Thursday, 6 June 2013

Super Book Blast: Dark Musicals Trilogy- Phantom (Book 1) & Demon (Book 2) by Laura DeLuca; Review + Giveaway





Phantom (Book 1)
Author Laura DeLuca
Publisher: Pagan Writers Press
Publish Date: 30 March 2013

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.
To celebrate the release of Demon, Phantom is now on sale for only $1.99 exclusively on Amazon!
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Demon (Book 2)
Author Laura DeLuca
Publisher: Pagan Writers Press
Publish Date: 27 March 2013

When Justyn and Rebecca set off for the New York School of Performing Arts, they think their dreams are about to come true. To their dismay, they aren’t in high school anymore, and the competition is steep. Rebecca must compete against accomplished singers for a role in the production of Demon Barber, including a stunning Gothic diva with her sights set on Justyn

It doesn't help that things keep disappearing from their apartment or that Rebecca's father refuses to accept that Justyn is an essential part of her life. Yet, all this seems minimal in comparison to the serial rapist terrorizing the campus.

Consumed by fear and obsessed with revenge, Rebecca and Justyn start living the story of Sweeney Todd—both on and off the stage.
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Excerpt (from Demon)


“What the hell are you looking at?” Livy demanded.

At first Rebecca just ignored her hostility. She walked back to her cubbyhole and opened it to stowaway her bags until practice was over. She was going to forget the whole stupid idea and just walk away. But Livy was still standing there, leaning against the lockers, looking just as sad as she did angry. Rebecca couldn’t help but feel sorry for her. She was reminded of how horribly everyone had treated Justyn during the production of Phantom and thought perhaps Livy was just as misunderstood.

“Livy,” she started, “can we talk for a minute?”

The Goth just gave her a dirty look. “I don’t know what we could possibly have to say to each other.”

“I just wanted to apologize about what happened at the party,” Rebecca spoke with as much sincerity as she could muster. “No matter how we feel about each other, I never meant to … to embarrass you the way I did.”

Rebecca had never seen the cliché of flashing eyes come to life like it did at that moment. “Don’t you dare!” Livy spat. “Don’t you dare pity me!”

“That’s not what I meant,” Rebecca tried to explain, though she knew she was fighting a losing battle. “I just regret—”

“Do you want to know what I regret?” Livy interrupted and actually shoved Rebecca against her locker. “I regret not ripping every strand of hair out of that pretty little head of yours when I had the chance. This isn’t high school, Becca! We aren’t going to be friends. And I’m not going to stop until Justyn is mine and you run back to New Jersey with your tail between your legs. Is that clear enough for you, deary? Don’t try to make nice with me again.”

Livy stomped away, and Rebecca just stood there, feeling shocked and a little stung. She couldn’t believe how vicious Livy could be. So much for olive branches. Instead of trying to hand her one, Rebecca should have shoved it straight up her….

“Wow.” Frankie came up beside her, shaking his head. “It’s girls like that who give PMS a bad rep. I seriously think the next play she should star in is the Taming of the Shrew.”

“There’s no taming that one,” Rebecca replied, still shaking her head.

My Review for Phantom:





I really, really enjoyed Phantom! I'm a big The Phantom of the Opera fan, so I was immediately drawn to this book.

Rebecca is the kind of girl who's usually in the background, but when her school puts on a production of The Phantom of the Opera she knows she has to audition for the role of Christine. When the new Goth guy auditions, he is the clear choice for the Phantom. Then Becca attracts the attentions of both Tom, the popular basketball player, and Lord Justyn, the Goth boy that seems to embody the soul of the Phantom perfectly. When someone starts to leave threatening messages and phonecalls for Becca, and people are getting hurt, Becca has to decide who she can trust.

I loved Justyn! Like, where was he when I was at school?! He's very secure in who he is, he doesn't care if ignorant people have negative opinions about him. He's very passionate and determined. The way he quotes The Phantom of the Opera, and acts like an old-world gentleman had me swooning.
Becca was really likable, she's the shy girl with the amazing voice who starts to break out of her shell when she gets the part of Christine. Tom, the popular guy she's had a crush on, starts paying attention to her and it's like every teenage girl's fantasy. Then she feels herself drawn to the mysterious Lord Justyn, and is torn between the two guys. I wish that Becca had a bit more spine in some parts of the book. I could understand why she's torn between Justyn and Tom, although for me it was always an obvious choice- Justyn! She's also scared and confused by the threatening calls and messages she receives.

I really enjoyed the snippets of information about Wicca, it's something I've always been intrigued about. I loved the scenes between Justyn and Becca, she always seemed so much more attracted to him than Tom.

I had absolutely no idea who the killer/stalker was, and the mystery of it all was so thrilling! I was in shock when the 'phantom' was unveiled, totally didn't see it coming.

I loved this story, more than I thought I would, to be honest. I was absorbed in this thrilling and romantic story, and I'll definitely be revisiting it. I'm already looking forward to Demon so much!!

*I received a review copy from the author, for my honest review.

About the Author


Laura “Luna” DeLuca lives at the beautiful Jersey shore with her husband and four children. She loves writing in the young adult genre because it keeps her young at heart. In addition to writing fiction, Laura is also the editor 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. Her current works include Destiny, Destiny Unveiled, Phantom, Morrigan, Player, and Demon.
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Giveaway

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2 comments:

  1. I so enjoyed Phantom too! I really need to read Demon soon. A book series centered around dark musicals is completely up my alley. :) Great review!

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