Tracy Banghart

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Rebel Wing Rebel Wing (Rebel Wing #1)
reviews: 118
ratings: 199 (avg rating 4.18)

By Blood By Blood (By Blood, #1)
reviews: 50
ratings: 88 (avg rating 3.97)

Moon Child Moon Child (Prequel to By Blood)
reviews: 27
ratings: 49 (avg rating 3.86)

Storm Fall Storm Fall (Rebel Wing, #2)
reviews: 27
ratings: 41 (avg rating 4.22)

What the Sea Wants What the Sea Wants
reviews: 5
ratings: 20 (avg rating 3.10)

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    Entries in JULIET IMMORTAL (2)

    Thursday
    Mar212013

    Bookanista Review: Romeo Redeemed

    A while back, I posted a review for Stacey Jay's JULIET IMMORTAL, which can be found here.

    Spoiler: I really loved JULIET IMMORTAL. :-) I thought the concept was great, the stakes super high, and I loved Juliet as a character. So I was jazzed when I heard Stacey Jay was writing a companion novel, following Juliet's Romeo, called ROMEO REDEEMED.

    From Goodreads:

    Seductive companion to the popular Juliet Immortal, in which former lovers—Romeo and Juliet—meet, not as true lovers, but truly as enemies.

    Cursed to live out eternity in his rotted corpse, Romeo, known for his ruthless, cutthroat ways, is given the chance to redeem himself by traveling back in time to save the life of Ariel Dragland. Unbeknownst to her, Ariel is important to both the evil Mercenaries and the love-promoting Ambassadors and holds the fate of the world in her hands. Romeo must win her heart and make her believe in love, turning her away from her darker potential before his work is discovered by the Mercenaries. While his seduction begins as yet another lie, it soon becomes his only truth. Romeo vows to protect Ariel from harm, and do whatever it takes to win her heart and soul. But when Ariel is led to believe his love is a deception, she becomes vulnerable to Mercenary manipulation, and her own inner darkness may ultimately rip them apart.

    My Take

    Romeo's reimagining worked just as well for me as Juliet's did, though I confess I still loved JULIET IMMORTAL a little more. One reason: the Juliet portions of this novel were confusing to me at first, especially because the worlds and stories change from the first novel to the next, and it takes some effort to keep everything straight. And while it all made sense in the end, that distracted me slightly at the beginning.

    Having said that, I found Stacey Jay's writing this time to be just as breathless and engaging. This was the first book I read after having a baby, and I actually made time for it - even sacrificing sleep! - because I had to find out what happened next. 

    I loved getting to know the character of Ariel; she was strong and vulnerable, and I think Stacey did a fantastic job with her evolution from distrusting loner to girl in love, and on through her transformation. Her emotions and reactions to her situation felt genuine and true to her character. 

    Romeo was similarly transformed; I love books where the characters actually grow and change!

    This was a nice conclusion to the storylines and characters introduced in the first novel, and I recommend it to anyone who's read and enjoyed JULIET IMMORTAL. It would also work as a standalone, but why not check out the first book too? They're both romantic, fast-paced reads!

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    See what the other Bookanistas are reading this week!

    Corrine Jackson is redeemed by HOPELESS by Colleen Hoover

    Jessica Love gets lost in TAKEN by Erin Bowman

    Stasia Ward Kehoe connects writers with WriteOnCon

    Shannon Messenger celebrates upcoming spring reads

     

    Wednesday
    Feb012012

    Bookanistas Review: Juliet Immortal

    Welcome to another Bookanistas Review!

    This week I read JULIET IMMORTAL by Stacey Jay and let me just say...WOW. Like, a serious WOW.

    "These violent delights have violent ends
    And in their triumph die, like fire and powder,
    Which as they kiss consume."
    —Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare

    The most tragic love story in history . . .

    Juliet Capulet didn't take her own life. She was murdered by the person she trusted most, her new husband, Romeo Montague, a sacrifice made to ensure his own immortality. But what Romeo didn't anticipate was that Juliet would be granted eternity, as well, and would become an agent for the Ambassadors of Light. For 700 years, she's fought Romeo for the souls of true lovers, struggling to preserve romantic love and the lives of the innocent. Until the day she meets someone she's forbidden to love, and Romeo, oh Romeo, will do everything in his power to destroy that love.

    My Take

    Holy moly is this book ah-maz-ing. I have to say that this is one that kept catching my eye in the bookstore, but I wasn't convinced it'd be my kind of thing. I generally am not a huge fan of retellings (except of the fairy tale variety) and wasn't sold on the whole "making the story of Romeo and Juliet paranormal" thing. 

    But here's the power of Twitter...I clicked on a link to a review and the person (I can't remember who now or I'd link, but it might have been a Bookanista) LOVED it. So I thought, hey...a) I'm about to go to Italy, the birthplace of Juliet and b) it's getting some great reviews...so why not? So I went to my local bookstore and picked up a copy.

    AWESOME, AWESOME decision by me. :-)

    I didn't end up reading it while I was in Italy, but that was probably a good thing. If I had, I wouldn't actually have SEEN much of Italy. This story drew me in from the first page and left me breathless with suspense until the last. 

    Juliet's voice is fantastic - lyrical and realistic. I loved the quality and flow of the language, the emotions that come alive on the page. The funny thing is, after I started reading it didn't bother me one bit that this was a retelling, because it wasn't. What Stacey Jay did with these iconic characters...I really don't want to give a thing away, but I have to admit...I loved Stacey's Juliet more than I did Shakespeare's...and I say that as a total W.S. 'shipper. 

    JULIET IMMORTAL is just...different. And twisty. And intense. And incredibly romantic. Imaginative...surprising...I could go on. But, really, you should just go out and get a copy for yourself, so you can see what I mean.

    Last Thought

    From a writer's perspective, my favorite element of the story was the way Stacey Jay threw HUGE, MASSIVE, LIFE OR DEATH obstacles at her characters. I really had no idea how she was going to resolve things. If things could even BE resolved. (I won't tell you if they are.) The reason I was breathless was because the entire book I knew exactly what Juliet - and the other characters - had to lose...and how very high the odds were stacked against them. This is something you hear over and over again as a writer - make it hard for your main character, raise the stakes, etc etc...but let's face it. It's a tough thing to do. Especially in a way that'll earn a payoff at the end (if you're going to make your stakes life or death, you better not have a simple solution at the end and keep everyone living and breathing like there was never any danger at all...ahem). 

    So I've gotta give Stacey mad props for that. 

    And everything else.

    Cuz this book is badass and you should read it. :-)

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    Check out what else the Bookanistas are excited about this week!

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    Corrine Jackson is mesmerized by MAY B.

    Stasia Ward Kehoe  interviews DIES IRAE author Christine Fonseca

    Debra Driza is entranced by HEMLOCK

    Katy Upperman delves into THE DISENCHANTMENTS

    Nikki Katz  celebrates CINDER

    Tracy Banghart  marvels at JULIET IMMORTAL

    Jessica Love spotlights SHINE

    Gennifer Albin gives some trailer love to STARTERS