Saturday, February 10, 2018

Blog Tour: The Phantom's Apprentice by Heather Webb (Book review & Giveaway)

Adult, Historical Fiction, Fantasy
Publication Date:February 6, 2018
Published By:  Sonnet Press
Website:Heather Webb 

The Phantom's Apprentice on Goodreads
My review copy:
Received from the publisher

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In this re-imagining of Phantom of the Opera, meet a Christine Daaé you've never seen before...

Christine Daaé sings with her violinist Papa in salons all over Paris, but she longs to practice her favorite pastime - illusions. When her beloved Papa dies during a conjurer's show, she abandons her magic and surrenders to grief and guilt. Life as a female illusionist seems too dangerous, and she must honor her father's memory.

Concerned for her welfare, family friend Professor Delacroix secures an audition for her at the Nouvel Opéra - the most illustrious stage in Europe. Yet Christine soon discovers the darker side of Paris opera. Rumors of murder float through the halls, and she is quickly trapped between a scheming diva and a mysterious phantom. The Angel of Music.

But is the Angel truly a spirit, or a man obsessed, stalking Christine for mysterious reasons tangled in her past?

As Christine's fears mount, she returns to her magical arts with the encouragement of her childhood friend, Raoul. Newfound hope and romance abounds... until one fateful night at the masquerade ball. Those she cares foróDelacroix, the Angel, and even Raoul - aren't as they seem. Now she must decide whom she trusts and which is her rightful path: singer or illusionist.

To succeed, she will risk her life in the grandest illusion of all.


Who hasn't heard of The Phantom of the Opera? Most have but the story is always told from the Phantoms point of view. The premise of this author's plot is all about Christine, the heroine in the historical tale. She takes center stage from the beginning of this novel with her talent for singing beautifully and her secret love of illusions.

I was captivated by this novel from the beginning and found it very difficult to put it down between chapters. That's really no surprise to me though as I fell in love with Heather Webb's writing in her Novel Last Christmas in Paris. I think this book blows that away though. No one was who they seemed and that made this story incredible to read. Once I thought I had a handle on who a character was, they would trick me and I would be back to square one.

I also loved Christine's journey from a very young impressionable girl that his behind her father's coat tales to an independent woman who didn't want any men to decide her fate. She was breathtaking to read as she grew into her own woman. It was amazing to watch her start her own life from nothing. She was so afraid but you just knew she'd make it.

If you love historical fiction with an classical setting, interesting characters that continue to surprise you through our the story and beautiful writing, The Phantom's Apprentice is for you.

About the Author

HEATHER WEBB is the author of historical novels Becoming Josephine and Rodin's Lover, and the anthology Fall of Poppies, which have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Cosmopolitan, Elle, France Magazine, and more, as well as received national starred reviews. RODINíS LOVER was a Goodreads Top Pick in 2015. Up and coming, Last Christmas in Paris, an epistolary love story set during WWI will release October 3, 2017, and The Phantom's Apprentice, a re-imagining of the Gothic classic Phantom of the Opera from Christine Daae's point of view releases February 6, 2018. To date, her novels have sold in ten countries. Heather is also a professional freelance editor, foodie, and travel fiend.

For more information, please visit Heather's website. You can also find her on Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads

Blog Tour Schedule

Monday, February 5 Review at The Maiden's Court
Tuesday, February 6 Review at The Lit Bitch Feature at A Bookaholic Swede  
Wednesday, February 7 Review at Just One More Chapter Review at History From a Woman's Perspective
Thursday, February 8 Review at A Bookish Affair
Friday, February 9 Review at Trisha Jenn Reads 
Saturday, February 10 Review at Bookish
 Monday, February 12 Review at Creating Herstory 
Tuesday, February 13 Review at Linda's Book Obsession
Wednesday, February 14 Review at Clarissa Reads it All 
Thursday, February 15 Review at 100 Pages a Day
Friday, February 16 Review at Baer Books
Monday, February 19 Review at Cup of Sensibility Review at Let Them Read Books Review at Bookworms Anonymous
Tuesday, February 20 Feature at Passages to the Past
Wednesday, February 21 Review at Writing the Renaissance
Monday, February 26 Interview at Jorie Loves a Story

During the Blog Tour we are giving away two paperback copies of The Phantom's Apprentice! To enter, please enter via the Gleam form below.

Giveaway Rules 
Giveaway ends at 11:59pm EST on February 26th. You must be 18 or older to enter.
Giveaway is open to US & Canada residents only.
Only one entry per household.
All giveaway entrants agree to be honest and not cheat the systems; any suspect of fraud is decided upon by blog/site owner and the sponsor, and entrants may be disqualified at our discretion.
Winner has 48 hours to claim prize or new winner is chosen.


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