Friday, September 27, 2013

Still Star-Crossed by Melinda Taub - ADVISABLE

Taub, Melinda Still Star-Crossed, 340 p. Delacorte Press, 2013.  $17.  Violence: PG (sword deaths, fighting).  

In the peace declared by Prince Escalus after the deaths of Romeo and Juliet, Verona is ready to break into bloodshed at just a wrong look.  The prince has ordered Rosaline and Benvolio to be married as a sign to bind the two houses together, in hopes to ward of more deaths.  Both parties, however, are not happy about the arrangement.  Rosaline, especially, has no kind thoughts for the House of Capulet, as they abandoned her and her younger sister to a barely manageable cottage after they were orphaned.  Secrets are swirling around Verona and someone is determined to plunge Verona back into civil war.  Even Livia, Roasline sister, has a very deep secret.  Who has the clues needed to stop murder?  

For lovers of Romeo and Juliet, or even of high romance, this is a very welcome book.  I  love a well-crafted continuation of the tale and this very well done.  And the cover will help sell the book.  

MS, HS – ADVISABLE.  Cindy, Library Teacher.

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