Sunday, January 31, 2010

O, Juliet Review (and more)

O, Juliet by Robin Maxwell
Rating 8/10

Before Juliet Capelletti lie two futures: a traditionally loveless marriage to her father's business partner, or the fulfillment of her poetic dreams, inpired by the great Dante. Unlike her beloved friend Lucrezia, who looks forward to her arranged marriage into the Medici dynasty, Juliet has a wild, romantic imagination that takes flight in the privacy of her bedchamber and on her garden balcony.

Her life and destiny are forever changed when Juliet meets Romeo Monticecco, a soulful young man seeking peace between their warring families. A dreamer himself, Romeo is unstoppable, once he determines to capture the heart of the remarkable woman foretold in his stars.

I really enjoyed this version of Romeo and Juliet. It was really different from Shakespeare's version, and in a good way at that. I liked seeing the story from Juliet's point of view, and occasionally Romeo's too. It really added some depth to this traditional story, at least for me. Just the language in it was good. If you have problems understanding Shakespeare, this book would be great for you. It's written in a way that's easy to understand, but still kept the feel of this time period.

The poetry that's written in this was seomthing I loved. Juliet wrote poems,a dn this was a big thing. Juliet was a very brave, srong woman. There is a lot to her.

The love between Romeo and Juliet was something else. It was different from any other version. It felt real, and it was easy to see there was more than just lust there.

And also, there's the Love Games going on right now over on Robin Maxwell's blog. There's lots of fabuous prizes for the poetry competion. If you're interested, just click the link above.