Saturday, July 19, 2014

Phantom's Dance Blog Tour: Review + Giveaway

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.

Author Bio:
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.

First line:
"Mom, you can't seriously be thinking of injecting poison into your face."
Review copy from author
4 masks out of 5
Phantom's Dance is an awesome retelling of Phantom of the Opera. It takes place in the world of dance rather than the one of opera. The detail of the life of a dancer was incredible. Lesa made an effort to show how much time and effort goes into being a ballerina. Christine gave up her whole life to be on stage. But throughout the novel she learns to be a little play to her work. Phantom's Dance is creepy and suspenseful. The ending left me satisfied and wanting more at the same time!! I'm looking forward to getting more from Lesa.

Christine has dedicated her life to dance. Her family moved from El Paso to Houston and now her father is living in Norway. Christine feels distant from her mother and only talks to her dad once a week. The dancers are too competetive to form friendships with. Christine's only has Jenna, a fellow dancer, and Marisol, her best friend from El Paso. Christine is independent and not sure she wants to continue with her career. She starts to break away from her rigorous schedule when she meets Raoul, a football player.

I love this retelling and it makes me really want to read the original Phantom of the Opera. Phantom's Dance is perfect for those looking for a retelling of the tale or for people who are looking for a book with an insight to the dancing world.


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1 comment:

  1. Hi, Gabi. I wanted to thank you for reading and reviewing Phantom's Dance while it's been on tour with Xpresso. It's really great to have the opinion of someone in my target YA audience. I'm glad you like it. And I love the 4 out of 5 masks rating. How clever!