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(Maidens & Monsters #1)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  20 ratings  ·  8 reviews
Each Sunday for ten years, the young and prominent Maidens of Mapleton have met in the town schoolhouse and told each other all.

A town with a violent past, now-booming Mapleton dotes on its favorite daughters: Christine, a featured singer at the town's beautiful music hall, Mina, the daughter of the newspaper owner, Esme, a ward of the church and Lucy and Elizabeth, daught
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Published May 24th 2016
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An intriguing retelling of famous gothic stories, CHRISTINE is the first book in Maidens & Monsters series. Its basically about children in the old west who survived a horrific tragedy that resulted in their town being founded in blood shed. Because of this, the surviving children has become close to each other and banded together to form The Maidens of Mapleton. As they grew into young ladies, each of them encounter their own adventure. These young womens' character harkens to a beloved fem ...more
Goth Gone Grey
Sep 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A first person account from Christine with familiar characters & scenes spun in new ways and new places. An overall elegant tale, well crafted and engaging to read. This version of the tale is set in the Old West, a group of Maidens and their stories intertwined with classic Gothic fictional characters with a twist - perhaps the villains aren't as bad as they were always made out to be?
Kristen Johnson
Jul 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Maidens of Mapleton have quite a past, bonded together after a horrible incident which left some of them orphans, and another to be adopted by the church, their lives have not been happy or easy for a while. They find joy in their friendship, in their time together, but then mysteries abound and the girls are left trying to figure things out. The story starts out by giving us the basic details and then dives into a more fitting tale of memories of the past, Christine's memories to be precise ...more
Books 2 Blog
Jul 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is my first time reading a gothic/horror type story, and I really enjoyed it! I've always been a fan of murder mystery type books, and re-telling's/re-imagining's of classics/fairytales, and I thought the author did a great job creating this Phantom of the Opera, type tale.

The mystery floating around, that the Maiden's are trying to uncover, is quite intriguing. Curious to find out the truth surrounding the town and that one fateful day. One thing that bugged me a little was the almost inst
United Indie Book Blog
Jul 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is an interesting unique twist on The Phantom of the Opera. Christine draws you in and becomes a friend. This book has mystery, drama and romance. It's a quick read that holds you interest until the end. I look forward to reading more in the series.

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The first of a series that puts a new spin on classic horror stories. I enjoyed this version of "Phantom of the Opera". The setting was changed and the character's names changed (but easy to recognize). I like the way characters were added from other stories. Looking forward to the next book.
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I have a feeling I would have appreciated this more if I'd known the story of the Phantom of the Opera before reading it (I know, I know) but as it was, there were lots of things about it to enjoy: a brave, compassionate music hall singer heroine, clever girls who look after each other, a sweet romance, a plot that hints at an overarching mystery, a dramatic conclusion and, of course, the intriguing concept of heroines from gothic literature coming together in a Western American town to uncover ...more
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It was really nice reading. Not a pleasant though. My ebook was edited quite bad. But the writing style is good, and thanks god it had no modern slang (which is a common mistake of the most fanfic writers, alas).

So we've got here a retelling of the Phantom of the Opera story with a twist. It's the 1st book of 5, and there is a storyline going through all of them, combining them: a tragedy happened long ago in a small town when Christine's father and several other people were murdered.

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MARIE PIPER is a graduate of Michigan State University, a former actor/director, and a lover of stories.

The full-length steamy Western trilogy, FIRES OF CRICKET BEND, and the gothic dime store serial, MAIDENS & MONSTERS, are available now. Marie's short pieces are featured in a variety of anthologies. Currently, she is writing THE GILDED BRIDES.

Find her on Twitter/Instagram at @mariepiperbooks

Other books in the series

Maidens & Monsters (5 books)
  • Mina (Maidens & Monsters, #2)
  • Lucy (Maidens & Monsters, #3)
  • Esme (Maidens & Monsters, #4)
  • Elizabeth (Maidens & Monsters, #5)