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Romeo and Juliet and Vampires - Claudia Gabel

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Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Author: Claudia Gabel / Paperback / 240 Pages / Book is published 2010-10-28 by HarperCollinsChildren'sBooks

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      01.09.2012 06:12
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      A fun take on the original tale.

      Alongside my love of Vampire books I have a real love of period books, though have always struggled with some of the more vintage books,ie original texts from Shakespeare being one of them!

      Though I do love the stories he wrote, especially Romeo and Juliet (in whatever form I can get it!), so when my sister lent me this particularbook I was more than pleased to find a couple of my favourite theme's coupled together!

      The book in question is "Romeo & Juliet &vampires" adapted from William Shakespeare by Claudia Gabel.

      The Capulet's and the Montague's have some serious issues with each other, the fact that the Capulet's are vampires and the Montague's the sworn enemies of them, coming from a long line of vampire slayers, these are families that are never going to be reconciled!

      After serving Vlad the impaler faithfully for many years the Capulet's find themselves a soon to be dying race, due to Vlad's early demise and his replacement Prince Radu's declaration that anyone using violence towards their fellow man or vampire would mean in an untimely death, though there is a problem with this fact, and that would be Juliet.

      Juliet at present is still a human, with her legacy as a vampire not coming into force until her sixteenth birthday, with her changing quickly from young maiden into monster, this must then end with her killing and drinking dry a human, or else the true death will become her, a fate that does not seem so bad to her, though that is until she meets the beautiful and unobtainable Romeo, and the rest they say is history.....or is it?

      To some this will be the ultimate insult taking the originaltext and literally re-writing the entire tale with the vampire tale, to myselfit makes it a different type of love story, and I can actually read it and understand it!

      Yes at times the tale is silly, but the main elements of the feud between the families is still there, with the same catalysts for the war between them taking place, but the characters (again the same ones!) have slightly different traits, never before had I heard of Tybalt turning women toget his leg over!

      The ending is again following the original story, but endsvery differently, which is again good and bad as the original ending is whatmakes the tale so poignant, but the alternative ending is needed, after all one of them is already the undead!

      The book is fun and ideal for vampire fans, it is a really quick and light read, with there being (surprisingly) very little violence in the book, with it concentrating more on the love story and feud element than actual battles.

      Price wise this has a RRP of £6.99, but is available forless via www.amazon.co.uk

      Also in this series is a vampire version of "Little women"......yes, I also covert that too!

      Thanks for reading x

      ISBN 978-0-00-736544-9


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