Thursday, September 6, 2012

[A MUST READ] Review & GIVEAWAY: Phantom by Laura DeLuca!!

PUB DATE: March 30th 2012
By: Pagan Writers Press
Pages: 262
Source: Author in exchange for review
Summary: [Goodreads/Amazon]
The “Phantom” was a musical phenomenon that Rebecca had always found enchanting. She had no idea that her life was about to mirror the play that was her obsession. When her high school drama club chooses “Phantom” as their annual production, Rebecca finds herself in the middle of an unlikely love triangle and the target of a sadistic stalker who uses the lines from the play as their calling card.
Rebecca lands the lead role of Christine, the opera diva, and like her character, she is torn between her two co-stars—Tom the surfer and basketball star who plays the lovable hero, and Justyn, the strangely appealing Goth who is more than realistic in the role of the tortured artist.
Almost immediately after casting, strange things start to happen both on and off the stage. Curtains fall. Mirrors are shattered. People are hurt in true phantom style. They all seem like accidents until Rebecca receives notes and phone calls that hint at something more sinister.
Is Justyn bringing to life the twisted character of the phantom? Or in real life are the roles of the hero and the villain reversed?
Rebecca doesn’t know who to trust, but she knows she’s running out of time as she gets closer and closer to opening night. Only when the mask is stripped away, will the twenty first century phantom finally be revealed.
My Thought's (Lisseth):
I can not express how MUCH I LOVED this BOOK! It was creepy, romantic, and with an reveal to DIE FOR! The cover looks ominous & beautifully portrays the book in it. And am extremely glad that i was asked to review this book! ^_^
I have not read the book Phantom of the Opera BUT i have seen the play, sorta. BUT I just loved how the play quotes where in their and how the story itself was based on it. You might think, "oh that just gave the whole book away" but guess what, IT DOESN'T!! I COMPLETELY devoured it! ^_^
Yes there are accidents & murders BUT the creepy & mysterious part is that you really DON'T Know who the killer is. You might think it's one of the guys...Ah, the guys. I LOVED JUSTYN! I mean he was all decked out in goth clothes and believed in Wicca. Which by the way is explained in the book & is not as EVIL as you might think. It really opened my eyes to it and for that i am grateful! Back to guys, I didn't much like Tom in the book. You would think he was the all american guy but sometimes he acted like a jerk.
There were other interesting characters like Carmen, Rebecca's best friend, and Debbie, the sweet supportive friend with a dark side. Of course we see some characters crack & show their true sides, like Wendy & Tom.
I have to say that reading about Rebecca & her guys was interesting. I LOVED how each had a chance to make her fall in love with them. I also liked that they fought for her & how the play worked it's way at each of those tense & touching scenes.
I LOVED that she had to make hard choices & how their were misunderstanding & that broke me down & actually made me cry! Their is just this chemistry between her & Justyn that made feel their emotions. I really got attached to them. Especially when she doubts him & breaks his heart a few times. ;)
The climax is definitely the part where the "Phantom" is revealed. It is a sad & shocking part. I was flabbergasted. I had no words for that revelation. Believe me it IS NOT WHAT YOU WOULD HAVE THOUGHT IT WAS! The Ending was sweet & it made everything that the characters had to go through worth it.
Overall I could NOT GET ENOUGH of this book. I feel in LOVE with the story & could not put it down. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND you read this book. It will NOT DISAPPOINT! So i give it 5/5 GOLDEN FEATHERS!! =D
  
Swoon Worthy- Mysterious Excerpt HERE!
About the Author:
Laura "Luna" DeLuca lives at the beautiful Jersey shore with her husband and three children. She has been writing stories for as long as she can remember. Old high school friends would tell you she was always scratching in her notebook instead of paying attention in class and the children she used to babysit for always loved to hear her scary stories at bedtime.
In addition to writing fiction, Laura is also the sole author of a popular review blog called New Age Mama. She is an active member of her local pagan community, and has been studying Wicca for close to eight years.
Find and follow her on: twitter/Facebook/Goodreads/Website
GIVEAWAY TIME!
Laura has kindly offered to giveaway a PRIZE PACK! That includes a signed copy of the book, a geode, two crystal points and two boxes of incense.-SORRY US ONLY! [Also that is the older version of the cover]
So i am ALSO giving away 2 EBOOK's for my international followers! It was Just that AWESOME! =D
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42 comments:

  1. I'm in the UK and don't really have a way to read e-books, so I'm not entering. But I have to say that I really want this book! I saw Phantom on West end in 2009 and I'm seeing it again in Birmingham (UK) in March! I cannot stop watching Phantom it's crazy xD I love that show and I want this book xD

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    1. I have some giveaways going on that are open worldwide. They are all listed on my sidebar if you want to check out my blog, and I add new ones added all the time:) Just subscribe to my newsletter or follow on face book to keep up with new giveaways:)

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  2. Thanks so much for the wonderful review! I am so glad you enjoyed Phantom so much!

