Book Review: The Juliet Spell by Douglas Rees

Rating: StarStar

I wanted the role of Juliet more than anything. I studied hard. I gave a great reading for it—even with Bobby checking me out the whole time. I deserved the part.

I didn’t get it. So I decided to level the playing field, though I actually might have leveled the whole play. You see, since there aren’t any Success in Getting to Be Juliet in Your High School Play spells, I thought I’d cast the next best—a Fame spell. Good idea, right?

Yeah. Instead of bringing me a little fame, it brought me someone a little famous. Shakespeare. Well, Edmund Shakespeare. William’s younger brother.

Good thing he’s sweet and enthusiastic about helping me with the play…and—ahem—maybe a little bit hot. But he’s from the past. Waypast. Cars amaze him—cars! And cell phones? Ugh.

Still, there’s something about him that’s making my eyes go star-crossed….



The Juliet Spell could’ve been good. Sadly, after a funny and enjoyable start, the cracks started to appear. Douglas Rees lost his grip on me when Edmund acted out like a modern-day, hormone-driven teenage boy instead of a gentleman from Elizabethan times. I was annoyed with Miranda over her falling in love with Edmund a day after she ‘magicked’ him into her present time. C’mon, man. That fast?!!

Miranda, who desperately wanted to be Juliet in her school’s play, got more than she bargained for. She only wanted to be Juliet when she conjured the spell. Instead, Edmund turned up. Miranda is pitiful, watching Edmund play Romeo both in the stage and in real life. What I don’t understand is how she acted like she has any claim on him on such a short time they’ve been together. I don’t like Edmund: immature and child-like. If there’s anything I’d like from the characters, it’s Drew. He’s smart, loyal, and very talented.

The Juliet Spell took me behind the curtain of theatre, be it a school play only. The time travel of Edmund wasn’t much of a thrill for me (I was lost on the ‘neutral space’ theory). I did not see that twist coming but it does little to excite the conflict. Well, I liked the ending – not entirely sad, but hopeful. The Juliet Spell is just a so-so read for me.

Publisher: Harlequin

Imprint: HarlequinTeen

Pub Date: 09/27/2011

Thank you NetGalley and Lisa Wray for granting my galley request.



.: maria :.

“giving up is the ultimate tragedy.”


3 thoughts on “Book Review: The Juliet Spell by Douglas Rees

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