Another Faust [With Earbuds]

Another Faust [With Earbuds]

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781441892003
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publication date: 09/28/2009
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Daniel Nayeri has held many book-related jobs, including editor, literary agent, and children’s librarian. He is also a professional pastry chef and award-winning stuntman.

His sister, Dina Nayeri Viergutz, is a former teaching fellow in economics who holds both an MBA and a master’s of education from Harvard University. Both were born in Iran and now live in New York City and Amsterdam, respectively.

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Another Faust 3.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 122 reviews.
Arielle More than 1 year ago
Okay..so to start off, I didnt exactly read the beginning prologue thing, I never do. They are just so boring to me, even if they give valuable information. I am kinda glad that I didnt either, I read it once I was done with the book and I knew what was going on. It gave information about the 5 children you will read about in this book, and how they wanted things that they couldnt have or how they said things they didnt truly mean..since they were just 10 year old kids. But the story starts off with these kids in this house somewhere in Europe, they are taken there by this women with a fiery strange left eye. These kids have been taken from their houses because the woman promised them something in return, a gift. A gift that each child wanted so badly, one that would make them happy no matter who it hurt. The woman's name is Nicola Vileroy, she is not a pleasant person. Fast forward 5 years to present day New York City, these children now teenagers, age: 15. They are about to start at a new school, Marlowe..a school for the elite, the smart, and the gifted. Belle, Bice, Christian, Valentine and Victoria all have their special gifts. Belle has her insanely gorgeous face and body, put she pays the price..her body gives off a foul odor and people just stare from the distance, mesmerized by her beauty but repulsed by her stench. Bice has the gift of hiding..you find out later in the book just how important her gift truly is. Christian steals, he can steal anything..someone's strength for example, he is a future Olympian. Valentine can go back and redo anything he wants, he can go back in time and stop things from happening, or changing things so even more chaos occurs. And Victoria..she cheats. She reads the minds of anyone around her, and takes any valuable or embarrassing information they have only for her own gain. As the story progresses these kids do things with their gift. Things that I dont think I am going to tell you since that will basically give the book away, but I will tell you my thoughts on all the kids. Belle - She is the twin sister of Bice, or at least she used to be until Vileroy gave her her gift and made her beautiful. I dont like her at the beginning of the book, but I do near the end. Bice- She is my favorite, she is just very sweet and doesnt really do anything harmful to anyone. She is quiet and reads a lot, maybe thats why I like her..she is a fellow bookworm! :) Christian- He again isnt really that nice in the beginning but near the end I warm up to him since he changes his ways. Valentine- Not a good person. He is just mean. lol Victoria- My least favorite person (besides Vileroy I guess). Vic is just plain mean to everyone around her, she cheats so much and I wish something more dramatic happened to her in the end. All in all, I liked this book. But it could have been better. Maybe more detail and a little less confusing. There were so many things going on, that at times I just lost focus and had to reread a few things. But I still recommend this book to anyone who likes more 'evil-ish' books. I also wish the ending was better, there wasnt a good final BAM! this book is done..it was more gradual and could have been more exciting. Check this book if you are interested, it isnt half bad! :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book started out interesting, but by the time I was a hundred pages in I realized that I was still waiting for story to begin. There didn't seem to be any sort of actual plot, just an idea. Yes the kids sold their souls to get what they wanted, but unless something actually happens with that there's not much of a point in turning that concept into a 300 page novel.
myrapurpleface More than 1 year ago
i love this book. its a story about 5 kids who grow with a myrstey women who is help them to "find their ways"
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book a while ago but I still love it. I think the problem is with the readers. They need to have action right away or else, like five-year olds, get bored. Yes, in the beggining it is confusing but I don't think selling your soul is a subject that is simple. These characters are not the angsty, annoying teens that most authors write about. These are teens that are dead set on their goals, this isnt that popular jock or head cheerleader this is the person who is at the frontlines fighting. I loved this book because the plot is so interesting. Another Faust is a book un,ike any other that weaves an intricate story throughout the Another series. Please disregard the comments talking about the shallow characters and plot....this book is far from that. Equivalent and as original as a classic a beautiful addition to anyones library i have it in both ebook and printed word. The sample will only give you the "confusing' beginning so just buy the book you will not regret it!
