Teen Hyde

Teen Hyde

High school meets classic horror in this YA contemporary twist on Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.Head Cheerleader Cassidy Hyde’s life should have been perfect. But it really, really wasn’t, and she’s about ready to give up and disappear. Until, the first time she takes Sunshine. This new experimental drug makes Cassidy feel like the pe...

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Title:Teen Hyde
Author:Chandler Baker
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ISBN:1250058759
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:272 pages

Teen Hyde Reviews

  • Diana
    Feb 25, 2017

    It's a story driven by revenge, in the list of my favorite plot themes that's like second. I loved it from the very beginning; falling deeper into Cassidy's mentality and feeling her loss of control.

    It's a horror story but I think what makes it so great, is that the truly horrific part is all too real in this world.

    Maybe 'great' is a weird choice of words to describe it, when I put it that way but what I mean is the scary part and ideas that would keep me up at night already existed, and isn't s

    It's a story driven by revenge, in the list of my favorite plot themes that's like second. I loved it from the very beginning; falling deeper into Cassidy's mentality and feeling her loss of control.

    It's a horror story but I think what makes it so great, is that the truly horrific part is all too real in this world.

    Maybe 'great' is a weird choice of words to describe it, when I put it that way but what I mean is the scary part and ideas that would keep me up at night already existed, and isn't something that is 'just your imagination.'

    It's real and Baker does not shy away from it. Putting it in the horror category is simply one way to tell the story. This very well could have been straight fiction.

    I've no doubt that some might say that the context of this book was merely another 'plot point' just used to sell a story but I doubt that too.

    It's something that needs to be acknowledged and not swept under the rug. Baker makes that obvious.

    Somethings just hit where they were suppose to and you never can tell if there is a real villain. At no pint in this did I find myself feeling sorry for the victims. Or should I say "the boys that go missing...that Cassidy never wanted to think of again." (They're victims of something- feelings of self entitlement- but nothing to feel bad about.)

    I really admire how she managed to make a very important point in an equally entertaining story. It's an amazing story that you never know where it will go or how it will end, or even what will happen at the end of the chapter. I was so absolutely caught up in it, I couldn't get enough.

    I received this book via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Mandy Peterson
    Dec 02, 2016

    To be fair, I hadn't read the first book in this series, but it is definitely on my TBR (to be read) list now! A modern twist on the classic story of Jekyll and Hyde, "Teen Hyde" is reminiscent of old school teen horror novels. Chandler Baker does a good job of summing up what happened in the first book, so I wasn't too lost as I read it. The first book is not necessary to read before this one, although it may be preferable.

    At the core of Teen Hyde, Cassidy is dealing with some major issues (bey

    To be fair, I hadn't read the first book in this series, but it is definitely on my TBR (to be read) list now! A modern twist on the classic story of Jekyll and Hyde, "Teen Hyde" is reminiscent of old school teen horror novels. Chandler Baker does a good job of summing up what happened in the first book, so I wasn't too lost as I read it. The first book is not necessary to read before this one, although it may be preferable.

    At the core of Teen Hyde, Cassidy is dealing with some major issues (beyond whatever happened in Teen Frankenstein). Sunshine is a new drug that makes you feel like everything is fantastic in your life and in the world around you. However, it comes with memory loss as a side effect, which doesn't seem so bad at first because Cassidy has been through some life altering, violent events that she'd rather forget. I feel like it would be a spoiler to say what they are so I'll just assure you that the issues are not only relevant, but also VITALLY IMPORTANT to talk about and to have written about. I wasn't expecting this from a teen horror novel, so I was pleasantly surprised.

    The voices of Cassidy and Marcy are distinctive (which is really good towards the end of the novel!) and well-written. It's clear the author has an understanding of what each character thinks, feels, and acts like, and Baker is able to communicate those characteristics well. I was drawn to the book over and over, mostly because I found Marcy to be fascinating. (Not a Cassidy fan, personally.) Every action and bit of dialogue is important and comes back to play. The plot was well thought out and presented. And the ending...can we just... The last 15% of the book was hands down amazing. I found myself totally rooting for the 'Hyde' of the duo, and at the very end, I was like, "Please let there be another book about her and the missing piece!" (Trying so hard not to spoil!!!)

