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Title: Romeo Juliet Vampires
Author: Claudia Gabel
Publisher: Published August 31st 2010 by HarperCollins
ISBN: 9780061976247
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4.6 out of 5

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"You are deluded, Romeo. Vampires do not have the capability to love. They are heartless." The Capulets and the Montagues have some deep and essential differences. Blood differences. Of course, the Capulets can escape their vampire fate, and the Montagues can try not to kill their undead enemies. But at the end of the day, their blood feud is unstoppable. So it's really qui "You are deluded, Romeo. Vampires do not have the capability to love. They are heartless." The Capulets and the Montagues have some deep and essential differences. Blood differences. Of course, the Capulets can escape their vampire fate, and the Montagues can try not to kill their undead enemies. But at the end of the day, their blood feud is unstoppable. So it's really quite a problem when Juliet, a vampire-to-be, and Romeo, the human who should be hunting her, fall desperately in love. What they don't realize is how deadly their love will turn out to be—or what it will mean for their afterlives. . . . This riotous twist on the ultimate tale of forbidden romance is simply to die for.

30 review for Romeo Juliet Vampires

  1. 5 out of 5

    Cait • A Page with a View

    This was actually painful to read. I think I only kept reading out of some weird horrified fascination that this exists. It's not in iambic pentameter, so it's just a butchered story of the same old angsty teens... PLUS VAMPIRES Except these vampires float instead of sparkle? It was too cheesy & painful to even describe. The overall plot looks something like: "What else could come between us?" "What else? I am turning into a vampire! In three days, no less." Juliet looked directly at Romeo to This was actually painful to read. I think I only kept reading out of some weird horrified fascination that this exists. It's not in iambic pentameter, so it's just a butchered story of the same old angsty teens... PLUS VAMPIRES Except these vampires float instead of sparkle? It was too cheesy & painful to even describe. The overall plot looks something like: "What else could come between us?" "What else? I am turning into a vampire! In three days, no less." Juliet looked directly at Romeo to see his reaction... "If you were turning into a fish or a monkey or a chicken in an hour, I would not care." The dialogue swings back and forth between an attempt to be formal and people calling each other dillweeds & douchebags. It's a mess all around. Avoid this at all costs if you like Shakespeare. And I just saw that there's another one of these books about Little Women! LITTLE VAMPIRE WOMEN.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

    Romeo & Juliet is the classic tragic love story. Whether they've read the play or not, everyone knows exactly what happens. I'm a big fan of William Shakespeare. I feel that his his plays transcend time and readers can easily find situations and themes in them that apply to modern life. I am also a big mash-up fan. I believe that the current trend of adding monsters to classic works is an entertaining way of dusting them off and wowing new readers. But mash-ups need to do more than add monst Romeo & Juliet is the classic tragic love story. Whether they've read the play or not, everyone knows exactly what happens. I'm a big fan of William Shakespeare. I feel that his his plays transcend time and readers can easily find situations and themes in them that apply to modern life. I am also a big mash-up fan. I believe that the current trend of adding monsters to classic works is an entertaining way of dusting them off and wowing new readers. But mash-ups need to do more than add monsters to be successful. They need to add them in a way that enriches the story and makes it as good if not better than the original. Having said that, Romeo & Juliet & Vampires takes the original play and rewrites it in novel format. I like this change. The novel format gives readers an insight into the thoughts and motivations of the characters that just can't be as clearly conveyed in a play. The wording in Romeo & Juliet & Vampires is also changed from the original. This updating into a more modern method of speech may appeal to those new to Shakespeare's works, but I believe it will disappoint long-time fans. What is Romeo & Juliet without memorable phrases like "What's in a name? That which we call a rose, By any other name would smell as sweet."? The very general, very basic idea of Romeo & Juliet is all that is left of the original. The vampires take over this reinvention, completely changing the entire story line. Even the famous, unforgettable ending is completely different. In the end, the book isn't even a tragedy anymore. Romeo & Juliet & Vampires is very easy to read. It could have been more enjoyable if it didn't veer so far from the original or even if it had went a completely different direction making it more paranormal historical fiction. As it is, the book is too close to the original while being very far away from the message the original was trying to convey. I believe those who have never read the original will find Romeo & Juliet & Vampires very satisfying, but I doubt who loved the tragedy will feel anything other than disappointment. Perhaps Romeo & Juliet was better left untouched.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Reading Vacation

    REVIEW This book mixes the classic Romeo and Juliet story with the current vampire trend. While I have read other retellings of classics, this is the first one I’ve read that takes on vampires. I liked the way that Claudia Gabel kept the setting as the late 1500’s, but did not write it with Shakespearean-speak. I was easily able to read everything and understand it. I am glad that the time frame was not changed to the present times, because it would have totally changed the classic. My favorite sc REVIEW This book mixes the classic Romeo and Juliet story with the current vampire trend. While I have read other retellings of classics, this is the first one I’ve read that takes on vampires. I liked the way that Claudia Gabel kept the setting as the late 1500’s, but did not write it with Shakespearean-speak. I was easily able to read everything and understand it. I am glad that the time frame was not changed to the present times, because it would have totally changed the classic. My favorite scene is the very beginning when Romeo and Juliet first meet. It’s so romantic and their feelings for each other have not yet been tainted by the feud between their families. I wish they had moved a little slower in deciding to get married, but I suppose that was in keeping with the original. Maybe couples moved quickly back in those times? I liked this book and think it was an interesting retelling. Thank you to We Love YA! for sending this arc for me to review. RATING 4 Plot 5 Characters 4 Attention Grabbing 4 Girlie Meter 5 Ending 22 TOTAL 5 STARS

