Phantom's Dance

Phantom's Dance

by Lesa Howard


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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.

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ISBN-13: 9780978818340
Publisher: Boot in the Door Publications
Publication date: 04/06/2014
Pages: 342
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.71(d)

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Phantom's Dance 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Melhay More than 1 year ago
All performing auditoriums and stages have their own ghosts. Rousseau Academy of Dance is no different. However, this ghost might be real, as a broken stage light and a silver necklace with a pendant is found. Christine's dream to become a ballerina with the company is in jeopardy if she can't audition for the Second Company to move up in ranks. But she has her own fears to deal with. When she visits the theater, she meets a young man who starts to help her with her dance. But he sees more in her. Her dreams and relationships are now in danger after opening herself to a young man behind a mask. The dance world is extremely competitive, yet Christine has been blessed to find a few great friends here. Jena, Liam, and Van. She even meets a great boy to fall for, Raoul. Christine has big plans as a future ballerina, but she needs to excel at the junior academy as her first step. She struggles with the performances and it's holding her back. She hopes with hard work she can hopefully over come it, and soon. The beginning is a soft start with introductions to the characters around Christine. In two chapters we get hints that there is a mystery here and it builds slowly from there. There is something going on here, and it's not just Liam and Van trying to get the Ghost Hunters here to investigate the 'ghost' to be on tv. There are a lot of wide connections quickly made at the beginning of the story - different people in different places that Christine bumps into. Yet we don't get the true feel of the 'Phantom' until about chapter 19. This story feels more of a blend of the movie Save the Last Dance at the beginning and Phantom of the Opera toward the end. Even though it was slower starting, somewhere along the way I found I was drawn into Christine's life. I looked forward to seeing what would happen to her and how she'd react. This brought me to feel that the story is character driven. All that happens around Christine affects her. You get drawn into her world of dance and life. All she experiences and how she grows with it, yet falls apart as well. Christine comes across as naive when it comes to boys and the ways the world can be harsh and unexpected. The reason for this, as she's shy of eighteen, is she's focused her life on ballet, which is extremely time consuming. Her mom cares, but she's going through a rough time in her life as well. She's struggling with being a working single mom and her own emotions with recent events. The story is a Young Adult feel in the beginning. BUT there are events that happen later in the story that I would recommend for older readers. An abusive relationship is present. It's not a complete description of the event, but you are well aware what has happened and it's talked about. As I found I was drawn into the story and needed to listen to how things turned out, there was one small thing at the end that still floats in my mind. It hasn't upset me, but feels... I don't know, I didn't much care for it. I understand it being here, but it feels off. I listened to this story on Audible. At the beginning there were a few moments where the narrator seemed muffled and hard to hear. But after the first chapter all was well. She did a lovely job with different voices to distinguish the different characters. She had the young girl sound to her voice as if I was listening to Christine talk. She did a wonderful job of narrating the story and not distracting from it, but enhancing it.
kirstyviz More than 1 year ago
This is embarrassing to admit this to you all, but I had a complete 'DOH' moment with this book. I read on Goodreads that people had added this to their 'retelling' shelf and I asked myself what this story was a retelling of . . .Errrr . . Phantom? Raoul? Christine? Erik?  . . .And, yes I did eventually realise! In my defence though I had only read a third of the book at this point! Phantom's Dance is a romance, using ballet as a central focus, only the light and hopeful atmosphere created by Raoul and Christine's fledgeling relationship turns foreboding and chilling on Erik's introduction. Christine is not the strongest female protagonist I have met in Young Adult literature, but she is talented and has a vulnerable naivety which is one of the main reasons why we are so interested in her choices. Lesa Howard shows an extensive knowledge of ballet, although her author's notes reveal that she has never danced, but this adds to the authenticity of Phantom's Dance. Apart from Erik's psychological state altering the mood of the book, it gives us a contrast to the genuine romance between Raoul and Christine. Raoul clearly cares for the ballerina and though their actions whilst alone prove an intense desire between them, he also wants to protect her and be an equal partner in their relationship. However, Erik wants to dominate Christine, evident by assuming the role of her 'teacher', and in later scenes we see the full force of his controlling personality. Lesa Howard times her plot twists perfectly, drawing us in and then shocking us. Even the ending leaves the reader stunned. Phantom's Dance is not the first ballet story I have read, and neither is it the first retelling of Phantom of the Opera I have come across, but Lesa Howard is able to add her own touch of originality. I think this is a book which will appeal to a wide range of readers. I received this as a complimentary review copy, but this has had no influence on my opinion.
Chrissy_W More than 1 year ago
