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Another Faust (Another #1)

3.14 of 5 stars 3.14  ·  rating details  ·  2,805 ratings  ·  471 reviews
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 mos
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Hardcover, 387 pages
Published August 25th 2009 by Candlewick Press (first published August 1st 2009)
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R. C.
This book is hard to get into. The first chapters are supposed to be mysterious, but end up just obscuring the truly fascinating mystery readers discover if they keep on.

The writing reminds me of my junior high school literary journal. The Nayeris describe and describe. They tell about their story, rather than telling their story.

The premise is so-so. Five Faustian teenagers in modern NY society? Eh. As urban fantasy goes, that's pretty lame. It's hardly fantastic that the people of high socie
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Nely
Oct 14, 2009 Nely rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: own
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
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Carolyn
Usually I don't write reviews, but I was genuinely shocked by how low the ratings were for this book, so I had to throw my two cents in. First of all, if you are expecting a run-of-the-mill teen fiction book with a flashy story and a happy ending, this is not the book you should be reading. Second, this is not a love story or even really a story about someone triumphing over odds. This story is about human failure. Faust is a completely different genre of fiction than most present-day teen liter ...more
Alea
Like I said about Fairy Tale, Another Faust for me was another book that felt like my own personalized version of fantasy and reality. I'm the sort of person that sometimes avoids fantasy because I fear if there is too much fantasy there will be nothing I recognize and will be utterly and completely lost. So again, Another Faust was a perfect balance of me of the recognizable and the fantastical.

For me, Another Faust is all about the characters. I adored them and their gifts and their everyday a
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Raquel
OKAY!!! I'm soooo sorry, but I couldn't read it, I just couldn't! I got to page 47! I swore that I would pick it up and read it again, but I just couldn't. WHEN I READ IT, I FELT LIKE THIS BOOK WAS PUNISHING ME. I CAN'T READ IT, I JUST CAN'T.

FIRST THINGS FIRST, The beginning of the book threw me off already. It gave like a little background of the characters in the book, foreboding that the beautiful lady with the blond hair was...I dunno. Something like this mistress kidnapping them, the devil
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Lilibeth
Victoria cheats. Belle tricks. Valentin lies. Bice hides. Christian steals. Everything and nothing is connected, by the most invisible, inaudible things around the world. The darkness you trust to protect, the governesses--maids, nannies, baby-sitters--you trust to protect your children, is/are what betrays you when the right moment strikes for what they truly want and will give anything to have. The most five differentiated children are brought together by one governess because of their "weaken ...more
BOOK BUTTERFLY
Another Faust tells the journey of five children who vanish from their homes and are re-introduced years later at an exclusive Manhattan prep school by their strange "governess", Madame Villeroy. The cover art of Another Faust gave me the impression that this book would be a much lighter read, but wow, was I wrong. If you think that Another Faust is going to be a glossy soap opera about spoiled rich kids with too much power, then you'd be mistaken, much like I was. Another Faust is a well crafte ...more
Valerie
Another Faust is one of the most unique books I've read in a long time, if not ever. I don't recall having ever read a book that involved people, in this case kids/teenagers, selling their souls to the devil to get what they want. The unique plot line is what drew me to the story.

Unfortunately, overall the book was disappointing. Sometimes I found it difficult to follow all the different storylines of each character. Each character had their own ''gift'' from Madame Vileroy and sometimes it was
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Kristi
This was an interesting read to say the least. I wasn’t aware when I first found the title was that the title was an extension of “Faustian bargains” or what I’ve always known it as– selling your soul to the devil. Perhaps I was alone in this revelation. I’ve seen it portrayed in literature and movies before, but this was an altogether take, which was refreshing.

I enjoyed the overall story, the manipulations, the deceit, the jealousy, makes you feel all warm in fuzzy inside to know what humans a
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Holly
Before Christmas, when I saw this book in the store, I was jumping out of my skin to get a hold on a copy. It looked so good and the plot looked amazing.

Unfortunately, reality bites. The plot was character driven, which sucks when you don't like the characters. Just before the halfway mark, I almost quick reading it because I just couldn't get into it anymore. But I kept on.

There were many things I didn't like about this story, the biggest being the ages. Why do we have 10-year-olds selling thei
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Amelia
I wanted to like this. I really did. This story had so much potential to be great but it fell flat.

It was bland and boring. It should have gone much farther into the character's lives, interactions, the plot. I felt like it was just skimming the surface.

I couldn't really connect with any of the characters. The main focus seemed to be on there "gifts". I wish it had gone more into detail with their internal thoughts and feelings. There were brief glimpses here and there, but not nearly enough. I
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Renee
Sorry I just can't finish this...It's boring, thr writing feels immature and I just had no interest in ANY of the characters
Nicola Mansfield
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 inc
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Kate
Another Faust is a compelling mixture of darkness and suspense. The novel follows 5 teens on their journey to illuminate the price that one must pay in return for being "special." There are many aspects of this novel that showed promise. The pacing of the novel was done wonderfully. I think that the authors took their time to expound on certain areas, while glossing over the others. This format kept the book fresh for me, and maintained my attention. The characters were easy to connect with, and ...more
Eleni ( La Femme Readers )
I really enjoyed this book. It was dark and dangerous, just how I like it. These five "Faust" teenagers were quite intriguing, I connected with all their personalities since the book was beautifully written. However, their were times where it was just a tad bit wordy for me. I also didn't understand why most of the teenagers were blonde, but they all seem brunette on the cover? But, I did love how each teenager had a different "gift" that was given to them by the wicked governess. The concept of ...more
Chapter by Chapter
I loved this book. Absolutely loved it! From the beautiful cover art, to the plot that was unfolding with every flip of a page, I loved this book. I was actually very curious prior to reading Another Faust to what exactly a 'Faust' is. So to the Wikipedia-mobile! Apparently, Faust is a German legend (I won't say any more because I don't want to risk any spoilers) and after finishing the novel you'll see all of the similarities that make Another Faust a great remake.

