Friday, August 28, 2009

Another Faust: How Deep Is The Rabbit Hole?

Another Faust
Daniel and Dina Nayeri
Candlewick
2009
Reviewer: Tina

Nothing in life is free and in the Faust household, five teenagers are going to find out firsthand what happens when you sell your soul to get to the top…

Christian, Bice, Belle, Valentin & Victoria find themselves in a new city five years later, after their mysterious disappearances. They emerge with special “gifts” that could change the course of their lives forever…

Another Faust is a beautifully written tale where sinister deeds grab you by the collar and immerse you into the pages until you’re left wondering if the prospect of REDEMPTION could sound any better.

Another Faust provides great insight into what ultimately leads these characters to this particular point in time. The reader learns the characters motivations' and what they want out of life. The Dynamic Nayeri Duo cleverly recreate a great story that dares you to take a second look. The writing is intricately woven where all actions has consequences that ripple throughout the lives of the teens and this gives the manipulative and diabolical Madame Vileroy what she wants most.

I loved how the authors give us glimpses into past lives that were affected by the Faustian Bargain and how it ties in perfectly with the storyline. I was captivated by how deep the rabbit hole went and devoured every single page. I stayed up in the wee hours of the night to finish this book. To quote James Bryce, “The worth of a book is to be measured by what you can carry away from it.” Need I say more?

Can I say I loved to hate Victoria? Hate is such a strong word, so I’ll say I despised Victoria! She constantly had her hand in the cookie jar which is one of the reasons I kept turning the pages. I.Wanted.To.Know – NO – I.Had.To.Know. With sinister deeds running amok, could these characters truly be redeemed?

Well, I got my answer and I’m still scratching my head thinking, "Maybe? Or What if?"
Only Daniel and Dina can answer that question. Oh, where are my manners? You want to know what the question is? Well, Daniel and Dina have we seen the last of Madame Vileroy?
I look forward to reading more of Daniel's and Dina's Nayeri books!

Rating: 4 ½ out of 5 Stars
See Tina's interview with the sister and brother duo at Fantastic Books

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I run a blog called Fantastic Book Review which is basically my outlet for my book obsession for both YA and adult novels. I have a special love for all things fantasy, paranormal, and supernatural. I love spreading the word on great books all around the world by featuring information and reviews on previous, new and upcoming novels and authors.

2 comments:

Karen said...

The book cover is quite intriguing!

GrowFarmington said...

I am adding this to my to read list. It reminds me a little bit of the VC Andrews series that I enjoyed in my youth.