Tuesday, September 27, 2011

The Juliet Spell by Douglas Rees

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.

Title: The Juliet Spell
Author: Douglas Rees
Publication: 27th September 2011
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
304 pages

My review

I love modern retelling, and I particularly like Romeo and Juliet, so when I saw The Juliet Spell, and when I read its summary I was immediately drawn to this book. Finally, after reading it, I must say that I really loved it. The Juliet Spell is a very cute novel. It's often funny and totally entertaining.

The characters are really endearing and well-described. Even if, at the beginning of this book, it was a bit difficult for me to relate to Miranda I understood her after a few pages. In the beginning, the young girl is a bit pretentious and arrogant, but her adventures were nonetheless pleasant and entertaining. I also loved Edmund, even if it was not love at first sight, I learned to know him and to love him through the pages. If I liked the main characters I have to say that our young heroine's father disappointed me quite a bit.

Douglas Rees's writing is very pleasant and totally smooth. There are a lot of humor and many funny references. The Juliet Spell is also action-packed, full of twists and suspense and the plot is fast-paced. The second half of the novel focuses more on the investigation and it enables the author to keep the reader's attention all along.

The author also deals with great accuracy with teenagers' relationships: friendship, love, jealousy and much more. Feelings are very well-written and described. Finally, I didn't expect that kind of ending at all and I was a little caught off guard, but it seemed right, consistent and faithful to the rest of the book. Overall I almost never saw the twists coming and I was often pleasantly surprised.

To sum up,  if you are looking for a light romance, funny and cute, if you want to spend a pleasant and relaxing time, then you should check this one out. And if you enjoy Shakespeare, and in particular Romeo and Juliet I think that The Juliet Spell will captivate you. I didn't know anything about Douglas Rees and I hadn't read anything by this author, but The Juliet Spell made me want to discover his other novels.

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A copy was provided by the publisher, via Net Galley, against my completely honest review. Thank you.


  1. I saw this one and considered it, but decided I'd wait to see what the verdict was on it before I bought it. It doesn't sound like you loved it. I think I'll leave it on the library list. Thanks for the review, now I know what its about. From the summary, I would never have known there would be plot twists and an investigation.

    Did you read Juliet Immortal? I enjoyed that one, but Romeo is very dark in that one. I haven't figured out how to review it yet.

    Hope school is going well!


  2. I know it's been quite a while and I don't know if you remember me. I'm Justine and I helped you a little with your english reviews when you first started your blog. I felt so bad that our email conversation stopped so abruptly and to have stopped helping you but I feel that my job was done anyway. You no longer need anyone :)
    Thing is you kind of disappeared. Your last article was written a month ago...
    I hope you are doing fine and having as much pleasure as reading and reviewing books than you used to be! I like to read people like you. :)

    Keep up the good job,
    see you around!

    All the best,

  3. I love Shakespeare so of course I was wondering how is this book. Your great review convinced me to buy it !
    Thank you.


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