southrnbella More than 1 year ago
This book is a modern tale of the Faustian Bargain. Which is were you pretty much want something so bad that you will sell your soul to the devil to get it. In this book you have five teenagers, three who seem to remember everything and two that have blocks in their past. Also a very wicked Governess that will do anything to make the teens dreams come true, but at what cost is the real question. With this book I really enjoyed how each chapter started out with a brief sneak peek into Madame Vileroy's past and her many misadventures into stealing people's souls. I was often surprised at what people were sometimes brought up and also what had happened in her past. You also learn what she truly wants and even for her is unreachable. All the characters play a significant role in this book and are so well written that it also could have been a book about each person I think. They are so dynamic and I wanted to learn more about each one, well maybe not Victoria. The gifts that each character ask for, isn't really out there, you could see a average everyday Joe asking for the same thing and I think that is why it was so easy to relate to this book and become easily engrossed in it. When the characters get their gifts of course it comes with stipulations and Madame Vileroy is always there to coax them into tweaking things but with that you have to make more deals and it definitely starts to shake things up. I don't want to go to far into the gifts because that will spoil. One of the characters i absolutely adore and if anything was very heart felt for was Christian. His gift was to steal and it is not the kind of stealing you will typically think of. All he wanted was to be good at everything and really I think to just be noticed and loved. Victoria could cheat and she would do it obsessively. I have to say I can not stand her, in the book she was always trying to be Madame Vileroy's favorite and it was to the point of obnoxious. Of all the characters i really don't think she learned any lessons at all. Belle had the gift to play tricks. Her whole life she wanted to be beautiful and when she finally had the chance to, she did a very devastating and selfish thing.With all that beauty came loneliness for awhile and when she did finally get her final accomplishment she finally has to see how ugly she is on the inside. Bice is my favorite of them all and I can relate to her the most. She has her books as her friends and is very lonely. Her gift is to hide and it is a reader's dream or so she thinks. Belle and Bice are twins but they are not as close as they use to be and you really see the relationship effect Bice. Valentin is the last of the group and you could say that his gift is stealing as well but not the same stealing as christian. At first I liked Valentin but then honestly he just became so egotistical and arrogant it was off putting. I thought he was going to be that guy that acts bad but is a sweetheart but no he is just a dick. The writing style in this book wasn't that great and could have been improved.Often times you could see them getting off point because there was no real point of view in this book, which was definitely a interesting aspect. I love the darkness of it but it is not to over the top. Another Faust definitely is a book that makes you think about good versus evil. It makes you think about when is it so bad in life that you would do anything for it to be better, like selling your soul. And i
Sensitivemuse More than 1 year ago
There is only one way to describe this book. Deliciously and sinfully good. It's like eating five pounds of chocolate knowing there will be extreme consequences later but no matter, it's still good. So, why do I describe Another Faust this way? For starters, I almost giggled with glee and delight when things started going well for the main characters, in particular, I loved the part Victoria played in this book. I loved her rivalry with Lucy. I cackled with glee as Victoria always found a way to upend Lucy - I laughed even more when the fighting escalated into hair pulling and punching. I couldn't help but feel supportive towards Victoria. Perhaps it's because I'm just sick of reading about characters like Lucy; picture perfect, the school sweetheart, the one with the potentially bright future..etc. Yes, you get the picture. Victoria is a classic and unforgettable villain that will stay with me for as long as I can remember. The plot was very well done and got me turning the pages. Fast. Yet I have to admit I hesitated in the first few chapters. The descriptions of the school and the teens in it almost made me want to drop the book because I didn't feel like reading anything that resorted to name brand listing or how expensive everything is. Almost. It was that little blip that nearly got me to drop this book. What kept me reading? It was Victoria. She really carried my interest throughout the book. As for the other characters, I also liked the twins, Bella and Bice. They both were so different, yet they complimented each other well. I'm glad the authors didn't use the good twin/evil twin cliche that's been overdone in many other books out there. I also like Bice's gift. It was the most interesting and unique one out of all of the characters. Each of them had their own little 'gift' yet it was Bice's that really stood out. Of all the characters, I really didn't like Valentin. What a spoiled selfish baby he was. Arg. As for the ending of this book, it was left very wide open and I'm wondering if there's going to be sequel. It certainly would be interesting if there is going to be one. I'd really like to know the outcome of these characters. I actually did not want this book to end. I was enjoying it way too much. Overall, a wonderful twist on Goethe's Faust. I'll be looking forward to Another Pan when it comes out (which may be a twist to Peter Pan? I'm not sure) I do recommend this book to other YA readers who want a change in their characters. Hooray for evil deeds!