3.5 stars 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. Disclosure: I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange  for an honest review.
lovestoreadnovels More than 1 year ago
This was a wonderful retelling of phantom of the opera. I loved how the Author took the story and put a modern spin on it. I don't like to spoil a story so I'll try to keep this simple. I really connected with Christine. How shes open but uncomfortable in her own skin. Raoul was the hunky boy in the story and Erik was the one you felt sorry for.....Thats all Im willing to say in fear of ruining any part of this story. All I can say is it was amazing and if you love phantom of the opera or ballet then pick this one up!!!!  "I was given a copy of this book by the Author for an honest review. All opinions are my own & 100% honest"
Jasmyn9 More than 1 year ago
I have always loved Phantom of the Opera - the story, the music, everything about it. Lesa Howard has done a fantastic modern re-telling of this classic tale. Christine is a great ballerina that has earned a spot in a prestigious Academy. She's on the verge of making into their company, but she's missing just that little extra something that could help her make it all the way. When a mysterious tutor offers to help, but refuses to show himself, she takes him up on his offer to help her dance better. And so starts our Phantom. Christine is not your typical teenager. She attends high school online and her dance career is her life. But she does have some of the typical teenager concerns. She wants a social life and a boyfriend. She wants to experience everything life has to offer without having to give up her dream of dancing. It's a delicate balancing act that she struggles to maintain. Throw into that some family issues and she has a lot on her plate. Eric, our phantom, is a mystery. And knowing that it is a re-telling, I sat in anticipation for him to make his move. When he does, it's a big move and I was really shocked. Parts of this story aren't for the faint of heart. There are some adult topics that are very important, and while I'm not sure I approve of the way Christine handled all of them, she handled them in a very real way. There are a few unexpected twists as their story unfolds and Lesa Howard's writing was beautiful. I fell into the story and the characters completely. Christine's life was fascinating. It's amazing how grueling her training and life was and how intense her training was. This is a great read for lovers of Phantom or contemporary young adult.  *This book was received in exchange for an honest reveiw*
skizzles22 More than 1 year ago
3.5 Stars! I enjoyed the modern setting and how it wasn't opera but ballet that centered around the characters' lives. And I liked how she kept the characters' names the same as the original, and even a little bit of who they were. But I can't judge the retelling of it, because I'm not an expert on The Phantom of the Opera. I enjoyed the main character's voice! Christine was a likable protagonist who is seemingly a great dancer, though she doesn't feel like it. She constantly wonders if she's good enough to have a career in ballet and often thinks of quitting it. She feels pressured to be at her best and to work as hard as she can while sacrificing friends, a social life, and other hobbies. Pretty much, ballet is her world. I kind of wish that she'd stepped away from it a bit, kept up with the hip-hop that she learned through street dancers. Maybe even decided to quit. I don't know; I just felt like she had zero development as a character. I liked her enough; she was sweet but God, she was so naive and oblivious to everyone around her. I wanted to smack some common sense into her most of the time! Things happen in this book that push Christine to the limits, that make her question her life, and steal away her innocence. It's believable that she would fall into easy traps, though I can't help but wish she'd been just a bit more careful in everything. But Christine's character made me realize that mistakes happen, trust can be lost easily, and that thinking the world and the people in it are good isn't always a bad thing. I liked the strong woman who came out of everything in the end, but it sure took a long time for her to get there. The secondary characters weren't much more fleshed-out than Christine, but many of them were important to the story. I loved the relationship Christine had with her parents, even if they were having problems and she was caught up in them. They truly loved her and only wanted the best for her. I loved Jenna! I thought she was funny, sweet, and a great best friend to Christine. Raoul was a pretty flat character. I thought he was a good boyfriend, but he just didn't have any true personality. Their romance was sweet but a little too quickly developed.  The plot was pretty fast-paced and filled with an underlying mystery revolving around the theater and Erik. He was a very complex character, and I never knew what to think of him. (Should have known he wasn't so good). But the author wrote him in such a way that you never knew what he was going to do, say, or how he felt toward Christine. He was shrouded in mystery, and his obsession turns him into a madmen who will stop at nothing to get what he wants. I think the balance of Christine's life, the romance, and her secret meetings with Erik was good. I just wish there'd been a bit more than that, though. I would have loved more interactions with Magdalena's dance crew! Oh, and that ending? Genius. Phantom's Dance was a modern retelling of The Phantom of the Opera with ballet instead. It was shrouded in mystery and the creepy sense that something bad would happen. It kept me turning the pages, and I really enjoyed it!
NovaReylin0 More than 1 year ago
