Never was there a tale of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo…
But true love never dies. Though they’re parted by the veil between the world of mortals and the land of the dead, Romeo believes he can restore Juliet to life, but he’ll have to travel to the underworld with a thoroughly infuriating guide.
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, may not have inherited his father’s crown, but the murdered king left his son a much more important responsibility—a portal to the Afterjord, where the souls of the dead reside. When the determined Romeo asks for help traversing the treacherous Afterjord, Hamlet sees an opportunity for adventure and the chance to avenge his father’s death.
In an underworld filled with leviathan monsters, ghoulish shades, fire giants, and fierce Valkyrie warriors, Hamlet and Romeo must battle their way through jealousy, despair, and their darkest fears to rescue the fair damsel. Yet finding Juliet is only the beginning, and the Afterjord doesn’t surrender souls without a price…
Ookay, that was a very misleading name – I was so sure it was going to be somewhat sappy, what with the Romeo-Juliet (honestly, that is why I’ve never read the whole play) and their undying love. But this book, oh my, it exceeded expectations. The storyline goes like this – Romeo searches for a way to get Juliet back from the dead, seeks Hamlet’s help (now that one I mean to read someday) and together they venture into the underworld to rescue her. What transpires is an epic adventure, a damsel who can REALLY take care of herself, lots of Norse and Greek mythology mixed in – basically, plenty of things I loved about it.
As characters, I wouldn’t compare them to their original versions (since I haven’t read them) but they are so good and well-written. The bromance between Hamlet and Romeo (hehe), the morbid puns Hamlet throws around and the lack of any sappy romance made this book an exciting journey. The main thing is that though they all began as slightly dependent on each other for leaving the afterworld, towards the end all three of them become besties and ready to lay down their lives for each other. Romeo and Juliet still have the starcrossed love so no love triangle, either, but there is a deep companionship that develops between the three of them. The different realms of the Underworld are a mix of Norse and Greek ones – but it is still basically the afterworld in which nothing and I mean, nothing, can be trusted. The mind games they are subjected to, the physical strain – whew, they had it tough. Plus, the ending was good – which means there is hope of a sequel. Yay!
Received a copy from Entangled Teen via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.