Angela_C on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book was a very exciting story, and the characters suited the story very well. The plot was very suspenseful, although the end was a little disappointing. I really liked the plot and the characters, even though I disliked the ending. In this book, all the events would lead to another event, and all the while, it would get more and more sinister. I recommend this book to everyone who likes suspense, action, and fantasy.
pocketmermaid on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I should have read Marlowe instead. Or even Goethe. There were too many characters to keep up with, and the plot was so slow paced for me that eventually I changed the setting on my iPod to play it faster just so the story would move a little quicker. It didn't actually help.
kperry on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What would you be willing to do to get ahead in life? How far would you go to attain your deepest desire? Would you sell your soul to the devil? One night, across the globe, five ten-year-old children disappear. Five years later, five ambitious teens enter society, from out of nowhere, and gain entrance to the prestigious Marlowe school. Victoria is a skilled debater, Belle is extremely attractive, Christian is a sports star, Valentin is a master poet, and Bice is an expert linguist. Madame Vileroy, their governess, guides them through high society while continuing to entice them with greater "gifts" that will further their advancement. The common phrase, "nothing in life is free," holds true as the Faust children are forced to decide how much they are willing to trade in order to achieve their dreams.Another Faust is a dark, thought-provoking novel that requires the reader's full attention. Brother and sister, Daniel and Dina Nayeri, worked tirelessly to create this well-crafted and intricate young adult version of the Faustian bargain.
BookAddictDiary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
One strange night, five different children from all over Europe disappear, and no one seems to notice. It's as if the children vanished without a trace. Five years later the children surface at a prestigious party in New York City with a mysterious governess. Each child -the over-achieving Victoria, the linguistic Bice, her vain sister Belle, the thieving poet Valentin and the athletic Christian -has been granted a special gift that allows them to go beyond the ordinary. The group enrolls in the prestigious Marlowe school, where they navigate the universe of high school with mysterious gifts and evil bargains.When I first heard about this book, I was really interested in the concept of updating the Faust story for a modern teen audience. However, once I got started with Another Faust, I found that this book wasn't exactly what I was expecting. While it included plenty of intelligent, dark mystery and commentary, it seemed a little few and far between -not to mention the fact that the plot didn't really seem to have much of a shape or direction for nearly the first 300 pages...making the book incredibly confusing -so much so that I almost put it down. But something about the characters kept me intrigued. All of the children in this novel are just so different from most YA characters out there and they had strong character flaws that made them feel more real as well as make them more interesting. I became so pulled into the lives of Victoria, Belle and Bice that I kept reading purely on the need to know what would happen to them.Once the story started to sort itself out, it really took off. I couldn't put the book down and kept flipping pages up until the end. From what I've heard, this is the first book in a new series, and while rough around the edges, it showed great potential in future installments.
_Lily_ on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another Faust by Daniel Nayeri and Dina NayeriReviewed by Moirae the fates book reviewsOne 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 - the side-effects of their own addictions. And as they make further deals with the devil, they uncover secrets more shocking than their mostunforgivable sins.At once chilling and wickedly satirical, this contemporary re-imaging of the Faustian bargain is a compelling tale of ambition, consequences, and ultimate redemption (Synopsis provided by goodreads.com)This is a debut novel, however Daniel Nayeri has another book that is out (Another Pan).Which I would love to read Another Pan later this year.I have always enjoyed books written by a team of authors, I think it adds something to the story. This is a brother sister team. I really enjoyed this book. I has so much fun while I was reading, it is however a very dark book. The teens in this book will do anything to get ahead and to be the best. Along with being a dark book, this is also a suspenseful edge-of-your-seat read.All of the teens in this book are struggling with the repercussions you could say of their wish. Vileroy, (The governess that grants the wishes) does all she can to make the teens want more and more. Throughout the book we see what the power does to them, some want more and more and will do whatever it takes to get more, others however begin to rethink things.There are some parts of this book that I wish had been expanded on, however the character development and the dialogue are spot on. This is a very entertaining read.Over all rating**** 4 out of 5 starsCover art:I like the cover art, it has a dark vibe.Obtained:Thank you to Heather from Candlewick press for the copy for review.
