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Review: ‘Another Faust’ by Daniel and Dina Nayeri

Review: ‘Another Faust’ by Daniel and Dina NayeriAnother Faust by Daniel Nayeri and Dina Nayeri
Series: Another #1
Published by Candlewick Press on August 25th, 2009
Genres: Fantasy & Magic, Mystery, Paranormal, Young Adult
Pages: 400
Format: Hardcover
Source: borrowed from the library
three-stars
A devilish debut by a brother-sister team invites us into the world of the elite Marlowe School, where some gifted students are having a hell of a year.

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. At once chilling and wickedly satirical, this contemporary reimagining of the Faustian bargain is a compelling tale of ambition, consequences, and ultimate redemption.

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review

This is the story of Madame Vileory who lets face it, is the Goddess of Death. She takes unfortunate souls and make them dependent on her. Why she does this I have no idea why. That’s the thing about this book, there was no motive for these evil actions!

We have five teenagers who couldn’t be more different, yet what they wanted was the same. To be noticed and appreciated by their family, friends and the general public. Then Madame Vileroy comes into their lives and they sell their souls to her in exchange for something they need and wanted. If you haven’t heard of the German Faust story well this is what it’s based on. Being in lieu with Death itself has dire consequences and this was no exception.

I just wished there was a cause for the actions of such Vileory. Maybe they’ll be answered in the second book? Great writing and interesting concept but lacked a straightforward plot which I need to keep myself entertained.


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I may not be gorgeous, but that’s not all there is in life. (275)

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3/5

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4 Comments

  1. Diana Grace

    February 24, 2014 at 11:02 PM

    I cannot believe I’ve never heard of the book before. And that cover… it screams The Vampire Diaries to me. Great review! 🙂
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  2. Jaime Lester

    April 19, 2013 at 11:54 PM

    I had never heard of this. Not once until now. It sounds like a book that I would really like. It is one of those that I might just have to give a shot to!

  3. Penny Yoke

    November 13, 2012 at 8:49 PM

    I haven’t read this book yet, but I know the original Faust story. In school, we made a play called Another Faust during drama too! I bet the scriptwriter took inspiration from this book, LOL

  4. Grace Lo

    September 28, 2012 at 10:28 PM

    I enjoyed Another Faust a lot, but while it wasn’t perfectly straightforward, I think I loved the twisted plot, like a circus’ house of mirrors. It’s took me a while to take the entire thing in and simply wow-ed me. Its sequel, Another Pan was okay, and I have to read Another Jekyll, Another Hyde soon. No matter what, my heart always breaks ever so slightly at its not-so-resolved ending.

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