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The Monsters of Music

4.18  ·  Rating details ·  61 ratings  ·  45 reviews
A darkly romantic gender-swapped modern retelling of The Phantom of the Opera, with a scarred Muse girl, a rock-star boy, and a singing competition. For fans of The Wicked Deep (Ernshaw), Wintersong (S. Jae-Jones), American Idol, or The Voice.

Mel must share her creative magic or be driven mad by it. But finding her first protégé isn't as easy for her as it is for most Lian
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Published October 30th 2019 by Kindle Direct Publishing
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Sep 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Oh how I adored this modern day “Phantom of the Opera” retelling! Add in a twist of American Idol. One of the Celtic fae who has to use her magic on unsuspecting musical hosts or she goes mad. (And of course like in any good fairy tales, that magic is transferred in kisses.) I was sold from chapter one.

Mel lurks in the rafters above the stage where auditions are held, waiting for the voice who will speak to her. And then, he shows up! Singer/guitarist Kiyo is completely dreamy, and as a musicia
Oct 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Monsters of Music by Rebecca Kenney is a modern retelling of The Phantom of the Opera only in this version, The Phantom (Erik) is Mel, a muse of the Lianhan Sidhe who needs to share her magic or she’ll become insane and in Christine’s role is Kiyoji – Kiyo for short - and like Christine, he is hugely talented. Mel is no slouch in musical talent but because the right side of her face is badly scarred, she shuns any attention, not to mention, it’s strictly forbidden by the Lianhan Sidhe. So, M ...more
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received an e-ARC from the author in exchange for an honest review. Review can be found on *Milky Way of Books*

The retellings of The Phantom of the Opera are rare and difficult to find. So I was very surprised when Rebecca approached me with the chance of reviewing her book! The Monsters of Music is inspired by the Phantom of the Opera, only that it's gender-swapped, set in a more contemporary time and with a slight touch of Fae myths.

The Phantom is Mel, a muse of the Lianhan Sidhe who needs t
Ashley Nicole
May 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You’ve never seen The Phantom of the Opera quite like this!

Firstly, I love Phantom, so I was a tiny bit skeptical of a modern retelling, but I was hoping to be surprised.

Surprised I was. I loved it!

While some places left me with questions, I couldn’t call them plot holes because the story ran smoothly. I loved Mel’s character arch and the build of her and Kiyo’s relationship. The ending was very well done, and I couldn’t imagine it written a better way. There were places I literally laughed out
Pinki Jana
Oct 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Monsters of Music by Rebecca F. Kenney is a modernized version of The Phantom of the pera with gender swap. The Book focuses of Mel and Kiyo. Mel is Lianhan Sidhe and Kiyo is a rising Star in a musical reality show.

Mel, being a Lianhan Sidhe (a faeirie Folk) she has to pour her magic to her protégé to save herself from insanity. I liked Mel's character she is daring and strong. Kiyo is Mel's protégé and her lover. What I like about Kiyo loved her not by judging her look but for who she is. S
Dawn Hosmer
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved The Monsters of Music, a YA, gender swap Phantom of the Opera re-telling. I thought it was brilliant of Kenney to include links to the music in the book. Kenney is a master at creating characters that readers are invested in and a plot line to keep me turning the page. Excellent read!
Darby Cupid
Feb 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book takes phantom of the opera on a whole new modern twist.
With an accompanying playlist, this book is captivating in more ways than one.
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
How’s that title for an alliterative Monday? I guess that’s what happens when you spend a weekend devouring a story about monstrous muses.

One of the best things about the writing community on Twitter is interacting with all the writing people. Rebecca F. Kenney is one of those amazing people. She recently reached out to me, asking if I’d read her newest novel, The Monsters Of Music, a gender-bent Phantom Of The Opera retelling, and basically I was compelled by dark forces to agree.

