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    Tuesday, September 1, 2009
    WorDissection: Another Faust by Daniel and Dina Nayeri

    Did I like it? Yes!
    You'll love it if you liked: Anything supernatural
    Aura: Eerie, Haunting
    Read If: You're looking for something that is supernatural yet stays true to reality
    Narration: Third person
    Main Characters: Victoria, Belle, Bice, Christian and Valentin Faust, all 15 year old
    Themes: Faustian Bargain, Redemption, Ambition
    Plot: 9.8/10
    Narration: 8.9/10
    Characterization: 9.75/10
    Overall: 9.5/10
    Did I get bored anywhere? Nope. It was captivating.
    Did any part confuse me? Just a few parts, but they got cleared up later.
    Line/ Page Skippability: 0.15/5. I devoured every word.
    Writing Style: Average Sentences, Formal, Descriptive.
    Uniqueness: 9.25/10
    Predictability: 0.5/10
    Imagery: 9/10
    Song(s) to go with book (Authors' choices):
    Daniel Nayeri:

    •Nicola Vileroy – Welcome Home by Coheed and Cambria
    •Victoria – Skullcrusher Mountain by Jonathan Mountain
    •Valentin – The Feel Good Drag by Anberlin
    •Christian – All that I’ve Got by The Used
    •Bice – Heaven Forbid by The Fray
    •Belle – Flashing Lights by Kanye West

    Dina Nayeri:

    •Nicola Vileroy – O Fortuna by Carl Orff
    •Victoria – Shove it by Santogold
    •Valentin - Gives you Hell by Great American Rejects
    •Christian - All Apologies by Nirvana or Nothing Like You and I by Perishers
    •Bice - Hallelujah by Jeff Buckley
    •Belle – Love Game by Lady Gaga
    Favourite Quotes: "Someone once said that 'French is the language that turns dirt into romance.' Valentin knew this to be true because he lived in Paris, and when he wasn't feeling romantic, he was feeling like dirt."
    "I think the biggest lie the devil ever told was that beauty and goodness are the same."
    Cover: 9.25/10
    Ending: Hopeful, Realistic Closure. Leaves readers to contemplate their own endings in a way.
    Reading Priority: Must Read
    Reading duration: Fast readers-Approx. 7.5 hours, Slow readers- Approx 12 days.
    Synopsis:
    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.

    WordVore Prod's Review:

    Another Faust was majestic.
    Yes, that’s the first word that pops into my head when I think of the book.
    Let’s start with the best part of the book: the concept. The whole idea behind the story was captivating. After all, we had yet to see a YA novel on the Faustian Bargain. The implementation was absolutely impeccable as well; however, I would have liked just a little more information on the bargain in the book itself. That was not exactly a drawback; I suppose too much information would have turned the tone of the book into droning. In the beginning I felt the writing style would not pull me in, but boy oh boy was I proven wrong. By the last page I think I sold my soul to the book! Character development was so smooth and polished that I believed each and every character and felt emotions along with them. Funny thing was, despite the book’s very interesting twist of all flawed characters, I didn’t hate any of them. Even Victoria, who was portrayed as so despicable gained my sympathy at times. No action or behaviour was left unexplained; and there was depth to each and every character, which is a commendable feat to accomplish in a book with a third person narrative and five main characters. The importance of the characters was also at equilibrium which made my respect for the book go up a few notches higher. The overall feel or aura of the book was set extremely well—it was able to permeate through the skin. The theme of redemption was beautifully addressed and realistically developed. Near the end I was slightly confused about the way Madame Vileroy was dodged, but then there was an “eureka” moment—which felt pretty awesome!
    My only complaint: at times, certain parts lacked lucidity. But nothing serious enough to make anyone blunder in a daze, so it’s totally offset by the overall awesomeness of the book. Read…NOW!

    Here's a sweet trailer for the book:

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    2 Comments:

    Ohhh i'm reading this book right now! I like it a lot so far , i'm glad you liked it =)

    By Blogger pattepoilue, at September 1, 2009 at 7:21 AM  

    Yeah I saw it on your status on Goodreads:)
    Since you're liking it so far, I think you're going to like it even better since the book gets even better near the end.

    By Blogger WordVore Prod, at September 1, 2009 at 9:42 AM  

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