands next to her clairvoyant mother as the soon-to-be dead walk past. Blue herself never sees them—not until this year, when a boy emerges from the dark and speaks directly to her.

His name is Gansey, and Blue soon discovers that he is a rich student at Aglionby, the local private school. Blue has a policy of staying away from Aglionby boys. Known as Raven Boys, they can only mean trouble.

But Blue is drawn to Gansey, in a way she can’t entirely explain. He has it all—family money, good looks, devoted friends—but he’s looking for much more than that. He is on a quest that has encompassed three other Raven Boys: Adam, the scholarship student who resents all the privilege around him; Ronan, the fierce soul who ranges from anger to despair; and Noah, the taciturn watcher of the four, who notices many things but says very little.

For as long as she can remember, Blue has been warned that she will cause her true love to die. She never thought this would be a problem. But now, as her life becomes caught up in the strange and sinister world of the Raven Boys, she’s not so sure anymore.


I’ll be the first to admit it…I haven’t been the hugest fan of Maggie Stiefvater in the past. Her Shiver series just didn’t do it for me, and I didn’t really enjoy any of the standalone novels she’s written either. So despite ravings on Tumblr and Goodreads about how amazing The Raven Boys was, I went into it pretty hesitantly and with low expectations…which were completely blown out of the water!

The Raven Boys is a pretty intricately woven story about a girl named Blue, a non-psychic born into a family of psychics. And for as long as Blue can remember, she’s been told that when she kisses her true love, it’ll kill him. That’s when she meets Gansey, along with the rest of his friends. He’s rich, a little condescending, and everything Blue despises, but something about him makes her want to know more. And then the adventure really begins, as she’s drawn into the crazy world of the Raven Boys, full of long lost kings, ancient Welsh mythology, psychic magic, leylines, and some unexpected romance too.

In case you couldn’t tell by the description, this book was like NOTHING I’ve ever read before. Props to Maggie Stiefvater, because she’s officially converted me to her side. There’s so much goodness about this book, I don’t even know how to begin.

I guess I’ll start with the characters! As the narrator of our story (somewhat, it’s told from multiple perspectives), I adored Blue. She’s feisty, quirky, sharp-tongued, and smart as hell. I think the best way to describe her is prickly, but with a heart of gold. The thing I loved the most about her was how she’d call people out on their BS…she didn’t take crap from anyone, no matter who you were. And the rest of the cast was just as flawless. The boys themselves each had such vivid, well-woven personalities that practically leaped off the page. They felt like real people to me, which was so wonderful. Adam was the most precious (and heartbreaking) character I’ve ever read about…he was so bitter and resentful, but so sweet and gentle at the same time. Ronan was fierce and cruel, but you could practically feel his dedication and protectiveness of his friends. Noah was so quiet that he practically became invisible among his boisterous friends, and I just wanted to wrap him up in a blanket.

But oh my gosh, you guys. Gansey. Gansey. I’ve never loved a fictional character as much as I loved him. And I know I say similar things a lot, but I mean it this time. You know how sometimes you just connect with a character on such an emotional level? That was me and Gansey. I felt his pain, I understood what he was going through with his own internal demons, I cried over him. He was rich and privileged and a little bit oblivious to his own occasional tendency towards being condescending, but he meant well. He cares so fiercely for his friends and wants nothing more than to keep them all together and happy. He’s charming, smooth, but somehow down-to-earth at the same time. God, he’s just fantastic. He’s so incredibly real…but all of them are, really, and that’s what makes this book especially stand out.

The plot itself was the only tiny downfall. While it was fascinating and I had no idea what was going on…that was also the problem: I had no idea what was going on. Not for all of it, mind you, but there were definitely parts where I was like…umm…wait, what just happened? The thing was, it was so complex with so many different storylines that at times it felt like a bit much. BUT, by that point I was already so invested in the characters and the story that I didn’t even care!

