PHANTOM'S DANCE BY LESA HOWARD
Goodreads Summary 5 STARS!!!
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.
WOW! A few months back i went to see the play of the Phantom of the Opera so when i got an email asking if i was interested in reviewing this retelling i couldn't have been happier! I absolutely loved the originality of that play and have never heard of anyone doing a YA retelling on it but this book does not disappoint!!
Christine is a passionate dancer and i loved learning about her life in the dancing industry. She has an amazingly strong determination to keep working hard and reach her dreams. She had a goal and everything she did was to accomplish it. She was kind but too trusting! WAY too trusting! But i guess that's the motive of the play and she manages to produce a perfect representation of the character she's supposed to be.
I felt so sorry for Erik at times and i understand why Christine keeps going to meet him. He was a complex character and you couldn't help but feel suspicious yet drawn to him. I loved the romance between Raoul and Christine, they were so sweet together! I loved her friends especially Jenna!
The plot is extremely well written and there is a flow that will definitely keep you hooked especially when we feel the transition from the pity we feel for Erik to the the apprehension that he's really not stable and has a a dark past full of secrets! Highly recommended read!
*The author requested an honest review in exchange for a free copy*