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  3. This looks great and I really want to read it. It looks like a book that my students would LOVE.

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  4. I think the book sounds great and you make me want to read it even more! Oh and sadly no, I haven't read The Phantom of the Opera. :(

    Thanks for the giveaway!!!!!!!!!

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  5. i would love to try out this book! and no i havent read the phantom of the opera!

    thaanks for the giveaway!

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  6. I LOVE Phantom of the Opera, so I can not wait to read this! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  7. I haven't read it yet, but I hope I win so I can read it!

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  8. I would like to read this.

    slb3334@gmail.com

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  9. I've read Phantom and loved it. This book really sounds great. I love your review.
    Thanks.
    rickpeggysmith(at) aol(dot)com

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  10. This books sounds delicious. I have not read Phantom of the Opera, I own the original movie and love love loved the musical:)

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  11. I have read Phantom of the Opera

    abfantom at yahoo dot com

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  12. I love Phantom of the Opera. Can't wait to read this book. julierupert@gmail.com

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  13. I think this book would be awesome.. I have never seen it.. Thanks

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  14. Looks like a good read.

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  15. I have not read either of the two books. After reading reviews, I want to read next. I hope I am a winner!! Thanks for opportunity to win!!

    bbleon62@yahoo.com

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  16. The books sounds just like books that I like to read. My daughter would probably like it too! Thanks for the chance to win!

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  17. UmHmm! This sounds good. And you totally had me at creepy. I have always had a thing about Phantom of the Opera. I am usually not one for mysteries, but I think I may be willing to give this one a try. It just sounds like it has enough creep factor to allow me to enjoy it. Thanks for the great review!

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  18. I LOVE the story of the Phantom of the Opera!
    I would LOVE to read this story (as i'm totally obsessed).

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  19. I have not read this book, would love to read it.

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  20. I'D LOVE TO WIN THIS!


    linda_bass@sbcglobal.net

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  21. I have not read the book Phantom of the Opera but have seen and have all the videos. This book sounds awesome. Murder and romance!
    dolniaks at consolidated dot net

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  22. I have read the phantom of the opera and it is one of my favorite books EVER! I also read Phantom by Susan Kay and loved it! I know I will love this one too! :D

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  23. This book looks like something I would love to read. I can't wait to get my hands on it.

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  24. I'm embarrassed to say I have only seen the movie, but I truly would like read these books! thank you
    jessicasjunk08@gmailDOTcom

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  25. I haven't read Phantom of the Opera, but I've read a few retellings so I basically know what the plotline's about. Though I have to get around to reading the actual story soon . . .

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  26. I think the book sounds really interesting! And I haven't read PotO

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  27. It looks super interesting, and I like that. And I have not, but I would like to.

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  28. Cool read here!

    theyyyguy@yahoo.com

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  29. i like your goodies i collect them for swag and put them in my collecton the book think i might have read the real one

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  30. This sounds like an interesting read.
    traymona[at]aol.com

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  31. I have not read it but my husband loves the movie. I want to win this for him.

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  32. Sounds like our kind of story (my daughters and I).

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  33. I have not read the original Phantom of the Opera but I have seen the movie and my hubby saw the play on broadway back in the day. LOL I love the modern YA twist this book has!

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  34. I actually have never read it before!
    fb: Rab pom

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  35. this sounds like a good read and I have not read phantom yet

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  36. I'm excited to read it - I love the musical, and it sounds like a fantastic premise!

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  37. It sounds great. I haven't read the book. garrettsambo@aol.com

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  38. I have not read it before but it looks like such a good book!
    lauraemerson17 at yahoo dot com

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  39. I loved the phantom from the first time I saw the movie wwith Claude Raines, I had to read the origional book too. Saw the musical on Broadway & still love the drama as the triangle between Christine & her two suitors plays out.
    I'm looking forward to reading this version of the Phamtom too. Read the excerpt & it's awesome!

    Mindy :)
    Birdsooong@aol.com

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  40. You know, I don't think I've ever read the original novel, or seen the movie! I like how you described the ending, and I'm going to have to see if I can find or order this thru the libray! <3
    Mary DeBorde M.A.D.

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