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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 the key to a lucrative chemistry scholarship.

To improve 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 ...

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Overview

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 the key to a lucrative chemistry scholarship.

To improve 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.

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Publishers Weekly
Jill Jekel and Tristen Hyde are playing a dangerous game: when these teenage descendants of the legendary Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde find a box left behind by Jill’s murdered father—a box holding “the original documents detailing the actual experiments that inspired the novel”—they decide to recreate the experiments. Brainy Jill hopes to win scholarship money while “troubled but beautiful” Tristen wants to excise the evil inside of him, which has already driven him to violence. Through their alternating narration, readers learn of their deep bond—and that Jill and Tristen are not only on their way to finding the formula but also to figuring out what happened to her father and his disappeared mother. Readers may be troubled by the violence intertwined with their growing romance; Tristen pins Jill against a desk and reveals that he has “a force within me that wanted nothing less than to destroy Jill herself.” But Fantaskey’s (Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark Side) premise is creative, and there are plenty of twists to keep readers engaged—right through the fiery final face-off. Ages 14-up. (May)
VOYA - Nancy Pierce
At the funeral of her father, seventeen-year-old Jill Jekel feels very alone. Jill's mother is devastated, and as few attend the funeral, Jill realizes she faces a very solitary future. So Jill is surprised when Tristen Hyde, a handsome student from England, approaches and says, "It's going to be okay—trust me." At school Jill and Tristen are brought together through a science competition for which they both qualify; Tristen is not interested, but Jill is desperately in need of a scholarship. Eventually Tristen decides to participate in the competition. Maybe through science experiments team "Jekel and Hyde" can solve some of the mysteries of Tristen's strange and sometimes violent behavior and his family's past. Jill also has family secrets. Can the box that is locked away in Jill's house help to solve the mysteries in both families? Will the results of their work reveal a history for Jill and Tristen where the Jeckyll and Hyde novel is not fiction but horrifically real? Tristen told Jill to trust him, but as their relationship deepens and their research intensifies, both fear that their lives may never be 'okay' again. Teen readers will be drawn to the classic story of Jeckyll and Hyde with a modern, romantic twist. Jill and Tristen experience love, troubled parents, and the pressure of school all the while trying to solve a generations-old mystery that could destroy them both. Chapters alternate from the perspective of Jill and Tristen, enabling the reader to experience their inner thoughts, growing love, and fears. Reviewer: Nancy Pierce
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Jill Jekel is a lonely, shy, studious high school student who first meets and is attracted to handsome, talented, and mysterious Tristen Hyde at her father's funeral in Beth Fantaskey's novel (Harcourt, 2010). The brutal murder of Jill's father has sent her mother into a deep depression. Tristen and Jill join forces to create a Jekel and Hyde team for a competition to recreate the original formula used in Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekel and Mr. Hyde, hoping that Jill can win a scholarship and it will help Tristen fight his evil urges. Stevenson's classic figures prominently in this contemporary melodramatic teen romance. The story is revealed through two voices: Jill narrated by Natalia Payne, and Andy Parvis as a very British-sounding Tristen. The reading is well-paced, highlighting their different personalities, the changes Jill and Tristen experience, and the pulsating romantic tension between them. Though sensual, the story is not overtly sexual; profanity is used for emphasis and not gratuitously. The use of the Jekel and Hyde characters is clever but not entirely resolved. Why, for example, does the formula reverse the evil that Tristen feels growing in him as it has in all the Hyde men? For listeners who enjoy a breathy romance.—Maria Salvadore, formerly Washington DC Public Library
Kirkus Reviews
Jill Jekel and Tristen Hyde are going to need major mojo to win that chemistry scholarship they're aiming for, because they never seem to do any science. In this ellipsis-laden paranormal romance, the scions of the doomed houses of Jekyll and Hyde-a hand-waving explanation justifies the distinct family trees, and Jill explains that her grandfather changed the spelling of their name when he immigrated, "[y]ou know, to distance us from the bad stuff that happened in England"-fall in love. Tristen wants to save himself from the family curse, which he believes will turn him into a mad killing machine. Jill wants enough money to go to college and get help for her mother, chronically depressed since the mysterious death of Jill's father. What if Jill holds the ancient Jekyll secret, the chemical formula to create monsters out of men? Can that help Tristen? Sadly, it can't help this novel. Giving the formula to a boy turns him into a violent killer, but giving it to a girl arouses "hormones" that make her "act so boldly, so embarrassingly forward" and prompt her to demand violence between men while "writhing" against them. There's plenty of better fantastical love stories for the thirsty fan. (Paranormal romance. 12-14)
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"This novel is filled with compelling plot devices; one particularly nice touch is the way that Jekel and Hyde alternate telling their stories, embodying a double perspective. Fans of the genre won't be able to resist this slick genre update."—Booklist

"Fantaskey's (Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side) premise is creative, and there are plenty of twists to keep readers engaged—right through the fiery final face-off."—Publishers Weekly 

"Teen readers will be drawn to the classic story of Jeckyll and Hyde with a modern, romantic twist."—VOYA, starred review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780152063900
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 5/3/2010
  • Pages: 282
  • Age range: 14 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

BETH FANTASKEY lives in rural Pennslyvania with her husband and two daughters. She is the author of Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side.

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Prologue

Jill

Trust me, Jill . . . And Tristen . . . He would prove to be the trickiest, the most complicated, the most compelling of all the mysteries that were about to unravel. Not even me. Nothing and no one, as I would come to learn, would turn out to be quite what they’d seemed back on that day. Correction. As it turned out, my father wasn’t quite the man we’d all thought he was. We sealed my father’s grave on a day of stark contrasts, of black against white, and it was the last time I’d ever find myself in a place of such extremes. Because in the months after the dirt fell on the coffin, my life began to shift to shades of gray, almost like the universe had taken a big stick and stirred up the whole scene at that cemetery, mixing up everything and repainting my world. "Okay," I said, retrieving my mother and guiding her by the hand, forcing us both to bow our heads one last time. But there was no more time to reflect on whatever motives had driven this one particular classmate to attend a stranger’s burial, because suddenly the funeral director was tapping my shoulder, telling me that it was time to say any final goodbyes before the procession of black cars pulled away from the too-white tent and the discreetly positioned backhoe hurried in to do its job because there was more snow in the forecast. Why? Tristen Hyde had come for . . . me. I followed his progress as Tristen wandered off through the graves, bending over now and then to brush some snow off the tombstones, read an inscription, or maybe check a date, not hurrying, like graveyards were his natural habitat. Familiar territory. I hugged myself, and it seemed a poor substitute for the embrace I’d just been offered. "Sure. See you. Thanks for coming." "It’s okay," Tristen reassured me, smiling a little. He was the first person who’d dared to smile at me since the murder. I didn’t know what to make of that, either. When should people smile again? "See you, okay?" he said, releasing my arm. "Sorry," I murmured, even more embarrassed—and kind of appalled with myself. I’d never even come close to kissing a guy on the lips under any circumstances, let alone on such a terrible day. Not that I’d really felt anything, of course, and yet . . . It just seemed wrong to even consider anything but death at that moment. How could I even think about how some guy felt, how he smelled, how it had been just to give up and be held by somebody stronger than me? My father was DEAD. "Sorry," I muttered again, and I think I was kind of apologizing to Dad, too. "I’ll see you at school," Tristen added, pressing my arm again. Then he bent down, and in a gesture I found incredibly mature, kissed my cheek. Only I shifted a little, caught off-guard, not used to being that near to a guy, and the corners of our lips brushed. Such an innocuous little comment at the time, but one that would become central to my very existence in the months to come. "It does get better, hurt less," he assured me, repeating, "Trust me, Jill." When I was done, drained of tears, I pulled away from him, adjusting my glasses and wiping my eyes, sort of embarrassed. But Tristen didn’t seem bothered by my show of emotion. I didn’t know at the time that Tristen had vast experience with this "grief" thing. All I knew was that I let him, a boy I barely knew, wrap his arms around me and pull me to his chest. And suddenly, as he smoothed my hair, I really started weeping. Letting out all the tears that I’d bottled up, from the moment that the police officer had knocked on the door of our house to say that my father had been found butchered in a parking lot outside the lab where he worked, and all through planning the funeral, as my mother fell to pieces, forcing me to do absurd, impossible things like select a coffin and write insanely large checks to the undertaker. Suddenly I was burying myself under Tristen’s overcoat, nearly knocking off my eyeglasses as I pressed against him, and sobbing so hard that I must have soaked his shirt and tie. "Trust me," he said softly, his British accent soothing. He squeezed my arm harder. "I know what I’m talking about." I shook my head more