Thursday, January 13, 2011

100 Word Review: Juliet

After finishing Sworn to Silence last month, I was looking for a much "lighter" read to start the new year.  I certainly found it in Anne Fortier's Juliet.  If you are a Shakespeare fan, then this is the book for you...or maybe not.  Anne Fortier holds a doctorate in history, so there are lots of very interesting factual tie-ins with Romeo and Juliet.  In fact, the premise of this story is a young woman searching for her connection to the real Juliet.  I guess you could call it a modern retelling of Romeo and Juliet, but it misses the mark so often, I don't want to align it with the play too much.  It did make me want to reread Shakespeare's classic....someday. 

Here's my 100 word review of Juliet by Anne Fortier.

Two feuding families...
The Bard and his "timeless" play...
A love destined by hundreds of years of ancestry...

Rich Italian history...
A 14th century mystery...

Crumbling Italian ruins...
What impossible treasures do they hide?

Fortier combined a classic love story with a modern day "DaVinci Code" type plot.
The love gets completely lost in the overly complicated and confusing mystery.

At times, the book is really entertaining, but it dragged in several parts. 
The long list of characters were not well developed and often seemed shallow and silly.

It did make me want to go to Italy, but who doesn't?


1 comment:

  1. I've seen mixed reviews of this one; thanks for your honesty.
    I love the idea of 100 word reviews!
    Most days, I hate my hair too :(