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Monday, April 30, 2012

Review: Another Jekyll, Another Hyde by Daniel & Dina Nayeri

Publication Date: March 13, 2012
Publisher: Candlewick Press
Series: Another #3
Young Adult
Pages: 256
Genre: Fantasy, Retelling

When his billionaire father marries French governess Nicola Vileroy, high society is all abuzz - but Thomas, the most popular student at Marlowe, is just plain high. Ever since his girlfriend Belle dumped him, he's been spending less time with old friends and more time getting wasted at clubs. But after someone slips him a designer drug one night - and his stepmother seems to know way too much about his private life - things really start to get scary. As Thomas's blackouts give way to a sinister voice inside his head, and as news of a vicious hate crime has students on edge, Thomas comes to the sickening realization that Madame Vileroy has involved him in a horrifying supernatural plan. How can he muster the strength and will to stop it? The pulse-quickening climax revisits Jekyll and Hyde as a current-day cautionary tale laced with a heady dose of paranormal intrigue.
*Galley provided by publisher for honest review*

Without reading the first two novels I must say that I was able to follow along with the plot without getting lost. I call that an accomplishment, though I should get my hands on the first two novels. For the moderate read it was, I had been able to finish in a few hours during my long car ride to my spring break destination.

-- "An elusive stalker is targeting Marlowe kids - and something unearthly has gotten into its wealthiest student - as the Another series builds up to a fiendish finale."--

It was a fun read, characters I was able to see brought or talked about back from previous books like the Faust children from Another Faust and Wendy Darling from Another Pan, so it was interesting to see them incorporated in Another Jekyll, Another Hyde. Vileroy's character development was extremely wicked and I loved it. But learning about her evil son Edward, I would have enjoyed some more development within his character. There was backstory: great! But, I wanted to know more about Edward Hyde, about his character.

Now some portions did take turns for the slow and steady that I felt could have been sped up. The occasional repetitive scenes, the chronic blackouts. The scenes without Edward in it dragged. The farther into the book I went, the faster it got and I enjoyed it. I also wanted to know why the drug of choice given to Thomas was named W, what it stood for. That would have been a nice little tidbit.

All in all, Another Jekyll, Another Hyde was a cute modern retelling and really could be played off as a stand alone novel because there was enough back story to keep me involved, and not really ask many questions about what happened in previous books. Sure reading them would have helped me with the characters in the novel but I still enjoyed it. 

First Line: “You’re Dr. Alma?  OK . . .  So do I  just . . .  talk for an hour?”
Story: A
Cover: C


roro said...

i want these books
gr8 review

Nina @ Death Books and Tea said...

I've seen these books, but never read them. It really does look interesting though. Retellings are always my favourites. Great review!

Brandileigh2003 (Blkosiners Book Blog) said...

I can't normally jump into a series in the middle but good to know that you can.
Brandi from Blkosiner’s Book Blog

velvetmorning82 said...

I am no a very huge ffan of pure Fantasy books but this sounds good and i am going to read this too. Thanks for the review =)

Rebecca Hipworth said...

I didn't know this was part of a series. I might check out the first book, it sounds good. :) I agree though, the cover really isn't much.

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