“Without the r
Rae | waesmiles reads
Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Side note: I received this ARC from the author for an honest review so here it goes… 
Okay so this book makes me wish I read it when I was so much younger. This is such a YA book it is something I would’ve definitely loved about 8 years ago, I still really enjoyed it, but I know I would’ve loved it back then.
We have the MC, Mel who is our female Phantom and is looking for her protégé to transfer her magic to that has been building inside her. She manipulates her way into a singing competition, ki
Oct 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a Phantom of the Opera meets American Idol and I loved every minute of it!

Mel is a muse (think female Phantom) and she must find her protege or be driven mad by her magic. At the singing competition, she finds who she's looking for, but one snooty judge is not being cooperative. Her protege has doubts, the judge believes he's being haunted by a poltergeist, and Mel has to make sure that Kiyo makes it through each round in order to fulfill both their destinies! It doesn't help that Mel h
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book.

I could write about the fascinating Fae magic, about the lovable and well-drawn main character, about the believable love interest, about how fun it was to read a gender-bent Phantom retelling.

And all that was seriously fantastic.

But when it comes down to it, here's what matters most to me: I didn't want to put it down.

Like Rebecca's earlier series, Secrets of the Fae, The Monsters of Music got its claws in me and refused to let go. I rarely read books so compelling or purely e
Barbara Strickland
Creative and clever

The idea behind this was imaginative and well planned. For me it fell short because of the lack of explanation for far too much of the plot. The characters were teens and yet ran around unsupervised in what appeared to be a prestigious contest. There was no mystery connected to the place, or actual building that anyone was aware of, the judges didn’t even question a mysterious new voice coach appearing out of nowhere and never seen by anyone yet working with a potential winner
Brianna - Coffee Books and Bullet Journals
I really enjoyed this story!! Phantom of the Opera is one of my favorite stories and I think this did it justice, especially for a younger audience. A very fun and enjoyable read and perfect to pick up for the spooky season.
KitKat The #BookNerd KBbookreviews
3.75 Stars rounded up!

A love letter to the original tale, The Phantom of the Opera, and to the magic we call creativity, this book is a delicious, modern day, gender swapped re-telling of the Phantom of the Opera with some delightful mythological additions.

“The Lianhan Sídhe seeks the love of mortals… if they consent, they are hers, and can only escape by finding another to take their place… She is the Gaelic muse, for she gives inspiration to those she
Alisha Rowe
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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What if some parts of fairy-tales were true and yet more complicated than we ever imagined? What if the muses of old were real and could increase your potential? That and more is a possibility. Mel is a muse and the pent up power within her is driving her crazy. In order to release it she must find a protege. Her biggest problem? She is terribly scarred due to acid being poured on her face. The best place to combat this, of course, is a s
Dec 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
THE MONSTERS OF MUSIC by Rebecca F. Kenney has been on my ereader for a while, and I'm glad I took the opportunity during this holiday break to finally sit down and read it. I'm a long-time fan of the Phantom of the Opera musical (movie & theatrical performance) and I've read the original book several times. My love for the "Phantom" story was one of the main reasons I bought this books months ago.

If you're looking for a mundane retelling of Phantom of the Opera, this is not the book for you. T
Helen Whistberry
Thoroughly enjoyed this YA reimagining of the classic Phantom of the Opera tale. Mel is a Muse with the gift (or curse) of endowing a human with mystical creative energy that takes their talent to an otherworldly level. Kiyo is the human she has picked for her gift but there are a lot of complications along the way. Set during the course of a televised singing competition, this novel has wonderful homages to the original source material while charting its own course. I appreciated the character ...more
Jessica Piro
May 15, 2020 rated it liked it
I haven't read a take on a gothic classic like Phantom of the Opera before -- and I imagine it's no easy feat to do -- but this story was good, inventive, and creative.
There were some problems I had, though, like the location of this setting, was my biggest one. Based on the name, I thought it was in France. Then there was a French character (who bothered me with her speech...). But then, the Prohibition and Civil War was mentioned, so we're in the States, but where? They mentioned the North or
Katherine Macdonald
Fantastic musical feast!

