by Jenny Trout
Book: Stand Alone
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Pub Date: Feb 4 2014
Genre: Young Adult
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Never was there a tale of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo…But true love never dies. Though they’re parted by the veil between the world of mortals and the land of the dead, Romeo believes he can restore Juliet to life, but he’ll have to travel to the underworld with a thoroughly infuriating guide.
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, may not have inherited his father’s crown, but the murdered king left his son a much more important responsibility—a portal to the Afterjord, where the souls of the dead reside. When the determined Romeo asks for help traversing the treacherous Afterjord, Hamlet sees an opportunity for adventure, and the chance to avenge his father’s death.
In an underworld filled with leviathan monsters, ghoulish shades, fire giants and fierce Valkyrie warriors, Hamlet and Romeo must battle their way through jealousy, despair, and their darkest fears to rescue the fair damsel. Yet finding Juliet is only the beginning, and the Afterjord doesn’t surrender souls without a price…
My Review: I loved reading this book. It turned out much better than I thought. I loved the sound of the book and got excited that Juliet and Hamlet's stories are brought in and given a new twist on things.
So Romeo takes some poison and just happens to live through it. He is now even more determined to get to Juliet. Well he can't get to her right now, so he goes to Hamlet. He just happens to be in charge of protecting a doorway to the underworld.
Uh okay, so first Romeo is given an antidote, and Hamlet is guarding the door to the underworld....None of this happened in the original love stories. Right now I'm not sure if I like it or not. Plus the story started out a bit slower than I had hoped for, but it does pick up and get me hooked.
What annoyed me was Hamlet joking a lot, he was supposed to be crazy. Romeo was okay for me, he does have an attitude. Juliet was just being herself, and she was the character that I loved the most.
So even though the book did pick up for me and I was hooked, I did have those issues with the characters and I wished the plot would unravel it self earlier in the book.