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cathryn

    All right, people. I almost NEVER do this. In fact, I can't think of a book I've read other than the one I'm about to review where I've done this. But I actually picked up a book, read about 30 pages, and then debated whether to set it on fire or feed it to my deadly piranhas. This is the only book that's ever provoked me that way. And I have read many a book that was badly done, but never one that disappointed me so much. I am referring to Romeo and Juliet and Vampires, supposedly adapted from S All right, people. I almost NEVER do this. In fact, I can't think of a book I've read other than the one I'm about to review where I've done this. But I actually picked up a book, read about 30 pages, and then debated whether to set it on fire or feed it to my deadly piranhas. This is the only book that's ever provoked me that way. And I have read many a book that was badly done, but never one that disappointed me so much. I am referring to Romeo and Juliet and Vampires, supposedly adapted from Shakespeare by Claudia Gabel. Now, I'm sure we all remember that big craze from a few years back, starting with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, followed by books like Little Vampire Women, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and the Undead, and Wuthering Bites. I haven't read all of those, but I have read P&P&Z as well as Little Vampire Women, and they were cute and well done and really funny. This book was not cute. This book was not funny. This book was not well done. This book was stupid, and I do NOT use that word lightly in a professional review. Here's why I couldn't get past the first thirty pages. 1) Romeo, Benvolio, and Mercutio are horsing around in a very early scene and Mercutio calls Romeo a fat cow. I'm serious. He calls him a fat cow. Now, these are boys. Girls call each other cows, and guys call girls cows, but I have NEVER heard of a boy calling another boy a fat cow. If a boy DID call another boy that, they'd be laughed at and humiliated for coming up with such a pathetic piece of not-so-witty repartee. Not only that, but during this time period, these boys were considered to be on the cusp of becoming men. So you'd expect a little more maturity in their insults. I mean, it's not like Romeo and Mercutio don't rag the crud out of each other. They did. Hence why Romeo says things like, "They jest at scars but never felt the wound" (referring to their teasing about his being in love). But it would be on the level of a MAN, not a three-year-old at their first day of preschool. Also, people did not speak back then as modern teens speak now. Romeo did not use words like "douche bag" and Mercutio did not use words like "dill-weed." That's just common sense. Not that the dialogue has to be all thee, thou, thy, and wherefore, but there's a way to blend the two. Historical fiction is popular among teens, so it's not like people can't get into a slightly more formal language style. And you can modernize a historical story without destroying its authenticity. Look at A Knight's Tale with Heath Ledger. Quite a bit of modernizing in that, but the language was old-style in a lot of it, and yet it was still popular! Not only that, but the modern dialogue didn’t even feel like natural dialogue ANYWAY. So what was the point of having it in the first place? I'm sorry, but this author's insertion of (pathetic and improperly applied) modern slang feels like condescension to the reader to me, as if she thinks we're too uneducated to understand what the characters are saying unless she brings it down to basically a preschool level. I rarely get offended by a book, but the badly done language bugged the heck out of me. 2) The incredibly hokey portrayal of vampires. In R&J&V, Juliet and all the Capulets are vampires. I'm okay with that. I love vampires. But the vamps in this book are more ridonculous and campy than even the 1930's Dracula with Bela Lugosi and the rubber bat. The effect is muted in Juliet, because she's not a full vampire yet, but you see it in Lady Capulet. First of all, Lady C has crimson eyes. By itself, I could take it. But she's also got a prominent widow's peak, dark hair, fangs that DON'T retract, and she's so pale that she's sallow. She's like, tallow-colored. She's jaundiced-looking. Also, she dresses like Elvira or Morticia Addams in the clingy dress with the tendrils on the hems, including a little cape that serves no purpose except to look vampy and doesn't even fall all the way to her feet. Add onto that the way she enters and leaves the room during the scene where in the play Juliet's mom is like, "Speak briefly: can you like of Paris's love?" In the book, she comes in with her cape draped along her forearm and her forearm in front of her face, FLOATING six or so inches off the ground. Why is she floating? I have NO idea. And she NEVER really stops. It's said that Juliet will start floating too after she becomes a full-fledged vampire. So basically Claudia Gabel grabbed every schticky, icky, vampy stereotype from those campy movies made in the 1930s-70s and smushed them all together. Maybe she meant it to be funny, like a parody or something…but it wasn't. It wasn't satirical, it wasn't parody-funny, it wasn't funny in any way. It was ridiculous. It's like if one of those caricature sketch-artists off the street looked at Lady Capulet and she said, "Draw me as one of the fiendish undead!" I love vampires. I love all the different variations found in literature. I've read "The Night Flyer" by Stephen King, PN Elrod's novels about her vampire detective, Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles, Fred Saberhagen's Dracula books, Nina Kiraly's Mina, Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, even the totally adorable novel Bloodthirsty. And I've watched all kinds of movies, from The Hunger to The Lost Boys to Van Helsing to Dracula 2000. And they were all so much better than this. BBC's Young Dracula, The Little Vampire…even Twilight was better, and the sparkly bloodsucking dudes in Twilight aren't even real vampires. That's just sad. 3) Finally, how Juliet has to become a vampire: she has to bite and kill someone. So basically she's given a choice by the author to either give up everyone she loves - her parents, her other family - as well as the life she's known all this time in order to do what's right and not murder an innocent person (it never occurs to her to go after a rapist or a killer)…or she kills someone and becomes evil. Now, if this book wasn't so hokey, this plotline would be perfect. It would be fine. It would totally work. But you can't take a serious plotline like this, one fraught with emotional introspection and seriously tough choices, and then be like, "And now let's add some crack-acid to liven things up even though it makes people wanna say, 'Go home, book. You're drunk.' Just 'cause we can." You can't take a plotline this serious, this potentially dynamic, this potentially beautiful, and slather it with all the stupidity heaped up in the first chapter. And if that's the author's way of being like, "Ha, you must wade through the crud to get to the good stuff," well then shame on her, because that's not how it works, since SOMEONE had to shell out money for that book to be available (in this case the library, or whoever donated the book). So I hope that wasn’t why she did that. I doubt it was, actually, but I like to cover my bases. Whatever her reason - she just didn't know any better, she didn't care, whatever - I couldn't finish this book. So, I'm sorry but this book is 0 stars from me. I literally would have to be paid in order to read it, and it would have to be upwards of $30 because I'm a really busy individual. The only thing I've ever read that was worse than this was a fanfic (the infamous "My Immortal" about Harry Potter). That's saying a lot. - LA Knight

  5. 5 out of 5

    SyaSya Syed Nasir

    4.5 stars. Everything was okay. I love how the plot goes and how they didn't change much from the real concept. However, I'm very quite disappointed with how it ends. It seems like the author was rushed to finish the book. Full review will be in my blog.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Clever twist on Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet. I don't usually read retellings of classics but I'm very interested in the vampire trend & I thought that it would be a good read. I loved the writing style but I do think that classics should be left as they are. ☺ Clever twist on Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet. I don't usually read retellings of classics but I'm very interested in the vampire trend & I thought that it would be a good read. I loved the writing style but I do think that classics should be left as they are. ☺️

  7. 4 out of 5

    Susanna - Censored by GoodReads

    Exits, screaming.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Reading Teen