theepicrat on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I would not classify Another Faust as a light and easy read, but more of a dark and dense nature that befits the story that is presented. Each teen had a sordid secret that Madame Vileroy exploited and tried to make even more despicable. Of course, she made it easy for them to choose the road less complicated (which meant tarnishing their halo a little more). Why is being good always the more difficult decision?Madame Vileroy's character proved to be the most mysterious character - I watched as she baited each teen with gifts and stories of glamour and fame, but never knew who exactly she was. Witch? Fallen angel? Devil in disguise? Not sure, but I do know that she is definitely up to no good. What is the purpose of entrapping 5 teens and unleashing them unto Manhattan Marlowe School? Where does she come from?
bookwormygirl on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I really tried to love this book. I read some stellar reviews and was super excited, headed out to my local bookstore and picked up a copy the day it came out - but sadly it fell flat for me.I loved the idea of this book. The premise was fantastic - kids selling their souls to the devil in exchange for being beautiful, popular, intelligent, etc. But in the end, I just couldn¿t relate to any of them. Don¿t take me wrong, I once also dreamed of being the most beautiful girl in a room or excelling beyond my peers in academics, what kids hasn¿t? But I just never warmed up to any of the characters.I will admit though, that the story had a great ending and the last 100 or so pages were real page-turners. Another Faust is a dark, thought-provoking novel that requires the reader's full attention - but sadly, it just never caught mine.
flamingo1325 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Choppy. That was the word that kept coming to mind while I read this book. It jumped from scene to scene, character to character quickly and somewhat randomly and I found myself often having to stop and reread something to get onto the new character mindset/path only to have to do it again a few paragraphs or pages later. The constant shifting did detract from the story for me just because it didn't seem smooth and sometimes I didn't really see why things were cut and shifted when they were.This is one of those deal with the devil kind of stories but one thing I did like was that typically, the person who sold their soul gets the reward now and suffers later but here, the children got both at once. Belle was beautiful but she had a horrible odor that pushed everyone away from her- admired from afar but never close. Vileroy truly was a master at tricks and she pitted the children together in the most subtle of ways where the reader only knew because of their omniscient perspective- if it weren't for that, I assume many facets of the story would have remained in the dark.Even with the all knowing aspect, there were still plenty of things that didn't unfold until the very end, particularly everything related to Bice. Her story was the most well done in my opinion and the final explanation for everything with her was the most put together out of all of them. The relationships and personalities of the different children as well as they way they interacted with the world were intriguing for me but this book didn't completely take me by storm and make me want to keep reading till I finished- it didn't hold my attention enough.The ending left me feeling iffy- I completely adored the closing line and thought it was fantastic and tied everything up but at the same time, I felt like there was a sense of things left undone. It was far from a happily ever after and truly bittersweet which made me adore it more but it was the last line that did hold it all together for me.
JRlibrary on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Each of five children, two of whom are siblings have some very strange talents, given to them by their guardian who seems to be a very manipulative, evil woman. Haven't finished the book, but will fix the review when I have.
sensitivemuse on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
There is only one way to describe this book. Deliciously and sinfully good. It¿s like eating five pounds of chocolate knowing there will be extreme consequences later but no matter, it¿s still good. So, why do I describe Another Faust this way? For starters, I almost giggled with glee and delight when things started going well for the main characters, in particular, I loved the part Victoria played in this book. I loved her rivalry with Lucy. I cackled with glee as Victoria always found a way to upend Lucy - I laughed even more when the fighting escalated into hair pulling and punching. I couldn¿t help but feel supportive towards Victoria. Perhaps it¿s because I¿m just sick of reading about characters like Lucy; picture perfect, the school sweetheart, the one with the potentially bright future..etc. Yes, you get the picture. Victoria is a classic and unforgettable villain that will stay with me for as long as I can remember. The plot was very well done and got me turning the pages. Fast. Yet I have to admit I hesitated in the first few chapters. The descriptions of the school and the teens in it almost made me want to drop the book because I didn¿t feel like reading anything that resorted to name brand listing or how expensive everything is. Almost. It was that little blip that nearly got me to drop this book. What kept me reading? It was Victoria. She really carried my interest throughout the book. As for the other characters, I also liked the twins, Bella and Bice. They both were so different, yet they complimented each other well. I¿m glad the authors didn¿t use the good twin/evil twin cliche that¿s been overdone in many other books out there. I also like Bice¿s gift. It was the most interesting and unique one out of all of the characters. Each of them had their own little `gift¿ yet it was Bice¿s that really stood out. Of all the characters, I really didn¿t like Valentin. What a spoiled selfish baby he was. Arg. As for the ending of this book, it was left very wide open and I¿m wondering if there¿s going to be sequel. It certainly would be interesting if there is going to be one. I¿d really like to know the outcome of these characters. I actually did not want this book to end. I was enjoying it way too much. Overall, a wonderful twist on Goethe¿s Faust. I¿ll be looking forward to Another Pan when it comes out (which may be a twist to Peter Pan? I¿m not sure) I do recommend this book to other YA readers who want a change in their characters. Hooray for evil deeds!
