Saturday, May 1, 2010

Jekel Loves Hyde by Beth Fantaskey

Coming this MAY

Grade: A

Jill Jekel has always obeyed her parents’ rules – especially the one about never opening the mysterious, old box in her father’s office. But when her dad is murdered, and her college savings disappear, this good girl is tempted to peek inside, because the contents just might be key to winning a lucrative chemistry scholarship.

To better her odds, Jill enlists the help of gorgeous, brooding Tristen Hyde, who has his own dark secrets locked away. As the team of Jekel and Hyde, they recreate experiments based on the classic novel, hoping not only to win a prize, but to save Tristen’s sanity. Maybe his life. As things heat up in the lab though, Jill’s accidental taste of a formula unleashes her darkest nature and will compel her to risk everything – even Tristen’s love – just for the thrill of being… bad.

Character Development: 9/10
Originality: 8/10
Overall Enjoyment: 9/10
Ending: 6/10
Voice: 9/10
Plot: 10/10
Setting: 6/10
Total Score: 57/70

Age Appropriate?
Cussing: Frequently, but made sense with character and with situation.
Drugs, Alcohol, etc.: Drinking of poisonous chemicals, one scene with teen smoking.
Sexual Content: Blatantly mentioned in conversation.
Disturbing Images/ Violence: Murders, blood, gore, fights, insanity caused by grief, etc.

My low expectations for this book were smothered as soon as I began reading. Judging by the cover (yeah, yeah... I know you're not supposed to do that), I thought this book would be a light hearted (and possibly cheesy) read. I was wrong.

This book captures a turmoil of emotions from Tristen and Jill. Their voices were so authentic, their thoughts so believable, and their story so gripping. Fantaskey did an incredible job with these two characters. The secondary characters, too, were well crafted. You'll think you understand them... but soon discover you don't.

The writing and the plot keep you hooked to this truly addictive read. There are many plot twists, adding a wonderful dynamic to the story. Suspense keeps you turning the pages and builds up emotion in you... occasionally making want to chuck the book at the wall in anger... ahem. Told from the alternating perspectives of Tristen and Jill, the writing appeals to their characters brilliantly.

Overall, an excellent spin on the classic tale of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Worth the read.

Beth Fantaskey's Site (includes the prologue of Jekel Loves Hyde, so check it out!)


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