Another Jekyll, Another Hyde
Book III in the Another
series (can be read as Standalone)
Genre: YA, Paranormal
Published March 13th 2012 by Candlewick Press
copy from publisher via NetGalley
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.
I’d first like to clarify that although this is part of a series it totally can be read as a Standalone. In fact, I read it without having read the other two books. The stories are not connected to each other, so I just realized today (yes..lol) that it’s part of a series.
When I saw this book and read the synopsis I was intrigued! I loved the Jekyll and Hyde story and I loved the idea of setting in into the modern world with a Teenage boy. I liked the cover and I wanted to meet Thomas!
Loosely retelling of Mr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
Thomas is the protagonist and who’s father is super rich and about to marry a new woman. However, there is something strange about her which the dad doesn’t seem to notice. But, Thomas is aware that there is something wrong. Thomas at the same time has different problems, his girlfriend disappears and he slowly but surely begins to drift away from his old life and friends. When his strange blackouts and the voices starts be begins to connect his new stepmother with the happenings and begins to investigate…
Missing Character Connection
And with this I mean myself. I just couldn’t connect with any of the characters, at all! Oh boy I wanted to, but it just never happened! I tried and tried but Thomas and me just never clicked. I have to take the harshest word now to describe the characters – they felt flat for me, non-dimensional and no depth. Normally I always connect with the characters in one way or another and I feel for them. I go through the drama and mystery with them and I just feel for them. For Thomas? No feelings from my side, I couldn’t care less.
Gosh, that sounds hard even writing it…
Suspenseful plot… ?!
This is what I expected and it delivered to some extent. The story was suspenseful and builded up nicely and slow to the highlight and final showdown. We follow Thomas on his journey of discovering the truth behind all the strange happenings and it intrigued me enough to read on. However, as I didn’t connect with all the characters it was just a basic intrigue and nothing that kept me on edge and made me cheer for our hero to succeed. The whole storyline and especially the story telling was sometimes just so complex and complicated, maybe just a little too complicated for my liking…
As much as I wanted to like this book I just couldn’t! Characters I couldn’t bring myself to care, ruined the whole story for me. However, I believe fans of the series that loved Another Pan
and Another Faust
will also enjoy this one. The modern twist of old classics is definitely a great idea and will appeal to readers that love the old classic and a new dress. Maybe you give it a try and I hope you’ll enjoy it more than I did …
The Authors are Brother and Sister which I find really cute and a unique author duo. You can have a look at the other books in the series and might start with the other books in the series first. The Stepmother Vileroy is the one character that appears in all books, and all books are set in NYC in the same school but again, each of them can be read separately!