Book: The Juliet Spell
Author: Douglas Rees
Publication Date: September 27, 2011
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Source: Netgalley and Harlequin Teen
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....
This book was absolutely precious! Honestly, the story pulled me in from the beginning and I had a hard time putting it down. I couldn’t wait to see what would happen next with poor Edmund!
I loved all the characters. Miri was very realistic and Edmund was the cutest thing ever! I may have fallen for him a little myself. I liked Drew and even Bobby.
This book was a very quick read and it’s very light. There is no great message here. It’s just a fun story that’s a “what if this happened” sort of book. It was fun to see the way that Shakespeare was worked in and the end was just a little bit of tragedy as well since Rees created his own pair of star-crossed lovers within the book. Of course, nothing as heavy as Romeo and Juliet, but it still left me just a little sad.
In fact, the ending was the only part I didn’t like. That is only because I could not have my purely selfish fantasy ending that would never be possible anyway. : ) Rees actually ended the book the way it needed to end, just not the way I wanted it to end!
I give this book a solid A. If you are looking for something light and fun, this is a great book to pick up. Nothing life-changing, but there’s nothing wrong with just enjoying a sweet now and then.