    Overall, I predict it will be a divisive book. You will either be drawn to it or loathe it. Likely no in between. But that in and of itself is a good thing. Well done, Chandler Baker!

  • Kate
    Jan 24, 2017

    I'm marking this as on hold because it's not at all what I expected it to be? It doesn't seem to include Tor or Adam at all, even in the background; it is REALLY intense; and I have a feeling it isn't going to end well for anyone. I think I need to be in the right frame of mind to read this, and that frame of mind is definitely not the one I've got now.

  • Roxanne
    Jan 10, 2017

    Thanks to Fiewel & Friends and Netgalley for a copy of the eARC in exchange for a fair review.

    Disclaimer: This is book 2 in the High School Horror series, well it's not completely needed to understand events and references are made to Teen Frankenstein book 1.

    Cassidy Hyde isn't dealing with things all that well. Since Adam cheated on her with a nobody and was killed the night she was crowned Homecoming Queen things have been hard. She just can't shake the sadness so she agrees to go to the p

    Thanks to Fiewel & Friends and Netgalley for a copy of the eARC in exchange for a fair review.

    Disclaimer: This is book 2 in the High School Horror series, well it's not completely needed to understand events and references are made to Teen Frankenstein book 1.

    Cassidy Hyde isn't dealing with things all that well. Since Adam cheated on her with a nobody and was killed the night she was crowned Homecoming Queen things have been hard. She just can't shake the sadness so she agrees to go to the party even though she isn't really feeling it. While she on the verge of having a Britney Spears moment, Liam bursts into the bathroom and before he leaves he offers her this little pill called Sunshine.

    When Cassidy wakes up in the morning she feels great despite the fact that she can't remember anything passed dancing with Liam. Maybe a little memory loss is okay to feel better in the end. As as the days go by, Cassidy becomes more and more aware of the fact that she is doing things at night and can't remember what is going on. When Lena a sophomore calls her Mercy she knows something is wrong, but she just can't quite figure it out.

    Until the morning she wakes up with blood on her hands, Cassidy knows that she has to figure this out and stop herself. Will she come up with a way to save herself? Will she be able to admit the truth?

    This is was interesting, twist, on Dr.Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Like Teen Frankenstein a gender switch, but not only that there are underlying secrets Cassidy is keeping. They get revealed in a way as the story goes on. I say in a way because it isn't expressly spelled out. You have to kind of guess with no real confirmation.

    I have to say that Cassidy is the kind of main character I wouldn't normal like, but in a way she was as light as her other half, Marcy was dark. They fit together and while neither character was very likable you could relate to them. I was half afraid I wouldn't like this because it features different characters from Teen Frankenstein although it is set in the same town. In fact, both mc's attend the same high school. That being said I loved this, I read it as fast as I could and now I am really sad that I have to wait a long time for book 3 to come out. So if you like retellings that aren't fairy tales... You should totally check out this series!

  • Nikki Poulos
    Jan 15, 2017

    I don't normally leave reviews, however I was sent an arc of this novel and I feel as though I should say a little something. The writing was alright for a YA novel. The story itself was well put together. The plot wrapped up quite nicely. The finale is something fresh in the sense that I haven't seen an ending like this happen in a long time.

  • Jessica Hoopingarner
    Dec 27, 2016

    I received this book from a giveaway but my opinions are honest and my own.

    I haven't read anything else by this author but this book is enough to get me interested. It starts off slow and has me thinking its going to be a paranormal book. Then it morphs into a book about a young adult coping with a horrible event. The way it reveals itself is what makes the book however. It never says what happens to her or fully explains everything, you simply put the pieces together as you read. That's what I

    I received this book from a giveaway but my opinions are honest and my own.

