The Compulsive Reader: Jekel Loves Hyde by Beth Fantaskey

Monday, May 10, 2010

Jekel Loves Hyde by Beth Fantaskey

Ever since the murder of her father, Jill Jekel has been doing her best to keep her life--and her mother's--together. But when she discovers that before he died, her father not only was involved with some shady dealings, but stole her college savings as well, Jill is forced to enter into a science competition with the mysterious and withdrawn Tristen Hyde in the hopes of winning a scholarship. She and Tristen break the rules to set up a dangerous experiment: recreate the potion described in the famous book The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Jill may be in on in for the scholarship money, but for Tristen, this could be his cure to a family curse that reaches back generations...to the original Mr. Hyde. This experiment will put both Tristen and Jill in danger, and they'll have to fight against the powerful rush of simply being bad.

Jekel Loves Hyde is a potent mix of romance, thrills, and danger. Fantaskey's concept is a very creative and unique one that draws upon the suspense and mystery of a classic story, but doesn't require prior knowledge of the original Jekyll and Hyde story in order for this book to be enjoyed. Fantaskey's liberal use of foreshadowing makes this book very dramatic and suspenseful and the alternating points of view will have you adding up clues and guessing up until the end. Fantaskey doesn't go into too much detail when it comes to the actual chemistry bits of the book, and she makes sure that formulating the experiment and creating the potion come rather easy to the pair. The main focus is the psychological drama unfolding as Tristen fights the darkness inside him and Jill attempts to avoid it and find answers. Jill is a strong and dogged character and a good heroine, and Tristen is appropriately enigmatic, and oftentimes a bit stiff and formal (Fantaskey's excuse for this is that Tristen is British), but they have interesting chemistry themselves.

The ending is tense and dramatic, and blurs the lines between good and bad, making you wonder what exactly happened, how each character truly ended up, and whether the bad parts in them are just a part of their natures, or something more sinister. Despite the fact that the novel seemed overly dramatic, Jekel Loves Hyde is a dark, dangerous, and romantic read with plenty of twists and turns, in which every character harbors a secret.

Cover Comments: I like how this cover is dark with the green chemistry equipment added in. I think the position that the models are in is a little funky--it looks like an outtake from a vampire cover shoot, to be honest, but it is what I imagined when I thought of the characters. Not a bad cover at all!

ARC received from Amazon Vine.


Jax said...

I am itching so bad to read this one.

Kelley Vitollo said...

Oh, I can't wait to read this. I loved Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side.

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