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Another Faust by Daniel Nayeri

Another Faust

by Daniel Nayeri, Dina Nayeri

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Series: Another Series (The First)

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Preeeeeetty creepy ( )
  abigail33 | Feb 16, 2014 |
Review courtesy of Dark Faerie Tales.

Quick & Dirty: A paranormal twist on teen drama with a hard look at societal pressure, popularity, and coercion that leaves you questioning, how far would you go if you could to get what you want?

Opening Sentence: Victoria didn’t have time to play.

The Review:

The premise of Another Faust somewhat assumes that the reader is familiar with the story of the Faust myth, and is still an excellent read without that familiarity, creating a curiosity to learn more just to understand Another Faust better. There were plenty of paranormal elements to make this book just creepy enough, but not scary. It is obvious that the authors, Daniel and Dina Nayeri, are extremely well-read, which is good and bad. On one hand, references throughout the book add layers to the story, but on the other hand, anyone less well-read constantly has a nagging feeling that they are missing out on something, almost like a private joke.

The big questions about self in this book are what really stay with the reader and keep us connected, rather than the characters. What would be worth selling your soul for? Many would think there is nothing that would be worth it, but as we look deep into that selfish part of ourselves we could probably all find something. And that’s where, even the characters that do not end up “selling their souls” in this book still end up selling a part of themselves with the right coercion. Basically Madame Vileroy creates a “perfect” abusive relationship, in which she magnifies her adopted children’s faults to a point where they feel so trapped in the lies that they live that they will do almost anything to keep living those lies. It become clear that what they are really searching for is acceptance, however, their selfishness is exactly what keeps them from achieving that, and Madame Vileroy of course knows that and uses it for all it’s worth.

Ideally, with five main characters, the reader would relate to one of them more than the others, and in my opinion, the main flaw of this book is that the teenage characters are too exaggerated to be as real or relatable as they need to be to make the reader really care what happens to them. Given Christian’s background as stated at the beginning, and his character throughout the book, most readers are probably most sympathetic to him, but still don’t develop much closeness to him beyond that. The other characters are so incredibly selfish that they kind of deserve what they get along the way. It is also somewhat odd that the book begins when these five characters are ten years old, rather than as actual teenagers, as if ten was some magical age of accountability.

Another point made throughout the story is the prospect of what selling your soul entails. It is apparently not just a one time act but a state of selfish addiction and greed, almost impossible to overcome. Perhaps the most interesting character is Madame Vileroy herself, she remains a mystery throughout the book, even to the end. Her mystery is accentuated by a short flashback at the beginning of each chapter that gives just enough of a snippet to be barely informational but mostly intriguing. She is just an older, more practiced version of the children, and she seems to have everything figured out, however, like most people who think they know everything, she doesn’t. Her motives are somewhat confusing at times.

As the first book in a series, I would rate this personally as my second favorite of the series. It is creative, new, and well-thought out, but needed more character development and more excitement. Maybe a little more romance to spice it up, or maybe more physical danger. The teenage drama, even with a great twist, was just a little bland. This was not a difficult read, or boring by any means, but it could have been better, especially given the originality of the plot base.

Notable Scene:

“This is my job. To watch over you.” Madame Vileroy whispered. “See who’s coming?”

Victoria noticed Lucy and her mother, each carrying trays full of Magnolia cupcakes.

“Don’t worry. I know about her campaign.”

Madame Vileroy rolled her eyes, a move that was disconcerting to Victoria, who couldn’t help but gaze into the governess’s strange left eye. “Yes, the election. But you can’t think of a single fun thing to do besides? With all that information?”

“What do you mean?” asked Victoria.

“You watched her for four hours last night.”

Victoria waited.

“Where’s the clever Victoria I used to know?” Vileroy goaded. “The girl that used to be my most talented, the one that could always give us a good laugh.”

Victoria picked up her pace and approached Lucy and her mother.

“Hi, Mrs. Spencer. How are you?” Victoria said with concern. “I’m so sorry to hear about the divorce settlement.”