    3.5 out of 5 This is not the type of book that I normally pick out to read. Especially after my mom read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and was cringing the entire book. But I have to say, I actually had fun reading this. I think it may be because I'm not a huge "classics" reader, so I'm not going to be offended by the changes that Claudia made to the original script. It only took me a day to read, and I enjoyed revisiting the world of Romeo and Juliet. This twist on it just made all the more fu 3.5 out of 5 This is not the type of book that I normally pick out to read. Especially after my mom read Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and was cringing the entire book. But I have to say, I actually had fun reading this. I think it may be because I'm not a huge "classics" reader, so I'm not going to be offended by the changes that Claudia made to the original script. It only took me a day to read, and I enjoyed revisiting the world of Romeo and Juliet. This twist on it just made all the more fun for me to read. I'm the type who loves remakes with a twist, though. (I loved the Claire Danes version of this play!) The storyline follows pretty closely to the original story, with small changes splattered across the pages. Yes, I say "splattered" because many of those changes involve blood. Not surprising, considering Juliet's entire family, the Capulets, are vampires, who would love nothing more than to be let loose on the human population. However, they have to deal with the vampire-hunting Montagues, who are just as eager to dole out death and punishment to all the vampires. The writing is prose instead of verse, and it used more modern day language, though it was still set in 1462. But this time the story takes place in Transylvania instead of Verona. All of the same characters appear in this book. Mercutio and Tybalt are just as rash and infuriating, Romeo and Juliet are just as love-sick and ridiculous, and the Montagues and Capulets are just as blind to the destruction they are causing in their families. There were some difference though. Romeo and Juliet were much less self-absorbed in this book. They actually cared about the feud going on between their families before they even met. And Juliet would do anything to escape killing a human, because she believed that it was wrong, regardless of what her family told her. Then there was the blood....let's just say the "sword fight" between Mercutio and Tybalt had a little livelier end to it! Even though I have known this story most of my life, I still found myself rooting for Romeo and Juliet. Hoping that somehow, this time, they would find a way to be together and make it work. But in this book, it seemed even more impossible than ever. Did they change their fate and live happily ever after? I guess you'll just have to read it to find out!

  9. 5 out of 5

    Claudia

    Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair...umm Transylvania...where we lay our scene. The ancient grudge is explained!! The Capulets are vampires, lsigned with Vlad the Impaler. The Montagues are vampire hunters. Of course they didn't like each other! I loved the gimmick of this, and am still waiting for the perfect 'take over' book. I wanted more lines from Shakespeare -- after all, he did get co-author billing here. But this felt rushed; it didn't have some of the charm of the play...I k Two households, both alike in dignity, in fair...umm Transylvania...where we lay our scene. The ancient grudge is explained!! The Capulets are vampires, lsigned with Vlad the Impaler. The Montagues are vampire hunters. Of course they didn't like each other! I loved the gimmick of this, and am still waiting for the perfect 'take over' book. I wanted more lines from Shakespeare -- after all, he did get co-author billing here. But this felt rushed; it didn't have some of the charm of the play...I know! What was I expecting? One thing I did love about this is the opportunity to 'see' inside Romeo's and Juliet's heads and hearts. They are lovely children here, trying to make their own lives free of the hateful past. These two are compelling youngsters. Twists? Benvolio's more violent than Tybalt...wasn't expecting that. I wanted more of Mercutio's humor and ADD... I think teens who've read J&J will get a kick out of it, and for that, I'll be recommending this.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Rachel

    This book is a wonderful retelling of Romeo & Juliet ... With a vampire twist , of course ! I chanced upon this thin book and anticipated myself for a mindless retelling of the famous romance but surprisingly I really liked it . The fact that Romeo & Juliet DIDN'T die tragically helped too (: Thumbs up !

  11. 5 out of 5

    alexis

    It wasn't terrible, but it wasn't good either

  12. 5 out of 5

    Abbie

    This is actually pretty funny, I enjoyed it.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Claudia Gabel

    I learned that writing about classic literary characters and adding a strong supernatural element is crazy fun! I really hope that people love it.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Cathryn

