May 22, 2008

Juliet Dove, Queen of Love

Juliet Dove, Queen of Love By Bruce Coville was the latest selection for our Bookclub.

Quite an unusual choice but the night the genre was chosen we were eating "dove" chocolates and someone decided to throw in a genre called "a book with the word dove in the title"! Obscure, yes!

Juliet Dove, Queen of Love is a book written for the 9 - 12 years age group and at 190 large typed pages was quite an easy one to get through.

The Juliet of the title is a self-confessed shy girl who has moments of extreme temper when she is pushed by her classmates. One day following an argument with her blonde haired nemisis Juliet wanders into a magic shop and is given an amulet to wear by the strange woman behind the counter. Juliet is drawn to the amulet and wears it but soon realises that it can not be taken off and that it's effects seem to be causing the boys of her class and neighbourhood to fall madly in love with her.

What follows is a journey of mystery involving Juliet's friends and family, gods and goddesses and two winged rats to discover the magic that will remove the amulet from Juliet's neck and hence, the love spell.

Was I excited by this book - well, no - not really. But I can imagine it would have been something I would have enjoyed as a 9 year old.

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