Blog Tour: Juliet and Romeo by David Hewson

Thursday, May 24, 2018
As most students in England, I've studied some of Shakespeare's plays and sonnets, one of which was Romeo and Juliet. While Shakespeare's plays and sonnets were a little too advanced for a teenager, I did like the overall story of Romeo and Juliet so I was interested to read a retelling in the form of a romantic thriller(esque) novel. It's just over 350 pages and it is published by The Dome Press (thanks for the arc!).

*Juliet & Romeo by David Hewson (352 pages - blog tour: 24th May) ★★★
Within this retelling we follow Juliet Capulet and Romeo Montague who are part of rival families living in sunkissed Italy during a time of change and disease. Juliet is a headstrong (somewhat) character who wants read and study rather than go through with an arranged marriage with a handsome, accomplished rich man but he isn't for Juliet. Meanwhile Romeo is an aspiring poet and romantic who is in the throws of infatuation but everything changes when a few Montague cousins, including Romeo, gatecrash a Capulet party.

We all know the general story of the star-crossed and ultimately tragic relationship between Romeo and Juliet and this story follows in the same vein although I wish the story didn't follow the general storyline of original as it made the story predictable but I did enjoy this read. The main positives of this read for me have to include the novel format, the historical fiction genre (I've becoming more and more in love with historical fiction recently) and the setting of Italy which made for a perfect summer read, especially as it's such as quick, easy read.

Author Q&A 

Did you study Shakespeare at school? Will you be picking up this retelling?

25 comments

  1. I did, and as much as I liked it at the time, not something I want to relive . Not quite my cup of tea, but it does sound interesting.
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

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  2. I did Shakespeare and loved it so this was so interesting x

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  3. I vaguely studied some Shakespeare in school but not Romeo and Juliet but I know the story like the back of my hand

    Jenny
    http://www.jennyinneverland.com

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  4. Sounds like a great read of a classic

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  5. Romeo and Juliet is such a good love story but I never ended up reading the book.
    http://sugarcoatedbears.blogspot.com

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  6. Oooh now this intrigues me, I’ve just made a note to have a look to download it x

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  7. I adore Shakespeares writings, I always have done. Romeo and Juliet is one of my favourites. 🌸✨

    With love, Alisha Valerie x | AlishaValerie.com

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  8. I don't tend to read 'retellings' so I don't think this is for me.

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  9. The feminist in my loves how they changed Juliet for this version.

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  10. Yes I did! Romeo and Juliet was defo my fave too! X

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  11. I think this is definitely a must read for me!

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  12. Oooh I need this book! I feel like it would be right up my street!

    Love, Amie ❤
    The Curvaceous Vegan

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  13. I've never actually read the original Romeo and Juliet, but I did like a lot of Shakespeare's plays! xx

    Brooke | www.brookeclarke.com

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  14. Sounds interesting... Still don't think you can beat the original! x

    Laurzrah

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  15. Oh wow that looks cool! I did romeo and Juliet in high school and completely hated it by the end though! :(

    Erin || MakeErinOver

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  16. The original is my favourite Shakespeare play so this retelling interests me.

    Faye Jessica | fayejessica.co.uk

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  17. Such a classic, would love to know how this one goes!

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  18. Such a classic but I haven't actually read the book haha x


    Joyce Lau

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  19. Studied this for junior cert and think I was the only person in my class who liked the adaption of it as a movie which stars leonardo di caprio and claire danes x

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  20. It’s a real classic, although I’ve never read a book on it I am familiar with the story.
    http://littlemissmelanie.com

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  21. This sounds really interesting! Romeo and Juliet was by far my favourite.
    xxx Lauren

    www.laurencarmen.com

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  22. Really like the sound of this book.


    Sincerely, Sarah xx
    www.sincerelysarah.net

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  23. I've never really enjoyed Shakespeare, but I think that's because I find his style of writing very hard to understand!xo

    Char | www.charslittleblog.co.uk

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