Expected Publication is February 4, 2014 by Entangled Teen|Expected Number Of Pages: 304
Genre: YA Paranormal/Mythology Re-Telling/Shakespeare Re-Telling
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 no clue where to start with Such Sweet Sorrow! This is the first time I’ve read a re-telling of Shakespeare- well, one that I’m aware of, because it’s entirely possible I’ve read one that was a lot more subtle. I wasn’t sure what to expect, and the last (and only) time I’ve read either play was in high school, so it’s been well over 10 years since I’ve read either one, so I knew it would be an interesting read.
The reasons for Hamlet and Romeo for meeting up is interesting and really believable. I thought their adventures in the Afterjord were pretty action-packed, and I liked the connection to Norse mythology, given that Romeo meets up with Hamlet. While I remember the basics of both plays, there is quite a bit that is still fuzzy to me. Still, I thought she did a great job with making them her own, while still staying true to the characters.
Trout did a great job keeping me interested for the entire book. It did move a bit slow at times, but I didn’t mind, because I wanted to see if things would work out for Romeo and Juliet. I can’t say I was surprised by the ending, even though a part of me was hoping it would work out differently.
As far as I know, Such Sweet Sorrow is a stand-alone, but there is something about the ending that makes me feel like there’s potential for a sequel. While things are wrapped up, I was also left with the feeling that there is more to Hamlet and Romeo’s story.
Let’s Rate It:
I liked Such Sweet Sorrow! Shakespeare isn’t my thing, but I was definitely interested in how Trout would manage to put Romeo, Juliet and Hamlet together, and I thought she did it really well! It’s definitely a great book for Shakespeare fans. Such Sweet Sorrow gets 3 stars.