FTC Advisory: Candlewick Press provided me with a copy of Another Faust. No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review. ( )
  DarkFaerieTales | Nov 15, 2013 |
I just finished this book and really liked it. It has alot of twists and turns and the ending was so what I wasn't expecting but I liked. Dont want to post any spoilers but if you dont have a problem with multiple charater pov (point of views)then I think you might enjoy this book. ( )
  elie26reads | Jan 3, 2013 |
A classic reworking of Christopher Marlowe and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, this story stays true to the previous stories. Faust is much more like a classic character than it is a classic book, and in this way lends itself to retellings. Listening to this book had both its ups and its downs. The reader did a great job with the many different foreign accents of the characters, however there were times that I wish I could have easily refreshed my memory on a section that the audiobook format does not allow. My one major problem with the book is that there were too many main characters, and this made development of each one feel rushed. I do feel like it is a realtable to book to YA despite the fact that the characters live in a magical world. The five main characters all want something that they were not naturally blessed with and they are willing to do anything to get it. Many teens wish they were more beautiful, better at sports, or smarter, and these teens show how detrimental it can be to want things like that so much that you will do anything to get it. ( )
  HilAVer | Feb 20, 2012 |
I didn’t know that the whole “making a deal with the devil” was known as a “Faustian Bargain”. In this story there are five kids who disappear from their homes and families to turn up five years later as the Faust siblings at the Marlowe Academy. The Faust siblings appear to only have a Governess who bestows on them some unusual gifts.

These gifts allow the kids to excel in the area for which they ultimately sold their soul. There are manipulations and deceit throughout the story and these machinations do tend to get a bit tedious and slow the story considerably.

Outside of the length of this story, I did enjoy the premise and most of the characters. Those that really embraced their deal were shallow and not really fleshed out. Those that were able to get out of their deal were more realistic and fully realized characters.

There are two more books in this series and they are based on different stories…I plan to read them to see how the Peter Pan and Jeckyl/Hyde stories play out. ( )
  psteinke1122 | Jan 18, 2012 |
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"So, who do you think we should dedicate it to?"

"I don't know. Let's just get this over with."

"What? What's the problem?"

"Nothing. I just think we should move it along."

"Well, we can't move it along until you say what's wrong."

"There's nothing wrong!"

"You're all pensive."

"What, now you're trying to police my moods?"

"Are you kidding?"

"All right, I've had enough of this. Let's just dedicate it to Oprah and get it over with."

"This is ridiculous. If you're going to be so angry, we can do this later."

"No! let's just do it now."

"Fine! Who do you want to dedicate it to?"

"This is stupid. I'm sick of you dictating everything."

"You're so stupid, sometimes."

"You're stupid."



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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0763637076, Hardcover)

A devilish debut by a brother-sister team invites us into the world of the elite Marlowe School, where some gifted students are having a hell of a year.

One night, in cities all across Europe, five children vanish — only to appear, years later, at an exclusive New York party with a strange and elegant governess. Rumor and mystery follow the Faust teenagers to the city’s most prestigious high school, where they soar to suspicious heights with the help of their benefactor’s extraordinary "gifts." But as the students claw their way up — reading minds, erasing scenes, stopping time, stealing power, seducing with artificial beauty — they start to suffer the sideeffects of their own addictions. And as they make further deals with the devil, they uncover secrets more shocking than their most unforgivable sins. At once chilling and wickedly satirical, this contemporary reimagining of the Faustian bargain is a compelling tale of ambition, consequences, and ultimate redemption.

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"On a single night, five children suddenly vanish from their homes in Paris, Glasgow, Rome, and London. Years later, five enigmatic teenagers make an impressive entrance at an exclusive New York holiday party with their strange but beautiful governess, Madam Vileroy. Rumor and intrigue follow the Faust children to the elite Manhattan Marlowe School, where their very presence brings unexplainable misfortune..."--dust cover flap.… (more)

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