vehemently, tears welling in my eyes. Nobody could. Certainly not some kid from my high school, even a tall one dressed convincingly like a full-fledged man. He could not promise that. No, it was not going to be okay. I looked up at him, mutely shaking my head in the negative. "It’s going to be okay," he promised as he came up to me, reaching out to take my arm, like he realized that I was folding up inside, on the verge of breaking down. And what a time he picked. It couldn’t have been more dead on. When Tristen saw that I’d noticed him, he pulled his hands from his pockets, and I realized that he wasn’t uneasy at all. In fact, as he walked toward me, I got the impression that he’d just been waiting, patiently, for his turn. For the right time to approach me. Why? Why had he come? Yet there he was, when almost nobody else had shown up for me. That’s when I noticed Tristen Hyde standing at the edge of the tent. He wore a very adult, tailored overcoat, unbuttoned, and I could see that he had donned a tie, too, for this occasion. He had his hands buried in his pockets, a gesture that I first took as signaling discomfort, unease. I mean, what teenage guy wouldn’t be uncomfortable at a funeral? And I hardly knew Tristen. It wasn’t like we were friends. He’d certainly never met my father. As she walked away, I watched her blond hair gleaming like a golden trophy in that too-brilliant sun, and the loneliness and despair that had been building in me rose to a crescendo that was so powerful I wasn’t quite sure how I managed to keep my knees from buckling. Not one real friend there for me . . . "Sure," Darcy said, already looking around for an escape route. Why was I always acting grateful for nothing? "Thanks," I said again. "Call me if you need anything," Darcy offered. Yet I noticed that she didn’t jot down her cell number. Didn’t even reach into her purse and feign looking for a pen. "Thanks," I said stupidly, like I genuinely appreciated being worthy of pity. Or maybe I was worse than alone, because just when I thought things couldn’t get more awful, my classmate Darcy Gray emerged from the crowd, strode up, and thrust her chilly hand into mine, air-kissing my cheek. And even this gesture, which I knew Darcy offered more out of obligation than compassion, came across like the victor’s condescending acknowledgment of the vanquished. When Darcy said, "So sorry for your loss, Jill," I swore it was almost like she was congratulating herself for still having parents. Like she’d bested me once more, as she had time and again since kindergarten. I was alone. Alone. I looked around for my chemistry teacher, Mr. Messerschmidt, whom I’d seen earlier lingering on the fringes of the mourners, looking nervous and out of place, but I couldn’t find him, and I assumed that he’d returned to school, without a word to me. Even my only friend, Becca Wright, had begged off from the funeral, protesting that she had a big civics test, which she’d already rescheduled twice because of travel for cheerleading. And, more to the point, she just "couldn’t handle" seeing my poor, murdered father actually shoved in the ground. Was I really . . . alone? I wasn’t ready to be an adult . . . Who would help me now? Feeling something close to panic, I searched the crowd. I looked to my mother for support, for help, but her eyes seemed to yawn as vacant as Dad’s waiting grave. I swear, meeting Mom’s gaze was almost as painful as looking at the snow, or the casket, or watching the endless news reports about my father’s murder. Mom was disappearing, too . . . I don’t remember a word the minister said, but he seemed to talk forever. And as the gathering began to break up, I, yesterday’s birthday girl, stood there under that tent fidgeting in my own uncomfortable, new black dress and heavy wool coat, on stage like some perverse debutante at the world’s worst coming-out party. Maybe I saw it all in terms of color because I’m an artist. Or maybe I was just too overwhelmed to deal with anything but extremes. Maybe my grief was so raw that the whole world seemed severe and discordant and clashing. Against this inappropriately immaculate backdrop, splashes of black stood in stark relief, like spatters of ink on fresh paper: the polished hearse that glittered at the head of the procession, the minister’s perfectly ironed shirt, and the sober coats worn by my father’s many friends and colleagues, who came up one by one after the service to offer Mom and me their condolences. Hurt a lot, actually. Even the sun was cruel that morning, an obscenely bright but cold January day. The snow that smothered the cemetery glared harshly white, blinding those mourners who couldn’t squeeze under the tent that covered Dad’s open grave. And the tent itself gleamed crisply, relentlessly white, so it hurt a little to look at that, too. I buried my father the day after my seventeenth birthday.