All in all, this book is amazing. It’s hugely character-driven, which normally I don’t like, but you can’t not get invested in their lives and backstories. It’s also told from multiple points of view, which I also normally don’t like, but it worked in The Raven Boys. Please pick up this book immediately, guys, you won’t regret it! The plot is unique and full of magical goodness, the characters are utterly real and layered, and the writing is beautifully lyrical and sweeps you away.

This one is worth buying!

Look for my review of the second book in the series, The Dream Thieves, coming soon!

Pages: 416

Publication Date: July 30, 2013

Publisher: Scholastic

Rating:  ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

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March 1, 2014 posted by Emma

Angelfall (Penryn & the End of Days #1) – Susan Ee

It’s been six weeks since angels of the apocalypse descended to demolish the modern world. Street gangs rule the day while fear and superstition rule the night. When warrior angels fly away with a helpless little girl, her seventeen-year-old sister Penryn will do anything to get her back.

Anything, including making a deal with an enemy angel.

Raffe is a warrior who lies broken and wingless on the street. After eons of fighting his own battles, he finds himself being rescued from a desperate situation by a half-starved teenage girl.

Traveling through a dark and twisted Northern California, they have only each other to rely on for survival. Together, they journey toward the angels’ stronghold in San Francisco where she’ll risk everything to rescue her sister and he’ll put himself at the mercy of his greatest enemies for the chance to be made whole again.


Despite the buzz that this book has begun to generate, I’m not going to lie…I was a little wary to pick up a copy. I haven’t had the best luck with angel books in the past, and I was concerned that this one wasn’t going to turn out any better. But you guys, I was SO wrong. Angelfall is honestly THE BEST book I’ve read in a really long time, and is now one of my all-time favorites.

The story is told from the point of view of Penryn, who’s living on the street with her crazy mother and disabled younger sister, trying to survive in a world destroyed by angels. Except these angels aren’t the caring, pious kind. Nope, these ones are savage, cruel, and honestly terrifying! They end up taking Penryn’s younger sister (for reasons unknown), and Penryn spends the rest of the book fighting tooth and nail to get her back, along with the help of an injured angel that she grudgingly forms a partnership with.

What really makes this book amazing is the perfect weaving of a dark and gritty apocalyptic world, combined with a cast of well fleshed-out characters. Penryn has got to be my favorite heroine, ever (yes, including Katniss!). Things are pretty grim for her with her sister kidnapped, her mother a little bit crazy, and her world destroyed, but she doesn’t complain. Not once. She knows what needs to be done and she does it, kicking major ass along the way. She’s definitely a tough cookie, but she doesn’t come off as a caricature either…she has her moments of weakness, which are both realistic and heartbreaking. But the best part of Penryn is that she doesn’t let a guy get in the way of saving her family. For once, this girl’s got her priorities in order. Saving her family, keeping herself alive…and then romance waaaay later. There’s no insta-love here. Her relationship with Raffe is a slow build, but oh man, that doesn’t mean there’s not lots of tension between the two of them!

And as for Raffe, the fallen warrior angel…oh my gosh. You will fall madly in love with him, guaranteed. He’s powerful, he’s strong…and he has a corny sense of humor too? Yeah, he was a surprise. I went in expecting a typical YA bad-boy type, but he absolutely blew me away. He’s snarky without being an asshole, dark without coming off as brooding, and just all around awesome. Ugh, Raffe.

All in all, guys, this book is an absolute must-read. The plot is incredibly unique and gripping, and trust me when I say that there’s a few things near the end that you will NOT see coming at all. It’s tragic, dark, gritty, humorous, and a little bit romantic. Susan Ee is a genius!

Go out and buy your copy of Angelfall immediately!

