Sunday, February 2, 2014

Early Review: Such Sweet Sorrow by Jenny Trout

Release Date: February 4, 2014
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Source: NetGalley
Author Links: Goodreads | Website

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…

The beautiful cover sucked me in...I admit it.
And really, it's got such an interesting premise, that I couldn't help but want to read it. Romeo and Juliet plus Hamlet? Cool! I didn't even realize that it would be incorporating norse mythology, but that was also a bonus!
So why only 3 stars?
I'm not sure really.
The author is talented, and if you've ever read her blog, you'll probably agree that she's quite a funny lady. But for some reason this story just didn't click with me as much as I wanted it to. It took me several days to finish it, simply because it was so easy for me to put it down.

I did like the way that Juliet was portrayed as a strong character, but neither Hamlet or Romeo evoked much emotion out of me. Romeo leaned toward the slightly annoying side, but not enough for me to hate him, and Hamlet was likable...but not lovable.

The journey to find and rescue Juliet was kind of the same way. There was something missing in it that I can't put my finger on. I normally love retellings, but I couldn't seem to get into this one.
Maybe it's just me?
I'm not much of a Shakespeare groupie, so perhaps this particular story was meant to be embraced by a different kind of reader? 
The kind of reader who wasn't sending sidelong glances to her copy of BatGirl while trying to get through this one...

The author is good and the premise is good.
It wasn't my cuppa, but it might be yours?


Neyra said...

Awe, too bad. I'll admit the cover got me for this one too and I'm looking forward to reading it. I do love both retelling and romeo and juliet, who doesn't! lol but it doesn't seem like this love hit the mark. hopefully it wont be so bad for me either. great review Anne :)


I hope you enjoy it, Neyra. It wasn't for me, but maybe you'll love it!

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