YA Review of Prince of Shadows by Rachel Caine

Book Review, Young Adult Books

Prince of Shadows is the story of Romeo and Juliet—or rather, it’s the story of Benvolio and Rosaline.  Romeo and his tragic tale take a back seat to Benvolio’s own dramatic story.  It’s beautifully written, highly engaging, and a breath of fresh air for the young adult fiction section.

While some of the author’s modern ideals seeped into the story, most of the book felt authentic, if not entirely believable.  It’s very violent, so be forewarned.  If you’re not comfortable with lots of fighting, thieving, stabbing, and murder, then this book isn’t for you.  There is also domestic violence and plenty of innuendo.  It’s not a book to hand to your twelve year old.  I would recommend it for ages 16+ due to its violent nature.

It was an interesting read, and I liked seeing the famous story of Romeo and Juliet through someone else’s eyes.  I liked the concept of the curse and Benvolio’s secret life as Vienna’s greatest thief.  I also liked how he was honorable (sort of) and level headed (most of the time).

It’s a good read if you are interested in a new twist on Shakespeare’s classic love story and if you are not turned off by large amounts of violence.

Content: Violence, innuendo


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About the Book:

  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: NAL; Reprint edition (February 4, 2014)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC 

In the Houses of Montague and Capulet, there is only one goal: power. The boys are born to fight and die for honor and—if they survive—marry for influence and money, not love. The girls are assets, to be spent wisely. Their wishes are of no import. 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…

…And will rewrite all their fates, forever.

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    Tressa S
    April 26, 2015 at 1:47 am

    And hopefully it has a happy ending for someone… This one is on my tbr. I'm glad you liked it fairly well.

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