Blog Tour: Phantom’s Dance by Lesa Howard (Chrissy’s review, giveaway)


PDCoverPhantom’s Dance
written by Lesa Howard
published by Boot in the Door Publications

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Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.

Did I enjoy this book: 
I did enjoy it. It was a good retelling of The Phantom of the Opera and a quick read.

I love books about ballerinas. The world of dance is amazing. I enjoy books that take me into that world. I was in that world a bit during Phantom’s Dance. At first, I thought it would be like Save the Last Dance with the hip-hop and everything. But it wasn’t. I wanted more from that aspect of the story.

I loved the retelling of The Phantom of the Opera. I haven’t read many Phantom retellings, and this was a good one. It was modern, interesting, and kept me reading. I finished this book in just over a day. I wasn’t expecting the twist at the end.

With that said, the one thing I didn’t like was the ending. Everything tied up too quickly for me. I would have liked either another 50-100 pages or another book. Other than that, it was a good story.


Would I recommend it: Sure.

About the book: 
Christine Dadey’s family uprooted their lives and moved to Houston for her to attend the prestigious Rousseau Academy of Dance. Now, two years later, Christine struggles to compete among the Academy’s finest dancers, her parents are on the brink of divorce, and she’s told no one about her debilitating performance anxiety and what she’s willing to do to cope with it.

Erik was a ballet prodigy, a savant, destined to be a star on the world’s stage, but a suspicious fire left Erik’s face horribly disfigured. Now, a lonely phantom forced to keep his scars hidden, he spends his nights haunting the theater halls, mourning all he’s lost. Then, from behind the curtain he sees the lovely Christine. The moldable, malleable Christine.

Drawn in by Erik’s unwavering confidence, Christine allows herself to believe Erik’s declarations that he can transform her into the dancer she longs to be. But Christine’s hope of achieving her dreams may be her undoing when she learns Erik is not everything he claims. And before long, Erik’s shadowy past jeopardizes Christine’s unstable present as his obsession with her becomes hopelessly entangled with his plans for revenge.

LesaAbout the author: I’m not the typical author. I didn’t always enjoy reading or writing. While in school, I found it to be a chore I’d just as soon skip. I would rather have been daydreaming, my favorite past time. It wasn’t until I grew up and didn’t have to, that I realized reading was fun. I soon discovered that reading fueled my daydreaming. So, remembering a short story I’d written in high school, I began imagining expanding that story into a book. Before long I found I had loads of ideas for not just the short story but other books and stories as well. Fast forward a few years, a lot of studying about writing, practicing my writing, studying some more, taking classes from people who knew what they were doing, studying and practicing yet more, and ta-dah, author! In the same way I had learned I loved reading, I learned I loved writing, too. It’s just that writing is a lot harder than reading.


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  1. thanks for the giveaway

  2. I just finished the book and was totally sucked in.

  3. Very Phantom of the Opera…sounds like a retelling…

  4. angel lawson says:

    Thanks for the giveaway! 🙂

  5. Sara S. says:

    Looks awesome!

  6. Thanks for the chance!

  7. Laura R. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway, it looks amazing.

  8. I also love stories about dance – and Save the Last Dance is one of my fav movies I actually rewatched it this spring and it’s just as good as I remembered it! >.< Great review! 🙂

  9. Hello, everyone. I wanted to stop by and say thanks to EFC for joining the Phantom’s Dance tour with Xpresso Book Tours. Early on I was concerned how fans of the original Phantom of the Opera would react to a modern retelling, so I really appreciate you, Chrissy, taking a chance and reading and reviewing it. I’m glad to have connected with everyone.

    book love,
    Lesa Howard

    • You’re welcome, Lesa! I really did enjoy it. As I said in my review, I haven’t read any Phantom retellings, and I thought this was a good one. Thank you for the chance to read it! =)

  10. My daughter is a dancer and would love to read this as much as me!

  11. Darlene Cruz says:

    I never sat down to read or see the phantom of the opera, maybe I should don’t you think? This book sounds like a story I would like to read, finally 🙂 Thank you for the giveaway and good luck with your book.

  12. Oh this one sounds fantastic! Love the mask also, quite beautiful!

  13. Thanks for the chance!

  14. Thomas Murphy says:

    sounds like a great book! Thanks for the giveaway.


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