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The Phantom Diaries

The Phantom Diaries

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by Kailin Gow

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What happens to the Phantom after the tragedy at the Paris Opera House is the basis for this fantastic tale of The Phantom Diaries, loosely based


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What happens to the Phantom after the tragedy at the Paris Opera House is the basis for this fantastic tale of The Phantom Diaries, loosely based on Gaston Leroux's classic, The Phantom of the Opera, but with a new tale and a modern twist. This new series for older teens and young adults is told through the eyes of 18 year-old Annette Binoche, who lands a job at the New York Metropolitan Opera House as a seamstress' assistant only to become the lead singer of the Opera House, with the help of the mysterious, yet highly-seductive Phantom.


Dear Diary,

Most of the night was spent dreaming of this Phantom. I would never admit it to anyone, but I believe I m enamored with this legendary figure. The strange goings-on at the Opera House are eerie, but I m always eager to go back.

My name is Annette Binoche. I am 18 years old, straight out of school and the new seamstress assistant at the New York Metropolitan Opera House. I am lucky to find this job. But not in a million years can I imagine I would become the lead singer in the new opera and become drawn into a dangerous life-and-death plot of some crazed phantom whose wrath spanned centuries across two continents.

The tragic incidence at the Paris Opera House where the Phantom had haunted has been over a hundred years ago. Yet, everyone claims this is the same phantom who now terrorize the New York Opera House. I would leave, but I love it here...New York, the Opera, this job, and then there is Eric, who seems a little older than me, but knows the music better than anyone. As my self-appointed vocal coach, he has brought out a side of me I never knew exists. There is something about Eric. He tells me he is not what he seems, a young cast member with intensely blue sapphire eyes and strong wide hands...hands that can be protective or hands that can kill. The problem is ...can I resist the phantom's passion, even if my life depends on it? --Excerpt. Reprinted by permission. All rights reserved.


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Cafe of Dreams - April Pohren
Complete with romantic twists, turns and entanglements, The Phantom Diaries takes the reader on an adventure of the paranormal, the search for dreams and righting the wrongs of the past. Kailin Gow's writing style is phenomenal and will leave the reader at the edge of their seat. As I was nearing the end of the story, I was so entranced, that the pages flew and time ceased to exist. Once I read the final words, I was ready to scream, for want of more. Highly recommend to those looking for
Write for Reader Blog - Shelly Reviews
Kailin Gow delivers an intriguing, mysterious, first in a series story that left me wanting more each time I stopped reading. Waiting for the next one will be trying. This book is dramatic and if you are looking for paranormal, mixed with romance and suspense, then this is the book for you!
Kristen Haskins Blog - Kristen Ceci
I love how Kailin dove right into the story. Kailin has an amazing writing style. The story was captivating and enticing and I cannot wait to read book 2. This is a great YA and I highly recommend this to anyone who knows the classic tale of The Phantom of The Opera and even if you don't you should seriously pick up this book! It's a great story with great Characters!
From the Shadows - E.J. Stevens
The Phantom Diaries is a fast paced romantic adventure filled with passionate characters and a haunting tale of love, betrayal, and obsession. A tragic legend, and an unearthed tale of black magic and revenge lend a chilling backdrop to this story of heat and passion.
Scarlett Moon - Scarlett Reviews
Even if you haven't heard of Phantom of the Opera, which Phantom Diaries is loosely based on, read this book! Every page is dripping with heat, and there is no graphic explicit sex so it's truly YA. Gow is a truly talented writer to have turned an old classic into a hot modern YA romance with paranormal teen appeal. The chemistry between Annette and Eric is scorching. You almost forget you're reading YA, but at the same time, it is mature and unique. The members of my book club instantly voted t

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The Phantom Diaries , #1
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Kailin Gow is an award-winning international bestselling author of over 220 book titles in over 50 series. She is also a film/television producer and global speaker, who spoke at BEA, Colleges, Girl Scouts, Women’s Organization and more. Having traveled to over 25 countries, lived in the American South, in California, Las Vegas, and briefly in England; Kailin Gow feels blessed to be able to use her experiences and inspirations to bring characters and stories from the places she visit, to life.

From visiting Romania, she was asked to write stories about vampires; visiting the Black Forest in Germany and seeing the castles of Europe inspired her to write fantasy; visiting Asia's mystical mountains inspired her to write action adventure and mythological dystopians. From her experience in college as a peer counselor and her volunteer work with women's shelters, she was inspired to write contemporary romance with social issues for women, new adults, young adults, and teens. Having faced adversity, including battling stereotypes and bullying, Kailin Gow has become a well-known speaker and figure in media. Her adventurous bold spirit has taken her around the world, where she has ridden on top of elephants through jungles, hand-fed sting rays, studied kung fu from a Shaolin Temple monk, and learned cooking from a celebrity chef.

She is also the star of the fictional dramedy TV Series Author A Parody, premiering in the Fall of 2015, and host of the TV show, Kailin Gow's Go Girl, premiering in 2016.

