The Juliet Spell by Douglas Rees has a beautiful cover and intriguing synopsis, so I was looking forward to reading it when it became available on NetGalley. Unfortunately, neither the plot or characters managed to retain my interest.
Miri wants the part of Juliet in the production being cast: she decides to cast a random spell to get some extra oomph behind her for luck. Unfortunately, the fame spell she performs doesn’t do what she expected. What it does is bring William Shakespeare’s younger brother Edmund into the current day. Luckily, he is charming, attractive and acting-savvy. Maybe he’ll bring her a little luck after all?
Edmund manages to be interesting for about two paragraphs. He ends up making out and eventually sneaks out to be with shallow girl (Miri’s main competition for the part of Juliet). Miri, of course, still angsts after him hard. He is shallow, silly and a wuss (which, unfortunately basically describes Miri as well). He cries all the time! Hello: not manly. Not hot. Also, Miri’s mom pretty much accepts his presence right off the bat. He is from the past? No problem. He is gonna stay in my home? Sounds good! Not realistic at all.
So the entire book is basically made up of Edmund either crying about being in a new place or macking on shallow girl. Miri spends all her time either repeatedly obsessing over Juliet or pitifully following Edmund around. I found them both annoying; I wish there had been some real character development!
So, definitely not the book for me or one I’d recommend reading. If the plot sounds intriguing to you, I’d go for Saving Juliet by Suzanne Selfors instead: a girl gets sent back in time to Shakespeare’s Verona. I think it’s a cute read, and a lot more entertaining!