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Another Faust (Another #1)

3.17  ·  Rating Details ·  3,238 Ratings  ·  521 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
Hardcover, 387 pages
Published August 25th 2009 by Candlewick Press (first published August 1st 2009)
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R. C.
Dec 08, 2009 R. C. rated it it was ok
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
Sep 24, 2009 Nely rated it it was ok
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
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
May 21, 2009 Alea rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-for-review, bea
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
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
Jun 06, 2009 BOOK BUTTERFLY rated it liked it
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
Jul 06, 2009 Lilibeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fantasy
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 "weakne ...more
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
Giselle (Book Nerd Canada)
This is the story of Madame Vileory who lets face it, is the Goddess of Death. She takes unfortunate souls and make them dependent on her. Why she does this I have no idea why. That’s the thing about this book, there was no motive for these evil actions!

We have five teenagers who couldn’t be more different, yet what they wanted was the same. To be noticed and appreciated by their family, friends and the general public. Then Madame Vileroy comes into their lives and they sell their souls to her i
May 01, 2009 Kristi rated it it was ok
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
 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
Sep 07, 2009 Holly rated it it was ok
Shelves: witches_magic, own, debuts
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
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
Sorry I just can't finish this...It's boring and I just had no interest in ANY of the characters
Bri  Ahearn
Jun 15, 2009 Bri Ahearn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Elizabeth Mathis
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 most prestigious high school, where they soar to suspicious heights with the help of their benefactor’s extraordinary "gifts." B
Feb 20, 2012 Maggie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm throwing my hands up. I'm guilty. The primary reasons I picked this book? The cover, and the pretty blurb of words on the inside of the dust jacket. I'm also a sucker for mythology and old lore.

I liked this book, but to be honest, it fell flat on its face. The only thing keeping me reading was Vileroy, Bice, and Christian's characters, and the fancy little snippets of the various historical characters that Vileroy had drawn into her dark world of covenants and sin.

The story was very unique,
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
Fleur (FranklyBooks)
4 stars
I am forever apologies, but do you speak of moving picture show?

No, the book is not written like that (thank god), but it's just a little quote that made me fall completely and irrevocably in love with Bicé. Which is kind of odd since the whole book is meant to be about the ugliness of human nature, more on that in the third part of my review. On the whole review topic, how the hell does this have such negative reviews? Like yeah it has it's flaws but it wasn't that bad.

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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
Samantha The Escapist
Aug 28, 2010 Samantha The Escapist rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: I can't think of anyone...
Shelves: barely-finished

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
I have owned this book for sometime now but for some reason I kept putting it off. I would pick it up than put it back down and repeat a few more times.

However I have read it and it was a pretty interesting book. In a nut shell it's about a group of children who........(view spoiler)

The children receive these "special" gifts that help place them higher than other children in society. However one thing that I loved the most about the book was t
There are some really great ideas in this book, but my objection to it comes from what I think is a pretty deep flaw in psychology. The authors present 4 children who were ready to make a deal with the devil in their youth -- around the age of 10 or 12. They disappear for a couple of years being trained in their new gifts and come back to the real world to start exercising them in their teen years. What bothers me is that, while they are supposedly quite ambitious, their ambitions are so easily ...more
Aug 13, 2009 Kate rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Adam Hall
Mar 13, 2013 Adam Hall rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Eleni ( La Femme Readers )
Jul 18, 2009 Eleni ( La Femme Readers ) rated it really liked it
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
Miss Clark
Jul 23, 2009 Miss Clark rated it liked it
This new rendition of the classic Faustian bargain has a brilliant conception and is an enjoyable read, but lacking in resolution and more importantly information. I find it somewhat impressive that they manage to actually make you care about these kids (excepting Victoria who never had my sympathy past the prologue), despite how horrid they are. I was pleased that B. manages to resist Madame Villeroy, and is able to assist the others, but apart from the bits at the beginning of the chapters, we ...more
Apr 29, 2012 Nina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 06, 2011 Colleen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: didn-t-finish
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
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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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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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