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  • Posted April 9, 2010

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    Jekel Loves Hyde by Beth Fantaskey

    Brava to BF! In her quest to delve into romantic stories involving dark sides she has concocted a deliciously wicked story with Jekel Loves Hyde. The story is gripping from "I buried my father the day after my seventeenth birthday." That is in the prologue...do not gloss over it by looking for chapter one. Jill discovers that her father's death, her not-so-delightfully alliterative last name, captivating Tristin Hyde, and a science competition sporting a hefty scholarship are all going to complicate her already sorrowful life. Fans of Jessica Guide may mourn the lack of a sequel of that novel, but not for long. Fantaskey's sense of suspense, shared first person narrations, and episodic tension make a page-turning read that is sure to keep YA readers begging for more.

    8 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 8, 2010

    Unique spin on an old tale

    My thoughts...It is been a long time since I have been exposed to the original story of Jekyll and Hyde by Robert Lewis Stevenson, but I remember the gist of it. The main characters, Jill and Tristan, are said to be descendants of the original characters. The pair finds themselves living in the same town, and they soon realize that location may not be their only common bond.

    This is one my most anticipated books of year. I was initially drawn to the cover and the story remake. I think Beth Fantaskey did a great job of retelling the story using teen characters. Their voice seemed true to their age without being too childish. The author did a great job of capturing the emotions they were experiencing, especially Jill's feelings towards her father's death. The romance between Jill and Tristan ran a bit hot and cold, but I think that was their dynamic and their internal struggles with right and wrong.

    The story did not have me on the edge of my seat, but it kept me involved enough to keep turning pages. There was a decent amount of action infused with some mystery and young love. I did not find it predictable, but I was not trying to solve the mystery. Actually, I was a bit surprised by the ending. Overall, did the story meet my expectations? Probably not, but I am glad I read it. I think Beth Fantaskey does a great job writing teens. I am planning on seeking out her other books and enjoying more of her writing. This would be a good read for fans of YA books, especially ones who are tired of the Vampires and Witches.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 7, 2010

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    Dark and Romantic

    I am beginning to learn that Beth Fantaskey writes more than just a fabulous book. Instead, she takes a great story and adds a dark feel to it that makes it completely unexpected and spectacular. She did in first in Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side and then continued the approach in JEKEL LOVES HYDE. I am just loving it.

    The book starts out fairly simply, without a lot of worry. A funeral brings the story into focus, but even then events unfold much like we expect they would. This is how Ms. Fantaskey tricks the reader into thinking that her story is going to be just another run-of-the-mill, slightly predictable piece of fiction. A few more chapters in, however, and you begin to realize just how wrong you really were.

    JEKEL LOVES HYDE is the story of two science nerd, Jill Jekel and Tristen Hyde. Both have secrets and while Jill attempts to survive following the death of her father and breakdown of her mother, Tristen hides a secret that could prove to be much more deadly. Hmm.Jekel and Hyde. One might ask: any relation to the legendary Dr. Jekel and Mr. Hyde? Guess you'll just have to read to find out!

    There were a few fantastic elements to JEKEL LOVES HYDE that Ms. Fantaskey's fans will be pleased to see. First is the way she develops her characters throughout the story. She doesn't give us all the details on every aspect of our hero and heroines lives right at the beginning of the book. No, instead she allows us to learn about them as they discover each other. I found this to be a fantastic way of really falling into the story. Nothing says realism like experiencing the characters' world right alongside them.