    I haven't read anything else by this author but this book is enough to get me interested. It starts off slow and has me thinking its going to be a paranormal book. Then it morphs into a book about a young adult coping with a horrible event. The way it reveals itself is what makes the book however. It never says what happens to her or fully explains everything, you simply put the pieces together as you read. That's what I like about it.

    Also, got me thinking about how abuse survivors cope and how it effects those around them too.

    The only thing I wish was a bit different to me was it was unclear how much her friends and family knew about what happened to her. Their actions seemed odd for someone who would have known.

  • Amy Fournier
    Jan 02, 2017

    Review coming soon.

  • Rebekah Crain
    Jan 12, 2017

    Reading books in the YA genre is a guilty pleasure of mine, but it is not one I would think of turning to if I was looking for a book with a strong element of horror. Written with a younger audience in mind there's no question as to why, even in a horror book, the fear factor and level of terror is kept at a minimum. However, what authors like Gayle Foreman did for YA romance or Veronica Roth did for YA fantasy is what I believe Chandler Baker has done for YA horror through her High School Horro

    Reading books in the YA genre is a guilty pleasure of mine, but it is not one I would think of turning to if I was looking for a book with a strong element of horror. Written with a younger audience in mind there's no question as to why, even in a horror book, the fear factor and level of terror is kept at a minimum. However, what authors like Gayle Foreman did for YA romance or Veronica Roth did for YA fantasy is what I believe Chandler Baker has done for YA horror through her High School Horror Story series.

    Not unlike Baker's earlier classic retelling,

    ,

    does an excellent job of recreating the classic it was painstakingly based on. It is a creative, modern day reimagining of Robert Louis Stevenson's well known Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, but in this version our monster is a gorgeous high school specimen. Cassidy Hyde has the perfect life, one she worked so hard to construct for herself. But when her beautiful world begins to crumble, Cassidy finds herself spiraling down into a deep, dark depression. Which is why she quickly, and with little conscious thought, accepts the offer of a small burst of sunshine that can so thoroughly pull her from her funk and set her back on the right track. Only, even after the most sunshine filled day, the darkness of night must return. And as Cassidy finds out, what happens in the dark might seem to go away when the new dawn approaches, but the stains the darkness can leave on you, well... they don't just disappear quite so easily.

    definitely hits the mark as far as horror goes, YA or otherwise. It's frighteningly good with a side of gore that had this horror fan squeamishly wriggling in her seat. Well done, Ms Baker!

    Thanks to the author, publisher, and to NetGalley for this review opportunity. I've had the pleasure now of reviewing both books in the series and I look forward to hopefully having the opportunity again when the next book comes out.

  • Spenser Barranco
    Jan 27, 2017

    I did like this book more than Teen Frankenstein. Mostly I loved that we saw the increased paranoia from our main character and how she works backwards through her mind to find the truth. That said, it does fall into some YA tropes that are all too common. Give it a try if you read the first book, or want a quick creepy read.

  • Monica
    Jan 27, 2017

    Cassidy and Marcy: two sides of one incredibly twisted tale. Neither is truly in control, but both desperately want to be. Their ongoing struggle for dominance leaves an increasing trail of physical and psychological damage, and me with a few thoughts about the telling of this tale.

    I was expecting a little bit more on Sunshine and the role it played. It's never even mentioned beyond a certain point, and its use is never really tied in to the overall story.

    The background characters remain so far

    Cassidy and Marcy: two sides of one incredibly twisted tale. Neither is truly in control, but both desperately want to be. Their ongoing struggle for dominance leaves an increasing trail of physical and psychological damage, and me with a few thoughts about the telling of this tale.

    I was expecting a little bit more on Sunshine and the role it played. It's never even mentioned beyond a certain point, and its use is never really tied in to the overall story.

    The background characters remain so far in the background that they're almost inconsequential. Liam, Honor, Paisley, and even Lena, who has a bigger role than most, just kind of lurk, one-dimensionally, until they're needed to push Cassidy or Marcy along to the next plot point.

    Questions aside, though, this is a truly gruesome retelling of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde, made all the more creepy for it being set in a modern high school.