I told you to come back today for Colleen’s first review, so without further ado, Colleen’s review of “Jekel Loves Hyde” by Beth Fantaskey.
Straight-A student and all-around good girl Jill Jekel always follows the rules, especially about never opening the mysterious old box in her father’s office. But when her father is mysteriously murdered and her college savings disappear, Jill is tempted to peek inside, especially since she believes the secrets to winning a lucrative chemistry scholarship are hidden inside. To better her odds of winning, Jill asks fellow student Tristan Hyde to partner with her in the experiments. As the team of Jekel and Hyde, the pair attempt to recreate experiments from the classic novel. At first, Jill is only in it for the money, but, as her feelings for Tristan begin to grow, so do her concerns about his well-being. For Tristan has a dangerous secret; one that puts both of their lives in danger. Tristan believes that he is a direct descendent from the original Mr. Hyde. When he realizes that Jill’s father had been studying the scientific notes of Dr. Jekyll – notes that could contain a potential cure for Trista – he convinces Jill to help him to try and find a cure for his curse. Jill’s knowledge may be the only thing that can save Tristan, but first she must overcome her own dark nature.
Overall, I thought this was a fun read. Not my usual genre of choice (I’m more of a dragons and magic fantasy type, but I’m branching out by trying to read at least one book by every TBF author). I found the author’s expansion of the classic Robert Louis Stevenson “Jekyll and Hyde” story to be creative and definitely appealing for younger readers. Once I got used to it, I also liked how the author switched between Jill and Tristan’s points-of-view each chapter. This allowed us as readers to get the full story. Overall, I enjoyed it enough to want to read more from this author… hopefully “Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side” in the near future?
Thanks for the review, Colleen … I’m looking forward to the next one!