Sunday, November 01, 2015

REVIEW: Chanson de l'Ange Book One: Orphan in Winter by Paisley Swan Stewart

Book Blurb: Chanson de l’Ange by Paisley Swan Stewart is a 3 volume epic retelling of The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux. Drawing inspiration from The Opera Ghost in all his incarnations through book and film; and remaining faithful to key story elements from the classic original, the author weaves a haunting tale of Christine Daae’s companionship with the mysterious Angel of Music.

Book One~Orphan in Winter: opens with the tragic death of ten year old Christine Daae’s father, ushering in dramatic changes when she is left in the care of Madame Louise Giry. Christine makes her new home in the The Paris Opera’s conservatory where she encounters a bohemian world of singers and dancers, and where she is visited by the unseen Angel of Music.

My Review:  I love how this book starts from when Christine first comes to the opera house right after Mama Valerius dies. We get to see the story from various viewpoints and I really enjoyed that. The book did start off really slow to me but did get more interesting the older Christine got in the book. We get to see her budding romance with Raoul but Erik manages to squish that before it even really gets anywhere. And really with how fast she forgot him I believe it was more infatuation than anything else. Erik is definitely in love and lust with Christine in this book. I'm looking forward to reading the second book in this series.

Rating: 4½ stars out of 5


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