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The Phantom Diaries (The Phantom Diaries #1)

3.46  ·  Rating details ·  273 Ratings  ·  50 Reviews
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 Yo ...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published May 31st 2010 by The Edge
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Mar 29, 2011 rated it did not like it
I always hate giving books bad reviews, or thinking badly of them when the author has put so much into the writing and 'birth' of the story but this was just...missing something for me.

Erik didn't strike me at all as the sexy seductive Phantom. Instead he just seemed far too moody and dare I say emo for a grown man who is supposed to have been alive for the past 100 years. And he's not even deformed but I won't go into how he is missing his deformity.He struck me as being whiney, dim and a bit t
Kira Simion
Oct 27, 2015 rated it did not like it
1.5 stars rounded down.

I really like The Phantom of the Opera but, this wasn't....good.

The characters made me just plain annoyed. If you don't like cheaters, three timing people, then you won't like the main character. She's an insufferable brat who needs to grow up and stop whining when a guy won't sleep with her. She has three people, THREE people who want her (lord knows why but I don't) however, she only wants the fourth.

What? Am I missing something?



No. You don't just....

Mar 12, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: romance, trash
What a joke. A seamstress who can mirraculously sing like a diva meets a more than hundred years old man - former phantom of opera and passionately falls in love with him but at the same time is attracted to two other men, is possessed by her ancestor/witch/former lover of the phantom. And it continues in other books. Mercy upon us.
Paula  Phillips
Sep 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
As I said earlier , The Phantom Diaries from the wonderful author Kailin Gow is a story loosely based on the famous play The Phantom of the Opera. In the Phantom Diaries we see Annette Binoche - her name reminding me of that famous actress set off as a fresh-faced 18yr old in the world of New York- the Big apple , the City of Stars. She gets a job at the Met as a dressmaker , helping making the costumes for the productions. The main production in this novel is The Phantom of the Opera. However , ...more
May 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Fabulously fascinating, engrossing and addictive. The Phantom Diaries by Kailin Gow, is an incredibly modernized and paranormal twist on the highly recognized story, The Phantom of the Opera. A first in a new series, readers will be hooked and aching for more, as the final page is read. Geared toward young adult readers, this is a story that will appeal to, not only its target audience, but to adults as well.

The Phantom Diaries is the story of Annette Binoche, an eighteen-year-old girl who, thr
Jun 06, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Recommends it for: YA Paranormal/Fantasy Fans, Paranormal Fantasy, Horror, YA Romance Readers
Shelves: teen
I believe in my books so heck yeah I'm going to rate it a five.

This is loosely-based on the Gaston Leroux classic Phantom of the Opera and gives another take on Eric (purposely spelled "Eric" not "Erik") and Kristine (purposely spelled "Kristine" not "Christine") to modernize and change the characters a bit. Obviously with the addition of a new character to the story - Annette, a new setting, and placing this in modern times; this is not going to be about Phantom of the Opera. The Phantom Diari
Jun 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I don't know much about Phantom of the Opera the book, but I have seen the movie with Emmy Rossum and Gerard Butler. Because of the movie, I had to read the book. I did and I love it! Now about The Phantom Diaries, I'm usually a YA reader, so The Phantom Diaries fit that. Phantom of the Opera fans would LOVE this book because of the reference from the Phantom of the Opera book BUT you do not need to know the Phantom of the Opera story to enjoy this new story. The author does an amazing job honin ...more
Morgan Walsh
Dec 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Okay. I just finished reading this book, so this is my "emotional review". Later, I might erase this one and write another one, but I kind of doubt it, as will be explained below.

I think the Phantom of the Opera is both a book and a movie. I uh, think. I've only watched the movie with Gerard Butler as the Phantom, so I can't really compare this book to the original book, as movies very rarely are like their written counterparts. But if I could... huh.

Kristine Daea or whatever her last name is in
May 20, 2010 rated it really liked it
At first I had my doubts about this book, more because I didn't know if I would enjoy the topic seeing as how I usually focus more on fantasy books with vampires and werewolves and faeries etc. But once I began reading I was instantly intrigued.
It enveloped me instantly with mystery and questions.

The book focuses on the life of a girl named Annette, she was called upon to New York to work at the MET Opera house as a seamstress, and even though she is very talented in creating the beautiful costu
Jun 18, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, arc
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, rel ...more
This passionate modern steamy (not graphic or explicit steamy) retelling of The Phantom of the Opera will get teens to read the old Leroux story. It made me pick up The Phantom of the Opera AFTER reading this young adult/teen paranormal romance version. Romantic from the very start, Phantom Diaries draws you into a world of music and mystery. Annette, young seamstress arrives in New York from New Orleans, and she quickly gets drawn into the seductive world of the New York opera house. With exqui ...more
E.J. Stevens
What is going on with the Opera House and how is the masked musician connected to events from over a century ago?

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. Every man falls for Annette, but in the end, who can she trust and who will she love?