Pages: 283

Publication Date: May 21, 2011

Publisher: Feral Dream

Rating: ★★★★★

Author Interview with Jennifer Rush
Author Interviews
January 12, 2013 posted by Nikki

Author Interview with Jennifer Rush

Back in June, I picked up a copy of Debut Author Jennifer Rush’s novel, ALTERED, while I was at Book Expo America. Without knowing anything about the book or Jennifer herself, I began reading. I wasn’t too far into the story when I realized with absolutely excitement that I’d discovered the next big thing. Our five star review of ALTERED appeared on the blog in July, and Jennifer’s giveaway of an Advanced Reading Copy of the book which appeared in the same month absolutely exploded.

Jennifer is our featured Author for our Book of the Month for January, and we’re stoked to have her here.


Altered is your debut novel. Before you were officially a writer, what was your day job?

This answer is going to be dreadfully boring. I was a bank teller for a little over four years at a local community bank. It was a good job to have for the area I live in and my co-workers were AWESOME. But counting other people’s money? No thanks!

Altered is a very well thought out and detailed plot. What were you doing when you thought it up?

I get this question a lot and I wish I had a good answer for it. I honestly don’t remember writing much of the first half of Altered. It came out of nowhere, and consumed me for several weeks. I think it perhaps came from an old idea I’d had, where a girl found a vampire locked in a high-tech cell in her basement, and later found out he was part of a government experiment. We all know how flooded the vampire market is, so I have to wonder if I filed that idea in the back of my mind and it some how morphed into Altered later on.

What I do know is that, in its earliest draft, Altered was a story about a boy and a girl who loved each other so much, they’d do anything for each other. A lot of the twisted plot elements came in later drafts!

How long did it take you to write Altered?

Six or seven weeks.

Do you have any quirks or habits to help you through the writing process?

I need a clean space to write. I like my desk to be free of clutter, though anyone who’s seen my office walls would beg to differ. 😀 I like lots of pictures and things and inspirational quotes on the walls that surround me, but my desk must be clean. I generally like something yummy to drink while working too!

Sam is Anna’s love interest and he also takes on the role of the group’s leader. Does this mean he’s your favorite of the boys? (If not, who is)

This is a hard question! I love all the boys, but I DO have a favorite. I love Sam. I ADORE SAM. But he’s not my top pick. Nick is. I generally go for the bad boys in YA fiction, and Nick fits that description well. But he has such a complicated, messy past, and I loved exploring how that made him today. Even with his memories wiped, he’s still messed up. It’s interesting to me how much of who we are, will always be a part of us, no matter what happens.

Sometimes, writers say their characters just write themselves. If you could change one thing that Sam did in Altered, what would it be and why?

Ummm…take his shirt off more? Kidding! Kidding! Sort of.

I don’t want to spoil too much for those who haven’t read, but there is a pivotal scene between Sam and Anna where her heart breaks at something he says to her. So I wish he would have asked for her help. For those who have read, I think you’ll know what I mean by that. Then again, if he HAD asked for her help, Altered would be a much different story.

If you could date any of the four boys, which would it be, and why?

Oh Lord, another hard one! Let’s see…I think Nick would be fun, and intense. But it would also be messy. And there would probably be a lot of crying involved. Now, if we’re talking true, forever love, someone I’d want to marry, it’d be Trev. He’s loyal, he’s thoughtful, and caring, and he reads people really well. That’s the kind of husband I’d want (actually, it’s the kind of husband I DO have, though he’s not always thoughtful when it comes to sharing the TV remote, or giving me the last fudgecicle).

I noticed on your blog you seem to be ‘casting’ your characters. It looks like you chose Henry Cavill as Sam (and I concur!). Who could you see playing Anna?

I’ve had a terrible time finding someone who represents Anna well. I think Brittany Robertson looks like Anna sometimes, depending on how her hair and make-up is done. But even then, she’s not a perfect match. I picture Anna a bit softer in the face, and a tiny bit taller. Also Brittany is maybe a tad bit skinnier than Anna.

How did you choose your character’s names?

Baby name websites! There wasn’t much rhyme or reason to what I picked, though once I found the names, I knew they fit.

 Your blog professes your love of pens. What other quirky obsessions do you have?

