"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.
I have officially found my first buy-worthy book of the year!
I don't think I can rave ENOUGH about this book. Which, actually, is kind of funny because I kept seeing this on Amazon in my recommendations and I'd always skip over it because of my deep-rooted loathing for all things Shakespeare. However, when my local library started offering Kindle books that I could checkout, I was anxious to try it. I decided to check this book out and finally attempt reading it. What did I have to lose??
I am now kicking myself for not buying this immediately when it came out last summer. I can't believe I wasted all that time! Argh.
If you are expecting a retelling of Romeo and Juliet with this book, you've come to the wrong place. The book descrpition pretty much lays out the storyline for you-- Romeo murders Juliet to become immortal and work for the Mercenaries. Juliet, as she's dying, is also offered eternal life--but it's granted by the Ambassadors of Light. Every so often, Juliet gets an assignment to "inhabit" a body for a short time in order to bring together soul mates. When that happens, Romeo is also set to work trying to convince one the "soul mates" to take the same bargain he did-- murder the person they love in order to gain eternal life.
When Juliet gets assigned to a new small town, the unthinkable happens for her. She falls in love, and it goes against everything she's working for. In fact, it's absolutely forbidden. So does she do her job and forever be without the one she loves, or follow her heart and risk his death?
I LOVED this book. I don't know how else to say it. When I finished reading it, I wanted to read it again. And again. And again. I would recommend this to anyone and everyone that loves a good (and at times, heart-breaking) love story. Seriously read this now. It'll most definitely be on my "Favorite Books of 2012" list.