February 16, 2014

Review: Such Sweet Sorrow by Jenny Trout



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…


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Author: Jenny Trout
Publisher: Entangled Teen
Pages: 304
Pub. Date: February 4, 2014

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Gabby-2013I was really excited to get reading Such Sweet Sorrow by author Jenny Trout once I read the premise of the novel: what happens to Romeo and Juliet after their story ends with Hamlet thrown into the mix. While I haven’t read Hamlet yet but I have read Romeo & Juliet, I was interested in seeing this new twist where Romeo will go to retrieve Juliet from the land of the dead. By the time the novel had finished I was pumped and hopeful for a sequel.

In Such Sweet Sorrow, the poison that Romeo took to kill himself in Juliet’s tomb doesn’t work and he begins to live his life overcome with guilt for what has happened to her. After visiting a witch, Romeo is told to head north where a murdered king ruled and comes across Hamlet. Hamlet and Romeo become reluctant allies as both of them want to retrieve something from the world of the dead and Hamlet is the only person who can bring Romeo to the Afterjord.

Upon entering the Aferjord, Romeo and Hamlet both find that this will be a hard task to accomplish. Having to fight through beasts beyond their wildest imaginations, encountering worlds meant for sinners and for fierce warriors, and meeting Valkyries— Retrieving Juliet will be far more difficult than they think.

What I really liked about Such Sweet Sorrow was how the characters Romeo and Juliet were re-invented. They weren’t the exact same blinded-by-love, foolish characters that they were in the original play. In the length of time that Romeo has spent mourning Juliet his character has developed a lot more. He isn’t the same guy who tried to kill himself because Juliet was dead, he isn’t the same guy who would act without his plan being thought through at least a little bit. This was one thing that majorly effected how much I liked the novel.

Another thing that had me worried was the fact that I have never read Hamlet. I don’t know the first thing about his character, his play or anything. Author Jenny Trout does a very good job at describing Hamlet’s character and his situation without confusing the reader. I got to know his character, his story and I have to say that I am a lot more interested in reading Hamlet now (not to mention what a total badass he was in this novel).

Apart from the two main characters, the world that Such Sweet Sorrow is set in—the Afterjord—was crazy. It’s basically the world of the dead filled with multiple worlds for an afterlife. The boys have to fight beasts that I didn’t even imagine they would have to face, leaving the Afterjord begins to seem impossible and it’s just such a strange setting. It’s both light and dark. There are parts of it that are paradise and then there are parts that must be Hell. Very imaginative.

Judging by how Such Sweet Sorrow reached its end, I have no doubt in my mind that there will be a sequel. Which I am dying for. Such Sweet Sorrow is a well-written, unique continuation of what must have happened after Romeo & Juliet that I enjoyed every moment of. It’s a dark adventure that doesn’t focus so much on the romance as it does on the action. The best of every single world.

I would recommend Such Sweet Sorrow to readers who have been wondering ‘what happens after Romeo & Juliet? And do they end up going to some hellish realm?’  Readers who are fans of adventure novels or just want a story that keeps them on the edge of their seat will love Such Sweet Sorrow.



Jenny Trout

Jenny Trout is an author, blogger, and funny person. Writing as Jennifer Armintrout, she made the USA Today bestseller list with Blood Ties Book One: The Turning. Her novel American Vampire was named one of the top ten horror novels of 2011 by Booklist Magazine Online. She is a proud Michigander, mother of two, and wife to the only person alive capable of spending extended periods of time with her without wanting to kill her.


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  1. Danielle

    Wow what an interesting concept for a book! I’m a huge Shakespeare fan so I’m immediately intrigued by this and I love how there’s elements of Norse mythology too! Will definitely check this one out. Great review!

  2. Sophia Rose

    I saw this cover the other day and didn’t realize what it was about. This sounds fab. Thanks for sharing about this book.

  3. Michelle

    I’m so glad I bought the book because your review is fabulous and enticing! Thanks for sharing your review. :)

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