Thursday, 6 February 2014

Review - Such Sweet Sorrow by Jenny Trout

Title: Such Sweet Sorrow
Author: Jenny Trout
Publisher: Entangled: Teen
Pages: 304
Release date: 4th February 2014

Blurb from Goodreads:
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...

My Review:

*I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to Entangled Publishing, LLC and Jenny Trout*

2/5 stars

Such Sweet Sorrow tells the story of Romeo, his body ravaged by poison, as he tries to find a way to the land of the dead and restore Juliet to life. 
He encounters the Prince of Denmark, Hamlet, whose murdered father appeared to him as a ghost and showed him a portal that leads to the land of the dead. 
They travel through it together and encounter life-threatening danger.

This was an okay book. 
I liked the mythology but the plot didn't grip me and towards the end I grew bored. 
I didn't have any particularly strong feelings about the characters as I didn't connect with them.

Unfortunately this book wasn't for me despite being an original retelling.