    All right, people. I almost never do this. In fact, I can't think of a book I've read other than the one I'm about to review where I've done this. But I actually picked up a book, read about 30 pages, and then debated whether to set it on fire or feed it to my deadly piranhas. This is the only book that's ever provoked me that way. And I have read many a book that was badly done, but never one that disappointed me so much. I am referring to Romeo and Juliet and Vampires, supposedly adapted from S All right, people. I almost never do this. In fact, I can't think of a book I've read other than the one I'm about to review where I've done this. But I actually picked up a book, read about 30 pages, and then debated whether to set it on fire or feed it to my deadly piranhas. This is the only book that's ever provoked me that way. And I have read many a book that was badly done, but never one that disappointed me so much. I am referring to Romeo and Juliet and Vampires, supposedly adapted from Shakespeare by Claudia Gabel. Now, I'm sure we all remember that big craze from a few years back, starting with Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, followed by books like Little Vampire Women, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and the Undead, and Wuthering Bites. I haven't read all of those, but I have read P&P&Z as well as Little Vampire Women, and they were cute and well done and really funny. This book was not cute. This book was not funny. This book was not well done. This book was stupid, and I do not use that word lightly in a professional review. Here's why I couldn't get past the first thirty pages. 1) The language. Romeo, Benvolio, and Mercutio are horsing around in a very early scene and Mercutio calls Romeo a fat cow. I'm serious. He calls him a fat cow. Now, these are boys. Girls call each other cows, and guys call girls cows, but I have never heard of a boy calling another boy a fat cow. If a boy did call another boy that, they'd be laughed at and humiliated for coming up with such a pathetic piece of not-so-witty repartee. Not only that, but during this time period, these boys were considered to be on the cusp of becoming men. So you'd expect a little more maturity in their insults. I mean, it's not like Romeo and Mercutio don't rag the crud out of each other. They did. Hence why Romeo says things like, "They jest at scars but never felt the wound" (referring to their teasing about his being in love). But it would be on the level of a man, not a three-year-old at their first day of preschool. Also, people did not speak back then as modern teens speak now. Romeo did not use words like "douche bag" and Mercutio did not use words like "dill-weed." That's just common sense. Not that the dialogue has to be all thee, thou, thy, and wherefore, but there's a way to blend the two. Historical fiction is popular among teens, so it's not like people can't get into a slightly more formal language style. And you can modernize a historical story without destroying its authenticity. Look at A Knight's Tale with Heath Ledger. Quite a bit of modernizing in that, but the language was old-style in a lot of it, and yet it was still popular! Not only that, but the modern dialogue in this book didn’t even feel like natural dialogue anyway. So what was the point of having it in the first place? I'm sorry, but this author's insertion of (pathetic and improperly applied) modern slang feels like condescension to the reader to me, as if she thinks we're too uneducated to understand what the characters are saying unless she brings it down to basically a preschool level. I rarely get offended by a book, but the badly done language bugged the heck out of me. 2) The incredibly hokey portrayal of vampires. In R&J&V, Juliet and all the Capulets are vampires. I'm okay with that. I love vampires. But the vamps in this book are more ridonculous and campy than even the 1930's Dracula with Bela Lugosi and the rubber bat. The effect is muted in Juliet, because she's not a full vampire yet, but you see it in Lady Capulet. First of all, Lady C has crimson eyes. By itself, I could take it. But she's also got a prominent widow's peak, dark hair, fangs that don't retract, and she's so pale that she's sallow. She's like, tallow-colored. She's jaundiced-looking. Also, she dresses like Elvira or Morticia Addams in the clingy dress with the tendrils on the hems, including a little cape that serves no purpose except to look vampy and doesn't even fall all the way to her feet. Add onto that the way she enters and leaves the room during the scene where in the play Juliet's mom is like, "Speak briefly: can you like of Paris's love?" In the book, she comes in with her cape draped along her forearm and her forearm in front of her face, floating six or so inches off the ground. Why is she floating? I have NO idea. And she never really stops. It's said that Juliet will start floating too after she becomes a full-fledged vampire. So basically Claudia Gabel grabbed every schticky, icky, vampy stereotype from those campy movies made in the 1930s-70s and smushed them all together. Maybe she meant it to be funny, like a parody or something…but it wasn't. It wasn't satirical, it wasn't parody-funny, it wasn't funny in any way. It was ridiculous. It's like if one of those caricature sketch-artists off the street looked at Lady Capulet and she said, "Draw me as one of the fiendish undead!" I love vampires. I love all the different variations found in literature. I've read "The Night Flyer" by Stephen King, PN Elrod's novels about her vampire detective, Anne Rice's Vampire Chronicles, Fred Saberhagen's Dracula books, Nina Kiraly's Mina, Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, even the totally adorable novel Bloodthirsty. And I've watched all kinds of movies, from The Hunger to The Lost Boys to Van Helsing to Dracula 2000. And they were all so much better than this. BBC's Young Dracula, The Little Vampire…even Twilight was better, and the sparkly bloodsucking dudes in Twilight aren't even real vampires. That's just sad. 3) Finally, how Juliet has to become a vampire: she has to bite and kill someone. So basically she's given a choice by the author to either give up everyone she loves - her parents, her other family - as well as the life she's known all this time in order to do what's right and not murder an innocent person (it never occurs to her to go after a rapist or a killer)…or she kills someone and becomes evil. Now, if this book wasn't so hokey, this plotline would be perfect. It would be fine. It would totally work. But you can't take a serious plotline like this, one fraught with emotional introspection and seriously tough choices, and then be like, "And now let's add some crack-acid to liven things up even though it makes people wanna say, 'Go home, book. You're drunk.' Just 'cause we can." You can't take a plotline this serious, this potentially dynamic, this potentially beautiful, and slather it with all the stupidity heaped up in the first chapter. And if that's the author's way of being like, "Ha, you must wade through the crud to get to the good stuff," well then shame on her, because that's not how it works, since someone had to shell out money for that book to be available (in this case the library, or whoever donated the book). So I hope that wasn’t why she did that. I doubt it was, actually, but I like to cover my bases. Whatever her reason - she just didn't know any better, she didn't care, whatever - I couldn't finish this book. So, I'm sorry but this book is 0 stars from me. I literally would have to be paid in order to read it, and it would have to be upwards of $30 because I'm a really busy individual. The only thing I've ever read that was worse than this was a fanfic (the infamous "My Immortal" about Harry Potter). That's saying a lot. - LA Knight

  15. 5 out of 5

    Denise

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I would have enjoyed it more were it not aggressively trying to BE Romeo and Juliet, well a modern re-telling. The author could have even done a poor restructuring of a vampire story into the storyline of it without actually trying to be it and it would have been better. Perhaps Pride and Prejudice and Zombies work so well because it was told in the style of Jane Austen and the original material was not a tragedy by arguably the best writer in the English-speaking world. Big shoes and it’s a tra I would have enjoyed it more were it not aggressively trying to BE Romeo and Juliet, well a modern re-telling. The author could have even done a poor restructuring of a vampire story into the storyline of it without actually trying to be it and it would have been better. Perhaps Pride and Prejudice and Zombies work so well because it was told in the style of Jane Austen and the original material was not a tragedy by arguably the best writer in the English-speaking world. Big shoes and it’s a tragedy. They’re supposed to die! While technically, they die, they don’t. It destroys the beauty and ache Shakespeare emphasized in his work. The trouble with imitating a great is that you can’t avoid being compared to it. You have to make a parody and it’s hard to make a parody of a tragedy. Additionally, it was very hard to read things like how Romeo “was going to punch [someone’s] lights out.” Seriously? I couldn’t even get into it. You set it as a period piece. Use period language or at lease avoid clearly modern idiomatic expressions. Do not recommend, even for angsty teens. No lie, Twilight was better.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Bücherfresserin