    The other wonderful aspect of this book that made it a keeper for me are the twists and turns that Ms. Fantaskey throws out there. Just as in Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, the reader is left absolutely knowing what is going to happen next, only to have this knowledge dashed to the rocks on the very next page. This was another page turner that was difficult to put down. Both the authors clear writing style and her plot twists keep the reader poised on the edge of their seat, ready to cheer or scream right alongside the characters.

    Now that you're ready to run out and read this for yourselves, here's my warning. The point of view in JEKEL LOVES HYDE does tend to jump back and forth between Jill and Tristen. The sections are well labeled and it shouldn't be hard at all to figure out who is talking when. Still, sometimes I found it hard to switch gears from being in Jill's head one moment to Tristen's the next. Keep this in mind.

    Fans of dark fantasy and/or YA will most likely love JEKEL LOVES HYDE. I believe that Ms. Fantaskey's previous fans will also find something to love in this story. Her characters are realistic, with their own quirks, issues, and challenges and her plot is complex while still being understandable to the reader. This is the kind of story a reader can get lost in with no real plans to attempt to dig themselves back out.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 10, 2010

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    Great classic tale with a modern twist!

    Beth does it again with her 2nd book!! Jekel Loves Hyde is a dark romance that invokes the classic story. Jill is a smart plane girl who after the tragic death of her father is drawn into his world of secrets and science. Tristen is batteling the demons of his family history trying to stay himself. Beth does a great job of showing how both Tristen and Jill are deal with the secrets and lies they are faced with and how they work to get beyond their family history.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 6, 2012

    (I was given this book for free on a read-to-review basis.) 17-y

    (I was given this book for free on a read-to-review basis.)
    17-year-old Jill Jekel is a quiet girl who wants nothing more than to get on with her school work, and go off to college. However, her father wasrecently murdered and now it turns out that he also spent her college fund.

    Tristen Hyde is a boy with a secret. A beast dwells inside him that makes him dream of murdering an innocent girl, and he worries that soon the beast will become too strong for him to control, and he really will kill.

    When Jill and Tristen’s chemistry teacher enters them into a competition in which they can will $30,000 they at first decline, but then later change their minds. In Jill’s dead father’s study there is a locked box which Jill’s father claimed to contain the original documentation of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’s experiments from the fictional book.

    Deciding that she really needs the money if she wants to go to college, Jill tells Tristen about the box, and he insists that they should repeat the experiments in an effort to save him from the beast that lives inside him. Of course things don’t go smoothly though, and Jill and Tristen find themselves in real trouble when other people what it is that they have done.

    This book was alright. I enjoyed it up to a point, but found the last 20% actually pretty boring (sorry!). Jill was a quiet girl who generally didn’t like to make waves, whilst Tristen was just a boy with a bit of an attitude. To be honest I found Tristen really one-dimensional. As much as I wanted to like him I just didn’t feel like I really knew him at all. The book was split in two – part from Jill’s perspective, and part from Tristen’s perspective, and Tristen’s part was just not good. I really got nothing from him, and couldn’t relate at all, which was strange because Jill was really easy to like.

    There were a couple of twists that I didn’t see coming, but if I had read the original story I think these twists would have probably been fairly obvious. There were also a couple of annoying moments – crushing a sedating antihistamine into someone’s glass of water would not cause them to immediately lose consciousness. It would probably take at least 10-20 minutes. If I was being picky I would also say that the cover of this book really doesn’t suit it at all.
    As I said before I got bored at the end of this book which is a bit weird because usual the end is the most exciting part. I was also a little confused about the end outcome, (view spoiler)
    Overall; an okay read, but the end disappointed me.
    7 out of 10.

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  • Posted April 2, 2012

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    Tried to enjoy it, but...

    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, this good girl is tempted to peek inside, because the contents just might be key to winning 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. As things heat up in the lab though, Jill’s accidental taste of a formula unleashes her darkest nature and will compel her to risk everything – even Tristen’s love – just for the thrill of being… bad.

