Author: Beth Fantasky
Publisher: Harcourt Children's
Release Date: May 3, 2010Received From: ATWT
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 key to a lucrative chemistry scholarship.
To better 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.
I have never read Dr. Jekell and Mr Hyde and I should, I probably will eventually but the story has always intrigued me none the less. So I was very interested in this semi-retelling of the story.
I read Beth's first book Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side and it was really good, dark but not too dark! Jekel loves Hyde was no different! The characters were sculpted beautifully and I liked the dual character narration. Also the plot was original and beautifully developed, the air of mystery lasted until the last page!
Somethings I did not like is that, at times I had trouble figuring out who was narrating at each time, because it did not switch back and forth with consistency. The only other thing was I felt that there were some things presented in the text that were not really concluded at the end, or really even dealt with.
I did really enjoy this book, and I cannot wait for more from Beth!