I was very curious about this! The synopsis shows that it is similar to The Phantom of the Opera but obviously there are some differences. I wanted to delve in and I hoped to enjoy every word! The cool thing about this is that Lesa Howard is able to take a theme that we have all read or seen many times and put a completely new twist on it. The basis of the theme is the same even if the reasons behind the theme is not. As the reader we don’t see these differences come alive until later in the book (that character arc part) but I felt like it really matched the world that Lesa Howard was trying to create. The characters were pretty easy to understand. Christine has a lot going on in her life with ballet and her family and it’s amazing that this girl can keep her life together. There’s just so much but not so much that I didn’t feel that it reflected real life. Then we meet Erik. There’s some secrets surrounding him, some of which I was able to discern but not until over halfway through the book. I wasn’t sure how much I wanted to like him. There’s so much that I had to turn off when thinking about their relationship and other stories that I have read, and believe me this story is very, very different from the rest! And of course, that left me curious. The character arc was great! I think it really brought about some character strengths, and flaws that are necessary for growth. It was amazing! The only downside was that it took a while to get there and I think maybe it was the fact that I knew the story that kept me curious how this one was going to be different but overall I really enjoyed it. The short: Creative read! Ignore your thoughts and comparisons to older versions of The Phantom of the Opera. This one is completely different but still really good! Received from the author for an honest review.
jeneaw34 More than 1 year ago
  I love The Phantom of the Opera so it was a given that I had to read this one be a retelling of it. Instead of it surrounding the opera, it is about ballet and the prestigious Rousseau Academy of Dance where Christine has been attending for the past couple of years. She has been working so hard to get the part of Giselle for some time, but she has a hard time dealing with the pressure of auditioning. There have been break-ins and strange things happening and the rumor of a phantom haunting the theater. She doesn’t believe the rumors, that is until she meets Erik who stays in the shadows. He helps her with her dance, but she finds out there is something very wrong with him.   The cast of characters were great. Our main girl, Christine, is just like every other girl at the Academy. She wants to be the best and she is a strong ballerina and does her best. She and her best friend Jenna are always together and Jenna is spunky and has a wild side, and what can I say I liked her. She had me laughing at things that she said. Raoul is the football player that stuck having to take some lessons at the studio and was genuinely a good guy and I liked to see Christine and him spending time together. Now, Erik was something else entirely. He was creepy but an amazing and talented dancer. The other characters like the dance teachers and a few of the other students were wonderful and I enjoyed them, especially “Van” who was one the of the boys who attended dance classes.   This is fast paced from the start and even though I know the original story well, the few twists that Howard put in were sooo good. The setting in the dance studio was just how I remember it from when I took ballet when I was younger from the same drama between dancers down to the “strict (mean) teacher”. The creepiness level of the phantom was there is creating an eerie atmosphere that you would expect and want. Christine’s time dancing with Erik was gorgeous but the danger she was in increased more and more as the story progressed and I kept turning the pages faster. There was something that happened that is a serious and delicate subject and it was glossed over and not dealt with the way it should have been and that kinda hit a nerve with me. But that would have to be my only complaint about this book. The suspense level was high and all the events that lead up to the ending while they might have been on the predictable side, I was in no way prepared for the very last sentence. Shock and goosebumps was what I left with and it was awesome!   Phantom’s Dance was suspenseful, with a sweet romance, an eerily engrossing phantom makes this present day twist to Phantom of the Opera is one not one to be missed.
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
An absolutely lovely retelling of The Phantom of the Opera, Phantom's Dance was a wonderful YA read. With sweet romance, compelling suspense, and some spine-chilling creepiness, this book was enjoyable from start to finish. Christine was great. Like the original, she was kind and likable, but also naive and overly trusting, which got her into bad situations. She was easy to sympathize for, especially because she was dealing with more than one chaotic situation at once. My only issue with her was that, after something terrible happened to her involving Erik, she got over it oddly fast. Her initial reaction was believable, but then it was almost like she simply shrugged it off, which was not believable. So, that bothered me a bit. But, otherwise, I liked her character. Raoul was very sweet. Though not the deepest character, he was likable and always there for Christine when she needed him. I liked him, as well. The romance was light, but sweet. Though their relationship was a bit shallow, I thought Raoul and Christine were great together.  Erik was very well done. Like the original, he started off as a benign genius who sought to help Christine. But, as things went on, he slowly revealed his madness. I thought that was delightfully creepy and his character was probably my favorite part of the book. The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. Though I knew how the story would go, the suspense was still there, creating a tense atmosphere as Christine realized Erik's true nature. I really enjoyed the story and the ending was great. Phantom's Dance was a wonderful YA retelling. I really liked this book. It was suspenseful, creepy, with a touch of sweet romance. YA lovers, this is a book you'll want to check out. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review