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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for Demon

  1. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie

    From the Militant Recommender Book Review Blog: http://militantrecommender.blogspot.com/ Without realizing it, the Recommender happened upon Laura DeLuca's Phantom right before the release of her 2nd novel to feature my new favorite fictional character, Lord Justyn Patko and his girlfriend, Rebecca Hope. So, putting all my other carefully lined up books aside for the moment, I had to see what the author had in store for these two in the new book. When we last met them... Justyn and Becca had both b From the Militant Recommender Book Review Blog: http://militantrecommender.blogspot.com/ Without realizing it, the Recommender happened upon Laura DeLuca's Phantom right before the release of her 2nd novel to feature my new favorite fictional character, Lord Justyn Patko and his girlfriend, Rebecca Hope. So, putting all my other carefully lined up books aside for the moment, I had to see what the author had in store for these two in the new book. When we last met them... Justyn and Becca had both been scouted for a college of the Performing Arts. Demon has them moving in together in an off-campus apartment complete with a welcoming basket of herbs and potions from Darlene (Justyn's amazing Mom) and a cockatiel. They are mad for each other, though Becca is a bit nervous about facing this new college experience. And well she might be... as among their classmates are the trio from hell, two arrogant male students, Chad and Scott and their resident diva, Livy, a goth enchantress who zeros in on Justyn as her perfect future boyfriend, particularly after he and she audition for and get the leads in the college drama club's production of Sweeney Todd, while Becca scores a role, but as Sweeney's insane lost wife. There is drama on stage and off. Justyn is as charming and magnetic as he was in the first book. He vows to protect Becca from all harm, but can he? Becca will undergo an ordeal that seems to change her...possibly forever. Not saying what, that is for you to find out in this engrossing follow-up. The Recommender is happy to recommend anything with our perfect leading man, Justyn... or shall we say LORD Justyn, in the storyline! I am now looking forward to the 3rd installment of the Dark Musicals series...especially after the sneak peek Ms. DeLuca gives us in the opening chapter!!!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Erica Alyson

    **ARC provided for honest review** ***May Contain Spoilers To Book 1 Phantom**** Wow this series just got even better and I didn't think that was possible. This is probably my favorite book by Laura DeLuca. I love the characters, the story, the writing all of it. Laura writes in a way that makes the reader engaged and you feel like you are there due to the great descriptive narrative in the book. This story picks up where Phantom left off with Tom and Carmen together and Rebecca and Justyn about t **ARC provided for honest review** ***May Contain Spoilers To Book 1 Phantom**** Wow this series just got even better and I didn't think that was possible. This is probably my favorite book by Laura DeLuca. I love the characters, the story, the writing all of it. Laura writes in a way that makes the reader engaged and you feel like you are there due to the great descriptive narrative in the book. This story picks up where Phantom left off with Tom and Carmen together and Rebecca and Justyn about to leave for school together. Once they get to college they get settled in and try out for the current school play Demon Barber. The producer of the play doesnt' seem to like Becca right away and he is know for being tough. At try outs Becca makes friends with Megan, Quinn, and Frankie. But she makes enemies with Livy, Chad, and Scott. Livy is trying out for the same spot Becca wants the lead. Livy wants the lead oh and Justyn, Becca's boyfriend of a year. Livy has two minions Chad and Scott who are rude, and annoying. Once the play is cast things start to get a little odd. There is a serial rapist on campus and he has a thing for attacking blondes. Lucky for Becca she is burnette right?! Things start to get a little odd when events from Demon Barber start playing out right before there eyes and there is no telling who to trust and who not to trust. The twist and turns made this story so much fun to read. The characters had so much growth and development throughout the book it was so delightful to watch. I loved Justyn so much in this book!!! He is such a wonderful main character along side Becca. I can't wait for the third book Hyde!!!!! Even though this was provided by the author I will be buying it when it comes out because I loved it so much!!!!!!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Gloria Defeo

    I read Phantom, the first book in this series, and it was amazing. I didn't think it was possible to top it, yet somehow, Demon managed to pull it off. Justyn and Becca are starting a new life in college, but there are definitely some challenges along the way. There is a lot more competition then when they were in high school, and this time around, they won't both be the stars. To make matters worse, there is a Gothic girl named Livy who wants to steal a lot more than the show. She totally wants I read Phantom, the first book in this series, and it was amazing. I didn't think it was possible to top it, yet somehow, Demon managed to pull it off. Justyn and Becca are starting a new life in college, but there are definitely some challenges along the way. There is a lot more competition then when they were in high school, and this time around, they won't both be the stars. To make matters worse, there is a Gothic girl named Livy who wants to steal a lot more than the show. She totally wants to steal Justyn too. But the biggest trial they face is the serial rapist who is attacking the girls on the campus. Will Becca be a victim and if she is, can her relationship with Justyn survive it? This is something you'll have to read the book to learn. The Dark Musicals Trilogy is an amazing and refreshing take on the YA genre. The author has stepped away from the "para-NORM" and gone a whole new route. Not only are these books original thrillers that have both left me shocked at their conclusion, they also introduce a younger generation to classic novels and Broadway musicals in a way they can relate to and appreciate. In my opinion, this makes them a masterpiece in their own right.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Maryann

