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.So I walked into this one from looking at the good and the not so good but to be honest from the first time I happened upon this one I was confident I would enjoy it. Turns out I did and there is really so much to love about this book. The romance is mind blowing and the conflict will just have you stuck to the pages. I expected it to be interesting but the twists and turns that are thrown out will blow you away every page of the way. Stacey Jay does not miss a beat and throws you right into the heat of Juliet and Romeo's heated relationship.
Despite how it may seem Juliet is not really immortal, nor is Romeo. They just kind of assume identities. However creep level kind of grows there as Romeo can only assume a dead body and Juliet assumes the body of someone that needs her and is close to the soul mates. I know confusing right?! It's not really once you get used to it. Juliet seems to actually resent the situation she is in but endures it because she wants her revenge. Revenge for a wrong death and for all of the time she has spent living within the nothing just thinking about how she is going to right the wrong done to her.
The world that Romeo and Juliet now live in does not allow for revenge on Juliet's side however. Ambassadors (the side Juliet resides on) are all about good and finding true love. Finding your soul mate, your other half and staying with them. Choosing them over whatever temptations the Mercenaries may offer in trade for your eternal love. The Mercenaries are the ones trying to destroy true love and are the counter parts of Ambassadors, nature is all about balance right and the lovers are playing for the opposite teams. This is probably where I felt the most lost, getting used to this and the vague story you have to go on. You don't get to know very much about the world until later on in the novel.
Juliet who is Ariel for this trip back to reality has some issues. Ariel has a difficult life that when Juliet steps into is hitting a point of not wanting to continue, this is because of Dylan. When Juliet takes over Dylan continues to be a pain when he turns out to be Romeo now. Ya, a lot to take in right but it means so much more than to the two of them. Their is a difference this time and they both seem to feel it. Not to mention that Ariel/Juliet seems to be falling for another guy. Like head over heals uncontrollably in love but that's not how it's supposed to be.
The ending is what really blew me away. To be honest it is what made the entire book for me and kind of finalized everything that you wanted to believe. I can't say that I seen it coming but I totally was happy that it did. Juliet was wonderful and deserved what she got. She remained strong but human throughout her journey. At first I didn't see it but if she hadn't retained a certain amount of humanity how could she have felt everything she did and made it through everything to find what she was supposed to.
Stacey Jay showed some serious bravery when playing with such a classic love story that is well known and loved. It really worked for her though. Honestly I think that this really could have gone really wrong but she totally pulled it off! This book wont be for everyone but there will be many that totally enjoy it. Romance, truth and second chances really rule this one and I can't wait to get my hands on Romeo Redeemed.