    "Mainstreamwelle erobert altbekannte Klassiker …" Inhalt: “Dein Blut auf meinen Lippen” handelt von Romeo und Julia, die einander lieben, obwohl sie verfeindeten Familien angehören. Julia gehört hier zu der Vampirfamilie der Capulets, in der sie mit 16 Jahren zum vollwertigen Vampir werden soll. Allerdings will sie kein Vampir werden und Blut trinken müssen, anderen Menschen Gewalt antun. Als sie sich Hals über Kopf in den jungen Romeo verliebt, der den Vampirjägern der Montagues angehört, ist sie "Mainstreamwelle erobert altbekannte Klassiker …" Inhalt: “Dein Blut auf meinen Lippen” handelt von Romeo und Julia, die einander lieben, obwohl sie verfeindeten Familien angehören. Julia gehört hier zu der Vampirfamilie der Capulets, in der sie mit 16 Jahren zum vollwertigen Vampir werden soll. Allerdings will sie kein Vampir werden und Blut trinken müssen, anderen Menschen Gewalt antun. Als sie sich Hals über Kopf in den jungen Romeo verliebt, der den Vampirjägern der Montagues angehört, ist sie sich sicher, kein Vampir werden zu wollen und beschließt alles auf eine riskante Karte zu setzten. Die weltbekannte Tragödie von Shakespeare einmal anders, mit Vampiren und Biss … Meinung: Bei “Dein Blut auf meinen Lippen” handelt es sich um eine “Romeo und Julia” Adaption von Shakespeare. Der Roman hält sich an die wichtigsten Gegebenheiten und Charaktere der Tragödie und unterscheidet sich im wesentlichen nur durch den Fantasyanteil, denn hier sind die verfeindeten Familien einmal Vampire und einmal Vampirjäger. Das es sich um eine veränderte Variante von “Romeo und Julia” handelt, ist im Laufe der Geschichte sehr wichtig zu wissen, damit man auch die rasche Szenenfolge und die etwas altbackene Handlung nachvollziehen kann. Im Grunde geht es wie bei der Tragödie von Shakespeare um die Liebe zwischen Julia und Romeo, deren Familien miteinander verfeindet sind. Allerdings gehört Julia einer mächtige Vampirfamilie, den Capulets an. Die Gegenspieler sind die Montagues und in diesem Fall brutale Vampirjäger. Dennoch verlieben sich beide Hauptcharaktere unsterblich ineinander, auch wenn ihnen bewusst ist, dass sie ihre Liebe streng geheim halten müssen. Die weiteren Szenen sind gut aus der originalen Tragödie übernommen worden, ebenso wie die weiteren Charaktere Mercutio, Benvolio, Tybalt etc. … Natürlich wurde die Geschichte stark minimiert, sodass einige Charaktere aus dem Drama fehlen, was aber nicht stört. Ansonsten ist ein weiterer Unterschied der Ort, da “Julia und Romeo” im Original ja in Italien spielt, diese Vampivariante jedoch in Transsilvanien abläuft, was natürlich beim Thema Vampir ungemein gruseliger wirkt, aber auch recht klischeehaft. Mit Klischees ist die Geschichte auch durchweg gespickt. Die originale Handlung ist schon Drama und Schnulz pur und erscheint in der heutigen Zeit ziemlich altertümlich, aber die dazu geschriebenen Klischees über Vampire sind dann doch etwas zu viel. Vampire schweben, ihnen wachsen bei der Verwandlung Krallen, ihre Augen sind natürlich blutrot. Dazu kommen weitere Aspekte, wie das Vampire magische Kräfte haben können, gegen Weihwasser und Kreuze allergisch reagieren und sie ihr Spiegelbild nicht mehr sehen können. Alles in allem benutzt die Autorin wirklich jedes Vampirklischee, um die magere Story zu füllen. Mit magerer Story meine ich natürlich, dass die Geschichte kaum etwas neues bietet. “Romeo und Julia” kennen wohl die meisten und die Autorin übernimmt einfach ungemein viel, aber nicht unbedingt positiv. Auch dieses “Wer da?” taucht immer wieder auf, erinnert an die original Laute, die jedoch in diesem moderneren Roman ziemlich unpassend wirken. Meiner Meinung nach hätte man mehr aus der Geschichte rausholen können, denn das Buch ist gerade einmal 240 Seiten stark. Die Geschichte bleibt sehr oberflächig, schnell und vereinfacht, dass man dann auch lieber gleich zum Originalen greifen kann. Das Ende ist dann irgendwie auch der einzige Punkt, der wirklich anders ist in der Adaption. Aber ob ich das Ende gut finde? Wohl weniger, denn “Romeo und Julia” ist nicht umsonst eine weltbekannte Tragödie und wenn man schon großräumig abschreibt, sollte man dies vielleicht bis zum Schluss beibehalten, denn ein Happy Enderscheint mir hier von der Autorin als viel zu einfach gewählt. Man möchte anscheinend, dass dieses Buch mit dem Mainstream Vampirbüchern mithalten kann und zerstückelt somit skrupellos eine wundervolle Tragödie, zu einer Happy End Lovestory von vielen. Ganz schlimm finde ich dann auch, dass der eigentlich Knackpunkt der Tragödie hier total abhanden kommt. Zwar ist “Romeo und Julia” im Original tragisch und auch traurig, aber letztendlich finden beide verfeindeten Familien dadurch wieder zusammen und schließen Frieden. Dieser überaus wichtige Punkt wird total beiseite geschoben, für ein schnulziges und übertriebenes Happy End. Deshalb auch nur 1 Stern, für eine nette Idee, aber mangelnder Umsetzung. Der Schreibstil ist einfach. Der Plot hält sich strikt an die originale Tragödie und die Autorin übernimmt immer wieder originale Wortlaute wie “Wer da?”. Das hat mir weniger gefallen. Vielleicht hätte man hier lieber noch etwas mehr Wert auf eigene Arbeit legen sollen, denn “Dein Blut auf meinen Lippen” ist nicht mehr, als eine abgeschriebene und ummodellierte Fassung. Wirklich gelungenen ist die Romanvariante dann auch nicht, da die ansonsten so starken Dialoge ihre Wirkung verlieren. Das einzig gute fand ich, waren die Perspektivenwechsel zwischen Julia und Romeo von Kapitel zu Kapitel. Das Cover ist kitschig, passt aber. Mich hat es weniger angesprochen. Durch die zwei ineinander verschlungenen Personen, bekommt der Leser aber immerhin einen guten Endruck von dem Buch, da die Geschichte allgemein abgeschrieben, verändert und verkitscht wurde. Der englische Titel lautet übrigens “Romeo & Juliet & Vampires”, was noch schlimmer ist, als das deutsche “Dein Blut auf meinen Lippen”. Fazit: Muss man lesen? Meiner Meinung nach weniger. Wieso? Ganz einfach, die Autorin hat zu wenig eigenes mit eingebracht. “Dein Blut auf meinen Lippen” ist eigentlich nur eine einfach abgeschriebene Fassung von “Romeo und Julia” in Romanformat, deren Charaktere zu Vampiren oder Vampirjägern mutieren, um auf der Welle des Mainstreamerfolgs mitreiten zu können. Schade, ich hätte eindeutig mehr erwartet.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Avery

    I always try to avoid DNFing books, but there's always one every year that just drives me crazy. Sure, there's a lot of teenage angst in the original (presented differently for the time) but this book drove me crazy. I didn't like the writer's take on either of the main characters. I love original vampires. Red eyes, floating, having to kill someone and drink their blood to survive. That's all fine and dandy, but overall I only got to chapter 12 of this book and couldn't make myself read any far I always try to avoid DNFing books, but there's always one every year that just drives me crazy. Sure, there's a lot of teenage angst in the original (presented differently for the time) but this book drove me crazy. I didn't like the writer's take on either of the main characters. I love original vampires. Red eyes, floating, having to kill someone and drink their blood to survive. That's all fine and dandy, but overall I only got to chapter 12 of this book and couldn't make myself read any farther no matter how many times I tried.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Diane Shea

    This book is really bad. I am not normally do harsh, but there is no other way to put it. I am a huge Shakespeare fan and R&J is my favorite. Unfortunately, this is just a really bad knock-off. The story is the same, not in iambic parameter though, with a vampire twist. There really is nothing original. Very frustrating because I wanted to like this book.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Gena Lott

    Not the usual kind of book I read, but at a dare from the students who visit the library regularly, I took it on-much to my chagrin. The writing is bad, the plot: predictable, allegiance to Shakespear's beautiful play: loose at best. Basically, I did the dare and am glad I can now read something GOOD.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Cori Hall