    This book was an amazing modern day version of Sweeney Todd. The way the author tied the modern story to the classic was unique. Instead of going with the throat slashing, she focused on the reason for the revenge. It was an emotional roller coaster. I laughed, cried, and swooned more times than I could count. An amazing sequel. Can't wait for book three. This book was an amazing modern day version of Sweeney Todd. The way the author tied the modern story to the classic was unique. Instead of going with the throat slashing, she focused on the reason for the revenge. It was an emotional roller coaster. I laughed, cried, and swooned more times than I could count. An amazing sequel. Can't wait for book three.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Wren

    Review to come

  6. 4 out of 5

    Michelle Cornwell-Jordan

    I was excited and thrilled when learning the sequel to Phantom, Demon, the second book in the Dark Musicals had arrived. I loved Phantom, so I could not wait to read Demon (Book#2 in Dark Musicals series). I would like to say that one of the reasons that I enjoy this series is due to how Author Laura Deluca takes the Classics and creates fresh, hip tales perfect for today’s readers! Demon follows the couple Justyn and Rebecca who met in Phantom their high school production, which both had the lead I was excited and thrilled when learning the sequel to Phantom, Demon, the second book in the Dark Musicals had arrived. I loved Phantom, so I could not wait to read Demon (Book#2 in Dark Musicals series). I would like to say that one of the reasons that I enjoy this series is due to how Author Laura Deluca takes the Classics and creates fresh, hip tales perfect for today’s readers! Demon follows the couple Justyn and Rebecca who met in Phantom their high school production, which both had the leads parts. In Phantom, although there had been tragedy attached to their initial meeting, they had found love even with being such opposites. Rebecca was a good girl, almost wall flower, with a huge voice that she finally felt comfortable to use after meeting the enigmatic Justyn, a Gothic handsome and very talented actor, who became taken by his co-star. Demon focuses on the couple when they arrive at University, The New York School of Performing Arts. There after settling in, they both decide to try out for roles in the campus rendition of Demon Barber, based on the classic musical Sweeney Todd. Concerned because they were going up against others who were equally as talented as they were, Justyn and Rebecca acquire roles, and practice begins. But soon, darkness finds them again, and similar events that happened to them in Phantom, such as missing items, accidents and a murder occurs for them in the present. That and the fact one of their beautiful fellow classmates a Gothic beauty, decides that Justyn would be better off with her than Rebecca, places further strain on the young couples relations. Adding on some parental disapproval with living arrangements and an attack on Rebecca on campus, and the devastating aftermath….the couple are not sure if their love will survive! As soon as I began reading Demon, I noticed that it seemed seasoned. The characters had actually appeared to have grown and matured in themselves and their relationship. They had gone from that fragile puppy love, to a relationship that was here for the long run. But this does not come without a price. I believe Laura Deluca did an excellent job, of handling the tough subject of Rape with compassion and hope for those having been affected by it; She gives the message there is hope after such a tragedy, and that one can survive and flourish. I was just mesmerized by the two young people’s love for another, it was almost a palpable sensation, and when Rebecca pulled away inside herself after the attack; it was simply gorgeous how Laura Deluca displayed the depth of the affection that came from Justyn, love and acceptance, and I also liked the strong support shown for Rebecca from others in her family and social circle. I was happy to see Rebecca’s strength that came from the pain and the determination to aide others. This was a beautiful story, if I was not already a fan of Author Laura Deluca’s…I would be now!