I enjoyed The Phantom Diaries an
Melissa Nunez
Jun 04, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Young Adults, Twilight Moms
Recommended to Melissa by: Friend
After reading Bitter Frost, I read Phantom Diaries. Two different books, but still strong in story. Bitter Frost will appeal to all ages, especially teens. Phantom Diaries is more mature and will appeal to young adults and adults. Mature teens would devour this book, too. Like Bitter Frost, you are drawn into another world. I enjoyed being drawn into the mystery, suspense and romance of Annette's world. I've seen Phantom of the Opera on stage. Phantom Diaries captures that dynamic drama and make ...more
Jul 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own, favorites
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Oct 25, 2010 rated it it was amazing
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 ...more
Teen Book Reviewer (Shannon)
The Phantom Diaries is an incredible story of love, revenge, and passion that can consume one's soul. Amazingly narrated by young Annette Binoche, the book's writing emerges you completely. I cannot stop reading until I was finished and yet I wanted more. More of Eric, more of Chace, and more of Aaron! The ending was incredible! WOW. Gow's next Phantom Diaries book cannot come soon enough. Phantom Diaries is my second young adult book from Gow, and she continues to weave some of young adult fict ...more
Aug 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I read the kindle version of this after I downloaded and read Kailin's other books Pulse and Bitter Frost. Oh. My. God. This isn't written like your typical romance novel, but romance and passion is gushing out on every page. I haven't read Phantom of the Opera. You don't need to at all. Actually, it can stand alone and be its own story. I highly recommend it!
Tori Lee
Jun 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Aside from having the sexiest man alive, Phantom Diaries is a book about a young woman's coming of age. At first I found Phantom Diaries a character study on passion, but it has now become my guilty pleasure.
May 09, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Mysterious and haunting, this book kept me reading. I'm hooked!
Feb 24, 2011 rated it did not like it
Really bad writing. Not Leroux-based or acknowledged at all. Stay away from this one.
Tiffany Holme
Feb 20, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, paperback
Don't start this expecting to read something that is exactly the same as The Phantom of the Opera. Although it has it's similarities and uses a couple similar names it is its own story. Kailin takes a classic that we love and turns it into something new and different that we can love.
I think the reason this twist was so acceptable to me was the new characters. I become much more critical when they are using the exact same people (even if they try different names).

I liked Annette. I did find a
Sep 09, 2010 rated it it was ok
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 bo
Lynne weir
Feb 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
OMG!!! A modern version of the phantom of the opera!!!! I have to get this. I mean...AAHHH!!! Sorry not the most mature review I've done but I cant help it. Lets hope its really good or I may cry in disappointment.


I have to say this book was better than I thought it would be. I am a major Phantom of the Opera fan. I have the movie with Gerald Butler in it, along with a movie of the stage version and another movie of Love never dies which left me in tears. I have also read the origin
Jun 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
I wasn't real sure how I would feel about this one when I received it. One, I've never read The Phantom of the Opera, so I had nothing to compare it to, even though it's loosely based on that. Two, the author sent it to me along with these words, "The Phantom Diaries is for older teens and young adults (age 17 and up). It is a romance novel loosely based on the Phantom of the Opera, and does contain a few racy scenes due to the prominent characteristics of two characters. If that is not the kind ...more
Kelly Johnston
Feb 17, 2011 rated it did not like it
I can't finish this. I have tried other series by Kailin Gow and this one is no different. The character development is so weak that it is hard to connect and to care about their story. The story itself jumps from scene to scene with little in between to develop the story, explain the characters responses or to impart backstory. You are simply lead to each scene assuming you will understand how the character ended up there. For example, Enter Eric, surprise Annette. Stranger behind you. Cut to n ...more
I am a mild Phanatic. I read the original novel by Gaston Leroux earlier this year and I'm enamored with the movie starring Gerard Butler. I love the story, except for the fact that Christine didn't end up with the Phantom. So I thought this would be the story to change that.

Well, it sort of is. Taking place in 2009, Annette comes to the New York opera house to become a seamstress. With the help of a mysterious vocal coach, she becomes the new lead and wins the hearts of many. She begins to wond
Kristen My Bookish Fairy Tale
Oct 26, 2010 rated it really liked it
Annette Binoche is a young girl who has moved from New Orleans to New York to work as a seamstress for an opera house. She ends up becoming the lead in the opera. She meets Eric this mysterious guy who wants her to succeed in the lead role. She helps her practice and hone her skills. He pushes her beyond the normal vocal coach role.She is also entranced with Chace the first chair violinist from the show. Aaron the owner of the opera house also has a fascination with Annette. I loved this book. I ...more
Mar 29, 2015 rated it it was ok

There were a few things I liked about this book. First, I thought the way the author added some Phantom of the Opera elements was clever. I'm a new Phantom of the Opera fan (the musical and movie) and thought that it was going to be good. Also, I liked that it took place in New York City. I know the city very well, so that helped me to know where the characters were. I also liked that Annette was able to defend herself just a little bit, she wasn't the Bella Swan type of girl
Hannah L (Reviewer)
Jul 18, 2014 rated it it was ok
I was pumped to read this book, because I looooove The Phantom of the Opera. The Phantom Diaries is a recreation of sorts of The Phantom of the Opera in the 21st century. It started off very well and enjoyable, but then it got weird. Voodoo, real ghosts, evil Christeen, immortality curses, and all that jazz started cropping up in the story. I could have overcome those enormous deviances from the theme of the original Phantom, if it were not for the the main character is disloyalty in her love li ...more
Angel Gelique
Jan 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Okay...first, I have to say I was a bit annoyed to read this novel believing that it was the first in the series when actually there are two books thay precede this one! Book 0.1 and Book 0.2!!! Who does that?!? I guess I'm to blame for not doing my homework, but come on...!

Aside from that, I thought this book was pretty good. I didn't like it much at first, but it got better toward the end. I love Gaston Leroux's "Phantom of the Opera," which I thought was an excellent read. This waned in compa
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Having sold over 5.5 million books, produced and hosted 4 television shows now playing on Amazon Prime TV and other channels; ALA YALSA Award-winning international USA Bestselling author Kailin Gow is a globally known author and television personality as well as one of the most prolific content creators in America and was called an "innovating author" and an "Author as Influencer" by Goodreads exe ...more
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