    Do you ever read a book that is so bad that it’s great? This is it. I gave this/recommended this book to everyone who’s asked me for book recommendations ever. This is a bloody (pun intended) experience.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    Well...I didn't hate it.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dixie

    I liked this one better than the original story

  23. 4 out of 5

    Lena

    Inhalt: Transsilvanien im Jahr 1462. Julia lebt als Tochter des Vampirclans der Capulets in einem Schloss und steht kurz vor ihrem 16. Geburtstag. Dies wird der Tag sein, an dem sie ein Verwandlungsritual vollziehen muss, um zum Vampir zu werden. Doch dies ist kein Leben, was Julia sich vorgestellt hat. Eigentlich möchte Julia kein Vampir werden und darüber hinaus zwingen ihre Eltern sie zur Hochzeit mit Graf Paris. Eines Tages veranstalten die Capulets einen Ball, auf den sich der junge Romeo M Inhalt: Transsilvanien im Jahr 1462. Julia lebt als Tochter des Vampirclans der Capulets in einem Schloss und steht kurz vor ihrem 16. Geburtstag. Dies wird der Tag sein, an dem sie ein Verwandlungsritual vollziehen muss, um zum Vampir zu werden. Doch dies ist kein Leben, was Julia sich vorgestellt hat. Eigentlich möchte Julia kein Vampir werden und darüber hinaus zwingen ihre Eltern sie zur Hochzeit mit Graf Paris. Eines Tages veranstalten die Capulets einen Ball, auf den sich der junge Romeo Montague, der zum Clan der Vampirjäger gehört, schleicht. Dort verlieben sich Romeo und Julia, ohne von der wahren Identität des anderen etwas zu ahnen. Als sie es schließlich heraufinden, ändert dies nichts an ihrer Liebe zueinander. Sie wissen, ihre Beziehung ist verboten, trotzdem nehmen sie alle Gefahren auf sich. Meine Meinung: Ich habe William Shakespeares ‘Romeo und Julia’ nie gelesen, habe allerdings die Verfilmung mit Claire Danes und Leonardo DiCaprio vor Ewigkeiten gesehen. Und selbst, wenn ich den Film nicht gesehen hätte, so kenne ich natürlich, wie wahrscheinlich jeder Mensch, die tragische Geschichte der verbotenen Liebe zwischen Romeo und Julia. Umso trauriger macht es mich, festzustellen, dass in ‘Dein Blut auf meinen Lippen’ die gesamte Handlung aus ‘Romeo und Julia’ noch einmal erzählt wird. Mit dem Unterschied, dass die Capulets Vampire sind und die Montagues Vampirjäger. Die Autorin hat beinahe alle Begebenheiten aus Shakespeares Werk übernommen und lediglich Nichtigkeiten verändert, wobei Letztere an Klischeehaftigkeit kaum zu übertreffen sind. Ich habe mir während des Lesens ununterbrochen gewünscht, dass die Anlehnung an ‘Romeo und Julia’ nicht so offensichtlich gewesen wäre. Ein Anfang wäre gewesen, den Figuren der Geschichte neue Namen zu geben, doch selbst diese unterscheiden sich nicht. Auch in ‘Dein Blut auf meinen Lippen’ heißen die Protagonisten Julia Capulet und Romeo Montague, die beiden werden von Bruder Lorenzo getraut, und so weiter. Während die Haupthandlung kein einziges Mal von William Shakespeares Werk abweicht, so stellt das Ende des Buches eine Abwechslung dar. Doch gerade hier hätte ich mir gewünscht, dass die Autorin auch am Schluss am Original festhält, wenn sie schon in der Vorhandlung kaum eigenen Ideen einbringt. Einzig die Beschreibung des Wesens und der Eigenschaften der Vampire hat die Autorin sehr spannend und interessant gestaltet. Von diesem Ideenreichtum hätte ich mir mehr gewünscht. Als weitaus lesenswerter hätte ich es empfunden, wenn die Autorin die berühmte Geschichte um das Liebespaar in eine moderne, ins 21. Jahrhundert passende, Variante umgewandelt hätte. Ich hatte den Eindruck, dass Claudia Gabel dies durchaus versucht hat, doch ist es ihr in meinen Augen nicht gänzlich gelungen. Während die Dialoge vom gehobenen Schreibstil her oftmals an das Werk Shakespeares erinnern, passt der restliche Text nicht dazu. Letzterer ist bei weitem zeitgemäßer verfasst, sodass die Gespräche der Figuren nicht im Einklang zum übrigen Buch sind. Der Unterschied des Schreibstils hat mich oftmals zum Lachen bringen müssen, nur glaube ich nicht, dass dies von der Autorin beabsichtigt war. Der ständige Bruch zwischen modern und altmodisch hat die Dialoge nicht glaubwürdig gemacht. Ich war irgendwann an einem Punkt angekommen, an dem ich die Geschichte nicht mehr ernst nehmen konnte. Und ab da habe ich das Buch auch nicht mehr als Tragödie gelesen, wie es ‘Romeo und Julia’ ja eigentlich ist, sondern als unausgereifte Komödie, was das Lesen etwas erträglicher gemacht hat. Fazit: Aufgrund der kaum abgewandelten Handlung und dem unausgewogenem Schreibstil hat ‘Dein Blut auf meinen Lippen’ meinen Geschmack leider nicht getroffen.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Victoria