    Jill, a brilliant student, tragically lost her father and after learning some dark truths about him, must now win scholarship money to keep alive any hope of attending college. Tristen, an accomplished musician, is a British heart-throb, but deep down inside contains a dangerous monster just waiting to get out. Thus, both teenage descendants of the legendary Dr. Jekyll ( Jill Jekel ) and Mr. Hyde ( Tristen Hyde ) team up to recreate tricky experiments with the aid of an old box holding “original documents detailing the actual experiments that inspired the novel”. They both enter into their chemist partnership for different reasons, but soon realize things could never really turn out as they hope!

    I had high hopes for this book since I thoroughly enjoyed Fantaskey's first book, Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, but this book just kept getting worse and worse. I don't mind a dark tale as long as it is a good tale, but this one was just too morbidly unsatisfactory for my taste. Rape, abuse, murder, depression . . . those are just a few of the grim subjects touched throughout the story. Also, I couldn't say I liked the main characters: Jill was either way too timid or too brassy & Tristen came off as too vigilant and intent on only doing what he wanted. I could go into a lot of detail here as well on how the writing style conflicted much of the plot, how unbelievable their romantic relationship developed and the unsatisfying ending, but won't since I'll just say I was sorely disappointed and begrudgingly finished the book even though I knew it would get a low rating.

    Likes: Can't think of much since there was just too much sadness and self-pity going on throughout.

    Dislikes: Lots, but mostly . . . contains really heavy topics . . . so don't expect a cheery or delightful read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 28, 2012

    Jekel <3 Hyde

    I loved this book it was so good i would recomend it to twilight saga and vampire diaries fans

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  • Posted June 20, 2010

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    Beth Fantasky strikes again!

    As soon as I finished the last page of Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side, I immediately rushed to the computer to look up Beth Fantaskey's other books. To my dismay, there were none. So when I came across the advance reading copy of Jekel Loves Hyde, I was delighted! It didn't let me down, either!

    Jekel Loves Hyde is a great love story with twists and turns and an ending as unpredictable as Fantaskey's first novel. It is also a murder mystery heavily enmeshed in the lore of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (although not a retelling).

    The funeral of Jill Jekel's father opens the novel and is the introduction to the character, Tristen Hyde, the dark, unusual student from England. He waits in the back of the cemetery until Jill is about to break down and then unexpectedly approaches her and lets her cry on his shoulder, tells her "It does get better, hurt less. Trust me, Jill," then leaves.

    The story resumes with the first day of school. Jill and Tristen go to school together and share a chemistry class. Jill's mother is not coping with her new life as a widow at all, and Tristen's father is distant and demanding. Both are good chemistry students and Jill recruits Tristen to help her win a chemistry scholarship. Don't be fooled by the innocent-sounding plot, however: it quickly turns ugly and gets complicated. I'm not telling any more of that though; you'll have to read it for yourself!

    The story is dual-narrated by Jill and Tristen alternately, but is does nothing to alleviate the suspense. When one narrator leaves you on a cliff-hanger, you turn to the next chapter only to find that it's the other character and you have to wait! I read the book in one sitting and was dead to the world furiously turning pages until I finished (much to my family's dismay!). So for teens and older kids, it's a great book! For adults, it's a quick read but still definitely worth it so be sure to check it out!

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  • Posted June 3, 2010

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    Jekyll and Hyde with Quite the Twist

    Jekel and Hyde seem like a likely chemistry pairing, given who each of their relatives are, but the two have no interest in working together for a scholarship. That is until Jill Jekel discovers that her father has drained her college fund and Tristan Hyde starts to believe he may really be a monster on the inside. With a copy of The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde and a box full of the Dr. Jekyll's notes on the experiment, Jill and Tristan begin working together to win the $30,000 scholarship and to save Tristan's soul.
    Late night experiments lead to more than just lab partner feelings and the monster within Tristan lusts for Jill just as much as he does. While Tristan attempts to kill his darker side, good girl Jill accidentally ingests some of their experimental solution. Goodbye good girl and hello bad girl. The darker side of life is a little more fun, a little sexier, and a lot more dangerous. Can Tristan save his soul and hold onto Jill? Or are these descendants doomed to a fate that their ancestors created?

