The Phantom Diaries
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.
Complete with romantic twists, turns and entanglements, The Phantom Diaries takes the reader on an adventure of the paranormal, the search for dreams and righting the wrongs of the past. Kailin Gow’s writing style is phenomenal and will leave the reader at the edge of their seat. As I was nearing the end of the story, I was so entranced, that the pages flew and time ceased to exist. Once I read the final words, I was ready to scream, for want of more. Needless to say, I was relived to see that the second in the series is to be released at the end of this year.
Highly recommend to those looking for an amazing read, complete with the paranormal, romance, suspense and edge-of-your-seat plotting
- April, Cafe of Dreams
I grew up loving The Phantom of the Opera and have dragged my family and friends to see it on Broadway more times than I’ll admit out loud, so getting the chance to read Kailin Gow’s new twist on my old favorite was very exciting for me. I wasn’t sure what to expect but once I opened to the first page and dug in I couldn’t put it down. It had all the old romance, mystery, tension and wonder that I was hoping for and have come to expect when dealing with this classic. Gow’s writing was quick, relatable and not bogged down with unnecessary details or insignificant points of reference.
Her characters were original in their owns ways but still stayed true with their classic predecessors. The phantom by far and away was of course my favorite character, but I must admit that the sweet and innocent Chase also gave him a run for his money. I couldn’t blame Annette for not being able to decide between them half the time when I couldn’t figure out how I could love one the one minute and the other the next. I was flitting back and forth all the time. Annette was a wonderful character to follow and her diary entries were fascinating to read. I’ll admit at times I wanted her to wake up and take a look around her, she was too naive in parts, but aren’t we all at some point in our lives?
- Katelyn, Bookshelf Sophisticate
of The Phantom Diaries Series
The evil presence has permeated every core of Annette Binoche’s life, attempting to destroy everything and everyone she holds dear. Can she break free from its hold and regain the trust of her friends and family? Eric is forced to confront his past, while Annette is forced to decid…e on her future. Will it include Eric, Aaron or Chace? Or no one at all?
Dark Memories, the second book in The Phantom Diaries series, continues where the first book leaves off. The unique thing about this book is it starts off with Eric’s Diary. The dark presence in Annette’s life has completely taken over her life and set on destroying everything. Annette, is described as “beautiful beyond reason” – I think Megan Fox, but kind, sweet, with an innocence that is rare, and a natural singing talent that allows her to hit the highest and lowest notes – I think Taylor Swift or Kelly Clarkson. Everything she had worked so hard for, weeks and endless hours of practice honing her talent with Eric, comes crumbling down. As Annette fights desperately for her life, Eric has to go through the past into the memories of Annette’s, his, and Kristine.
Dark Memories take you on a journey of the past through New York, New Orleans, and even Paris. Many questions are answered in Dark Memories, and the ending is a happy one. There is a book 3, Immortal Darkness, and although I’m very happy with the ending to Dark Memories, I can’t wait to read Immortal Darkness to see if Annette’s lingering questions are answered.
- Shannon, Teen Book Reviewer
While the first book, Phantom Diaries, swept me up in the drama, romance, and mystery; Dark Memories continues the romance, but digs deeper into the backstory of the Eric, Aaron, and Annette. We see a softer side of Eric and a deeper braver Annette. Chace and Eric wins me over, but I can’t help feeling for Aaron too.
- Brenda, Goodreads
LOVED Dark Memories i was so upset when i finished the first and then 2 came out really fast and i must say it was just as amazing as the first if not better!!! congratulations
- Taylor, age 18
of The Phantom Diaries Series
Releases December 6, 2011
Love, Betrayal, Murder, and Deceit…
Have the ghosts of Eric’s past truly laid to rest?
In the highly-anticipated third book in the Phantom Diaries series, a modern supernatural re-telling of Gaston Leroux’s Phantom of the Opera, Annette thought she was free at last from the evil that plague her beloved’s past. But when a new opera and a new Phantom emerges, the truth about Eric’s immortality comes to light. In this dramatic, sweeping, and romantic Phantom
Diaries, all the players from Phantom Diaries are brought back in the exciting new addition to the Phantom Diaries Series.
of The Phantom Diaries Beginnings Series
About The Phantom’s Life Before The Phantom Diaries
Love in Paris During the Time of Napoleon’s Reign… Veronique, arrives in Paris to be groomed into a fashionable noble lady. As soon as she meets the aristocratic Philippe Aragon and his darkly attractive cousin Martin Aragon, her life is changed. Romance, magic, intrigue, and action follows in this lush historical paranormal romance between the Aragons and the one woman who would be the greatest influence on Eric, known as the Phantom in Leroux’s Phantom of the Opera. A stand alone novel, Dark Beginnings, is also a prequel to The Phantom Diaries.
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