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

    Wow! This is the perfect second book to Phantom. It was utterly unbelievable to read and kept my mind reeling as I tried to figure out how the play would come to life like it did with Phantom. The suspects for this one are ones that will throw the reader off what they think is happening. Becca and Justyn are in college now and life seems to be going up after they leave the tragedy that unfolded on the stage of their high school. The horrible thoughts still linger in Becca's mind but with the new Wow! This is the perfect second book to Phantom. It was utterly unbelievable to read and kept my mind reeling as I tried to figure out how the play would come to life like it did with Phantom. The suspects for this one are ones that will throw the reader off what they think is happening. Becca and Justyn are in college now and life seems to be going up after they leave the tragedy that unfolded on the stage of their high school. The horrible thoughts still linger in Becca's mind but with the new school and the new drama club she hopes that everything will turn out alright. It even starts to as the couple move into a small apartment off campus that they share. The new play is just as dark as the last one and Justyn of course fits into it perfectly. Although tryouts are nerve wracking both get a part in the play. Justyn as the lead and Becca as a small but vital part to the play. Even if the character isn't the type of character that Becca would play willingly she knows that she must adjust to the role like any good actor/actress would do in order to prove herself to the ever criticizing professor. Becca found a filer for a rapist on campus from the previous semester and thinks nothing of it thinking that the person was caught, besides she knows she's not his type being that her hair isn't blonde. But when something happens and leaves Justyn at home sick, she is forced to get home alone and gets caught in the trap of the very person she thought had been caught. The rest of the book plays out as Becca struggles to move back into her everyday routine but finding that she can't because of the terrible accident that befell her. With the help of Justyn's mother she is able to though until she hears that Megan, her one and only girl friend, has had the same thing happen to her. As the book ends the reader finds out who the rapist is and how is is related to a girl who is desperately trying to steal Justyn from Becca. The relationship is shocking and unforeseeable. This was another great book by Laura DeLuca and I look forward to reading book three!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

    Who does not love something a smidgen darker? One of my favorite musicals is The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. While I understand that a lot of people did not even know who/what it was, I am glad that Johnny Depp has made the amazing dark musical a household name. And as with Phantom, Laura DeLuca has chosen another favorite of mine. I feel we have a lot in common! Unlike the first book in the series (Phantom), I was able to figure out who our resident psycho was. However, I did not understand ho Who does not love something a smidgen darker? One of my favorite musicals is The Demon Barber of Fleet Street. While I understand that a lot of people did not even know who/what it was, I am glad that Johnny Depp has made the amazing dark musical a household name. And as with Phantom, Laura DeLuca has chosen another favorite of mine. I feel we have a lot in common! Unlike the first book in the series (Phantom), I was able to figure out who our resident psycho was. However, I did not understand how deeply disturbed they (I am not saying it is more than one person, but I do not want to give anything away by slipping by whether the villain is male or female - sorry to all of you spoiler junkines!) actually were. To me, that was the most shocking. What I loved about this book, different from Phantom, was the the story itself did not revolve around the musical itself. Something... happens... I'm not going to get into too many of the details because it really would spoil quite a bit of the story, but this is something not even remotely close to the terror that Rebecca faced in the first story. It is something very scary, and very real. Sadly, it happens on a daily basis. Rebecca is attacked in this second installment of the Dark Musicals Trilogy, and is nearly raped. While I do not generally like to give away any of the plot at all, I felt that I should bring it up. Laura is a great writer, and she in no way wrote this scene making it too mature for the usual YA audience. What Rebecca goes through after her attack is heart breaking. I am glad that Laura included a situation like this in her writing. It can happen to anyone, at any time, and is one of the most vile ways to attack someone. It takes away so much from the victim. Laura was able to grasp a lot of the inner turmoil Rebecca went through and gave a shining example of how someone could work through their recovery to be a stronger person in the end. Seriously, Laura, you gained so much respect from me after finishing this book. You did an amazing job with the story.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Danielle Robertson

    As a reader, I'm happy to be reunited with Rebecca and Justyn. Their chemistry sparks on the page, and the way they connect as a couple is really just... so romantic. I loved watching this unlikely pair get together in Phantom; I love it even more now, when I get to read about their growth as a couple. It also certainly doesn't hurt that, aside from The Phantom of the Opera, my favorite musical is Sweeney Todd! As I discussed in my initial Phantom post, I was a huge musical nerd in high school ( As a reader, I'm happy to be reunited with Rebecca and Justyn. Their chemistry sparks on the page, and the way they connect as a couple is really just... so romantic. I loved watching this unlikely pair get together in Phantom; I love it even more now, when I get to read about their growth as a couple. It also certainly doesn't hurt that, aside from The Phantom of the Opera, my favorite musical is Sweeney Todd! As I discussed in my initial Phantom post, I was a huge musical nerd in high school (not like that's changed now). I like getting to relive a bit of the "theater days" in these pages.... although, of course, my theater days were much less dramatic! Demon is much darker than Phantom, in my opinion. DeLuca is masterful when it comes to crafting the kind of suspenseful scenes that make your shoulders tense - the kind of scenes that make you scared to look behind you. I felt like I was journey right beside Rebecca as she walked alone across the deserted campus. Every hushed noise and twig snap had me on high alert. I think it's a job well done when an author can make a reader really feel that sort of fear. But fear not: Demon isn't all scary! There's still a decent dose of humor, with some great one-liners and a cast of supporting characters that really made me smile. No one in these pages in one-dimensional; all of the characters have desires, and flaws, and intriguing personal characteristics. The plots twists kept me guessing until the end. As I neared the end of my commute home from work, I rushed to read the last few pages. I wasn't disappointed. I'm really looking forward to reading the final installment in the Dark Musicals trilogy! Thank you so much to Laura DeLuca for giving me a copy of Demon for review.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Linda