I am not a "music person" but this book really, really made me appreciate music. The sensual power of it came alive on the page. It was a wonderful read– read it in less than a day! Kiyo and Mel are adorable, all the characters had depth, and the story had plenty of twists and turns. It ended perfectly. A beautiful blend of fantasy and realism. Adored it!
Carrie Broome
Dec 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent twist on a classic

As a longtime fan of the Phantom, I was a bit nervous going into this story. It turns out I had no reason to be nervous. In a sea of Phantom retellings, this one shines.

It is a beautiful story about love and redemption, with a little magic and music as well. It's a love letter, not just to the Phantom of the Opera, but to music as well. I just loved Mel and Kiyo so much, but all of the characters are so real and flawed and utterly human.
Andrew Klos
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A worthy spin on a classic story

This tale was a nice mashup of several genres, even sneaking in a HEA. You could get in the character's heads and the story soars with the highest notes.
May 01, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars!
Oct 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.5/5 stars

The Monsters of Music is a cute contemporary teen fic in the upper YA category that mixes a whiff of Irish mythology with a modern day music show. As a 27-year-old woman, this book clearly wasn't meant for me, but it also wasn't a bad read either and I finished it within two days. I think I would have loved The Monsters of Music in my teen years, when I would still rip through books from Meg Cabot, Cecily von Ziegesar, and Jill Mansell. It's a very typical teen book, with all the clic
Sara Kjeldsen
Feb 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A magical read

The first couple of pages were so artfully written that they hooked me. I couldn't resist a re-telling & gender swap of The Phantom Of The Opera. The imagery that the author painted with her words was stunning. It was an interesting modern setting where singing contestants compete in an old theater to reach their dreams of being a star. Though I definitely felt the a bit of an assumption from the author about what most men like or want, I did like that the supporting male character
Jean Roberts
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Reviewers Note: I was given a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review. This book is billed as a dark YA contemporary fantasy novel. I am not a young adult and I do not generally read books aimed at young adults, so my review may be skewed by those circumstances.

The Monsters of Music is a contemporary reworking of the Gaston Leroux classic, The Phantom of the Opera. The setting is a televised singing competition akin to American Idol. Mel, a mysterious disfigured teenager lurks a
Dec 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
“The Monsters of Music” is a contemporary fantasy YA novel by the indie author Rebecca F. Kenney.

The novel is a gender-bent retelling of Gaston Leroux’s “The Phantom of the Opera”, transported in the contemporary setting of the talent show “Voices Rising”.
Here the “Phantom” is Mel, a muse of the Lianhan Sídhe- Celtic Faeries that have to take a human protégé and infuse them with their magic not to let it consume them, but cannot use their powers for themselves; she is not supposed to reveal thei
Chesney Infalt
Jan 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I have yet to read something Rebecca's written that I haven't liked. This was a fun story that had me engaged. I'm glad I read it!
Rachel | Barely Bookish
Oct 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Disclaimer: I received this ARC in exchange for my honest review.

I feel like I should start by saying I’ve never watched the Phantom of the Opera. I know very little beyond the mask. But, I am obsessed with retellings and reimaginings so when I was approached about this book, I was incredibly curious. So, of course, I said yes and oh man am I glad I did. I loved it! I honestly binged it and stayed up until 2 am to read it I couldn’t put it down!

First of all, you all know how much I love the supe
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Phantom of the Opera has been an important part of my life since I was a small child and as such, I had expectations going into this book. Soon it was pretty clear that while definitely inspired by the classic, this book takes the story into its own hands and has its own fun with it.

Mel was an interesting phantom, what could've easily been turned into a "not like other girls" cliche was avoided, to my relief. She also had her own motivation and goals, beyond her love interest. While still malici
Margaret Adelle
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
I was given an ARC of this book for review.

I was immediately drawn in by the premise of a gender-bent Phantom of the Opera. And the idea of making it for a singing competition sounded like some deliciously trashy reality TV.

Off the bat, Mel makes a great Phantom, albeit a much more emotionally stable one. She still does all the mischievous rigging of things to make sure her favorite gets what she thinks he deserves. But she doesn't go as psychopathic as her inspiration did and it makes her muc
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