Monday, May 10, 2010
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.