Friday, July 18, 2014

Blog Tour Review + Giveaway: Phantom's Dance

Phantom’s Dance

by Lesa Howard 

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Blurb: 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.


Genres: Retellings, Realistic Fiction, Young Adult, Romance, Thriller

 Publication date: March 1st 2014

My Rating: 4 stars

Phantom's Dance is a retelling of The Phantom of the Opera, one of my favorite plays.(Sadly, I have yet to read the book, but I hope to find a copy this summer.) It also includes ballet, something else I greatly love. This book and I were practically a match made in Heaven from the beginning. 

The story is a bit different from the play, but they're pretty similar. One major difference I found was that, in my opinion anyways, The Phantom in this book is a even more sinister than in the original story; I always felt a little bad for the original Phantom, but this Phantom is a horrible psychopath, and while his character was intriguing, he was never even slightly likeable.

Christine was pretty interesting. I think the author did a good job of making her character modern. Christine was given a few problems that would be more prevalent today. Raoul, however, I never really liked too much. To be fair, I didn't like him very much in the play either. I don't know, I thought he was kind of the stereotypical love interest, and I didn't find anything very special about him.

The plot, however, is the book's strong point. It's thrilling, filled with twists and turns, and I love the extra flair that the ballet aspect gave it. This book was impossible to  put down once the story started to move, because of the creepy/thrilling feel I got from reading it. Even at the very end, that feeling doesn't go away from the story.

Like I said before, the fact that this had to do with ballet made me insanely happy. I actually knew all the terms that the author used for once; I can't say the same for when I read books based on ice skating or hockey or something like that. 

This book was a really great read.  I got sucked into it and loved it! I would definitely recommend it.


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. Great review! I Love when old stories get remade and given new twists to modernize it. It sounds like a very well paced read, too! Glad you liked it!

  2. Hi, Gabs! I wanted to thank you for reading and reviewing Phantom's Dance while it's been on tour with Xpresso. You really know the way to a writer's heart when you say things like, "The book was impossible to put down." Wow! I'm so flattered. Seriously, I can't think of a better compliment. I'm truly honored. So thank you for the fabulous review and for taking a chance on a retelling.


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