Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Review : Jekel Loves Hyde by Beth Fantaskey

*Warning: This review may contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.

Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Release Date: May 2, 2011
Pages: 288
Source: Own
The Story:

Jill Jekel has always obeyed her parents’ rules—especially the one about never opening the mysterious, old box in her father’s office. But when her dad is murdered, and her college savings disappear, she’s tempted to peek inside, as the contents might be the key to a lucrative chemistry scholarship.

To improve her odds, Jill enlists the help of gorgeous, brooding Tristen Hyde, who has his own dark secrets locked away. As the team of Jekel and Hyde, they recreate experiments based on the classic novel, hoping not only to win a prize, but to save Tristen’s sanity. Maybe his life. But Jill’s accidental taste of a formula unleashes her darkest nature and compels her to risk everything—even Tristen’s love—just for the thrill of being . . . bad.

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RatingTHREE Gold Stars!!!!

My Review

Tag Line:

They say love is al about great chemistry . . . 

Opening Line:

The first period of the first day of my senior year kicked off with an academic ritual that I'd dreaded since my earlier days in school.


The plot of Jekel Loves Hyde was well structured and its premise was interesting. Right off the bat, Jill has to deal with her father's death, his secret life, her missing college tuition money, and her mother's potential mental breakdown. Then insert sexy, mysterious foreign guy and whala! we have a book. 

There was anticipation and suspense -- what is going to happen next? when are they going to hook up? who killed her father? what is Tristen's dark secret? And there was plenty morsels of gushy romance -- maybe too clean and melodramatic but still enjoyable.

My main issue with the plot was the conflict resolution. There was no action, no bing bang pow. The conflict was simply over. However, what saved the ending for me was the epilogue - we get a small glimpse into the future for the main characters and a dash of the feels. 

Character Breakdown:

Jill Jekel - Jill is the smart good-girl who always does as she is told and dreams of nothing but going to a good college which makes her very relatable to me. 

Tristen Hyde - For the most part Tristen was sexy and a little mysterious. Always a good combo.  

I really enjoyed Jekel Loves Hyde! After reading Beth Fantaskey's Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, I was ecstatic to bite into Jekel Loves Hyde. And I am glad to say that the anticipation was worthwhile. Overall, Jekel Loves Hyde is a quick, enjoyable read that is worth your time.

***Check out Beth Fantaskey's website for more information about her and the Jekel Loves HydeHERE

*You can read my review of Jessica Rules the Dark Side

Happy Reading!


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