Title: Romeo & Juliet & Vampires
By: Claudia Gabel
Publisher: Harperteen (August 31st, 2010)
My Copy: Review Copy provided by Publisher
"You are deluded, Romeo. Vampires do not have the capability to love. They are heartless."
The Capulets and the Montagues have some deep and essential differences. Blood differences. Of course, the Capulets can escape their vampire fate, and the Montagues can try not to kill their undead enemies. But at the end of the day, their blood feud is unstoppable. So it's really quite a problem when Juliet, a vampire-to-be, and Romeo, the human who should be hunting her, fall desperately in love. What they don't realize is how deadly their love will turn out to be—or what it will mean for their afterlives. . .
Claudia Gabel combines this legacy of a tale with the current vampire trend. Gabel’s attempt at creating an new age story with William Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet is quite entertaining. I having never been a personal fan, of the Romeo & Juliet, find myself quite impressed with this new story. Not only did Gabel find created a twist that proves quite entertaining; she also manages to rewrite Romeo and Juliet that is much more easily read than the original. Having already deciphered the complicated text of the original story she has made this a easy story to comprehend, and readers may find it easier to understand the original story through these pages. Personally, I would not see myself being drawn to this book from its cover alone. Though, once I began reading I was very impressed by the story that is hidden behind this cover. Still following the storyline of the original story readers will know what to expect. The only unknown of this story is how the author will change the next scene to create a vampire story within the well-known Romeo and Juliet story. Being a literature lover I found this to be very creative mixing the old with the new. Kudos to Gabel for such an interesting read, and the rewriting of this well loved masterpiece.