When I first began reading, I
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 Tina (Fantastic Book Review)
Nothing in life is free and in the Faust household 5 teenagers are going to find out firsthand what happens when you sell your soul to get to the top…

Christian, Bice, Belle, Valentin & Victoria find themselves in a new city 5 years later after their mysterious disappearance only to emerge with special “gifts” that could change the course of their lives forever…

Another Faust is a beautifully written tale where sinister deeds grab you by the collar and submerge you into the pages until you’re
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Adam Hall
The novel Another Faust, by Daniel and Dina Nayeri, follows the story of five, very strange, very gifted teenagers, as they are stolen from their homes, and show up years later in New York City, under the care of the beautiful governess, Madame Vileroy. As the story progresses, each child makes a deal with Madame Vileroy, and in return they receive a gift. For example, the gift of extreme beauty,or the ability to stop time. The Faust teenagers, however, have no idea exactly how much these gifts ...more
Samantha The Escapist
Aug 28, 2010 Samantha The Escapist rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: I can't think of anyone...
Shelves: barely-finished
DULL DULL DULL

Ever get 100 pages into a book and STILL not like a single thing about it?

It wasn't poorly written enough to force me to put it down (as is the case with many others) but I wish it had been.

There isn't a single likable character in this story, one would argue that Bicé was meant to be the sympathetic character but the problem was that she was only in the story enough to make you pity her, she never did anything likable, you just knew she was probably a good person and had to take
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Bri  Ahearn
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Nina
I think this book was an entertaining read. It was not what I expected. It was dark and twisted and basically about each fantasy that teens dream of living that costs a heavy price. The governness was amazing. She thrived on darkness and the character's insecurities. She was a very good villian. I really enjoyed the little stories of previous people whose lives she destroyed. I think each of the children had an interesting twist to their stories. It was definetely not a light read. Each back sto ...more
Vera
Öncelikle şunu söylemeliyim Bir Başka Faust cok begendigim ve sasirdigim bir roman oldu fakat kitapla ilgili farkli yorumlara bakinca bazi kisilerin nefret ettigini gordum.Bundan da su sonucu cikariyorum bu kitap ya cok seviliyor begeniliyor ya da nefret ediliyor ve yerden yere vuruluyor.
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This book just didn't do it for me. It had a good lesson to be learned for the YA audience it is meant. In the beginning, one of the girls asks her sister if she would rather sell her soul to be young, thin and beautiful forever, or keep her soul and be fat and ugly. Well, that is foreshadowing if I ever read it!

5 kids are kidnapped and raised by their "governess" and lead a very privileged life. There really is not much that happens that is interesting in this book--it seems to try too hard to
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Bri-anna
This novel was a big let down for me.

I picked up this book at a clearance event for books. I had wanted to read the novel for years, but I could never remember the name. The book was the cheapest of the pile and on sale on top of the clearance, which should have been a warning.

I heard rave reviews from my friends that I should read this book, so I picked it up willing and ready to be wooed. Sadly, this book was one where I had to force myself to continue, and I did not see the point in the endin
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Maryam Dinzly
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Liza Taylor
Having just read Christopher Marlowe's play Doctor Faustus, I was intrigued by the title of the book. It’s a very interesting and modernized take on an old story. It was a very enjoyable to read with the exception of an extreme dislike I developed for several of the characters. I basically hated Victoria and Madame Vileroy. Valentin to, but not as much. But I felt that they were well developed characters. The story had way more mystery in it than I thought it would. It’s full of anticipation as ...more
J.c. Drost
I gave this book 3 stars because there wasn't anything that I hated about it, but I didn't love it.

Since there were five main characters, I didn't really empathize with any of them. At the beginning I had hard time deciding if any of them were worthy of my sympathy, and by the time I came to kind of care what happened to some of the characters, the book was at least halfway over.

I will say that Madame Vileroy was probably the best character in the book because I knew where she stood as the bad
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Colleen
I wasn't able to get into this book. I couln't figure out if I should feel sorry for the kids or not. I think I didn't like the fact that the kids (at least as far as I read) really didn't have a strong bond together. I think I could have dealt with their personal vices and poor decision to "sell their soul" if they at least cared about each other. But instead, they were all out for their own gain and didn't care who they hurt or how they got what they wanted. I stopped reading the book 1/3 way ...more
Heather Rose
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I'm not trying to be snotty, okay, maybe I am... a bit, with this review but it may come off that way. First, I realize this is not everyone's cup 'o ramen. It's an age old religious debate... God vs. Devil and who's powers are stronger. And sometimes, they tend to lean towards the side that you don't want to win... Second, I don't think this should be YA. Just because there are a bunch of posh looking, spoiled teenagers on the cover does not automatically make it acceptable
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Juanita
Not my typical sort of book, but the cover and back description caught my interest. I have to say I have never read anything like this book. This book takes your full attention as there are so many character plots and relevant things that give insight into the books story line. Right from the start my favorite's are Bice and Christian. It was like they both were Hero and Heroin. Another new thing I've experience with this book is the writer's style of writing. I've never read anything that goes ...more
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Daniel Nayeri is a writer and editor in New York City. He wrote and produced “The Cult of Sincerity,” the first feature film to be world premiered by YouTube. He has had all kinds of jobs around books, including book repairman, literary agent, used bookstore clerk, children’s librarian, Official Story-Time Reader Leader, editor, copy-editor, and even carpenter (making bookshelves). He’s also a pro ...more
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