I love houseplants. I have such good luck with leafy, regular houseplants, but succulents, which are supposed to be the easiest to care for? I kill them. EVERY SINGLE TIME.

I’m also a sucker for any other kind of office supply. Sticky notes. Folders. Paperclips.

What’s your fave book? (If you have one …)

Oh yes, I have many. I’ll name my top three. I fell in love with Vivian Vande Velde’s Companions of the Night as a teenager, and though I rarely re-read books, I try to re-read that one every couple of years. I also love, love, love Sarah Dessen’s The Truth About Forever. Talk about an amazingly genuine, super hot love interest. If you haven’t read it, you should! And lastly, Leigh Bardugo’s Shadow and Bone. Amazing detail and world building. A fantastic cast of characters. And one dark, sexy love interest (or maybe villain? you have to read to find out!).

As a new writer, what advice would you give to people out there that are trying to catch a break?

It will feel like you’ll never break into the market. Like you’ll never sign with an agent. Or you’ll never get a book deal. I was in that same position in 2009, early 2010. I have been there, and let me tell you that it WILL happen if you keep trying. Don’t give up. Don’t write something just because you think it will sell. Write what keeps you up at night. Write what makes you daydream at your desk, when you should be doing day job things like answering phones and filing papers. Write what feels like your own private love affair. That’s the book that will get you an agent, or a book deal. Just like in real life, if you find yourself wondering if you’ve found your soul mate, you probably haven’t. You won’t need to wonder once you’ve found him or her, you’ll know it when you feel it.


Juliet Immortal – Stacey Jay
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December 29, 2011 posted by Nikki

Juliet Immortal – Stacey Jay

“These violent delights have violent ends
And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,
Which as they kiss consume.”
—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.

The world’s greatest love story ever told is a lie. Romeo and Juliet didn’t commit suicide and die for their love, Romeo murdered her. Her one true love, the one she trusted and wanted to be with more than anyone else in the whole world, betrayed her and took her life in an act of brutality Juliet isn’t able to escape. Not even now, in present day, and she jumps from body to body.

Seven hundred years on, Romeo is still working for the bad guys, and Juliet is still ambling through her existence, trying to save true love from the grips of hell. She hates her life, but after seven hundred years, she’s pretty used to it: invade a body, conquer and make love happen, escape and move on. But when Juliet invades Ariel’s body, she never ever expected that she might be the one to fall in love with her subject. It’s unheard of and absolutely forbidden. It feels like Juliet has met his soul before, encountered him in another life … but its impossible, right?

Meanwhile, Romeo will stop at nothing to get to his Juliet. His love is of the sadistic kind, and although he seems hell bent on destroying her life, in his sick way, he does love Juliet. And she’s slipping from his grasp. He’ll stop at nothing to prevent that from happening.

As a huge fan of Romeo and Juliet, I was deathly afraid that this story would butcher the classic for me. I was, however, pleasantly surprised. Yes, I struggled seeing Romeo in such an evil capacity, but it … worked. Juliet seems to hold some of that hopeless romance she carried in the original tale, but what I was happiest about was her strength. In the original classic, Juliet takes charge of her life, decides what she wants and finds a way to make it happen. Although Juliet in this story is a slave to her circumstances, she does find a way around her pitiful situation and goes after what she wants. I was happy to see that element of her character remained true.

Thus, Juliet Immortal  did not ruin the classic tale for me. It was a really enjoyable representation, actually. I think those that even hate the original tale will get a kick out of this one.

I take my hat off to the jacket designer. The cover is perfect, and was actually what made me pick it up in the first place. The red dress against the murky, restless ocean really struck a cord with me.

Pages: 306

Publisher: Delacorte Press

Publication date: 2011

Teaser Quote: Life is precious – his life especially – but there are worse things to lose. I turn back to Ben, brush his hair away from his ruined face, a part of me wishing he was conscious so I could say goodbye, the other part glad that he’s beyond feeling pain.