Published by Allison and Busby Limited on 2014
Genres: Young Adult, Romance, Historical
In the Houses of Montague and Capulet, there is only one goal: power. The boys are born to fight and die for honour and - if they survive - marry for influence and money, not love. The girls are assets, to be spent wisely. Their fates are written on the day they are born. Benvolio Montague, cousin to Romeo, knows all this. He expects to die for his cousin, for his house, but a spark of rebellion still lives inside him. At night, he is the Prince of Shadows, the greatest thief in Verona - and he risks all as he steals from House Capulet. In doing so, he sets eyes on convent-bound Rosaline, and a terrible curse begins that will claim the lives of many in Verona.
Want to know the truth behind it all? Well, then, this book is for you guys.
This book is the re-telling of the famous Romeo and Juliet, though this time, it’s from Benvolio’s point of view. Benvolio is Romeo’s cousin, and in the house of Montague, he’s the one least respected because of his half-blood. But he still punishes those who insult the Montagues, as the Prince of Shadows. The Prince of Shadows is the greatest thief in Verona, but when he risks all to steal from House Capulet, he chanced about the convent-bound Rosaline. Soon, everything is falling apart.
Firstly, I have to warn you, if you were hoping from a different Romeo and Juliet ending, do not read this book. Because Rachel Caine re-told the story from another’s point of view, but she did not change the original story either, and that was what I totally love about this book. In doing so, she not only changes the focus from the famous Romeo, to his less-than-famous cousin, but also to Rosaline. And I can honestly say that I completely shipshipship Ben and Rosaline, sigh. Be still, my fluttering heart.
Secondly, bear with me about this part, because I honestly do not know how to explain it! HAHA. But what I love about this book is that it attempted to fit in modern speaking, together with the Shakespeare’s speaking. (DO YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT I SAID?) Means that at times, they will speak in proper English, but at times, those nonsensical ode words will come to surface. But they don’t sound awkward, it actually all blends in properly.
This book, well, some part, will actually break your heart HAHA. So beware 😉