lawral on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a nice break from the current trend in paranormal/magic/otherworldly teen lit (or at least the stuff I've been reading). Instead of making a vampire or witch or werewolf into a good guy, Another Faust features four teens who actually make deals with the devil. And that's bad. None of them end up being good guys, though there are varying levels of bad. Two of them are saved from their hellish fate by the one teen in their group who never made the deal, a secret fifth. She was good in the beginning and she remains good through to the end.Evil doesn't always look like evil, but once you realize who is evil in this book, they remain so. And they are really evil. I mean, these kids have traded their souls to the devil for beauty, fame, power, and wealth. The devil is their nanny. Living in high society New York, they call her their governess. Throughout the book, the teens are all doing their governess's bidding as she plans to bring powerful people into her grip through them. It never really becomes clear what the devil's big plan is, though it is clear that the plan is well thought out and complicated. Her plan is kind of abandoned as the teens break rank and try to regain their souls.Even with some confusing moments and more than a few loose ends, I felt that this book ended in a satisfying way. I was completely sucked in to the story and glazed over the gaps and holes while reading. I would imagine that many others will do the same.
8F_SAM on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book started out as pretty random, then it got exciting, then it ended up really, really randomly. But I loved the story plot. It was really unpredictable, which most books aren't, and the idea was really interesting. I knew the Faustian Bargain Story, so I got this book better than other people who haven't read the Faustian Bargain Story. It's like a really modern day version of it, but with five kids. It was pretty great.
dasuzuki on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book is a good example of why I normally hate to stop reading a book before the end no matter how slow it is. For the first 150-200 pages I thought it was rather slow going and I was really tempted to move onto another book. Then wham! The story picked up and it was like a roller coaster ride you don't want to get off. The book ends with a bang and leaves you wanting more. It was fascinating to see the deals these children made with their "governess", Nicola, and how nothing turned out quite how they wanted. Victoria was a total witch and I disliked her immensely. To her nothing mattered more than being acknowledged as the best. Valentin while mostly coming across as a jerk had his moments that made me think he might actually be redeemable and become a likeable character. Belle is so clueless she was irritating and yet I felt sorry for her. She wanted to be beautiful and her deal did make her physically beautiful but also saddled her with a rotting stench. Bice is Belle's twin who pretty much gets roped into this because Belle did not want her left behind. Christian was by far my favorite character. He initially sets out to be the best athlete but this sometimes required him to steal the energy or ability from other people. We see his conflicted emotions over doing so and watch as he has to choose what is really important to him. I am really hoping there will be a sequel to this book and we will see more of him.
verka6811 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
In towns across Europe, ten-year old children - Belle, Christian, Victoria and Valentin - are greedily wishing for things they do not have: beauty, fame, money, success. One night, the children mysteriously disappear and no one, not even their parents, remember that they even existed. Years later, the teenagers, along with Belle's twin sister Bice, reappear in New York City. Led by the beautiful and mysterious Madame Vileroy, the teenagers enroll in the prestigious Marlowe School and use their special gifts to soar to the top.To the outside world, Madame Vileroy is a selfless governess raising five adopted teenagers. Behind closed doors, Vileroy was the one to recognize their greed and to grant them the things they so desired in exchange for their souls. Their special abilities are what they always wished for, but come with just enough imperfections to keep them wanting more. Belle has the beauty that turns heads, but her smell of "vomit and honeysuckle" has people running for the door. Victoria reads minds to get ahead, but her ambition leaves her with no friends and pushes her to grovel for Vileroy's attention. Valentin is a brilliant poet and can rewind time over and over again until he's pleased with the outcome of a situation. However, he is always searching for a way to perfect his ability and is left with thousands of replayed possibilities that plague his thoughts. Christian is a master sportsman and can absorb anyone's energy with a single touch, but he struggles with using his gift and knows that he's competing unfairly. And Bice is the quiet outcast, the girl who speaks dozens of languages and yet hides in the shadows, too scared to speak to anyone.As the teens cheat, steal and paw their way through Marlowe, Vileroy schemes to fuel their greed and to turn them against each other. She plays on their insecurities and cons them into giving up yet another piece of their humanity. As the story progresses, some teens question their gifts and yearn for real human connections, while others drive blindly towards more power.Written by a brother and sister team, Daniel and Dina Nayeri, Another Faust is a modern take on the old German legend of a man who trades his soul to the devil in exchange for knowledge. Another Faust spins an addictive tale of backstabbing, covetousness and pure evil, and adds layers upon layers of details to each character and his or her gift. We see the full spectrum of the teenagers' abilities, the effect of their tricks on others and the frequent backfiring of their actions.The novel does lack in some aspects: there is a lot of build-up to certain revelations, which are hastily glossed over; the secrets revealed at the end are given little attention and would have better served if they were at least hinted at throughout the novel. However, the novel's faults are quickly forgotten as it comes to a dramatic, hold-on-to-your-seats type of finale that will make for some excellent scenes if Another Faust is ever made into a movie.
