“ Genre: Fiction - Romance / Author: Stacey Jay / Narrator: JustAyre / Audiobook „
"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.
Juliet Immortal has been the first audio book that I've listened too and loved since my very younger years when I used to fall asleep tucked up in bed to my favourite bedtime stories. I don't know why I was put off audio books but I always thought that I would prefer to just read. After the persistence of a friend and spending more time travelling back and forth commuting each day I decided it was time to try one again.
When I first started listening to Juliet Immortal by Stacey Jay I didn't know all that much about it. For me the one key thing to mention is that this isn't a typical re-telling of Romeo and Juliet. In fact it is nothing like that particular love story, although it is a love story. I know confusing! I don't want to give too much away, if you don't like Shakespeare or just don't think this might be for you I'd still suggest giving it a try because it really is a quite a unique and interesting twist on a classic story. It certainly is a memorable concept just using characters that we recognise or at least think we do.
This was one book that the cover really had my interested in it right from the beginning. I had also read some positive reviews on Goodreads but it was the beautiful art work that clinched it for me. However, as much as I do love the cover in my opinion it doesn't really suit the story. It just doesn't have much of any connection to it, which did to a small part leave me a tad confused and disappointed.
Something that I'm sure is important to making a good audio book great is the voice of the person reading it. Juliet Immortal was read by Justine Eyre and I thought she was just fabulous. She was clear, well spoken and you could really tell the difference between the characters she was reading but not in an annoying way. I think probably one of the most important aspects of any narrator in an audio book was that she didn't hinder my enjoyment of the story. At times I completely forgot that it was an audio book that I was listening to rather than a book I was just reading.
I'm almost positive that there is going to be a sequel to Juliet Immortal as the ending set up a next book nicely. The ending of Juliet Immortal really had me itching to find out more, although to Stacey Jay's credit she did wrap up the story well. She just managed to sneak in a great hook at the end. I am sure I won't be alone in eagerly awaiting any sequel.
To sum, this book has a great start a slightly dwindling middle and a completely gripping end, but I did enjoy it all.
Overall - I enjoyed the story and I would look out for this narrator again.
Audio book -9 hours and 20 minutes (Unabridged)
Released in August 2011
Purchased from Audible - £20.59 (or 1 member credit)