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Giveaway + 250 Word review: Phantom, Laura DeLuca

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Summary (From Goodreads.com)
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.

Title: Phantom
Author: Laura DeLuca
Length: 262 Pages
Source: Tour copy for review

Plot: ★★★★★
Characters: ★★★★
Readability: ★★★★★
Overall: ★★★★★

My opinion:
This isn’t necessarily the sort of book I would usually buy but I’m so glad I signed up for the tour – I definitely would have missed out otherwise!

Rebecca is a great protagonist – shy, invisible to the popular boy, mostly content to blend in at school.  But when The Phantom of The Opera is announced as the school play she can’t possibly let the opportunity pass by without auditioning, despite her nerves.   You can completely relate to her, and you can’t help but want everything to work out.

She wins the role of Christine, but things quickly take a turn for the worse when someone starts pulling tricks worthy of the original Phantom.  Creepy phone calls and notes make it clear that people aren’t getting hurt by accident, and Becca is left wondering who the real life Phantom is, and why he’s targeting her.

I found every character in this to be well-rounded and engaging, and I couldn’t put the book down.  Tom, the typical popular boy, and Justyn, the new goth boy, vie for Becca’s attention in drastically different ways, and like Christine, Becca feels drawn to both.  Despite her interest though, she can’t help but wonder…is one of them the Phantom?

The twists and turns keep you guessing right the way through, and every time you think you’ve figured out who the Phantom is, something throws your suspicions onto someone else!

Buy it? Definitely!
In a nutshell: One of my favourites so far this year

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