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Book 5: Another Faust by Daniel & Dina Nayeri

Here is book five from my Book List 2010. The link leads to a more detailed review in my journal.

5. Title: Another Faust
Author: Daniel & Dina Nayeri © 2009
Pages: 387
Thoughts: Link
Review in five words or less: Deliciously vicious and engrossing; ambitious.
Personal Rating: «««« out of five.

Five 10-year-old children go missing in homes across Europe. Five years later, they surface in New York City with their mysterious governess, Nicola Vileroy. The five are now gifted students at en elite high school who are driven by their personal ambitions to succeed at all costs. However, success comes with a price. When two discover the secret, they try to convince the rest that the price may be too much to pay. This story is based on the classic German Faust tale about making deals.

I enjoyed this a lot. The relentless and cutthroat pursuit of the protagonists' goals made the story deliciously vicious. However, despite all the scheming and backstabbing, there was solid plot in place that aspired for a more loftier presence. This was well-paced and I liked that the authors took the time to define all of the characters to give them distinct personalities. I also thought the ending was a little bizarre, but it was the right choice for all the characters. Definitely recommended to those who like YA books and this type of story.

5 / 50 books. 10% done!

1633 / 15,000 pages. 11% done!
Tags: young adult

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