Saturday, November 21, 2009 | Labels: 9.5/10
Ophelia is young, vivacious, and falling in love with a prince who cannot return her affections without arousing suspicion. And so they meet in secret—embracing in stairwells and castle turrets, reaching passionately for each other under the cover of darkness. His name is Hamlet; her name is Ophelia. And if you think you know this story, think again. Because when bloody deeds turn the court of Elsinore into a place of treachery and madness, Ophelia alone will find the means to escape, with nothing more than the clothes on her back…and one very dangerous secret. -Goodreads
I was completely blown away by Ophelia. It was so beautifully crafted that I immediately fell into the story. It was incredibly difficult to put down, and I think that there really isn't much more to say than this: Don't let this book make it's way to the bottom of your TBR pile. Read it. You won't be disappointed.
Although Shakespeare can be intimidating, I didn't find Klein's take on the play to be confusing at all. In fact, I'm very glad that I read it before the play. Now that the characters are more firm and solid in my mind, I think it will be much easier to comprehend than if I had gone in blind. I'm looking forward to reading her other novel, Lady Macbeth's Daughter.
P.S. I'm sorry for the lack of postings lately, everyone. I haven't been feeling well these past few days; I think I'm catching some sort of head cold. I have been doing a lot of reading, however, and hope to have a few more reviews up within the next week.