Thank you, NetGalley for giving access to an eBook copy of The Hundred Loves of Juliet by Evelyn Skye for free in exchange for an honest review. The eBook I received from NetGalley didn’t have a cover image, so I am using a cover image I have found through google (Fair use under the copyright act sections 29 and 30 under use for a review)
Happy Publication Day!
Apparently 2023 is the year that I finally like Romeo and Juliet. After reading One for my Enemy by Olivie Blake I thought I would take a risk on another Rome and Juliet retelling. Dear Reader, I am going to share with you the exact section of the blurb that made me want to request this book.
“To Helene, Sebastien is the flesh-and-blood hero of the love stories she's spent her life writing. But Sebastien knows better - Helene is his Juliet, and their story has always been the same. He is doomed to find brief happiness with her over and over, before she dies, and he is left to mourn.”
I loved the layer this added to the story and no offence it’s a much better version of the star-crossed lovers than a silly 16- and 13-year-old un-a-living themselves because “they can’t be together”. It’s what originally drew me into requesting the book on NetGalley. I loved how the story was told through alternating points of view and how we also got to visit Romeo and Juliette in their different lives together.
We meet Romeo and Juliet in their current forms in Alaska in present day. Sebastien believes he is cursed, as every life of Juliet’s has died tragically shortly after they meet. Romeo (Sebastien) is immortal and has to witness Juliet’s death each time she is reincarnated. Despite having the same story repeat for centuries Sebastien spends his time trying to figure out how to save her from death every time they meet even going as far as avoiding the new reincarnation of Juliet, but of course fate intervenes, and they are force together. There are some gorgeous quotes that had my little black heart melting a little.
This was a brilliant retelling and I thoroughly enjoyed
it and loved Evelyn's twist.