Saturday, April 10, 2010

YA review: Jekel Loves Hyde by Beth Fantaskey

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, she’s tempted to peek inside, as the contents might be the key to a lucrative chemistry scholarship.
To improve 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. But Jill’s accidental taste of a formula unleashes her darkest nature and compels her to risk everything—even Tristen’s love—just for the thrill of being . . . bad.

Follow this link to read an excerpt.

My thoughts...It is been a long time since I have been exposed to the original story of Jekyll and Hyde by Robert Lewis Stevenson, but I remember the gist of it.  The main characters, Jill and Tristan, are said to be descendants of the original characters.  The pair finds themselves living in the same town, and they soon realize that location may not be their only common bond. 

This is one my most anticipated books of year.  I was initially drawn to the cover and the story remake.  I think Beth Fantaskey did a great job of retelling the story using teen characters.  Their voice seemed true to their age without being too childish.  The author did a great job of capturing the emotions they were experiencing, especially Jill's feelings towards her father's death.  The romance between Jill and Tristan ran a bit hot and cold, but I think that was their dynamic and their internal struggles with right and wrong. 

The story did not have me on the edge of my seat, but it kept me involved enough to keep turning pages.  There was a decent amount of action infused with some mystery and young love.  I did not find it predictable, but I was not trying to solve the mystery.  Actually, I was a bit surprised by the ending.   Overall, did the story meet my expectations?  Probably not, but I am glad I read it.  I think Beth Fantaskey does a great job writing teens.  I am planning on seeking out her other books and enjoying more of her writing.  This would be a good read for fans of YA books, especially ones who are tired of the Vampires and Witches. 

For more information, visit Beth Fantaskey at her website.  This book will hit bookstores in May of 2010.  Visit Borders to preorder your copy. 

Jekel Loves Hyde was also reviewed by...
1. Chick Loves Lit
2. Book Hounds
3. My 5 Monkeys

*This ARC was provided by Around The World Tours.


Juju at Tales of said...

Oh! I'm jealous. I want to read this.

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