written by Lesa Howard
published by Boot in the Door Publications
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.
About 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.