I like history; I like Shakespeare and I like Italy. You would think that this book would have been just perfect for me. Not so. This book seems to have been written for sexually frustrated females with no experience of foreign travel. The author goes on about fashion, shoes, girl talk and other chick oriented muck. The story goes on with two Juliet???s; one in the present and one in 1340 Italy. Neither story has any substance. Character and plot development are uneven and farfetched. Don???t look for any clever twist or turns. Everything is boring and predictable. As an extra bonus you are subjected to second rate poetry from Romeo, although I suspect that the author just paraphrased most of it from other sources. This is certainly true of Shakespeare. She mangles the old bard???s words many times and shoves them into her characters mouths. This book is just dreadful.
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This book is supposed to recall the true story of Romeo and Juliet and also follows their descendants (who are irritatingly also named Romeo and Juliet) on a Davinci-Code-like quest through Siena to find a hidden statue and break a 600 year old curse. It's not terrible, I teetered on the verge of liking it, but I eventually fell into the "I don't like it" camp.
I came across a review on Good Reads that perfectly explains why I would not recommend the book:
“There were things in the book that did not make it past my suspension of disbelief. I find it hard to believe that the Virgin Mary would curse a family for 600 years just because she didn't get her way with the original Romeo and Juliet. I also didn't like how the ancestors of Romeo and Juliet seemed to have this "Well, you're named after Romeo and I'm named after Juliet, so we're supposed to be with each other and fall in love" attitude. It was weird and I didn't find it to be the least-bit romantic. And I found it infuriating the way that none of the characters were ever straight with each other on anything until the very end. And while the climax of the book was satisfying, a great portion of the book left me rolling my eyes.
If you have a deep love of Romeo and Juliet, can buy into the idea of your life being controlled by "fate" and curses, and have sappy notions about romance, then you might like this book. Otherwise, I recommend that you pass it up”
I agree 100%! (well, more like 99% - I didn’t find the book’s climax satisfying)
This book has an excellent premise and could have been a fast paced, suspense story like The Da Vinci Code. It's set in Italy and uses intriguing references to Shakespeare and history. Normally it would have been a great book for me. As it is, I really grew to dislike the whiny, spoiled, weak, and stupid main character. How anyone would fall in love with her is beyond my comprehension. The author had a great idea, but her execution of the story gets pulled down by idiot characters. She even made the characterization of the supposedly "real" Romeo and Juliet in 14th century Sienna seem pathetic. She obviously did her research, but the plot and characters were just not worth it. I'll give her 2 stars for the research, the history and the literary references to Shakespeare. Not a memorable book and not one I could recommend.
I loved listening to this, although it did take me a while to get used to Cassandra's style. Once I did, however, I really enjoyed listening to her. This is a great listen for people who are stuck in horrible traffic and want the ride to sail by. It's got suspense and romance. I'm fine with that. Is it great literature? No, but it's fun and romantic and I loved it. I love the story of Romeo and Juliet and this is not meant to be historically accurate. It's a ride, enjoy!
Never without an audible book on my phone!
Easy to pass the time driving with this one. But, as with so many novels, lately, way too long. Where are all the editors? Also, the character's personalities did not remain consistent throughout the novel.
I very much enjoyed the book about 6 years ago and thought I would get the audio when I saw it. I'm glad I did. I had forgotten much. The story was still good and the reader was good.
the narrator was awesome.
The flip flopping between centuries kept me on my toes.
The modern spin on Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet was so much fun.
The characters were colorful and engaging.
Lived This Book & have re-listened to it MANY times!
The book plays on two levels: present day and 15th century Italy. The present day characters were entirely unbelievable.
If love and lovers are eternal, the chance of them meeting again poses lots of possiblities. The Romeo and Juliet of old meeting today is a great idea. The 15th century part of the story is a lot of fun. The modern part felt sophomoric.
Her voice was petulant and self-centered. It detracted from the story. I actually yelled out loud at the book several times, she made me so angry.
Too many to mention. The modern parts of the book really pushed credibility.
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If you can get past the terrifically annoying 'valley girl speak' (particularly from one of the primary characters), this is a very enjoyable book. The story is intriguing, well developed and written and quite engaging. By the time I got to Part 2, I was getting really tired of
"P-L-E-E-E-Z-E" coming out of the mouth of the two sisters who are the main players but I hung in there because I was hooked on the storyline. In fact, I plan to read Fortier's next book, hoping that the 'valley girl factor' won't be present in that novel. If you are looking for a fun, romantic, interesting read, I recommend this book. The reader's voice gets a bit grating when she's doing the main characters in present day, but when the book switches back to Italy in the 1400s, she's great with accents and keeping myriad characters straight. Give her a lot of credit for that.
I'm really in to Romeo and Juliet I always have been and I loved how well this book put a new twist on the classic perfect story
There are to many to pick
Any and all of the characters
I LOVE THIS BOOK