Thursday, February 6, 2014

Review: Such Sweet Sorrow by Jenny Trout

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…

I have never been much of a Romeo and Juliet fan. I hated beyond hated that they committed suicide over love. It made me angry and mad that someone could do that. It wasn't until I got a little bit older that I was able to understand and acknowledge why they did what they did. I didn't agree but I also didn't hate that they both died over one another. I saw the tragedy and the heartache. I feel that same love Romeo felt for Juliet, only it's a motherly love.

Hamlet, I never got into that story unfortunately. Such a shame because I enjoyed his character in the book.

What would have happened if Romeo never died? Or Hamlet crazy?
Such Sweet Sorrow goes into depth in her own words in this wonderful retelling of beloved stories written by Shakespeare. I love retellings and this one caught my interest because it was a retelling of both Hamlet and R+J. Very creative.

The world building was fantastic. There was a lot of stuff in there about Norse gods, mythology, etc. It's all very intriguing information.

As I stated above Hamlet I really enjoyed. His personality was a bit arrogant but I liked him more than Romeo who was much more broody. I usually like the broody ones but in this case I wanted the arrogant one.

Even though I enjoyed the story, I felt like as a whole there was something missing. Passion maybe? I didn't really feel too many emotions while reading, isn't that why we read in the first place? To feel? There were parts that dragged out and got too boring for my taste.

All in all if you like retellings and R+J and/or Hamlet, this book you may find quite enjoyable.

*Review copy provided by Entangled Pub via NetGalley for an honest review.

About the Author:
Jenny Trout is a writer, 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.

Jenny also writes award-winning erotic romance as Abigail Barnette.

When she’s not writing, she’s sleeping or otherwise incapacitated.

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 murder her.


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