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Thursday, 6 October 2011

Book Review-Romeo and Juliet and Vampires by Claudia Gabel

Juliet is the only daughter of Lord and Lady Capulet, who were the vicious hired killers of Vlad Tepes before his downfall. In a few days, her 16th birthday will mark the end of her human life as she becomes a vampire like the rest of her family, a destiny that disgusts her. Romeo is the youngest son of the Montague vampire slaying family who has never had a chance to kill a vampire himself, and with the new Prince insisting on a peace treaty, he will be spared from taking the life of another creature. A chance meeting between Romeo and Juliet will set off a chain reaction of events that will have serious consequences for both families.

This was an interesting version of the love story. You had to feel sorry for poor Juliet with the family of monsters that she belongs to. Not that Romeo's family and friends were great either. In fact, other than Juliet's nurse and the Friar, I pretty much despised the rest of the supporting cast! You do find yourself rooting for the young couple as Juliet's death approaches and the vampire twist to the story was nicely done. It blended vampire lore with the play in a way that I found interesting and fun to read. Easier to digest than the Shakespeare version if you pardon the pun...

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