The Juliet Spell by Douglas Rees

The Juliet Spell

The Juliet Spell

I’m Juliet.

At least, I wanted to be.

So I did something stupid to make it happen.

Well, stupid and wonderful.

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....

Will Romeo steal her heart before time steals him away?
Paperback, 304 pages
Expected publication: September 27th 2011 by Harlequin Teen (first published September 20th 2011)
 (MY THOUGHTS)     5  STARS!!!!!
The Juliet Spell was not what I expect. I thought it was going to be a fun read, and for most of the book, it was. Then the author took it to some serious drama. Rees brings in some very grown-up problems with relationships. And shows that selfish wants have consequence that cause hurt and pain to others. I also enjoyed the author's historical and quotes notes at the end of the book. It put a realness to Edmund's character, and a nice finishing touch to the story.

Miranda is desperate for the part of Juliet in her high school play of Romeo and Juliet, so she does a little spell to insure her chances of getting it. But she ends up with Shakespeare himself, well, his younger brother Edmund. And to make things even more complicated, Miranda falls in love with Edmund. The romance was fun at first, and I laughed right along with Miranda, but this is not a crush for Miranda, it’s her forever true love. And sometimes love has too high a cost. For Miranda, falling in love is cruel, and she learns the real meaning of love is to give and not take.

Edmund is a beautiful Englishman and I love him, but I did want to do bodily damage to him at first. Miranda has more patience than I would’ve had. Edmund soon comes to his senses and shows he’s a good guy, and at the end, what Edmund says to Drew, just broke my heart and proved what an awesome guy Edmund is.

Miranda and Edmund are definitely a Romeo and Juliet tragic love story. But Douglas Rees does put his on twist to this desperate love story that left me with a smile instead of a broken heart. I highly recommend The Juliet Spell as a must read.  


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