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A Bookaholic, Pro-life, Pro-Family, Pro-Oxford Comma, Catholic (with Asperger's) who reads and writes as her obsession. I've been reading over 400 books a year lately. These are my ramblings on some of the books I read. To read about all the books I read and comment on, visit me at LibraryThing or Goodreads.

I've been blogging since 2007 and at this point (July 2015) am trying my hand at turning the theme of this blog towards mystery, thriller, and crime, fiction and nonfiction. I have some special interest topics and categories within this broad genre which include (but are not limited to) serial killers, scandi-crime, Victorian history and historicals, history of the criminally insane and asylums, psychopathology, death, funerary practices and burial, corpses, true crime and anything dealing with the real life macabre, or that portrayed in fiction.

I also read a short story a day from various collections, sometimes anthologies othertimes collections of a single author's work. These reviews are also posted here and while they are of mixed genre the mystery, thriller, horror, gothic and macabre often appear within their pages as well.


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Wednesday, November 18, 2009

211. Another Faust by Daniel & Dina Nayeri

Another Faust by Daniel & Dina Nayeri
The First of Another Series

Pages: 387 pgs.
Ages: 14+
Finished: Nov. 15, 2009
First Published: Aug. 25, 2009
Genre: YA, paranormal
Rating: 5/5

First sentence:

Victoria didn't have time to play.


Reason for Reading: The plot drove me to choosing this one. Plus, I'll admit the cover also attracted me.

Acquired: I received a review copy from Random House Canada.

Summary: Five children disappear from their homes, all ten years old. Five years later they all arrive at an elite New York high school with a governess in charge of them. They are all beautiful, brilliant or athletic and soon take over the school with their popularity. They each have a special talent such as stopping time, reading minds, etc. and they'll do anything to get what they want including making deals with the devil.

Comments: I absolutely loved this book so much! I really didn't know what to expect when I went into it as I have been avoiding reading any other reviews and it just surpassed all my possible expectations. The five teenagers range in temperament from nasty and backstabbing to shy and lonely. The governess is the real villain in this story and I was just tickled that she shared my name, Nicola. I don't come across my own name in literature all that often so that was fun for me. The story is amazing. I can't say much as it's best to find it all out on your own. The story slowly unravels itself chapter by chapter and has a very unexpected twist at the end which really brings home the dangers behind the classic story of selling one's soul to the devil. There's nothing I did not like about this book; the characters, the plot, the pacing, the theme made a brilliant reading experience for me which I was sad to see come to an end. The ending is satisfying and I heartily recommend this tale of greed, evil and redemption.


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2 comments:

  1. Interesting that you are raving about this book; some have said they don't like it at all.

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  2. Yeah, I've had time to read some of those other reviews now and this book has had quite mixed reviews. To me it seems that the ones who don't like the book, found it boring because there were so many characters to keep track of and then some couldn't like a book when the characters themselves were so unlikable.

    For me, I love a book with lots of characters and switching back and forth from one to the other and I believe the unlikable characters are not *all* as they appear (that's why it's worth reading to the end) and we do have to remember we are dealing with the devil here so the characters are not going to people you'd invite to tea. LOL

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