Title: Another Faust
Author: Daniel and Dina Nayeri
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Series: Another, book one
Star Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
The bottom line: A clever, witty retelling of the Faustian bargain story, Another Faust was fun--a great spin on a classic for teens, though at times the dialogue got a little repetitive.
Belle, Bice, Valentin, Christian, and Victoria--five children taken five years ago from their beds. all different kids with different desires. What unites them is the mysterious Madam Vileroy, a beautiful governess who seems to know more than she's telling.. Gifted with seemingly simple abilities, all of the teens focus on getting what they want, even if it means, quite literally, selling their soul..
What I enjoyed:
-The very idea of the novel--Faustian bargains in high school, of all places--it was a great twist on a classic
-The scary, but compelling Madam Vileroy
-Each of the teenagers, all chasing their individual obsessions, yet incredibly three-dimensional--I could really relate to them all in their drastic bargains
-The pacing of the novel--I was frantically turning pages
-The mystery that is solved at the end
What I didn't enjoy:
-At times the teens' dialogue seemed to get repetitive
-I would've liked to know more about some of the characters, especially Vileroy
I liked Another Faust--it was an entertaining read. Next on deck: Another Pan by Daniel and Dina Nayeri!