Publication date: March 1st 2014
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Erik was a ballet prodigy, a savant, destined to be a star on the world’s stage, but a suspicious fire left Erik’s face horribly disfigured. Now, a lonely phantom forced to keep his scars hidden, he spends his nights haunting the theater halls, mourning all he’s lost. Then, from behind the curtain he sees the lovely Christine. The moldable, malleable Christine.
Drawn in by Erik’s unwavering confidence, Christine allows herself to believe Erik’s declarations that he can transform her into the dancer she longs to be. But Christine’s hope of achieving her dreams may be her undoing when she learns Erik is not everything he claims. And before long, Erik’s shadowy past jeopardizes Christine’s unstable present as his obsession with her becomes hopelessly entangled with his plans for revenge.
The love between Christine and Raoul was sweet. This being a YA book there are no sex scenes. Raoul was a good guy but I didn't really feel the love between them, maybe because his character wasn't really explored enough. To me he felt like more of a side character. Erik and Christine were the stars of this show. Christine's friend Jenna was a great character too.
The story touched on the pressures ballet dancers face to be perfect and to watch their weight.
Although I guessed parts of the ending, I wanted to keep reading to find out exactly how it would all play out. I wasn't disappointed, the ending was suitably chilling.