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. **Note, some of this review will contain SPOILERS** It's official, I'm a fan. The story line continues with Becca and Justyn in college. They are freshmen who of course get roles in the school play, Demon Barber, based on Sweeney Todd. I've never seen this play, but know that it is bloody. In keeping with Phantom, the cast gets caught up in more than just acting and singing. There is again, that one mean girl in the play. There is the supporting cast, some of whom are friends and some of whom are **Note, some of this review will contain SPOILERS** It's official, I'm a fan. The story line continues with Becca and Justyn in college. They are freshmen who of course get roles in the school play, Demon Barber, based on Sweeney Todd. I've never seen this play, but know that it is bloody. In keeping with Phantom, the cast gets caught up in more than just acting and singing. There is again, that one mean girl in the play. There is the supporting cast, some of whom are friends and some of whom are not. Becca is again the focus of something sinister, but unlike the first book where the killer was in love with her, the antagonists want her out of the way and Justyn is the focus. Similar to the last book, it took me awhile to figure out one of the antagonist, the actual rapist on the campus. However, the real surprise was Livy. I did not see that coming. Yes, you knew she wanted Justyn, but you did not know to what extremes she would go to nor her relationship with the rapist. If I have one negative about the book, it is that although Justyn acted out of character, I still loved him and understood why he did. However, for Becca, although her extreme reaction to being attacked by the rapist was understandable, her treatment of Justyn was not. I could understand not wanting to have sex, but having NO connection at all with him seemed too extreme for me and had me disliking her for awhile. BUT, things did work out later. So now I am anxiously awaiting book 3, and yes, I still recommend this series to others. Although the characters are young, the book was still very good and something I think anyone older than 16 would still enjoy reading.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Meg - A Bookish Affair

    "Demon" is the thrilling sequel to "Phantom" and the second book in the planned Dark Musicals trilogy by Laura DeLuca. It's a modern day take on the musical, "Sweeney Todd." The book picks up a little bit after the first book ends. Rebecca and Justyn are now away at college together. They've taken their relationship to another level and are living together and auditioning for parts in the college drama departments presentation of "Sweeney Todd" under a professor who seems to hate them for no goo "Demon" is the thrilling sequel to "Phantom" and the second book in the planned Dark Musicals trilogy by Laura DeLuca. It's a modern day take on the musical, "Sweeney Todd." The book picks up a little bit after the first book ends. Rebecca and Justyn are now away at college together. They've taken their relationship to another level and are living together and auditioning for parts in the college drama departments presentation of "Sweeney Todd" under a professor who seems to hate them for no good reason, which makes doing the musical extra difficult. While readers would probably be able to pick up "Demon" and get the story right off the bat, you really should go back and read "Phantom" as it's another good book in the same dark and thrilling vein as "Demon." As with "Phantom," I really loved all of the twists and turns in this book. I thought the overall mystery in the book was a little less surprising than the central mystery in "Phantom" (I won't give you any spoilers) but it was still so much fun to watch all of the pieces come together and having my thoughts and ideas confirmed. I really liked that DeLuca was able to weave in a very real issue and a very important message within this book. One of the main characters, Rebecca narrowly escapes a rape attempt and for very obvious reasons, has a lot of trouble coping with it and figuring out how to deal with the emotions coming out of that situation. I really thought that DeLuca did a good job of covering such a serious topic! This book is billed as YA fiction but the content is fairly dark and may be best suited for older YA readers as with "Phantom."

