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Monday, September 26, 2011

The Juliet Spell by Douglas Rees


Publication Date: 9-27-2011
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Pages: NA
Format: E-Book
Source: netGalley

Goodreads Summary:
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?
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Miranda so desperately wants to play Juliet in the school play that she decides to perform a magic spell asking to become Juliet.  Her spell ended up bringing Edmund Shakespeare, William's younger brother into the current century.  Edmund believes that Miranda is a witch and doesn't understand how he got here.  The story gets a little weirder when William Shakespeare himself arrives to help with the play and bring Edmund home.

This book was a cute little story, but I have to admit that the characters surprised me.  Everyone that Miranda told about Edmund wasn't surprised.  They didn't freak out, call her a liar, or anything.  Instead they accepted it for what it was and decided to help Edmund fit in now and work on a way to get home.  The situation gets weirder throughout the book, but even more enjoyable.  Miranda is falling in love with her "Romeo", Edmund, but Romeo is falling in love (or shows attraction to) someone else.  Miranda is one jealous Juliet and doesn't hide it very well.

As the story moves on and William Shakespeare turns up in our century, Miranda and her family and friends need to find a way to get them both back so history isn't interrupted.  This is such an adorable story full of love, longing, and losing.  The girl doesn't get the guy, but they certainly have some fun times together and Miranda gains more confidence in herself with the help of Edmund.  If you're looking for a cute, fun, and overall enjoyable read pick up this book. :)

1 comment:

Anna said...

I bought this at a Douglas Rees book signing a couple weeks ago which was awesome because I got it early :) But I didn't love it as much as i wanted to :( I wanted to absolutely fall in love with it, and I thought it was just kind of messy sometimes. I don't know, I liked it enough, but it was just something fun I guess.