    With the growing popularity of 'cross-over' classics ('Pride & Prejudice & Zombies', for example), and the subject of vampires sweeping YA bookshelves everywhere, 'Romeo and Juliet and Vampires' is an amusing clash of both of these worlds. At first, I was a bit apprehensive, as the onslaught of vampire books following 'Twilight' have produced some less-than-amazing novels and series. However, my curiosity got the better of me, and a few hours later, I finished the book. 'Romeo and Juliet With the growing popularity of 'cross-over' classics ('Pride & Prejudice & Zombies', for example), and the subject of vampires sweeping YA bookshelves everywhere, 'Romeo and Juliet and Vampires' is an amusing clash of both of these worlds. At first, I was a bit apprehensive, as the onslaught of vampire books following 'Twilight' have produced some less-than-amazing novels and series. However, my curiosity got the better of me, and a few hours later, I finished the book. 'Romeo and Juliet and Vampires' tells the tale of two households, not quite alike in dignity, who have been brought to a temporary peace due to a new ruling prince. One family, the Capulets, are, well, vampires. Young Juliet, who is rather disgusted with her family's lifestyle, is to turn into a vampire in a matter of days, and must make a kill and drink the blood of the human to do so, or else she will die. The Montagues, on the other hand, are a family of vampire hunters. Romeo doesn't quite care for the glory of killing vampires, and is in love with Juliet's cousin, Rosaline. Predictably, Romeo and Juliet meet at a party, fall in love instantly, etc. However, the elimination of the Shakespearean language and the addition of vampires adds additional twists and turns to deviate from the original plotline. I personally thought that this was a good thing. The writing was not extraordinary, and parts reminded me of some non-exemplary fanfics that I have read. However, the author managed to make me giggle with phrases like; "If she had known that the nurse had been beckoning her so that she could get verbally assaulted by both her parents, Juliet would have jumped off the balcony and eloped with Romeo right then." and "I can only imagine what you must think of me," she said, her voice quite timid. "Now you know I'm a Capulet, and you have seen me talking to myself like an idiot." Regardless, this was an amusing read, and a bit of light-hearted fun after a year of analyzing the heck out of the original at school. This is my first book reviewed on this site, and I think that this book would interest some, but definitely not all, especially those who don't want to see the original play touched, or don't want a cross-over to deviate too much from the original aside from the 'monster' additions. So... Entertainment value: 3.5/5 - this book was interesting, and rather funny at times Writing quality: 2.5/5 - as I said before, it wasn't exemplary, but had its moments Characters (development & depth): 2/5 - neither of the protagonists were extremely likable, and I found little depth or development Plot: 2.5/5 - much of it obviously followed Romeo and Juliet, but some deviations worked, and others didn't As a sidenote, the preview of the book included, 'Little Vampire Women' didn't really appeal to me that much, and I found that I couldn't even finish the preview.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Krista Ashe

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. As someone who loves the story of Romeo and Juliet and taught it for several years, I was really anxious to see how this classic panned out. I love, love Baz Lurhman's 1996 Romeo + Juliet, so I'm not one wh has to see the classic acted out all stiff and pretentious. Although I'm not a fan of vampire stories, I really LOVED how the author put a new spin on this story. I also felt she didn't tarnish the story by adding in the vampires. You still have selfish, unfeeling parents like the Capulets, w As someone who loves the story of Romeo and Juliet and taught it for several years, I was really anxious to see how this classic panned out. I love, love Baz Lurhman's 1996 Romeo + Juliet, so I'm not one wh has to see the classic acted out all stiff and pretentious. Although I'm not a fan of vampire stories, I really LOVED how the author put a new spin on this story. I also felt she didn't tarnish the story by adding in the vampires. You still have selfish, unfeeling parents like the Capulets, who don't appreciate their daughter until she's dead. You still have the opposing gangs and the Prince's threat not to "forfit the peace or face death". You have the "adoptive" mother and father roles in the Nurse and Friar L. And most of all, you have the "love at first sight", extreme dating from hello to the altar in less than 24hrs that is R & J. SPOILER ALERT: The best part for me was how it ended. It's the exact same tragegdy: Juliet fakes her death with the potion(although this one was way cooler since she could see and hear the people around her even though she was "faux dead", lol), Romeo doesn't get the news from Friar L b/c of extinuating circumstances(darn that plague!), and he comes to the vault to "eyes look their last, arms take their last embrace" and drinks the posion from the apothecary. I liked how in this version, she's waking up similar to the way it's done in the 1996 film version. Since we watch both the 68 and 96, my students always pitched a fit and screamed at the screen when Juliet watched Romeo drink the posion, lol. But the best part of this ending is they don't have to die....she's a vamp, so she turns him. Although he isn't thrilled with the prospect, he's willing to do anything to be with her. So, they leave the town and go off together. They only feast on animals, and they eventually had a child as well. So finally, a happy ending for Romeo and Juliet! And a cool spin on the story. I may just have to check out somemore "vamp" or "zombie" spins on the classics. But since I see the author has some contemps without bloodsucking, I might just check those out!! I will totally tell my fellow Freshman teachers at both my new and old school about this book. Since Twilight even draws on the allure of R & J, it would be a great way to get fantasy readers into the story of R & J as well as reading more.

  26. 4 out of 5

    AlexA Aung

    This book is a tragic love story that is basically sort of similar to the original Romeo and Juliet, except there are vampires in it. Transylvania was ruled by a ruthless prince named Vlad the Impaler, who uses vampires also known as the Capulets to kill thousands of innocent European people. He was then imprisoned and his half-brother Prince Radu takes over. Prince Radu started a peace treaty for both humans and vampires, but will it work out between them? Juliet is the daughter of a Capulet an This book is a tragic love story that is basically sort of similar to the original Romeo and Juliet, except there are vampires in it. Transylvania was ruled by a ruthless prince named Vlad the Impaler, who uses vampires also known as the Capulets to kill thousands of innocent European people. He was then imprisoned and his half-brother Prince Radu takes over. Prince Radu started a peace treaty for both humans and vampires, but will it work out between them? Juliet is the daughter of a Capulet and also a soon-to-be-vampire who's birthday is coming up and by the time she turns 16, she has to have her first kill and drink the victim's blood, or else she'll die. She is against it. Her parents are also forcing her to marry a kinsman of the Prince named Paris, who is a player in order to convince Prince Radu to overturn the treaty and let the Montague's and Capulet's become enemies again. Romeo is a the son of a Montague and also a vampire hunter. He is in love with a vampire named Rosaline despite her race. He and his cousin, Benvolio, and his close friend, Mercutio, sneak into the Montague place, where a banquet is being held for both vampires and humans, so Romeo can try to woo Rosaline. Even though Romeo was supposed to woo Rosaline, instead he meets Juliet and they instantly fell in love at first sight. They immediately got married in secret with help from Friar Lawrence. They felt very happy with each other, until something unexpected happened. Now Romeo is on the run and Juliet is forced to kill Romeo. Will their relationship last long? Will they stay together no matter what? Will they be able to make peace? Or will Paris come between them? I almost finished reading the book and I gotta say, so far I can barely stop reading it. It's a little different than Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet since there are vampires and vampire hunters in it. It's really good book in my opinion. It's also not that hard to understand what's happening in the story. I recommend this book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Leann

