Friday, February 12, 2010

Jekel Loves Hyde

Jekel Loves Hyde
by Beth Fantaskey
Release Date: May 3, 2010

Jill Jekel's life has taken a turn for the worst. Her father was murdered in his own car and then during the investigation, they found that he had stolen expensive chemicals from labs in the area for his experiments. But Jill's father didn't just steal chemicals, he stole all of her college money. So, when the chance to enter a science competition and earn $30,000 towards her college tuition comes up, she seriously contemplates entering.

Tristan Hyde has a dark secret. His grandfather told him that there is a beast lying inside of him, waiting to take over forever. When Tristan hears about the science competition, he decides to ask Jill Jekel to help him recreate the famous Jekyl and Hyde experiment to help save himself from the beast inside. But is that his only motive, or is there something so appealing about Jill Jekel that Tristan can't keep away?

Behind all of this is the mysterious murder of Jill Jekel's father, his shady experiments and what it will mean for Hyde and Jekel to join forces and try to solve an experiment that may have never existed. Will Jill and Tristan succeed before the monster takes Tristan over completely?

I really ate this book up. I love how Jill is a nerdy, self conscious girl, but yet, she's not a complete pushover. She's strong in her own ways, even if she doesn't care to wear revealing clothes, flirt with boys, and keeps to her studies. Tristan is definitely a bad boy, but one who has the potential to be good. I love the play off the novel inside this book, the old copy Tristan keeps close to him thanks to his grandfather.

Also, there's some twists in this book, that you sort of see coming but still - it's nice to have something more unexpected show up. I have to say this book was definitely different from anything I've read in a while. There are distinct changes that jump out at you. I actually paused reading it for a day after I met one climax to contemplate what would happen next, where the story would take the reader. I really liked that aspect - there's definitely turning points for both Jill and Tristan that are so distinct you have to take a step back and look at the path that led them to those changes.

Overall, the plot was fantastic, the characters intriguing and a bit abnormal and some fantastic paranormal elements - which always is a thrill for me to read.

I really loved Beth's first book on audio, so I'll be looking for this one as well when it comes out. Sometimes listening to a book takes you that much deeper into it.

5/5 Roses

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  1. You make this book sound intriguing! I will have to add it to my list.

  2. This is the first review I've read for Jekel Loves Hyde. Glad to hear that it's so good. Awesome review!

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  4. Wonderful review! Sounds like a good read
    I have added it to my TBR List. :)

  5. I REALLY want to read this one - great review!

  6. This sounds really intriguing! I especially like the way you described Jill's character.

  7. I really can't wait to read this one! Your review is great! Her first book was just SO good that I can't help wanting to pick up this one, such a great writer. Thanks for the review!

  8. Now I can't wait to read this one! :D

  9. I can't wait for this one to hit shelves -- your review makes me even more impatient.

  10. This looks like a very interesting book. I'll be on the look out for it. :)


  11. I lOved her book "Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side", so I look forward to reading this one too!


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