I couldn’t wait to read Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay. I love when people take timeless stories and turn them upside down. I also adore modern revivals of Shakespeare. So, by all rights, I was destined to love Juliet Immortal.
In the most classic romance novels, love ceases to simply be a word. It becomes an entity; a part of the character that is so powerful it consumes everything. The most classic example of this all-encompassing love is Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare. The tragic heroes of the play have been immortalized as the ultimate star-crossed lovers. They seem to be the model of romantic passion. It’s the greatest love story ever told…and the biggest lie.
In Shakespeare’s tragedy, the forbidden lovers would rather die than lose the love they share. Death in the name of love. How romantic and how wrong young Shakespeare was. The death of Romeo and Juliet was prompted by far more sinister feelings, according to Jay’s reimagining. Betrayal. Corruption. Murder.
Not so romantic anymore, is it?
Shakespeare, although I love and revere his work deeply, was the product of an era where women weren’t much more than pretty faces. I cannot fault him for that. However, I can applaud Stacey Jay for giving Juliet the layers she needs to be not only a lovable character, but also an amazing heroine. True, Shakespeare made her immortal. But Stacey Jay brings her to life.
For a story that points out flaws in one of the most iconic couples in history, Juliet Immortal is filled with love. It highlights that love is, and never will be, just a word. It is a feeling that transcends description. It is never a mistake. It is never a weakness. Love is always a beautiful strength. It is a passion that is meant to be felt, cherished, and shared, just as I share the beloved Juliet Immortal with you.
Pro tip: If a boy asks you to wait three days in a dark tomb with no food or water before you can run away together, he’s most likely up to no good.
Victoria Testa lives in New York City but is a beach bum at heart. When not writing or reading, she can be found surfing, swimming, and singing!