Author: Daniel Nayeri
Genre: YA, paranormal, retellings
Release Date: March 2012
Synopsis: 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.
☆: 4/5 – a great end to a great trilogy!
Review: Wow. This is an awesome end to a really fun trilogy – even though I still haven’t read book 2, I have read the first book and now this final book (or, at least it feels like the final book) really kind of wraps up the entire story with villainess Vileroy in a really satisfying way. The Nayeri siblings really know how to do modern retellings of classics and old tales in a fun and entertaining way, and the explosive end of “Another Jekyll” is just proof of that.
However, it did drag in a few places and got repetitive – especially in the beginning where Thomas is experimenting with the W drug (and we never know what “W” actually stands for – that bothered me a bit) and he just keeps blacking out. I think that a great deal of these repetitive scenes could have been cut and the actual transformation/power struggle between Edward and Thomas could have been sped up. I was never really bored, but at the same time, there were points in the book where I did consider putting it down due to the repeat of “oh noes, I blacked out, what did I do?”, and so forth.
But I have to say, the Nayeri siblings really developed Vileroy and used her to make the best villainess that’s truly bad (like in a Disney Evil Witch kind of bad) that I’ve seen in YA in awhile. Vileroy has no regrets, has no qualms of doing anything she needs to do in order to survive, and her wickedness is just incredibly fun to watch – even as she makes all of the other lives around her living hell at the same time. I honestly wish that Edward, seeing as he’s also a very large part of this book, had been as developed as Vileroy. Then again, Vileroy’s been in development for three books, and this is her endgame. All the same, I did feel that Edward as a secondary villain could have been developed a lot more than he was, and the scenes where we do see his development into becoming his mother’s partner in crime were really short and I wanted to see more of how Edward was twisted into his mother’s schemes.
The rest of the technical areas otherwise were fine. The Nayeri siblings know how to do sensory language (so much so that the final fight scene between Edward and Thomas LITERALLY made my skin crawl), and they do it really, really well in this book – and it shows, when you compare it to the first book, “Another Faust”. They’ve come a long way, and I love it when the reader gets to really see the author blossom in that way.
All of that said, I really enjoyed this book. It was a fun ride, and it was kind of a nice break between deeper thinky books. It isn’t the best of the year, but it isn’t the worst, and this one’s good if you need a little vacation and want to dip into some old-fashioned Disney-type of evil fun. “Another Jekyll, Another Hyde” is out now in North America, so be sure to go and check it out.