[The Complete Saga]: A Paranormal Shakespeare Retelling
by Ann Hunter
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
As expected, this book follows Romeo (a poor young Latino man) and Juliet (a sheltered vampire princess). After learning of her engagement, Juliet escapes one night and meets Romeo at a school dance. He’s smitten, and she takes the risk of leaving him a note, telling him where she lives. Romeo is hesitant to go, especially after the priest at his church tells him not to, but against his better judgement he does–and learns Juliet’s nature. Still, they devise a plan to spend some time together, even though it’s risky. I mean, he’s pretending to be a thrall in a house full of vampires. What could possibly go wrong?
Review of R+J Sucks
I don’t think I’ve ever read the original Romeo and Juliet, so I doubt I’m the best voice as far as opinion of this story is concerned. I feel it follows the pattern well– boy meets girl, instalove, madness ensues, everything goes awry, the two devise to escape together, nothing goes as it should.
(view spoiler)[To be honest, I hoped that maybe the author would use the whole “Juliet’s a vampire” card to circumvent the ending. I know how the original ends, and to be honest, I’m not a fan. So when this took the same route (except for a little supernatural help at the very end to provide a sort of “happy ending”) (hide spoiler)] I was a little disappointed. But then again, I’m not entirely clear on how these vampires work, as they can have kids and take thralls and turn people (view spoiler)[and taking draughts that turn them human again… (hide spoiler)].
So, well written with intriguing twists, but very closely following the pattern of the original. You’ll have to decide for yourself if that’s for you or not.