Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Review | Jekel Loves Hyde by Beth Fantaskey

Title: Jekel Loves Hyde
Author: Beth Fantaskey
Publisher: Harcourt Children's Books
Pages: 282
Rating: 3.5/5

"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 key to 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. 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."

Jekel Loves Hyde is a dark, twisted, chemistry filled novel with love hidden in all the right places. Definitely surprising and filled with twists and turns, it makes for an interesting read.

Jill Jekel is still hasn't overcome the grief that precedes the murder of her father. She's the quiet, good girl. The one who's focused on school and nothing more nothing less. With her character, you could visibly see the pain that she holds inside. And the anguish she feels after she finds out the truth about her father. Tristan, on the other hand, is your brooding, mysterious guy. But in no way is he cliched. He deals with his own internal struggles, and it's visible as well. His character was well favored by me! Their relationship, however, I couldn't find the chemistry behind it. It just lacked and wasn't that realistic.

The chapters alternate between Jill and Tristan, but not in the way I would have liked. I found myself wanting more of Tristan and his struggles rather than Jill's. And the chapters, did I mention there are ninety four chapters? I found it not likable, I really prefer less chapters, and more pages in them. That's just a personal preference. The plot heightened, and I mean heightened throughout the middle and the end. The relationship grew and felt more realistic with the that aspect. The ending tied together beautifully, but left me a bit confused.

Another enticing read by Fantaskey, it will surely savor your romance, mystery, and dark-twisted story line tastes. Most definitely. Even if you haven't read Jekyll and Hyde the classic, you'll have no problem with this book!

(This review was written before I changed my review style, so please deal :])

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