Title: Another Faust Author: Daniel & Dina Nayeri Publication: 2009, Candlewick Press
Summary: One night, in cities all across Europe, five children vanish — only to appear, years later, at an exclusive New York party with a strange and elegant governess. Rumor and mystery follow the Faust teenagers to the city’s most prestigious high school, where they soar to suspicious heights with the help of their benefactor’s extraordinary "gifts." But as the students claw their way up — reading minds, erasing scenes, stopping time, stealing power, seducing with artificial beauty — they start to suffer the sideeffects of their own addictions. And as they make further deals with the devil, they uncover secrets more shocking than their most unforgivable sins....read more
Review: Exploring the richness and chilling depth of this tastefully devilish book proved to be haunting and compelling. The shimmering spider web of a plot is densely yet surprisingly tactfully woven. "Another Faust" presents itself in a labyrinth-like form; each chapter holds at least 2-3 contrasting scenes, each mysterious and delightful in its own way. Clever connections to pieces of history add a sophisticated layer of icing atop this dark, chocolate-like treat. This book boasts a wonderful concoction of both artistic narrative and exciting dialogue in healthy doses, something to be highly praised in a Young Adult read. Balance is expertly handled in the diligently created characters, although not so much in terms of morals. Not recommended for younger readers. I suggest you sort out the clear line between "right" and "wrong" yourself before diving in. Scenarios are painted exceedingly well, however, and the folding and unfolding of each is done spectacularly. Links in plot lines are unable to be deciphered, and even then, there are spikes and surprises around every twist and turn. Puzzle pieces lock together perfectly to usher forth an insightful and intellectual final snapshot that will pave way gracefully for an elegant exit. Filled with enchanting darkness, readers will find "Another Faust" to be a twisted journey like one never experienced before.
Ratings:✿✿✿ 3.5 Blossoms Final Notes: I loved this. Although not the most entertaining, this is one of the most intellectual YA reads for me. It is NOT a lazy day book, as I've tried to comprehend some of the italic passages, and with no luck. Even so, I was surprised by the sophistication of this book. Also, while I was reading this, almost every single person peering at the cover got the impression of a vampire book XD I personally really love the cover as well. It depicts the characters truthfully, yet without breaking your personal imagination.
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