I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Phantom's Dance by Lesa Howard
Published by Boot in the Door Publications on March 1st 2014
Narrator: Kai Kennicott
Length: 8 hrs and 30 mins
Genres: Young Adult
Christine Dadey's family uprooted their lives and moved to Houston for her to attend the prestigious Rousseau Academy of Dance. Now, two years later, Christine struggles to compete among the Academy's finest dancers, her parents are on the brink of divorce, and she's told no one about her debilitating performance anxiety and what she's willing to do to cope with it. 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.
I read this book a few months ago so when Lesa asked if I would like to listen to the audio I once again jumped at the chance. I loved the book and really enjoyed the differences and similarities that Lesa Howard was able to incorporate into this and listening didn’t change that at all. Actually, I really enjoyed listening to this!
Firstly, the narrator was fantastic. For some reason female narrators can get a bit whiny when reading young adult. I’m not sure if the whine of the whole being a teenager or young adult is what does it but whatever it is, it annoys the hell out of me. Kai has a very likeable voice and I fell right into the story straight away. Kai was able to add inflection where I didn’t originally grasp it with the first reading and I really appreciated that.
The only downside to the audio version was that at times there was a slight echo. Almost as if there was absolutely nothing in the room while it was being recorded. It’s only in a few chapters and didn’t take away from the overall story but just made listening a bit hampered. It is easily ignored though.
Overall, I’m really excited that I listened to this! I had not picked the book up since July and I actually forgot quite a bit so this was almost an entirely new experience. Of course my memory was jogged in certain places but that just made it even more enjoyable as I was able to listen for more clues that I did not catch the first time around!
The short: I can’t recommend the audio OVER the read. Both are fabulous! I say, choose which you would normally prefer because both are fantastic!
I’m not the typical author. I didn’t always enjoy reading or writing. While in school, I found it to be a chore I’d just as soon skip. I would rather have been daydreaming, my favorite past time. It wasn’t until I grew up and didn’t have to, that I realized reading was fun. I soon discovered that reading fueled my daydreaming. So, remembering a short story I’d written in high school, I began imagining expanding that story into a book. Before long I found I had loads of ideas for not just the short story but other books and stories as well. Fast forward a few years, a lot of studying about writing, practicing my writing, studying some more, taking classes from people who knew what they were doing, studying and practicing yet more, and ta-dah, author! In the same way I had learned I loved reading, I learned I loved writing, too. It’s just that writing is a lot harder than reading.