Daniel and Dina Nayeri's first book has a very interesting and entertaining concept, but the slow pace will likely lose most readers before they even get halfway through. The beginning is slightly confusing. but intriguing, and the authors do an excellent job at defining the natures of each teen and painting Madame Vileroy as an enigmatic and dangerous character. At first, the insidious way in which the teens worm their ways into the lives of those at the Marlowe School is intriguing, and even a bit interesting, leaving you wondering about the ramifications. But it gets old quickly, and unfortunately lasts all the way up until the very end of the book. The character development is at times slow: Christian's development is very good, but Bicé, the only decent character, isn't given nearly as much attention as the others, and Valentin's progress is erratic. Victoria is completely stagnant and completely detestable. Overall, Another Faust is interesting at first, but the execution is too drawn out, the details on how Vileroy ultimately "bought" the teens' souls too vague and confusing, and the ending is ultimately quite unsatisfactory.
Cover Comments: I really like this cover--very glamorous and intriguing! The teens are very enigmatic, which adds to the mystery of the whole package.
Another Faust is now available in paperback.
Review copy purchased.