BLURB: “Juliet Capulet didn’t take her own life. She was murdered by the person she trusted the most, her new husband, Romeo Montague, who made the sacrifice to ensure his own immortality. But Romeo didn’t anticipate that Juliet would be granted eternal life as well, and would become an agent for the Ambassadors of Light. For seven hundred years, Juliet has struggled to preserve romantic love and the lives of the innocent, while Romeo has fought for the dark side, seeking to destroy the human heart. Until now. Now Juliet has found forbidden love, and Romeo, O Romeo, will do everything in his power to destroy their happiness”
REVIEW: This novel opens with the soul of Juliet awakening in the body of Ariel Dragland, a teenage girl who has both physical and emotional scars that Juliet is hoping to heal by finding Ariel’s soulmate and giving her life a purpose. When Juliet wakes she is in a car accident with the boy who broke and humiliated Ariel, Dylan Stroud – and things get much, much worse when Juliet realises that Romeo is occupying Dylan’s body and aiming to destroy her. This event, a dramatic opening to the novel, leads to Juliet meeting Ariel’s saviour – and, she is soon to realise, her very own soulmate – Ben. As Juliet tries to pick up the pieces of Ariel’s relationship with her mother, Melanie, and Gemma, her best friend, she discovers that her feelings for Ben are growing stronger. Upon discovering, however, that Ben is meant to be Gemma’s soulmate, and that these are the two people she was sent to earth to reunite, Juliet’s new life on earth becomes much more complicated – particularly with Romeo making false promises and thwarting her plans every step of the way. The way the novel plays out provides several twists and turns, but the book as a whole remains a relatively light and easy read, both hugely moving and entertaining, and gives a brilliant twist on the traditional story of ‘Romeo and Juliet’. I would definitely recommend it to fans of Shakespeare’s original and fans of young adult fiction.