Monday

Another Faust by Daniel and Dina Nayeri

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 - the side-effects 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. [borrowed from Amazon.com]

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 kid 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.

GIVEAWAY: On that note, I feel I need to pay this one forward. I'm gladly giving away my gently read copy because I'm sure someone will like this. The reviews are mostly four or five stars - so obviously readers are enjoying it.

I'm opening this one to FOLLOWERS ONLY. You guys deserve an upper hand on some of these giveaways and this one is perfect for that.

As always, leave a comment for one entry. If you'd like extra entries just say so in your comment or separate comments (extra entries for Twitter, sidebars, Facebook, etc.) Make sure to leave an e-mail address, especially if you are leaving a comment under Anonymous.

Rules: This contest is open internationally. Winner will be drawn Saturday, October 31.

50 comments:

Juju from Tales of Whimsy said...

No need to enter me 'cause it doesn't sound like it would suit me either.

LOVED the review :)

Jessica (BookLover) said...

Great review! I appreciate the honesty. I almost purchased this one recently but now I'm glad I didn't. I would like to be entered in the giveaway though. :)

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April said...

Enter me!

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Martinis or Diaper Genies? said...

spook central is what I call your blog. heart it.

celi.a said...

I'd like to be entered to win your copy! I've read both positive and negative things...and I'd like to see what I think. Thanks!

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Misty said...

I LOVE this cover. It intrigues me. :)

~Misty
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Anonymous said...

Enter me in the giveaway.
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Casey said...

I love reading honest reviews! The idea of the book sounds really awesome! I'd love to give this one a try

throuthehaze said...

I would love to read this! I am a follower

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Mary Ann DeBorde said...

Mary D
zenrei57 (at) hotmail (dot) com

I've been wanting to read this one ever since I first heard about it, so I'd love a chance to win your copy and thank you so much for the opportunity :)

And I'm a Follower ~

Veens said...

I am scared to enter for this one! Thank you for the honest review..

but i like the premise too... and want to enter!

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Pam said...

I'm a follower and I've heard mixed things about this book. I'd like to give it a try myself though.

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I Heart Book Gossip said...

Please count me in

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Linna said...

Please count me in. I'd love to read this book. :D

+1 follower

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Bunny B said...

Yes! Me, please! I would love to read this. Thanks!

your loyal follower,
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Brodie said...

Please enter me! I've been wanting to read this for awhile now. Hopefully I'll like it!

Thanks!
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brizmus said...

I'm sad to hear that this book fell flat for you. The concept seems like something I would totally love, and in some ways because of the things you said about it that you didn't like, I'm thinking I will love it.
I'm a new follower, so I don't know if I can be entered or not.
If I can, it's
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Crystal said...

This sounds interesting and I would love to give it a try. Glad to hear that the ending was good even though the rest of it wasn't that great to you.

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Karen H in NC said...

This is the first I've heard of this book. Sounds interesting. Enter me please.

+1 I am a follower

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Froggy said...

Please enter me. :)

I am a follower
I follow on twitter
I follow on goodreads
I added the link in my sidebar under contests

Froggy
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Haleyknitz said...

enter me please!

i posted at http://haleymathiot.blogspot.com/2009/10/contests.html

i tweeted at twitter.com/haleymathiot

haleymathiot at yahoo dot com

thx for the honest review!

Jess said...

I'm a follower on friendconnect. And I'll post my link on the sidebar of my blog (http://www.findthetimetoread.blogspot.com) I'm glad that you gave an honest review especially with everyone saying that they loved it.

-Jess
(findtimetoread @gmail.com)

Jenny N. said...

I've been reading some YA books recently so would like to read this one. I'm already a follower.

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Mystica said...

I'm a follower. Please enter me and thank you for opening it to overseas readers.

Mystica

Bunny B said...

Blogged: http://bunnymoney9.blogspot.com/2009/10/winnnnn.html

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Serena said...

I follow in Google Reader. I would love to enter to win this. Thanks for the giveaway.

I'm trying to catch up on blogs...Sorry I've been absent lately.

elnice said...

I am interested in this book. I am following in google and twitter

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Elie (Ellz Readz)

Tynga said...

Please count me in I'd love to win that book =)
I am a new follower (google reader)
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Tena said...

I am a follower

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Tena said...

I follow you on twitter (5150mommy)

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Tena said...

your listed on my sidebar in my blog list

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Wrighty said...

I really enjoyed your review and have heard similar comments. I would still like a chance to read it and appreciate your giveaway.

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+ friend on Goodreads
+ added on sidebar
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Sheere said...

Great review, its so honest :)
enter me please!

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Sheere said...

Follow you on twitter and I have tweeted about it

http://twitter.com/Sheeredry/status/5090372115

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Sheere said...

+1 sidebar

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AStarrA said...

Sounds great. If I win after I read I'll pass on to my niece.
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AStarrA said...

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Anonymous said...

Count me in. walkermisc@primus.ca

Meg said...

This book looks fantastic! Count me in.

+1 - I'm already a follower

Megan
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Jaime said...

please enter me
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Nancye said...

This looks like a great book!

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Nancye said...

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dor said...

Hi. I am a new follower and would love to be entered. Thanks

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dor said...

Sent in friend request on (Doreen Rio)

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