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Title: The Phantom Diaries
Author: Kailin Gow
Electronic Review Copy Provided by: the author
About the Book: 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 York Metropolitan Opera House as a seamstress' assistant only to become the lead singer of the Opera House, with the help of the mysterious, yet highly-seductive Phantom.
My Review: 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 of book you review, then please do not feel obligated. This book is definitely for the more mature teens who would be heading toward Harlequin romances for grown ups in a year or so and currently watch anything racy like Gossip Girl or Vampire Diaries on television :)"
So, to read or not to read. Well, I am no stranger to racy scenes in a book, they don't bother me. I've reviewed books for mature teens, so I thought I'd give it a try. Besides, I'm a Vampire Diaries fan, so that was enough to make me want to read it.
Having never read Phantom was not a problem. Maybe it even allowed me to get more into the characters because I had no preconceived notions. Kailin Gow delivers an intriguing, mysterious, first in a series story that left me wanting more each time I stopped reading. Waiting for the next one will be trying. This book is dramatic and if you are looking for paranormal, mixed with romance and suspense, then this is the book for you! The 2nd in the series is due out at the end of the year, so your wait will not be too long for the next one.