    I had been looking forward to this one since I had first read the premise of the novel. The story is based around the famous Robert Louis Stevenson novella, but you don't really need to know that story to understand this one. The chapters are told from alternating viewpoints through both Tristan and Jill. At times, this seems to make the characters less personable and almost disconnects us from them, but it also keeps the story moving. The story is a character-driven, dark tale about the good and bad that reside within all people. The monster in Tristan can be violent and dangerous. That darkness within him is so palpable and richly described. You really feel like Tristan is more than just a pretty boy with a secret to hide. He is a tortured soul. From his eyes, to his voice, to his overall demeanor. Tristan has a monster consuming his soul.

    Jill is the complete opposite of him. Where Tristan is the consummate bad boy, Jill is a goody two shoes. At times, her good girl persona can border on annoying, but it helps to make her bad girl half that much more unnerving. Jill's desire to be someone she isn't leads to an entirely new character who I wished we saw more of. The story is a constant battle of the good and the bad within a person, but I think it would have been even more entertaining to glimpse more of that darker side of both Jill and Tristan.
    Boy. Girl. Dark room. Nothing wrong with that scenario - except that we have our clothes on. ~ pg. 166
    At times, you can feel the character's desire to hold onto that darker side. It provides a release and unadulterated freedom that they aren't able to hold onto otherwise.

    This is not a fluffy love story. It is dark and filled with suspense, but the love story and the chemistry between Tristan and Jill is delectable. It's not an in-your-face romance, so some may not connect with it instantly, but the slow build is what makes it so good. The ending is a bit abrupt and seems to close the story out too quickly, but this is still a very good read; if not for the romance, then for the twists and turns set to the backdrop of such a classic tale.

    Opening line: I buried my father the day after my seventeenth birthday. ~ pg. 1

    Favorite line(s): Awful secrets were like bloodstains in my life. I knew enough about them to recognize them before they'd even been revealed. ~ pg. 193

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  • Posted May 16, 2010

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    A Dark & Delicious potion

    Jekel Loves Hyde is a stunning, dark, dangerous and sinfully romantic tale of good girl meets bad boy becomes bad girl to save bad boy. Intrigued? You should be. Those who are fans of Beth Fantaskey's writing (Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side) will simply devour her newest book.

    Jill Jekel is a good girl, always has been. She follows the rules and works hard to be the best. Unfortunately, all the hard work in the world couldn't stop her life from falling apart. Tragedy struck her family when her father, a chemist, was brutally murdered. Not only is Jill dealing with her father's death, but now she must face his betrayal. He was not the man she thought he was. She found out that he stole her college fund and lead a secret life that neither she, nor her mother knew about. He was a criminal and whatever he was up to was dangerous enough to get himself killed and put Jill in danger herself. The police couldn't solve her fathers murder, in fact they were no help at all. Even they had no idea what kind of dark secrets he was hiding, but soon enough, Jill will find out.

    Jill's life must go on, and she suddenly finds herself in a terrible position. She no longer has money for college, but luckily a chance comes for her to get a chemistry scholarship. Unfortunately, it involves asking the gorgeous and mysterious Tristen Hyde for help. Together, they are Jekel and Hyde, and Jill has an idea to recreate the experiments from the classic novel. Not only is it clever, but she's heard tales that connect her own family with the origins of the legend. Little does she know that there may be more truth to the story than fiction. Tristen also believes he is connected to the original story, but this relation terrifies rather than excites him. Tristen agrees to help, but he has ulterior motives. He knows that what Jill thinks is a simple experiment could be his last hope at recovering his own sanity. As these two chemistry partners turn up the heat in the lab, they also head into a dangerous downward spiral when Jill has an accidental taste of the potion they are working on. A moment on the lips lets loose her inner bad girl. The effects are temporary but addictive, and the problem for Jill is that it feels so good to be bad. Now they both know the true nature of being the beast, but can love tame it? They may have other things to worry about as they discover more about the murder of Jill's father and who may have done it. Time is running low as a menacing evil draws near and nothing is safe for Jill and Tristen. They must risk it all to stay alive and to stop the madness from consuming, well, everyone.

    Your pulse will race, your heart will pound and your jaw will drop. Don't miss out on this fantastic book.

