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Monday, September 5, 2011

Juliet by Anne Fortier

Book Description July 26, 2011



When Julie Jacobs inherits a key to a safety-deposit box in Siena, Italy, she is told that it will lead her to an old family treasure. Soon she is launched on a winding and perilous journey into the history of her ancestor Giulietta, whose legendary love for a young man named Romeo rocked the foundations of medieval Siena. As Julie crosses paths with the descendants of the families immortalized in Shakespeare’s unforgettable blood feud, she begins to realize that the notorious curse—“A plague on both your houses!”—is still at work, and that she is the next target. It seems that the only one who can save Julie from her fate is Romeo—but where is he?


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Product Description:

Twenty-five-year-old Julie Jacobs is heartbroken over the death of her beloved aunt Rose. But the shock goes even deeper when she learns that the woman who has been like a mother to her has left her entire estate to Julie’s twin sister. The only thing Julie receives is a key—one carried by her mother on the day she herself died—to a safety-deposit box in Siena, Italy.
   
This key sends Julie on a journey that will change her life forever—a journey into the troubled past of her ancestor Giulietta Tolomei. In 1340, still reeling from the slaughter of her parents, Giulietta was smuggled into Siena, where she met a young man named Romeo. Their ill-fated love turned medieval Siena upside-down and went on to inspire generations of poets and artists, the story reaching its pinnacle in Shakespeare’s famous tragedy.
   
But six centuries have a way of catching up to the present, and Julie gradually begins to discover that here, in this ancient city, the past and present are hard to tell apart. The deeper she delves into the history of Romeo and Giulietta, and the closer she gets to the treasure they allegedly left behind, the greater the danger surrounding her—superstitions, ancient hostilities, and personal vendettas. As Julie crosses paths with the descendants of the families involved in the unforgettable blood feud, she begins to fear that the notorious curse—“A plague on both your houses!”—is still at work, and that she is destined to be its next target. Only someone like Romeo, it seems, could save her from this dreaded fate, but his story ended long ago. Or did it?
   
From Anne Fortier comes a sweeping, beautifully written novel of intrigue and identity, of love and legacy, as a young woman discovers that her own fate is irrevocably tied—for better or worse—to literature’s greatest star-crossed lovers. 
Publisher: Ballantine Books (July 26, 2011)
Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1 edition (24 Aug 2010)
Publisher: Harper (19 Aug 2010)

Publisher: Planeta Publishing; 1 edition (July 19, 2011)
Columna Col·lecció: Clàssica

From My Copy:

A stunning debut novel that follows a young woman who discovers that her family’s origins reach all the way back to literature’s greatest star-crossed lovers.

'Of all the great love stories ever told, hers is perhaps the most famous.
To me, she is the key to my family's fate. To you, she is Juliet.'

When Julie Jacobs inherits a key to a safety deposit box in Siena, she is told it will lead her to an old family treasure. Soon she is launched on a precarious journey into the true history of her ancestor Giulietta, whose legendary love for a young man named Romeo inspired Shakespeare's unforgettable story.

As Julie crosses paths with the descendants of the families who turned medieval Siena upside down, she begins to realize that the notorious curse – 'a plague on both your houses!' – is still at work. It seems that the only one who can save her from her fate is Romeo - but where is he?

Spanning centuries, Juliet is an unforgettable adventure that hopes to rewrite the fate of the star-crossed lovers, and reunite them at last.


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My Review:

I am reading Juliet, and I am loving every page, the description of Siena, the story, everything is just right, and I know I am loving a book when I don't want to run through it, I want to taste it slowly, this book is yummy :) 
I am almost in middle, though I like the story, I had to drop a star because I found the main character annoying, she is rather dull, uninteresting and has so many issues. In every situation she is in, I want her to do something different, to be different, Julie is killing my buzz! I know her twin sister Janice should be the villain of the story but I prefer her more than Julie. 
I'm depressed about Giulietta and Romeo's sad ending, I knew how it will end but it's still depressing. I feel so sorry for Friar Lorenzo!!! His end was horrible! I just finished Juliet and when I read Giannozza's letter I teared up, the two sister's lives has been miserable... but all in all, the book was amazing!
If I may dare I would say forget about Shakespeare's master piece and read this edition of the story. It's much better. Days after I finished, the story stayed with me, and I couldn't let go easily and begin with a new book. This book takes Romeo and Juliet to a whole new level.
"I loved Juliet!!! I hope to read another book by this author soon!! After I was done, I spent a couple of days fumbling the story in my head over and over again... She mastered Romeo and Juliet, better than Shakespeare if I may dare to say, she made the story much more real, much more painful, much more romantic."
- posted Saturday, August 6, 2011  (On Shelfari by me)
"This book must be made into a movie!!! Great thriller story with a huge dose of mystery!! And a great romance!"
posted Saturday, August 6, 2011  (On Shelfari by me)

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