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jamie White

    NOTE: I was provided a copy for promotional purposes with no expectation of a favorable review. I will also warn anyone who has not read book that they may want to skip this review if you don't want to know any details of what happened before. As I loved the first in this series, I couldn't wait for the chance to sit down and read book two. As with the first in the trilogy, the plot partly revolves around a production of a classic musical. In this one, they are doing a production of Demon Barber NOTE: I was provided a copy for promotional purposes with no expectation of a favorable review. I will also warn anyone who has not read book that they may want to skip this review if you don't want to know any details of what happened before. As I loved the first in this series, I couldn't wait for the chance to sit down and read book two. As with the first in the trilogy, the plot partly revolves around a production of a classic musical. In this one, they are doing a production of Demon Barber and, like their ill-fated production of Phantom, terrible things begin to happen, annoying the director and causing Rebecca and Justyn trouble. Rebecca has been having a hard time adjusting to campus life while Justyn is being a rock of confidence, assuring her they'll do just fine. Rebecca isn't sure, as the talent pool here is far greater than at her old High School. She's also on edge after finding out there's a rapist on campus, a man she nearly falls victim to. The incident leaves her a mess, putting both her future on stage and her relationship with Justyn in jeopardy. I love how this series takes classic musicals and adapts them to the modern day, all while paying homage to their originals through the productions the characters are putting on. I also love the progression in Rebecca's relationship with Justyn, as well as the friendships they form with some of the nicer members of the Demon Barber cast. As with the first, Deluca builds the tension and leaves you not wanting to put it down. I highly recommend this one for anyone who loves YA, suspense, and some classic theatre.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Lauren Boden

    Beautiful!! From start to finish, i was captivated and enthralled by the sincerity, emotion, and realism portrayed in this book! I came into the book thinking it would be another one of those series books that wasn't near the same caliber as the first. But, this book surprised me and this is truly one of the best sequel books I've ever read! Phantom drew me because of the oblivious ties to Phantom of the Opera. That book became one of my favorites from chapter 1! Demon took a bit longer for me to Beautiful!! From start to finish, i was captivated and enthralled by the sincerity, emotion, and realism portrayed in this book! I came into the book thinking it would be another one of those series books that wasn't near the same caliber as the first. But, this book surprised me and this is truly one of the best sequel books I've ever read! Phantom drew me because of the oblivious ties to Phantom of the Opera. That book became one of my favorites from chapter 1! Demon took a bit longer for me to get into, but by the end, Demon is up top with my all time favorite books! The basic concept is the same, in the sense that Rebecca and Justyn participate in a musical and end up living the real life version of that musical, and they both almost end up dying. Other than that, I feel that the two books are completely different. Demon tells the story of their move to college, a rapist that is ever present on the campus, and a goth chic trying to break apart the happy couple. I won't go into details as to ruin it if you haven't read it, but the ending is what put the book into my favorites! I didn't see the ending coming from a mile away and it blew me away to the point where I actually had to stop reading for a bit to calm me down! Even if you aren't a big musical person, I highly, highly suggest at least give one of the books a try (if you start with demon, it might ruin the first book for you, but you will still be able to understand demon). If you do like musicals, make sure to read this trilogy! It is WORTH the investment!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Heather andrews

    Lord Justyn is still a sweetheart as much as he was in 'Phantom' "I've moved a dozen times in my life. I've left friends and family behind more than once, but I don't think I could ever bare to leave you." There was one scene that made me laugh so hard I almost peed myself (doing that a lot lately with some of the books I'm reading not sure if that's a good thing yet haha) (Just going to do dialogue in the scene not what's going on): "Hey, you friend...he gay? Boy who dress like dat have to be g Lord Justyn is still a sweetheart as much as he was in 'Phantom' "I've moved a dozen times in my life. I've left friends and family behind more than once, but I don't think I could ever bare to leave you." There was one scene that made me laugh so hard I almost peed myself (doing that a lot lately with some of the books I'm reading not sure if that's a good thing yet haha) (Just going to do dialogue in the scene not what's going on): "Hey, you friend...he gay? Boy who dress like dat have to be gay." "No, not at all. He's my boyfriend." "If he no gay, he must be kinky. You sure he no swinging on both sides of da fence?" "Pretty sure." "I not understand what nice girl like you do with freaky boy toy like dat." Ugh Livy that girl needed to be up-slapped a couple of times, she's rude, obnoxious, and I just plain hated her, "This isn't high school, Becca! We aren't going to be friends. And I'm not going to stop until Justyn is mine and you run back to New Jersey with your tail between your legs. Is that clear enough for you deary? Don't try to make nice with me again." Total Biatch! This book is an emotional read (Yea just realized I'm reading a lot more of those lately too, not sure what my mind is trying to tell me) and I enjoyed every second of it!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Fiona Wilson

