Review: Such Sweet Sorrow by Jenny Trout

Title: Such Sweet Sorrow
Author: Jenny Trout
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Published: February 4, 2014
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Source: NetGalley

Goodreads Summary:
Never was there a tale of more woe than this of Juliet and her Romeo...

But true love never dies. Though they're parted by the veil between the world of mortals and the land of the dead, Romeo believes he can restore Juliet to life, but he'll have to travel to the underworld with a thoroughly infuriating guide.

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, may not have inherited his father's crown, but the murdered king left his son a much more important responsibility---a portal to the Afterjord, where the souls of the dead reside. When the determined Romeo asks for help traversing the treacherous Afterjord, Hamlet sees an opportunity for adventure and the chance to avenge his father's death.

In an underworld filled with leviathan monsters, ghoulish shades, fire giants, and fierce Valkyrie warriors, Hamlet and Romeo must battle their way through jealousy, despair, and their darkest fears to rescue the fair damsel. Yet finding Juliet is only the beginning, and the Afterjord doesn't surrender souls without a price...

My thoughts:

Romeo and Hamlet--together in one book.  At first, I experienced a little trepidation about reading this book. Mostly because Romeo and Hamlet are such well-known characters. Would the author be able to do this book justice and make the Bard proud?

Romeo is mourning after his Juliet. He woke up after Juliet killed herself to find his life was forever altered. Months have passed and he still can't get over her. He hears rumors of a way to get Juliet back. First he must travel to Denmark and that leads him to Hamlet. 

Hamlet's father was recently murdered. His uncle has taken over everything including his mother. Hamlet is understandably upset by this turn of events. Nursing his wounds with alcohol he meets Romeo. It's not a joyous meeting. Despite their dislike for each other they realize they could help one another. So Romeo and Hamlet travel into the Afterjord to find Romeo's Juliet.

Most of this book takes place in the Afterjord. What is really interesting is this book is a mix of mythology with the classic stories. I thought this made for a fascinating read. I love how the characters interacted with each other, the obstacles they faced (both physically and emotionally), and just the story line in general. Such Sweet Sorrow went above my expectations. If you've not read this book yet, then I urge you to do so. You will not be disappointed.

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