Friday, August 12, 2011
Review for The Juliet Spell by Douglas Rees
Title: The Juliet Spell
Author: Douglas Rees
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Publication Date: September 27, 2011
Synopsis: I’m Juliet.
At least, I wanted to be.
So I did something stupid to make it happen.
Well, stupid and wonderful.
I wanted the role of Juliet more than anything. I studied hard. I gave a great reading for it—even with Bobby checking me out the whole time. I deserved the part.
I didn’t get it. So I decided to level the playing field, though I actually might have leveled the whole play. You see, since there aren’t any Success in Getting to Be Juliet in Your High School Play spells, I thought I’d cast the next best—a Fame spell. Good idea, right?
Yeah. Instead of bringing me a little fame, it brought me someone a little famous. Shakespeare. Well, Edmund Shakespeare. William’s younger brother.
Good thing he’s sweet and enthusiastic about helping me with the play...and—ahem—maybe a little bit hot. But he’s from the past. Way past. Cars amaze him—cars! And cell phones? Ugh.
Still, there’s something about him that’s making my eyes go star-crossed....
Will Romeo steal her heart before time steals him away?
Verdict: I love this book. The Juliet Spell has somehow changed me just a tiny bit. I will never look at William Shakespeare's work the same way again and I will always remember the brother that is not very well known- Edmund Shakespeare. The characters in this book were amazing, what they went through, how they coped and were able to move on- it was inspiring. Miranda, the main character, was strong and had depth. Drew was smart and sweet. Edmund was as charming as ever. Bobby was a cool best bud.
I've honestly never been one to enjoy theatre much; but this book made me want to audition for the next available production. Not many books can trigger that kind of response from me. But that was just another reason I loved this book so much, I felt emotionally tied to all the of characters. Whatever they felt- heartbreak, joy, magic- I felt it too.
Douglas Rees captured my heart and soul from the first sentence to the acknowledgments. He made me think about and question previously formed beliefs. I finished this book in one day and cannot recommend it enough- This book has everything: Drama, romance, fighting, heartbreak and friendship! Love, Love, Love!
An ARC was provided by the publisher via NetGalley.
Rating: 5/5 Stars