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Phantom's Dance

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  81 ratings  ·  65 reviews
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 w ...more
Paperback, 342 pages
Published April 6th 2014 by Boot in the Door Publications (first published March 1st 2014)
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Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede
May 15, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-2015
To be honest I never expected this book to be a hit. A modern YA version of The Phantom of the Opera set in the ballet world. No, I just hoped that it wouldn't be really catastrophically bad.

I was wrong. It started OK, not great, but it was acceptable. Then Eric was introduced into the story. This is when everything went straight to hell. I have loved The Phantom of the Opera since I was a teenager. I have read books, seen movies, listen to the musical. TPOTO is my favorite story. And, I have al
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
I debated on whether or not to even post this review because honestly, how many times have I ever posted a review for a book that I just can't rate? Umm, probably never, at least not on my blog. But the fact is, this book was good and yet, it had it's bad moments as well.

Let me explain.

I love a good solid retelling of any classic as much as the next girl, which was why I was excited to start this as soon as I saw the great cover and even better blurb. And while I did like this, I have to be hon
Gabs {My Full Bookshelf Reviews}
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I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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
This book comes with trigger warnings for assault. Read the review on my blog here.

Phantom’s Dance is a retelling of The Phantom of the Opera, but I can’t attest to its accuracy to the original storyline—because I don’t know it. I know, I know, what am I doing with my life. But this book was certainly enjoyable—and it did surprise me as well.

The story starts off quite sweetly. Christine is a likeable, if a little naïve, ballerina in training. She has an audition for her academy’s company, but sh
Aug 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I recieved a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

As a huge fan of Phantom of the Opera, and more recently, retellings of classic tales. I was so excited to read this book. It is a modern interpretation of the classic Phantom of the Opera. Set in present day Houston, Texas.

It follows our young narrator, Christine Dadey, as she navigates her way through classes at the Rousseau Academy of Dance. Her world is saturated with ballet, and is with all sheltered young ladies. She is naive
Jul 12, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Stephanie (Bookfever)
Not surprisingly, I loved Phantom's Dance. I'm both a huge fan of The Phantom of the Opera and retellings so this book was a hit for me. The start was a bit slow but it soon turned into one amazing story that I couldn't stop myself from reading.

Christine: She was a great character to read about. She was determined in her dancing, kind to everyone—even Erik— and on top of that she felt real to me. I really liked her voice in the book.

Raoul: He wasn't much in the book but I love how he was there f
May 20, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of dance niche
Received from the author for review.

I was pretty excited to read a modern take on Phantom of the Opera, and I can't say I was let down. The book was exciting without ever getting too caught up in the action at the expense of character focus. It was a nice, somewhat slow paced book with plenty of dance references.

The writing was smooth and for this nit-picky reader, almost completely absent of the grammar/proofing errors so often found in self-published novels. The only notable errors I found we
Feb 21, 2015 rated it liked it
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Phantom of the Opera is one of my favorite shows, and it’s the only show I’ve seen on Broadway so a retelling of this classic story with teenagers and in Texas? Sure! Why not?

The life of a Ballerina is never just glamorous, its full of hard work, dieting, and stress. It wasn’t any different for Christine Dadey who uprooted her whole life and moved to Houston, Texas to be in a better school. Even with all the effort Christine put into her dance, she
Jul 14, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a modern day retelling of The Phantom of the Opera. I loved it when I saw it as the theatre, so I knew I would enjoy this book. I liked the first half of the book, but it was the second half that really gripped me. For me, Erik was the most interesting and it was his character that kept me reading. He was not all he appeared to be, and as things went on his madness was slowly revealed. I can't condone some of the things he did, but I couldn't bring myself to dislike him either.

The love
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: acquisitions
Gaston Leroux's The Phantom of the Opera is one of my favorite classic horror-romance stories and i loved it even more when i saw the London production in San Francisco. of course, the movie adaptation was excellent as well.

having mentioned the above, i commend author Lesa Howard for doing an excellent job in shying away from and/or focusing so much on Leroux's masterpiece. the essentials were there but she made Phantom's Dance truly her own . instead of musical ingenues and divas, she turne
Sep 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A most enjoyable retelling with a twist
A retelling of the famous story of the disfigured phantom praying on a young singer (a young dancer, in this case), Phantom’s Dance has all the mystery and suspense of the original and a modern cast of characters that makes it so much more enjoyable.
The characters are well drawn, including the parents, usually neglected in YA novels and Jenna’s struggles with her fears and insecurities makes her sympathetic and highly relatable.
I was enthralled and surpris
The idea of this book intrigued me. I think people who enjoy dance would really be able to get into this modern retelling of The Phantom of the Opera. While the ending seemed rushed, the main character's story was conclusive.
Aug 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Such a beautiful book, I loved reading it. I will highly recommend it to anyone. When I finished the book, I was depressed, and didn't want to have to put it down.
*Full review can be found at Part of that World.

Can I be honest here? I've watched The Phantom of the Opera movie once but don't remember much about it. I don't even think I liked it. Haven't seen the musical either. *gasps* I know, I know. Probably shouldn't have decided to read this (since it is a retelling), but I really enjoyed it even without knowing practically anything about the Phantom.

