Review: “The Juliet Spell” by Douglas Rees
Paperback, 304 pages
Published September 27th 2011 by Harlequin Teen
Review Copy: NetGalley
Description from Goodreads:
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….
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
“The Juliet Spell” is a very charming story. It’s about Miranda, a girl desperate to be Juliet in Romeo and Juliet in her school’s production. So desperate that after arriving home from tryouts, she tries a spell, not expecting it to work. It’s that spell that brings Edmund into her life. But Edmund isn’t just any boy, he’s William Shakespeare’s younger brother. Yes, it may sound crazy but it’s actually interesting. Edmund, who has never seen a car, cell phone, or television before is thrust into this strange world all because of Miranda’s desire to be Juliet.
Is the story realistic? No. Is it a fast, but fun, read? Yes. I do have to admit that the pacing of the story seemed a bit fast at times, especially when it came to Miranda’s feelings towards Edmund and how easily her mom accepts his presence in their home. As for the characters, I feel as though they were all interesting, although Miranda and Edmund were my favorites.
Watching as Miranda struggles to help Edmund adapt to her world, even standing by as he spends time with Vivian, it’s easy to like her. She doesn’t try to hide Edmund from her mother; in fact the second her mother arrives home she explains the situation. All of the characters served some purpose towards the story.
The ending was a bit predictable, but it was really the only way to end the story.
Overall, I enjoyed “The Juliet Spell”. If you like Shakespeare, and you enjoy love stories, then you should give this one a go. It isn’t perfect, but even with its flaws, it’s a fun read.
When I posted this, there were only 2 copies left on Amazon! Holy cow!