Today I'm extremely happy to be part of the blog tour for Such Sweet Sorrow hosted and organized by the very awesome ladies of Rockstar Book Tours!
I will be sharing my review for this amazing book discovery for me and also have a tour wide giveaway to share!
Title: SUCH SWEET SORROW
Author: Jenny Trout
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Pub. Date: February 4, 2014
Find it: Goodreads, Amazon, Barnes & Noble
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…
Jenny Trout is an author, blogger, and funny person. Writing as Jennifer Armintrout, she made the USA Today bestseller list with Blood Ties Book One: The Turning. Her novel American Vampire was named one of the top ten horror novels of 2011 by Booklist Magazine Online. She is a proud Michigander, mother of two, and wife to the only person alive capable of spending extended periods of time with her without wanting to kill her.
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When I first saw the summary for this book I was so sold on it. Romeo going to rescue Juliet from the Underworld as another Morpheus in search of Eurydice, and having Hamlet as guide? That was so promising and so not-your-usual romantic plot!
So when I got approved for it on NetGalley I was very pleasantly surprised! Thank you, Entangled Teen!
There is a romantic plot in this book, because what can be more romantic that go into Hell to try and bring back the one you love? It's also quite full of all sorts of mythology to the brim, which simply made me too happy! I'm not sure how to review this cause I don't want to spoil this for anyone and I'm not entirely sure what would or wouldn't be a spoiler... We have Shakespearian characters being quite true to character for the most part, a journey to the Underworld and plenty of mythology references.
Romeo didn't die but Juliet did, so when he wakes up from the poison he decides to try and bring back Juliet from death any way he can, he's told to journey north and he finds Hamlet as the one that can help him on his quest.
I must confess I wasn't sure what to expect of this book, I was hoping it'd be something different but wow did I get it! From the moment they step into the Underworld and encounter frost giants!?! This book was quite a wild ride, with some moments of irritation at the characters, rooting for them massively and not being sure what to expect the rest of the time.
Hamlet, Romeo and Juliet start very much as you'd remember them from their original books (if you've read them, and if not you must have watched some form or other of version of these very well known classics) but I love the character development they have, specially Juliet! Oh I cannot say anything more cause otherwise I'd surely drop big spoilers, but I sure loved seeing her as much more than a girl in love!
For some reason I was expecting this one to be a standalone, but with that ending I know it is the first one of a series for sure. It was not a horrible cliffhanger but it does tell you that there is more to come. And I do plan to read whatever comes next too!
Very well deserved 4 stars for this very atypical twist to the classics with a healthy dose of mythology.
1 Prize pack of the 2013 DVD of Romeo and Juliette and the 2010 DVD of Hamlet and 1 signed copy of Such Sweet Sorrow. US ONLY
3 paperbacks of Such Sweet Sorrow US Only.
3 eBooks of Such Sweet Sorrow International.
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I got this from Entangled TEEN and now I'm pretty excited to read it. Shakespeare and mythology done well, that's something that I can definitely get on board with. Thanks for encouraging me with a good review!ReplyDelete
Thank you, Christina! I hope you'll love it, it's so different in a very good way!Delete
I love this new take (kinda) on Romeo and Juliet! And I love that Hamlet is in it, too. Is he still crazy?! I think incorporating these two characters into a new story is an excellent idea and I'm excited to try it out for myself. Helpful that you were such a fan, too!ReplyDelete
The mix of Shakespeare characters and mythology made me all giddy, this was a great book I highly recommend!Delete
Didn't know that this was an Underworld story. LOVE those and will definitely check this out!ReplyDelete
Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen @ YA Romantics
Oh yes, and this Underworld has a bit of more than one Underworld in it! I'm sure you'll love it!Delete
Ooo, this sounds quite interesting. I love all things in this premise. It really appeals to my nature!!! Need to add this to my wishlist.ReplyDelete
I do hope you'll like it, Vivien! Let me know what you think if you read it!Delete
I wasn't sure about this one but it sounds like you really liked it! Might have to give it a go!ReplyDelete
I hope you do give it a go, it was great!Delete
Ohhh this book sounds SO GOOD! And very different. I'm loving the cover too! Crossing my fingers for this one!!ReplyDelete
It was great, I really recommend it!Delete