An elusive stalker is targeting Marlowe kids - and something unearthly has gotten into its wealthiest student - as the Another series builds up to a fiendish finale. When his billionaire father marries French governess Nicola Vileroy, high society is all abuzz - but Thomas, the most popular student at Marlowe, is just plain high. Ever since his girlfriend Belle dumped him, he's been spending less time with old friends and more time getting wasted at clubs. But after someone slips him a designer drug one night - and his stepmother seems to know way too much about his private life - things really start to get scary. As Thomas's blackouts give way to a sinister voice inside his head, and as news of a vicious hate crime has students on edge, Thomas comes to the sickening realization that Madame Vileroy has involved him in a horrifying supernatural plan. How can he muster the strength and will to stop it? The pulse-quickening climax revisits Jekyll and Hyde as a current-day cautionary tale laced with a heady dose of paranormal intrigue.
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published March 27th 2012 by Candlewick Press
Three Stars: A modern day retelling of an old classic with a sinister villainess.
Another Jekyll Another Hyde, opens with a strange and creepy nurse skulking home late at night, but as she walks her features are morphing, changing into someone else, a beautiful governess. Nicola Vileroy has transformed herself into a seductive and charming governess, with manipulative plans to seduce and marry a wealthy banker. Nicola, is in reality, a centuries old demon. She maintains her beauty and disguises by replenishing her powers from the bone dust of her relatives, including the dust from her own son. Now, she has her sights set on Thomas, the son of the wealthy banker, whom she is marrying. She plots to use Thomas' body to reincarnate her son, Edward Hyde. Thomas encounters a young woman, Nikki, at a club. She hands him a strange bottle of pills and tells him they are called W. He downs the pills. Soon, Thomas is experiencing strange blackouts and missing chunks of time. He is horrified to learn that somehow the vile Nicola is trying to take over his body. Can he find a way to stop her treacherous plot before the she demon achieves immortality, or will Hyde take him over first?
What I Liked:
- I jumped right into this book and was almost finished, before I learned that this is the finale of a trilogy. This was not a big problem in reading this book because it works well as a stand alone novel, but I am sure the story would be enhanced by reading the previous two books: Another Faust and Another Pan.
- Nicola Vileroy is one of those characters that gives you the creeps. She is evil incarnate behind a seductive smile. I was completely fascinated by her, and again found myself wishing that I had read the previous two books so I could see all her treacherous deeds. From what I gathered she was the school nurse before she transformed into the socialite governess. I love a good villain and Nicola definitely fits the bill.
- I liked the inclusion of journals and letters to give the reader some insight into the long history of Nicola and her son, Edward Hyde. These sources were a nice way to tie the story to the original tale by Robert Louis Stevenson. I liked the new spin on an old classic. The authors do a great job of interpreting and translating Stevenson's story into a modern day setting.
And The Not So Much:
- I was fascinated and entertained by Hyde. I found myself wishing that he had a larger presence in the book. I would like a scene or two written strictly from Hyde's view point so I could really get inside his head and see what made him tick. As it stands, the book gives interjections of Hyde's voice in Thomas' head, as well as a few smatterings of journal scribblings. This book needs more Hyde.
- I am not positive on this since I haven't read the other two books, but I didn't see in this book the completion of the story line of Belle, Bice and Christian. The three make a brief appearance but their didn't seem to be a resolution to their story.
- I found that Thomas' discovery of Hyde was a little quick and a bit glossed over. I felt that a monumental and pivotal point in the story should have been a bit more drawn out.
- I was confused about the relationship between Thomas and Annie. Were they romantically involved or not? This aspect needed more clarification.
- I didn't understand how the transformation of Vileroy worked. She starts out as a nurse and changes into a governess, but all the details as to how the metamorphosis worked were not covered, again perhaps there was clarification in the predecessors.
Another Jekyll, Another Hyde, was an entertaining retelling. The evil Nicola Vileroy is a memorable villainess, who breaths her foul breath of life into this old tale. Fans of the Another series should enjoy this finale. Yet, you can read this as a stand alone novel, but you would have a far better reading experience knowing the back story. If you are looking for a modern vision of a classic then give this one a try.
“A two-faced moon hung over the black-and-white city, in turns shining as bold as the sun and hiding, shamed, behind the veil of cirrus clouds.”
“The viscous gloom within the house threatened to ooze out into the world.”
“After about an hour he realized that no matter what you do in an empty room, you end up looking crazy. Sane people don’t hang out in empty rooms. It’s about as unnatural as a Twinkie.”
“Everyone talks to his better self at night, when no one is there to hear it.”
“Thomas felt a presence fighting to grip on his mind, like a claw scraping across his brain.”
“Maybe there were other fascinating and wonderfully bizarre people that he was ignoring now, just because they’re too shy, or raise their hand too much in class,or are too science-y.”
“It wasn’t a dream his subconscious had fabricated. It was his subconscious, lost at sea.”
A copy of this book was kindly provided by the publisher, Candlewick Press, in exchange for an honest review.