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Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Jekel Loves Hyde by: Beth Fantaskey

Jekel Loves Hyde
by: Beth Fantaskey

Jill Jekel has always obeyed her parents’ rules – especially the one about never opening the mysterious, old box in her father’s office. But when her dad is murdered, and her college savings disappear, this good girl is tempted to peek inside, because the contents just might be key to winning a lucrative chemistry scholarship.

To better her odds, Jill enlists the help of gorgeous, brooding Tristen Hyde, who has his own dark secrets locked away. As the team of Jekel and Hyde, they recreate experiments based on the classic novel, hoping not only to win a prize, but to save Tristen’s sanity. Maybe his life. As things heat up in the lab though, Jill’s accidental taste of a formula unleashes her darkest nature and will compel her to risk everything – even Tristen’s love – just for the thrill of being… bad.


Beth Fantaskey did it again! I devoured Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, and Jeckel Loves Hyde was no different with catching my interest.

The very idea of taking the story of Jeckyl and Mr. Hyde and turning it literal intrigued me and I was amazed by the outcome. I felt the emotions Fantaskey was trying to express and throughout reading I was gripping the edge of my book because I didn't know what was going to happen or what the outcome would be. I didn't know whether there would be destruction or things would work out, and honestly Chemistry is some pretty scary stuff.

I loved Jill's name, which I know is a weird thing to comment on but Jill Jekel - say Jill Jekel out loud, see how it just flows? I think it's the J's, but more then just her name the character of Jill I felt was well formed. I knew what she was about from the very beginning and she didn't wander from that, or at least not while she was fully herself.

Tristen was dreamy. There I said it, every story needs at least one dreamy character who is maintaining dreamy status, while still being some what tortured. He was that guy and I loved him for it. He struggled with his own demons and with his very self which is a very interesting aspect of the story. I loved him and Jill together as well as those moments when you felt chemistry between the two of them, they cared while being stubborn which added to the suspense.

All in all I loved this book and my only complaint is that it wasn't longer.



Chelsey said...

i read jessica`s guide to dating on the dark side, and i loved it! it stands as a proud member of my book collection.
i am going to pick jekel loves hyde today at the library (its finally here!) and i can`t wait to read it.
p.s. you`re reading fallen?it had a slow beginning for me, but i loved it. i can`t wait for tormented to come out!

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