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Phantom Diaries 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 22 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Passion so thick, you can feel it jumping off the pages. Wow!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My book club did a marathon Kailin Gow read this month. She killed it with this book. Not only is she prolific but her books are so good, they win awards. Results speaks and she has them.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The love story here is so passionate! But what makes me a BIG fan sold, is the paranormal twist. Awesome job! This author knows how to bring on the edge in a classic retelling.
JillBooksCoffeeBlog More than 1 year ago
If you thought Phantom Diaries will be just like Phantom of the Opera, you'll be surprise. The author seamlessly blends the story of Phantom with a story of love, betrayal, and mystery that can stand on its own. Following the rise of young singing sensation Annette Binoche and the dramatic twists and turns that come her way, is pure escapism that is satisfying, yet will leave you wanting more.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Lavish retelling of the Phantom with the edginess for this new generation.
SassyReadsBlog More than 1 year ago
One of my favorite authors. Kailin Gow can write anything and I'll buy it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of my top favorite romance!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Phantom of the Opera retold in contemporary times and with a super paranormal twist elevating this classic to a new height
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fun twist on a classic story. Intriguing characters and a novel plot. My mom enjoyed it as a gift.
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Addicted to Kailin Gow's books. You never know which direction she'll head with each series. Always something different.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
so romantic!
acornucopiaoflove More than 1 year ago
I had pretty high hopes for this one, especially after seeing the four/five star ratings on Goodreads. I also love the musical by Andrew Lloyd Webber, but I'll admit I've never read the original story. Still, I was excited for the story to continue in Gow's book. I found the synopsis intriguing, and couldn't wait to pick it up. Due to my high expectations, I was a bit disappointed. There were, however, a few aspects of the book that I did enjoy. I really enjoyed reading the last quarter of the book. The story really picked up, there was quite a bit of action/suspense, and information regarding the history of certain characters. The writing seemed to flow well in this portion of the story, and everything was paced well. I also enjoyed Gow's portrayal of Eric. She did a great job of recreating a character that many people love (love to hate, pity, etc). His manner of speaking, behavior, and emotions seemed consistent with past versions of the phantom. Plus, there was quite a good twist at end of the book. My issues began with something that wasn't the fault of the author. I'm going to mention it here, but keep in mind it has nothing to do with the story. There were quite a few issues with editing. I can usually handle a few typos and missing punctuation, but the number of things I noticed distracted me from the story. Another issue I had was with the flow of the book, it just didn't work for me until the action picked up toward the end. I also really wanted to know more about how Annette ended up at the New York Metropolitan Opera House. There is a brief mention of how she ended up there, but I would have loved to have seen it at the start of the story. The ending left me wondering what was going to happen to the characters, and there is a sequel in the works. Despite only getting into the story toward the end, I'm interested to know how Gow resolves the conflict she's created for Eric and Annette. Overall, this book didn't work for me, but since many people really enjoyed this one, I'm in the minority.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a gross book.... it was OVERLY discripted and awkward for the reader... i am IN LOVE with the phantom of the opera, but because of this i will never think of it the same way again..... (btw they spelt all the previous people's names wrong :()
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Liked the concept more than the execution. I mean how long can the heorine go on being clueless. Not all the characters are believable or liekable. Will not pay to read next but thought the author deserved from stars for plot concept.
Burg More than 1 year ago
I grew up loving The Phantom of the Opera and have dragged my family and friends to see it on Broadway more times than I'll admit out loud, so getting the chance to read Kailin Gow's new twist on my old favorite was very exciting for me. I wasn't sure what to expect but once I opened to the first page and dug in I couldn't put it down. It had all the old romance, mystery, tension and wonder that I was hoping for and have come to expect when dealing with this classic. Gow's writing was quick, relatable and not bogged down with unnecessary details or insignificant points of reference. Her characters were original in their owns ways but still stayed true with their classic predecessors. The phantom by far and away was of course my favorite character, but I must admit that the sweet and innocent Chase also gave him a run for his money. I couldn't blame Annette for not being able to decide between them half the time when I couldn't figure out how I could love one the one minute and the other the next. I was flitting back and forth all the time. Annette was a wonderful character to follow and her diary entries were fascinating to read. I'll admit at times I wanted her to wake up and take a look around her, she was too naive in parts, but aren't we all at some point in our lives? But without a doubt the ending of the book took my by complete surprise, I was just blown away and not expecting anything of the sort. I was shocked long after I closed the book. I was not aware that this was a series and did not appreciate the unexpected cliffhanger, but now that I've calmed down and reigned in my dissapointment, I'm counting down until I can get my hands on the sequel to find out what happens next. I'm going to have to do more research before I pick up any book to see if it's a stand alone or intended to be a part of a series so I'm not so disappointed the next time I'm expecting a clean wrap up and instead have a bomb dropped on me.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago