Romeo Redeemed is the follow-up novel to Juliet Immortal, a twist on the classic Shakespearian tale of star crossed lovers Romeo & Juliet. Juliet Immortal ended with Romeo trapped in the decaying body of Dylan. All ended well for Juliet, but for Romeo there was still something to be said. Romeo Redeemed picks up from there with his latest assignment, to woo Ariel, the same body Juliet embodied in the first novel. Now the real Ariel is back, and her soul is in danger.
I am one of those cynics of Romeo & Juliet. I remember reading it for the first time as a freshman in high school and was completely not fazed by their insta-love. For being only young teenagers, I didn’t believe their love was genuine. Finally, I had found a story that supported my views! I ended up enjoying the romance between Romeo and Ariel far more than that of Juliet and Ben’s. Romeo Redeemed also cleared up a lot of the confusion I had about the Mercenaries and Ambassadors.
We learn more about Romeo’s past and how he came to be so, well, evil. I completely despised Romeo in Juliet Immortal, and slowly but surely he grew on me. I like to think that good writing is not that the author uses complex sentence structure or has no grammatical mistakes; good writing is when the author can persuade you to see things from their point of view. Romeo Redeemed did just that.
Cursed to live out eternity in his rotted corpse, Romeo, known for his ruthless, cutthroat ways, is given the chance to redeem himself by traveling back in time to save the life of Ariel Dragland. Unbeknownst to her, Ariel is important to both the evil Mercenaries and the love-promoting Ambassadors and holds the fate of the world in her hands. Romeo must win her heart and make her believe in love, turning her away from her darker potential before his work is discovered by the Mercenaries. While his seduction begins as yet another lie, it soon becomes his only truth. Romeo vows to protect Ariel from harm, and do whatever it takes to win her heart and soul. But when Ariel is led to believe his love is a deception, she becomes vulnerable to Mercenary manipulation, and her own inner darkness may ultimately rip them apart.
Random House Children's Books