    This is the second in a trilogy of books and continues the story of Rebecca and Justyn, the main characters of the first book, Phantom. Rebecca and Justyn have now been together for a year and they have both been accepted into the New York School of Performing Arts after being found by a talent scout and receiving full scholarships. They immediately try out for the play 'Demon Barber' and, as predicted by everyone who hears him, Justyn is given the main role, that of Sweeney Todd. Rebecca gets the This is the second in a trilogy of books and continues the story of Rebecca and Justyn, the main characters of the first book, Phantom. Rebecca and Justyn have now been together for a year and they have both been accepted into the New York School of Performing Arts after being found by a talent scout and receiving full scholarships. They immediately try out for the play 'Demon Barber' and, as predicted by everyone who hears him, Justyn is given the main role, that of Sweeney Todd. Rebecca gets the part of Lucy, a beggar woman who was once Sweeney Todd's wife before going mad. Again, as in the first book, Rebecca finds herself in the thick of things when she is attacked by someone, assumed to be a serial rapist, who has attacked several other women in the past. In the aftermath of the attack she struggles with her emotions, pushing Justyn away in the process. Unfortunately others start being attacked and the reader is left guessing as to the identity of the culprit. This is another well written story from the author which has you guessing all the way to the end. As in the first book the identity of the person responsible was a huge surprise to me as I didn't see it coming at all. There are even more twists and turns in the end. I cannot wait to read the last in this series as the author, as in the first book, gives an epilogue at the end of the book with the title of the next!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kayla

    Demon by Laura DeLuca Review by: Kayla Hines Synopsis: “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 Demon by Laura DeLuca Review by: Kayla Hines Synopsis: “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.” Review: I was given a copy of Ashley’s Reading Bliss for an honest review. Demon is the second in Dark Musical books and it was just as amazing as Phantom. I loved this book! It had me from the beginning and I am so glad that I got to go from reading Phantom to reading Demon. Laura does such a great job in writing. I may have a new favorite. I liked this one a lot. While I'm a fan of Phantom, Sweeney Todd is my one of my favorite musicals and I really enjoyed watching it come to life in this story. I look forward to reading Hyde which is the final book in the Dark Musicals trilogy. I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars!!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Sheila

    Second in the Dark Musicals trilogy, Laura DeLuca’s Demon takes off from where Phantom ended. Teen life, now in college instead of high school, is set to imitate art again, as Becca and Justyn try out for parts in the tale of the Demon Barber. The classic story combines with college life to form a vivid backdrop to a tale of psychological horror and real danger. Meanwhile imagined lyrics offer a pleasingly musical and consistent feel. Justyn and Becca seem to have it all at the start of this tale Second in the Dark Musicals trilogy, Laura DeLuca’s Demon takes off from where Phantom ended. Teen life, now in college instead of high school, is set to imitate art again, as Becca and Justyn try out for parts in the tale of the Demon Barber. The classic story combines with college life to form a vivid backdrop to a tale of psychological horror and real danger. Meanwhile imagined lyrics offer a pleasingly musical and consistent feel. Justyn and Becca seem to have it all at the start of this tale. With scholarships and on-campus work to finance themselves, plus a nice apartment off-campus where they live as man and wife in all but name, what could possibly go wrong? But danger lurks, and soon this psychological horror story blends with a heart-felt exploration of recovery as Becca tries to regain her balance and her love. Justyn’s Wiccan faith offers healing, with practices well-explained and not so alien as outsiders might imagine—spiritual love, it seems, is the same in all disciplines. The show must go on, of course, until a scary twist ends the tale, and love wins through. It’s a fast-paced story, slowed by some odd word-choices, buoyed by interesting insights into spiritual life, and blessed with plenty of mystery. More new-adult than young-adult, at least to my mind, it forms a pleasing part two to the author’s trilogy. Disclosure: I won a free ecopy.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Markson

    I received a copy of Demon by Laura DeLuca in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. I have to say that I have read each and every book written by this fabulous author. I started with her book Destiny and immediately fell in love with her writing style. When I started reading her Dark Musical series I was not sure what to expect because the first one Phantom was about the book Phantom of the Opera. I personally never watched or read it. Now Demon was based loosely on the story of Sweeny Tod I received a copy of Demon by Laura DeLuca in exchange for an honest and unbiased review. I have to say that I have read each and every book written by this fabulous author. I started with her book Destiny and immediately fell in love with her writing style. When I started reading her Dark Musical series I was not sure what to expect because the first one Phantom was about the book Phantom of the Opera. I personally never watched or read it. Now Demon was based loosely on the story of Sweeny Todd and before reading I knew absolutely nothing about it except I don’t like Johnny Depp in anything. But let me tell you that this was her absolute best book to date. I truly can’t wait to read the final chapter Hyde. The relationship of Becca and Lord Justyn is such a great dynamic relationship you can’t help but love them. They are complete opposite type people but they fit. There is a lot of mystery and suspense in the book that will leave you guessing from page to page. I thought I knew who it was but BAM another twist was thrown in to keep us guessing. True love always will find their way through even the greatest adversaries if you only believe. I highly recommend this book if you like adventure, suspense, drama, and of course a big fan of true love.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Farrah