ElizaJane on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Reason for Reading: The plot drove me to choosing this one. Plus, I'll admit the cover also attracted me.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.
Miranda_Paige on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another book that makes you think about souls and life. But use caution, there are somethings you cannot unread. What i men y that is there is one seen that i fell is a little too graphic and it greatly disturbed me.
Apolline on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the debut novel for the siblings Dina and Daniel. They have started a new teen fantasy series called Another Series. Based on well known stories, they try to bring old classics in to new life. Their next novel is called Another Pan, and will be released in October 2010.As the title reveals, this novel is based on Goethe¿s Faust. For some strange reason this did not occur to me as I picked up the book, yet it did not take long to get the picture. In one night, five children from different places in Europe disappears from their home, without anybody noticing and no one to miss them. A few years later they show up as siblings, starting at the elite school Marlowe High in Manhattan, New York. All five of them are a little bit smarter, a little bit better, stronger and more beautiful than the rest of the school. Each of them equipped with a special gift, given by their beautiful, but strange governess Madame Vileroy. In the true Faustian spirit, the children made a deal with the devil, giving up the life they knew to reach the top. But in the end, are they willing to pay what it costs? Are they willing to betray, cheat and ruin lives to get what they want? If they get the chance to undo their deal, would they grasp the opportunity? One thing is certain, it is impossible to get it all.As a person who have never read Faust, and probably never will due to my total lack of interest in reading plays, it was still a great opportunity to supplement the book and read secondhand information about Goethe and Faust. I learned a lot that I did not already know, and the book can therefore be looked upon as an eye opener for me. The book was dark, creepy and filled with unattractive characters. I did have sympathy with a few of the characters and I therefore read the ending with a hint of sadness. But I guess the ending was difficult to avoid, how can an ending be all happy, when you started off by selling your soul to the devil?
AmyLynn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Another Faust was written in such a way that you will enjoy it more if you've read the original. I haven't, so many references used as foreshadowing went over my head until the big reveal at the end. That being said, the faint familiarity most of us have with the tale of bargaining with the devil is enough to read this book. Perhaps, like me, you'll finish, and want to see how Faust handled his bargain.Daniel and Dina Nayeri employed a technique I like at the beginning of their chapters. Each chapter started with either a flashback to an earlier bargain, or something relevant to the characters' past. Occasionally, they used a passage from poetry or other books, but often the cryptic hints Madam Vileroy gives are explained here.The five children make a deal with the devil, and bear a mark for their sin. Victoria wishes to succeed in academics, and every other arena, Belle wants to be beautiful, Christian the best athlete, and the other two deals I'll leave you to discover on their own. All of them lose something in the exchange, but they gain powers, as well. Victoria has the ability to "cheat," read someone's mind, which helps her on tests. Christian can "steal" the athletic ability of those he plays with or against, and Valentin can avoid social awkwardness by rewinding time until he avoids whatever outcome he's seen.Characterization was strong for some of the characters, but not all. The motivations behind their actions were very realistic, though sometimes, it was unclear what the intent was. Valentin's motivations were unclear at one point where he rewinds time over and over again to get the right situation to occur. When Madam Vileroy finds he's caused someone joy rather than pain, he tries to hide his memento from the event, making you wonder if he is quite the depraved character he's painted as. Later events make this doubtful.I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys darker stories, stories with high stakes, and of course anyone who likes Faust.While researching this review, I discovered they've written a sequel, called Another Pan. I will be checking that out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was very slow and didnt really explain on the plot. Not sure if I am going to go on to the next one. Just wanted to get this book over with.