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  • Posted April 25, 2010

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    Very Cool

    I read this book because I loved Beth's other book, Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side. I wasn't sure what to expect from this book, but I thought the idea of Jekyll and Hyde was interesting. This book did not let me down. Beth has a way of writing dialogue and describing scenes that I can only describe as elegant. The story flows well and is filled with twists throughout the book. Jekel loves Hyde is definitely more of a thriller and keeps the reader on the edge, always wanting to know what will happen next. I also loved the romance between the two characters. Jill Jekel and Tristen Hyde. Was it a coincidence that these two people with these names met? Or was it meant to be? You'll have to read the book to find out!

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  • Posted March 15, 2010

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    Absolute must read for any paranormal fan!

    You can't help but fall in love with the handsome, dark, mysterious Tristen. Jekel Loves Hyde is thrilling and will keep you reading right up until the end. I would highly recommend reading anything you can find by Beth Fantaskey.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2014

    Let's be real.

    I think this book was an amusing and sweet twist to the jeckyll/hyde story. I rather enjoyed it.

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  • Posted August 9, 2013

    Beth Fantaskey¿s Debut Novel Jessica¿s Guide to Dating on the Da

    Beth Fantaskey’s Debut Novel Jessica’s Guide to Dating on the Dark side was the reason why I bought two more books she’s written. One of them being the sequel to the book I just mentioned and then this one, a unique twist to the classic tale of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. 




    The book is centered on the descendants of Jekyll and Hyde. A teenage boy (Hyde) and girl (Jekel) both suffering the darkness that was brought forward by their ancestors. I was really intrigued by the concept of the entire book. I’ve always wondered what the children of Hyde would be like and this book just answered it. Hyde’s descendants suffer from black outs and nightmares. They also go through murderous rages. 




    I’m actually disappointed in the book. Don’t get me wrong; I loved the plot and the mysteries behind deaths, murders, and insanity. But everything else seemed extremely forced. Jill Jekel is insecure and believes that a gorgeous guy like Tristen Hyde would never show any interest in her. There’s nothing unusual about that. But getting into her thought process and listening to her ramblings and teenage angst was just way over the top. There’s a fine line between angst that deserves to be angst and being pathetic. Jill was being pathetic half the time. And Tristen isn’t helping with his brooding, British self and his determination to use Jill to get the formula to the concoction that made his entire family line. 




    As much as I want to swoon over the entire book, I just found it forced, and unrealistic. I enjoyed the whole mystery and trying to find the antidote to the Hyde’s curse. The romance in between was just too – we just met but I think I love you. 




    Honestly, Beth Fantaskey could have done it better. I don’t know what changed but I know she could have written it a lot better than this. Authors have their ups and downs too. 

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2013

    Awesome book

    I really enjoyed this book as well as Jessica's guide to dating on the dark side. If you enjoy reading twisted love stories then i definitely suggest this book. :p

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 30, 2012

    Really Good

    I thought that this novel was pretty good.I read it a while ago and forgot to post a review,so here i go.I Ioved it at first,but somewhere inbetween i just sort of lost interest.I did finish it and did end up likeing it.I just could'nt beleive how many times Jill drank that potion.Haha.All together it was a good read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2012

    love this book!!!! i dont like rereading books becuase i can rea

    love this book!!!! i dont like rereading books becuase i can read new one but cant stop thinking about this book. i need to reread it again!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2012

    Good series

    Waiting on the next book. This was a good series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2012

    Loved this book

    I loved this book let me start with that. It was not quite up to Jessica's Guide to Dating on the Dark Side. I think that if I'd read this first I'd have not had the very sjight sense that this was not as good. It is a great story that feeds from the classic Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde with a very interesting generational twist. It is definitely one that will leave you wondering whether artistic and scientific brilliance is just another version of true madness. Highly recommend this to any reader who enjoys a twist to there usual "love" story. It is not just for teens.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2012

    Great book.

    I really like this author but the problem is that theyre soo good that i finish them in one day and dont get to enjoy them for very long. I really really love this author. But if i had to pick ine id pick her other book. My advice is theyre both good but read the other one first.

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