    My Summary: Juliet's family, the Capulets, are some of the most bloodthirsty and vicious vampires there are. Yet, Juliet - still a human for a short time - is kind and firmly against harming others. Only problem? She's going to turn into a vampire soon, and she only has two options: Kill and become a vampire, or die a slow and very painful death. She's entertaining the latter option until Romeo, a Montague, comes along. Coming from a family dedicated to killing her kind, especially her family, th My Summary: Juliet's family, the Capulets, are some of the most bloodthirsty and vicious vampires there are. Yet, Juliet - still a human for a short time - is kind and firmly against harming others. Only problem? She's going to turn into a vampire soon, and she only has two options: Kill and become a vampire, or die a slow and very painful death. She's entertaining the latter option until Romeo, a Montague, comes along. Coming from a family dedicated to killing her kind, especially her family, they should hate one another. Against all odds, they fall in love. However, Juliet's time as a human is dwindling, and the two will face more obstacles...and death is an almost certain outcome. Review: An intriguing and fun take on Romeo and Juliet, Gabel doesn't disappoint with her fresh take on such a classic story. The characters in this story are very fresh and easy to sympathize with. I found Juliet to be a sweet, sympathetic character, and Romeo an honorable and equally kind. Their romance was sweet, if only a bit rushed (but hey, it's kind of like that in the original). Juliet's struggle with becoming a vampire is an interesting twist, and her parents were downright frightening and intense. The vampire twist seemed to mesh perfectly with the story. There are, obviously, some differences both major and minor in comparison to Shakespeare's original version. I was glad for the differences, the twists, and for the similarities. Even if you think you know how it all ends because you read Shakespeare's original, think again. Highlights: Gabel makes this story readable, which isn't always the case with Shakespeare. I definitely also loved the characters, like Nurse, whom I actually liked more in this version. The story still maintained the essence of Shakespeare's original version, but it was also different and creative in its own right. Lowlights: A few scenes seemed rushed. I would have definitely preferred the balcony scene to be a bit more fleshed out. But honestly, I enjoyed this one far more than I thought I would.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Linny

    Review from Linny's Literature From the moment I saw the cover and read the title I knew that this would be a light read, but for the cheap Borders-goodbye price, I decided I didn't mind. I've seen quite a few of these "classics with a side of paranormal fun" books cropping up lately, but this is the first one I've read. Got a lame story? Add some vampires to spice things up! To be honest, I have never liked the classic Romeo & Juliet. That ending was not okay, I don't care if it is a classic Review from Linny's Literature From the moment I saw the cover and read the title I knew that this would be a light read, but for the cheap Borders-goodbye price, I decided I didn't mind. I've seen quite a few of these "classics with a side of paranormal fun" books cropping up lately, but this is the first one I've read. Got a lame story? Add some vampires to spice things up! To be honest, I have never liked the classic Romeo & Juliet. That ending was not okay, I don't care if it is a classic or not. I hoped that, despite my dislike for the story of Romeo & Juliet, the "& Vampires" of this book would make it worth reading. I was happy to find that Romeo & Juliet & Vampires fixed all of the pieces in the original that I hated while tying in the added fun of vampires and vampire hunters. That's not to say that the famous story was completely changed or anything, I was actually impressed at how closely it kept to the original with the whole vampire thing to work in, but it just enhanced it. At least in my opinion. The writing, though, was very different. As you know, Romeo & Juliet is written as a play. Romeo & Juliet & Vampires made the story into novel format, which required the entire book to be rewritten. I personally was pleased with the change, though I would have apreciated it even more if the writing had been better. Maybe it was just me, but it seemed rushed and unprofessional for the most part. Alright for a light read, but not if you really want to be impressed. If you're looking for a quick, fun read that will put a smile on your face, then you should check out Romeo & Juliet & Vampires. However, if you're a classics lover that might be offended by changes being made to a classic work, then you should probably steer clear.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Mundie Moms & Mundie Kids

    I know what you're thinking, another classic with a vampire twist!? Let me just say, do not judge this book by your skepticism. If I had done that, I would have missed out on a brilliantly written classic, with a deadly twist. Claudia Gable did a wonderful job at keeping this classic true to it's form and adding a wonderful twist, or two of her own. The Capulets are powerful vampires, while the Montagues are the vampire hunters. Juliet hails from the powerful vampire family and Romeo comes from a I know what you're thinking, another classic with a vampire twist!? Let me just say, do not judge this book by your skepticism. If I had done that, I would have missed out on a brilliantly written classic, with a deadly twist. Claudia Gable did a wonderful job at keeping this classic true to it's form and adding a wonderful twist, or two of her own. The Capulets are powerful vampires, while the Montagues are the vampire hunters. Juliet hails from the powerful vampire family and Romeo comes from a family of vampire hunters. With a new Prince on the throne, both families are forced into a truce, and are ordered to stop killing each other. I love Juliet's character, as despite being from a vampire family she is repulsed at the thought of killing a human. She's about to turn 16 and when that happens, she'll become a vampire. In order to fully turn, she has to kill someone. If she doesn't make her first kill by midnight on her 16th birthday, she can die. To seek revenge in her cousins death, her parents have told her who she must kill, and it's Romeo. There's one minor problem. Romeo and Juliet might have run off to secretly get married. I really enjoyed reading Romeo & Juliet & Vampires. Claudia adds a great historical and paranormal spin to a classic I always struggled with reading. Her writing style gives Romeo & Juliet's tragic love story a fresh twist, making it an engaging, and quick read. There's love, war and a little bit of humor provided by Romeo, Benvolio and Mercutio. With out giving anything away, the ending was great and not at all what I expected. I definitely recommend picking this book up.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Katieb (MundieMoms)

    I know what you're thinking, another classic with a vampire twist!? Let me just say, do not judge this book by your skepticism. If I had done that, I would have missed out on a brilliantly written classic, with a deadly twist. Claudia Gable did a wonderful job at keeping this classic true to it's form and adding a wonderful twist, or two of her own. The Capulets are powerful vampires, while the Montagues are the vampire hunters. Juliet hails from the powerful vampire family and Romeo comes from a I know what you're thinking, another classic with a vampire twist!? Let me just say, do not judge this book by your skepticism. If I had done that, I would have missed out on a brilliantly written classic, with a deadly twist. Claudia Gable did a wonderful job at keeping this classic true to it's form and adding a wonderful twist, or two of her own. The Capulets are powerful vampires, while the Montagues are the vampire hunters. Juliet hails from the powerful vampire family and Romeo comes from a family of vampire hunters. With a new Prince on the throne, both families are forced into a truce, and are ordered to stop killing each other. I love Juliet's character, as despite being from a vampire family she is repulsed at the thought of killing a human. She's about to turn 16 and when that happens, she'll become a vampire. In order to fully turn, she has to kill someone. If she doesn't make her first kill by midnight on her 16th birthday, she can die. To seek revenge in her cousins death, her parents have told her who she must kill, and it's Romeo. There's one minor problem. Romeo and Juliet might have run off to secretly get married. I really enjoyed reading Romeo & Juliet & Vampires. Claudia adds a great historical and paranormal spin to a classic I always struggled with reading. Her writing style gives Romeo & Juliet's tragic love story a fresh twist, making it an engaging, and quick read. There's love, war and a little bit of humor provided by Romeo, Benvolio and Mercutio. With out giving anything away, the ending was great and not at all what I expected. I definitely recommend picking this book up.

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