Thursday, June 6, 2013

Dark Musicals Series Blast: Mini-review + Giveaway!

Welcome to my post for the Dark Musicals series blast, organized by Goddess Fish Promotions! I have mini reviews of books 1 and 2 coming up, as well as an awesome giveaway. But, first, let me introduce the first two books in the Dark Musicals Trilogy:


Phantom (Dark Musicals, #1)
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.

Demon (Dark Musicals, #2)
When Justyn and Rebecca set off to attend the New York School of Performing Arts, they think their dreams are about to come true. To their dismay, they aren’t in high school anymore, and the competition is steep. Rebecca must compete against accomplished singers for a role in the production of Demon Barber, including a stunning Gothic diva with her sights set on Justyn.

It doesn't help that things keep disappearing from their apartment or that Rebecca's father refuses to accept that Justyn is an essential part of her life. Yet, all this seems minimal in comparison to the serial rapist terrorizing the campus.

Consumed by fear and obsessed with revenge, Rebecca and Justyn start living the story of Sweeney Todd—both on and off the stage.


My Rating for Phantom: 4 Roses


Dark, thrilling, and absolutely fantastic!
Rebecca was a great heroine, but she came across as weak sometimes, especially with her inability to choose the guy she wants. It became a little frustrating, even though I knew why it she was written that way. Overall, I liked her.

Lord Justyn...Excuse me while I swoon. 
I swear, if a hot guy came up to me, quoting classic literature and acting like an old world gentleman, you know what I would do? Beg him to marry me. I ADORED Justyn. He was brilliant, amazing, and-ugh-just perfect.

Tom was an okay guy, but he tended to be an ass sometimes. But, by the end, he got rid of that habit so I ended up liking him.

The mystery was absolutely thrilling. It had me on the edge of my seat. There was no way I was going to put this book down until I found out who the psycho was. And, I never guessed who it actually ended up being. I suspected several people at different points, but I never would have suspected who it was. Totally blew me away. 

Loved this book! If you like YA, mystery, romance, or thrills, you have to read this book.

*I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review
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My Rating for Demon: 5 Roses

Everything that was great in book 1 was even better in this book. Brilliant!

Rebecca was a lot stronger in this book and I was able to truly respect her as a capable heroine. She definitely knew how to kick some psycho butt this time around. 

Justyn was just as utterly perfect as before. Why aren't there guys like him in real life? I swear, if a guy like Lord Justyn existed, I would stop at nothing to get him. If I had to do some things that weren't necessarily legal...eh. Just speed bumps on the road to true love ;) I just absolutely adore Justyn. Rebecca is one lucky lady.

I appreciated that the subject of rape was treated with respect. Ms. DeLuca did a great job in illustrating the emotional turmoil of a victim and how the horror of the event can change a person. 

Again, the mystery of this book was fantastic. Just like in book 1, I never saw the perpetrator coming. Totally jaw-dropping. I never would have suspected who the rapist was. 

Demon was a brilliant book. Seriously people, you have to read this series. I loved it so much that Laura DeLuca is officially one of my favorite authors. It's that good. Perfect, just perfect.

* I received a free copy in exchange for an honest review
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About the Author:
Laura DeLuca
Laura “Luna” DeLuca lives at the beautiful Jersey shore with her husband and four children. She loves writing in the young adult genre because it keeps her young at heart. In addition to writing fiction, Laura is also the editor of a popular review blog called New Age Mama. She is an active member of her local pagan community, and has been studying Wicca for close to eight years. Her current works include Destiny, Destiny Unveiled, Phantom, Morrigan, Player, and Demon.


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