Actual rating: 3.5 Stars!

So I guess I can't really judge the retelling of the story. *looks it up on Wi
Justine Nicole
Jul 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Phantom's Dance is, without a doubt, the most beautifully haunting novel that I've read this year. It grasps complete attention from the beginning and refuses to let go, building suspense and even a creeping terror. I completely devoured the book, and whether you are a fan of dance, horror, YA retellings or none of the above, I'm sure that you'll devour it too.
I've always loved the story of The Phantom of the Opera and Howard does a wonderful job in this modern adaptation. The change of profess
May 26, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Phantom's Dance is an extremely contemporary take on the classic tale of The Phantom of the Opera, where opera singing has been replaced by the challenging world of ballet as the main focus. Christine is still a teenage girl, but instead of being an orphan, she has a dysfunctional family. Only the title character and the two lovers are instantly recognisable from the original, and even then, the characters are altered; instead of Raoul being a Count, he is
Jul 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

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
I was given a copy of this from the author in return for a review.

I'm kind of a big fan of The Phantom of the Opera, so I jumped at the chance to read this. A modern twist on the story? Sign me up!

And the updates were pretty cool, I'll give it that. Instead of about the opera, it's about ballet in Houston, Texas. All of the main players have the same name as they do in the original book. Erik, Christine, Raoul. (Though I have to admit, it was a little weird hearing the name Raoul in a modern set
I really enjoyed this modern YA Phantom of the Opera retelling! Ms. Howard did a great job of bringing the story into present-day Houston, setting it at a prestigious ballet school and utilizing current technology to help the story along. (Erik especially uses it to his benefit. Chillingly so...I get the shivers even now, thinking about it.)

Christine is a likable heroine. She's sweet and earnest and very naive, much like the character she is patterned after. The pressures she's under--going to a
Tiffany Do
Aug 18, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thanks to the author who provided me with an e-copy of this story in exchange for an honest review.

Ballet dancer Christine Dadey is working towards her goal of becoming the best ballet dancer possible and to join a great ballet company later on. She attends the Rousseau Academy in order to do just this. However, something had occured to her during her audition for the Rousseau Academy professional company and many people are doubting her ability to become more than she is. She soon doubts ever
Jun 30, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I have a review of a book with a curious blend and a special essence. This charming book is a YA but anyone can read it I enjoyed the romance and likes adding mystery as well as moments of surprise and you never expected.

When I take this tour, I noticed that your abstract was accompanied by the striking cover. And it was a big surprise start to read it and see it was the essence of The Phantom of the Opera, but the author gave his own way and his particular stamp.

Phantom’s Dance is the story of
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Jul 13, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a interesting and good book. Many see this as a retelling of Phantom of the Opera. I don't not really. I see a struggling dancer because she hasn't found her passion who meets a damaged boy who wants revenge on the one who caused him the most pain through dance. This boy helps her and becomes obsessed, this obsession leads to danger but also sadly helps the girl find what is missing in her dance. The boy becomes more dangerous and finally snaps and this puts everyone at risk. Finally he ...more
Stephanie (Bookfever)
First of all, I don't usually listen to a lot of audiobooks but I do like to listen to them when they're favorite books of mine that I have read before. I don't think this review will be as long as my normal reviews because it's an audiobook and I have reviewed the story before but as far as audiobooks go, I personally think that this one was fantastic. And I'm not saying this because I loved the book when I read it. I really mean it. So, I still love the story. Still love this Christine that Le ...more
Chris Torretta
Jul 15, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books, young-adult
This modern re-telling of the Phantom of the Opera brings the classic story into a modern setting for a YA audience, or for anyone who loves re-tellings. Set in Houston, TX at a prestigious ballet school, Christine attends the competitive Rousseau Academy of Dance. In order to attend, her family had to uproot and move, Christine also had to go through a rigorous audition. The move and audition caused a rift between her parents. Christine loves ballet though, despite a trauma that happened right ...more
Gabic Reads
Original review at Gabic Reads as part of the Phantom's Dance Blog Tour.

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. Th
Ri v
Jan 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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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 amazi
Paula  Phillips
Jul 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Are you a fan of rendition stories ? Love remakes and modern variations of old tales from the past ? Lesa Howard brings the story of "The Phantom of the Opera" into the 21st Century as we meet ballet dancer Christine. She has always dreamt of dancing on stage in a production such as Giselle , but the thing is she gets performance anxiety but with a little bit of help she may just learn to dance a lot better and improve her ballet techniques. The story starts with the idea of a "phantom" hiding i ...more
Namrata Ganti
Jun 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A wonderful retake on the Phantom of the Opera, this story is well written and has the right amount of suspense to keep the reader hooked. The story follows Christine as she works hard to be ready for an audition and her encounter with the "phantom". The "phantom" seeks Christine out and starts helping her with her dancing.

The beauty of the story lies in the way it is written. We are given a glimpse into the world of ballet and the amount of effort and work that goes into it. It is an art, a for
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