    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 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

  20. 4 out of 5

    A.R. Von

    I found book 2 of the Dark Musicals series to be just as good as the first. Just as touching, romantic, exciting and mysterious. I did not know what to expect, but Laura is FULL of surprises! All fans of the genre will enjoy a great escape with Demon, even if you are not familiar with the musical the story is based upon (like me!) The author wrote it so wonderfully you’ll visualize every single moment! Justyn and Rebecca is still an amazing couple. (I still feel that Rebecca made the perfect choi I found book 2 of the Dark Musicals series to be just as good as the first. Just as touching, romantic, exciting and mysterious. I did not know what to expect, but Laura is FULL of surprises! All fans of the genre will enjoy a great escape with Demon, even if you are not familiar with the musical the story is based upon (like me!) The author wrote it so wonderfully you’ll visualize every single moment! Justyn and Rebecca is still an amazing couple. (I still feel that Rebecca made the perfect choice when she chose Justyn in book 1 of the series!) They are both now going on a new journey in life. Meeting new people, learning new things and experiencing new experiences. They have a bit more of a challenge with their talents this time around because it is much more demanding and professional than high school was for them. But together, those two can accomplish anything! Even though this is book 2 of a series it can be read as a stand-alone. But I truly recommend reading book 1 so you can gain a true appreciation of Justyn and Rebecca’s relationship. I look forward to what Laura will bring us next in the series :)

  21. 4 out of 5

    Christina M Condy

    I have to say first that Phantom of the Opera is one of my all time favorite musicals. So when I was offered the opportunity to read and review Phantom and Demon by the Author I had to jump at the opportunity. I won't go into details of Phantom here, but suffice it to say it was an excellent book which I gladly gave 4.5 stars to. But this isn't about Phantom this review is about Demon which is book two in the Dark Musical Series. The relationship between Becca and Justyn continues in this book. Th I have to say first that Phantom of the Opera is one of my all time favorite musicals. So when I was offered the opportunity to read and review Phantom and Demon by the Author I had to jump at the opportunity. I won't go into details of Phantom here, but suffice it to say it was an excellent book which I gladly gave 4.5 stars to. But this isn't about Phantom this review is about Demon which is book two in the Dark Musical Series. The relationship between Becca and Justyn continues in this book. This book is full of mystery and quite a bit of suspense, all while the love between Becca and Justyn continues to grow. We meet some new characters in this book and once again the friendships make an integral part of the story. I immediately hated Livy, Chad and Scott. And the story Sweeney Todd was the perfect tie in for this story. I have to say I just cannot wait for book 3. I give this book 5 stars and have to say that this book was better than the first book. Details/Disclaimer: Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Maria

    The 411 by Maria: I loved the first book in the series entitled Phantom. In this book our main characters Justyn and Rebecca are in New York trying to put the past few months and all the drama of their last time on stage behind them. Theyboth try out for a play called Demon Barber based on Sweeney Todd (can you tell Laura likes her musicals?). Justyn of course, gets the lead role alongside Rebecca's nemesis Livy (Man, how I hated her!). Drama seems to follow these two young people around before yo The 411 by Maria: I loved the first book in the series entitled Phantom. In this book our main characters Justyn and Rebecca are in New York trying to put the past few months and all the drama of their last time on stage behind them. Theyboth try out for a play called Demon Barber based on Sweeney Todd (can you tell Laura likes her musicals?). Justyn of course, gets the lead role alongside Rebecca's nemesis Livy (Man, how I hated her!). Drama seems to follow these two young people around before you know it, drama! And I don't just mean drama club! A whole new cast of characters entangle themselves in Rebecca and Justyn's lives and I loved every moment of it. Laura has a way of modernizing a much loved musical while creating a cast of characters and a dramatic, mystic aura that has you in between past and present. Demon is a little darker to me than Phantom because Laura introduces a rapist and when we find out who it is during the big reveal I was as shocked as a reader can be and a little horrified. Great summer read with loads of suspense. One of my favorites for the year. I have a craving to watch Sweeney Todd now.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Simone

