Thirst: Phantom – Christopher Pike
Vampires, fantasy, young adult, fiction.
After the explosion and aftermath of the events at the government facility, Sita wakes up in a hotel room as a human. She cannot believe this at all that she is somehow human thanks to this Arturo’s, an old chemist and ex-lover, setup that made him a hybrid of a human and vampire. This setup transformed her into a human. She goes to Seymour to give him the news and inform him of this mysterious person who knew her birth name. Later on, Ray finds her and she is overly excited that she can do human things such as start a family. He helps start their family. The only unsettling aspect is the child’s quick development that is unnerving. Once her baby is born, she names her Kalika, one who destroys. Sita reconnects to Seymour to tell him everything. Seymour tells her that something is wrong here and that Kalika is an evil creature. Later, Sita is mortified and wished she listened to Seymour.
I was happy and sad that Sita was turned into a human. She seemed to be better off as a vampire but she could be normal for a change. Unfortunately, that normal only lasted for a brief amount of time until she got pregnant with this vampire creature that isn’t entirely a vampire but something rather sinister. I remember buying this book because I was eager to see what lies in store for Sita. This was rather strange, but I did like it. Rereading this kept me on my toes as the first time I read this novel. I must remind myself to expect the unexpected when it comes to this series.
Roseblood – A.G. Howard
Phantom of the Opera, retelling, classic, young adult, fiction.
Ever since Rune was old enough to sing, her voice has been so powerful, this overpowers her completely and leaves her incapacitated. Thorn and the Phantom had arranged for Rune to come to the French boarding school. To lure her to the Phantom and to her dark doom. As Rune arrived at the French boarding school, she does occasionally see Thorn but as a masked person. She has seen him in her dreams and wonders if he is her maestro. Someone who can help her control her singing talent. Thorn develops a love for Rune and must decide whether he should continue these feelings. He does not want to do his caretakers bidding. Rune needs to be careful with Thorn and at the academy. Otherwise history will repeat itself but in a more horrific way.
I was intrigued by this retelling and had to get it. Overall, the writing is amazing as well as the plot with the characters. I only wished that it were more fast paced. This was more exciting than the original, but others might disagree if one were to read this. I do recommend this novel if one were into the whole Phantom of the Opera book. This does sort of carry the same themes except its like another generation situation. Which was odd but I know it is a trope that is somewhat overused. In this case, it was alright in the end.
The Phantom of the Opera – Gaston Leroux
Classic literature, fiction.
At this opera house, it is no ordinary opera house. It
has a ghost or what the rumors ought to say about this man who haunts the opera
house as he pleases. Christine is new to the opera house scene and is instantly
favored by this phantom. As she grows curious as to whom this phantom fellow
truly is, Raoul and others beg her to not wander about. She finds herself face
to face with the phantom and he reveals his true face to her. After the phantom
reveals his true self, he threatens Christine to marry him and live forever
with him. In asking of this, at first, she refuses but eventually she gives him
the answer. Atlas her heart belongs to someone else whom she loves more, Raoul.
The phantom “kidnaps” Christine and Raoul goes after her. After an intense confrontation,
Christine and Raoul make it out alive after the riot of angry opera house
patrons hunts down the Phantom.
I enjoyed this book for the mysterious and the deeper
meanings of the fiction. Never judge a book by its cover and to never let your
guard down. I did enjoy the little romance between Christine and the Phantom,
but it was short lived. Jealousy is pure evil at times and can drive men to do
things irrationally and act on impulse. I had seen the movie and the book is
better in my defense because reading allows one’s mind to create vivid imagery
of the characters as well as how the plot plays out. What the movie offers and
what the book doesn’t offer is the incredible soundtrack. Consider maybe while
reading this novel, listen to the soundtrack for a better and deeper experience
with the novel.