Info from authors' site:
One night, across four cities, five children disappear. Years later, five enigmatic teenagers appear at an exclusive New York holiday party with their strange but beautiful governess, Madame Vileroy. Rumor and mystery follow the Faust children to the elite Marlowe School, where their presence brings unexplainable misfortune.
Using a series of “gifts” given to them by Madame Vileroy, the children are able to soar to suspicious heights at Marlowe. The gifts seem child-like in their simplicity. The governess teaches them to cheat, steal, hide, and lie; ‘harmless’ she calls them, though they are much more. For the vicious over-achiever, reading an unsuspecting mind is simply to cheat. For the reclusive pariah, the gift of stopping time is just another way to hide. And who but an aspiring writer can weave a convincing lie?
Soon, Madame Vileroy’s gifts become darker and more complex. Living in a gray home designed to cultivate and corrupt them, they are enveloped in the side effects of their own addictions. They live cursed lives, making deals with the devil as they claw their way toward their goals….that is until two of them begin to uncover secrets more shocking than their most unforgivable sins. A modern retelling of an ancient dilemma, Another Faust recreates the story of the Faustian bargain. Set in present-day New York, but spanning the centuries, it is a chilling tale of ambition, consequences, and ultimate redemption.
I love not only the sound of this novel (does it not sound like it could be a great, complex and even deep--or maybe even just delectable book?), but the cover as well. It's very...Gothic and dark and intriguing looking. Besides all that, I love that it's a brother and sister that wrote the book! I just might have to find a way to pre-order it for the pre-order contest on their blog, too.
Arriving August 25.
edit: uhm, apparently when you're sick and schedule posts...you (meaning me) schedule one for Wed, one for SATURDAY!, and another for Wed...so you get two this week...oops. I don't know?!?