The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde

Robert Louis Stevenson

The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde is a gothic novella filled with mysteries and constant action. In this novella, there are two main characters that have completely different morals and personalities, that causes society to question their relationship. Mr. Hyde is characterized as an individual that society fears due to his appearance and his wicked crimes. Whereas, Dr. Jekyll is portrayed as a kind-hearted man, who is well respected within society. The relationship between these two individuals becomes a mystery to those living in Soho, London, as they are nothing alike and share no common character traits. Mr. Utterson who is a lawyer and a good friend of Dr. Jekyll becomes intrigued by the relationship between these two individuals when going through Jekyll’s will. Mr. Utterson begins to question why Dr. Jekyll would give everything he has to Mr. Hyde if he were to die or to go missing, which causes him to decide to play the role of a detective. Mr. Utterson’s goal is to figure out who exactly is Mr. Hyde and why is he so closely related to Dr. Jekyll. Throughout Mr. Utterson’s journey, he learns a lot of mysterious information about Mr. Hyde and experiences situations that cause him to believe that he found out the truth about Mr. Hyde. Personally, I really enjoyed reading this novella, as it was very mysterious and caused me to become very intrigued with the story. Overall, it was a great book with a good amount of interesting details and contained a great storyline. As a result, I would recommend this novella to anyone who enjoys a good mystery story.  -Jeffery K.

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Someone to Love

Melissa de la Cruz

Olivia “Liv” Blakely knows how important it is to look good. Her father is running for governor and Liv is thrust into the bright media spotlight. She has an image to uphold—to her maybe boyfriend, to her new friends and to the public, who love to find fault on social media.

Liv’s sunny, charming facade hides an inner voice that will settle for nothing less than perfection. No matter who she has to give up, or what she has to lose, to achieve it. But as the high price of perfection takes a toll, Liv realizes that the love she feels for herself is more important than all the ‘likes’ in the world.

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Asylum

Madeleine Roux

Asylum is the first book in a trilogy, following Abby, Dan and, Jordan while they work their way through, and remarkably survive, countless run-ins with dark secrets hidden within the town of Brookline.

Daniel “Dan” Crawford is a normal teenage boy looking for a bit of adventure when he decides to participate in a summer program that’s being held in a historic, restored mental institution that has been repurposed as Brookline University. What he actually discovers is more than he bargained for, to say the least. The moment he steps foot onto the grounds of the school he receives an uneasy feeling, though he’s not sure from what, but he shakes it off and convinces himself that he’s just nervous. While residing at Brookline he meets a mysterious professor who seems oddly obsessed with him and his name, a roommate who is doing creepy things like watching Dan sleep and digging through his bags, and his only allies in his nightmare to come; Abby and Jordan.

Personally, the book was exciting and mysterious, it didn’t give away what the plot twist was too early and by the end, you desperately wanted another adventure with the trio! At times the writing was confusing and it was helpful to go back and read it over again but I think that was all part of the author’s tricks; to confuse you in a subtle way. By far the best book of the series, Asylum is always a great choice; for a quick read, a rainy day, or even to scare yourself a little bit as the authentic-looking images throughout made you feel the fear as the characters did. – Maggie D.

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Words on Bathroom Walls - Julia Walton

Words on Bathroom Walls

Julia Walton

 

Adam has just been diagnosed with schizophrenia. He sees and hears people who aren’t there: Rebecca, a beautiful girl who understands him; the Mob Boss, who harasses him; and Jason, the naked guy who’s unfailingly polite. It should be easy to separate the real from the not real, but Adam can’t.

Still, there’s hope. As Adam starts fresh at a new school, he begins a drug trial that helps him ignore his visions. Suddenly everything seems possible, even love. When he meets Maya, a fiercely intelligent girl, he desperately wants to be the great guy that she thinks he is. But then the miracle drug begins to fail, and Adam will do anything to keep Maya from discovering his secret.

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