I should confess before starting this review that when I started this book I had no idea it was part of a series, however it is a book that can stand on its own. There were several points and details that alluded to previous books, however I grasped the plot and characters overall.
At first I did find it difficult to get into this novel, however this may have been due to it being part of a series and once I persisted I found myself becoming more engaged with the novel and enjoying it.
I absolutely love the retelling of classic fairytales and stories so I knew that this reimagining of Jekyll and Hyde would be right up my street. The Hyde aspect of the novel is more unusual but worked overall. Obviously as this is such a well-known story, the element of surprise is lost to an extent as we, the readers, already know the story and can guess some of the twists and turns.
Daniel and Dina Nayeri incorporate the tale into modern tales really well and I loved the inclusion of modern day issues facing teens: homophobia, divorced families and stepfamilies, etc. The complexity of a society with tweeting, therapists, high school and absent parents.
I think that the last fifty pages were strongly written and the action and pacing in them were very well executed. Thomas’ battle with Hyde in particular was a really interesting and well-done scene.
As a villain I felt Nicole was a little one-dimensional; the authors try and add complexity to her character via her history with Hyde, however it just didn’t ring true with me. As she is the villain, I gather, from the earlier books it may be more to do with this and her character already being set up and my not knowing the series.
This is an engaging, interesting novel with a brilliant concept. The authors have a great grasp on voice with Thomas. I received this egalley for free through NetGalley and Candlewick Press and am grateful for the opportunity to read this book.