    I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. In book two of the Dark Musicals Trilogy, we revisit Justyn and Rebecca. They’ve graduated High School and are about to embark on their new college career together. They’re living together in an off-campus apartment, and cannot be more in love. Now along with the challenges of college, comes competitive talent, as well as a Goth girl trying to steal sweet Justyn away. Livy needs to REALLY get a life! Then there’s a serial rap I received a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. In book two of the Dark Musicals Trilogy, we revisit Justyn and Rebecca. They’ve graduated High School and are about to embark on their new college career together. They’re living together in an off-campus apartment, and cannot be more in love. Now along with the challenges of college, comes competitive talent, as well as a Goth girl trying to steal sweet Justyn away. Livy needs to REALLY get a life! Then there’s a serial rapist on campus. Will Becca be his next victim? This was an amazing book, I felt so honored for the opportunity to review this series. This was another fantasic thriller that kept me guessing right up to the very end. There is quite a bit of emotional growth by the end of the novel. The Broadway aspect is truly unique and encourages the reader to experience the musical in a new modern way. I’m looking forward to book 3, I’m excited to find out what happens next. Thank you Laura Deluca, for writing another great novel!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Niki

    I loved The Phantom but this one wow I adored Demon. the 2nd book in the dark musical Trilogy. Justyn and Rebecca are back in this and go to college, where they share a off campus apartment, things are well at first, till a goth girl goes after Justyn and a rapist is on campus. Life is not simple for them and they face lots of challenges again. will their love conquer this too and will they find who is doing all this? Another good thriller Laura, Love your writing style, it reads so easily and ke I loved The Phantom but this one wow I adored Demon. the 2nd book in the dark musical Trilogy. Justyn and Rebecca are back in this and go to college, where they share a off campus apartment, things are well at first, till a goth girl goes after Justyn and a rapist is on campus. Life is not simple for them and they face lots of challenges again. will their love conquer this too and will they find who is doing all this? Another good thriller Laura, Love your writing style, it reads so easily and keeps you on your toes. Go get it you won't regret it. I received a free copy of this book for a honest review

  25. 4 out of 5

    S. Policar

    The second of the Dark Musicals books, Demon has a higher emotional charge than Phantom did. Just like with book 1, Demon will keep you guessing on who badguy is, and this one threw me for a loop. I found far fewer errors in this book than the one before it, again none of the errors will impede reading flow. I particularly liked this one a lot. While I'm a fan of Phantom, Sweeney Todd is my all time favorite musical and I really enjoyed watching it come to life, so to speak. I look forward to readi The second of the Dark Musicals books, Demon has a higher emotional charge than Phantom did. Just like with book 1, Demon will keep you guessing on who badguy is, and this one threw me for a loop. I found far fewer errors in this book than the one before it, again none of the errors will impede reading flow. I particularly liked this one a lot. While I'm a fan of Phantom, Sweeney Todd is my all time favorite musical and I really enjoyed watching it come to life, so to speak. I look forward to reading Hyde which is the final book in the Dark Musicals trilogy. I give this book 5 of 5 paws

  26. 4 out of 5

    Literary

    The high school sweethearts are now honoring their scholarships at a fine arts college and get involved in the school production of Sweeney Todd. Again their story becomes dramatic, mysterious and dangerous when life imitates art. The similarities to the musical are very real. A much darker and thrilling story than the first in this series but captivating from the beginning. Another must read for those Halloween lists. I received this copy in exchange for an honest review.”

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jamie Turner-norton

    After falling in love with Becca and Justyn in Book 1 (Phantom) they have kept me continuing wanting MORE! this time its based on Sweeney Todd and even though I’ve never seen it (which i will be going to buy it now) I loved how Laura kept the story going. Again Laura has managed to make this not just a book, I felt as if I was watching a movie, just like I did while reading Phantom. I cannot wait for the 3rd book!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Bridgette South

    Demon is part two of the Dark Musicals Series by Laura DeLuca. In this book Rebecca and Justyn get to continue their story. They decide to try out for the play Demon Barber Justyn given the lead male role, Sweeney Todd and Rebecca given the role of Lucy. All over again Rebecca is up to her eyes in trouble… Being attacked and then afterwards she begins pushing away Justyn… I loved the SHOCK when you find out who the assailant is!! Loved reading this book and moving on to Hyde tonight…

  29. 5 out of 5

    Tiff Fouks

    Demon continues where Phantom leaves off, Becca and Justyn set off for college! Things take a turn when they start to mirror the storyline of the play they have roles in takes over their lives. Laura never ceases to provide a story that sucks you in from the beginning. Twists and turns enhance the story and you never know who might be the culprit creating the issues.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    Fantastic! This tied in perfectly with Phantom, the first book in the trilogy, and kept me guessing the whole time.

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