ARC copy provided by EntangledTeen via Netgalley
Such Sweet Sorrow is quite literally an unwritten sequel to Romeo and Juliet coinciding with Hamlet with a dark twist, or in other words, a bridge between the end of one Shakespeare play and the beginning of another.
I personally liked Trout’s version of Romeo as he journeys to Denmark in the quest to save Juliet from death - he's much more spunky, but he has his romantic elements as well that Shakespeare originally placed in him. Hamlet is just as cheeky as his original counterpart, if not more cheeky (Hamlet is my favorite Shakespeare play, and it's not actually because of the ending). Juliet, like Romeo, also has another side to her Trout creates - she's more badass. (Romeo and Juliet is my least favorite - interesting combo going on here honestly.)
But Such Sweet Sorrow can be overwhelming. Trout doesn't just have Hamlet mashed with Romeo and Juliet - she's got Norse mythology and Greek mythology and who knows what else (some reviewers on Goodreads say anything you can think of... Essentially). Regardless, there is definitely a mess of things going on throughout and I just decided to go with it rather than question the book in its entirety (like what other mythological aspects are involved).
For the first half of the book, Romeo and Hamlet are, for the most part, wandering around cluelessly through this place called the Afterjord - it can get boring pretty quickly, but there is so much going on with the creatures they come across, it's not actually boring (I'm too busy trying to keep track of what's going on so I'm not lost). Such Sweet Sorrow doesn't actually pick up until after Romeo and Hamlet finally rescue Juliet and try to make their way back to the mortal world.
But while there is so much going on throughout, I actually liked this strange little book in all its weird complexities. However...
I'm disappointed that a cliffhanger is involved and nowhere on Goodreads does it say Such Sweet Sorrow has a sequel in the works.