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A haunted tower, a mysterious instructor and the lure of the music of the night. . . After the death of her father, Aria is left penniless and destitute. To avoid working the streets she becomes the ward of a Count and moves to a remote town called High Tower. High Tower is a gloomy place with one vivid attraction: the theater. Lords and ladies come from afar to be seduced b A haunted tower, a mysterious instructor and the lure of the music of the night. . . After the death of her father, Aria is left penniless and destitute. To avoid working the streets she becomes the ward of a Count and moves to a remote town called High Tower. High Tower is a gloomy place with one vivid attraction: the theater. Lords and ladies come from afar to be seduced by a night of unforgettable entertainment. Many are warned to stay away from High Tower’s dangerous enchantments, but it’s a warning Aria is forced to ignore. Determined to take her life back into her hands, she and the Count make a deal. She can avoid an arranged marriage if she learns to sing for him. When Aria stumbles across a mysterious man in a dark tower, she begs to learn the power of song from him. Although reluctant, the man agrees to teach her the music of the night. Between midnight meetings and emotional singing lessons, Aria falls in love with her alluring instructor despite his shadowy past. But something deadly stirs, awoken by the desire of its master. Evenings reveries become haunted with terror, blood and murder. Rumors claim the man in the tower in behind the madness that haunts High Tower, a truth Aria is loathe believe. For she just gained the desire of her heart. What she doesn’t know is that her haunted instructor intends to use her for his own purposes. . . Music of the Night is a complete, stand-alone novel inspired by Phantom of the Opera. Perfect for fans of dark and steamy fantasy romance.


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A haunted tower, a mysterious instructor and the lure of the music of the night. . . After the death of her father, Aria is left penniless and destitute. To avoid working the streets she becomes the ward of a Count and moves to a remote town called High Tower. High Tower is a gloomy place with one vivid attraction: the theater. Lords and ladies come from afar to be seduced b A haunted tower, a mysterious instructor and the lure of the music of the night. . . After the death of her father, Aria is left penniless and destitute. To avoid working the streets she becomes the ward of a Count and moves to a remote town called High Tower. High Tower is a gloomy place with one vivid attraction: the theater. Lords and ladies come from afar to be seduced by a night of unforgettable entertainment. Many are warned to stay away from High Tower’s dangerous enchantments, but it’s a warning Aria is forced to ignore. Determined to take her life back into her hands, she and the Count make a deal. She can avoid an arranged marriage if she learns to sing for him. When Aria stumbles across a mysterious man in a dark tower, she begs to learn the power of song from him. Although reluctant, the man agrees to teach her the music of the night. Between midnight meetings and emotional singing lessons, Aria falls in love with her alluring instructor despite his shadowy past. But something deadly stirs, awoken by the desire of its master. Evenings reveries become haunted with terror, blood and murder. Rumors claim the man in the tower in behind the madness that haunts High Tower, a truth Aria is loathe believe. For she just gained the desire of her heart. What she doesn’t know is that her haunted instructor intends to use her for his own purposes. . . Music of the Night is a complete, stand-alone novel inspired by Phantom of the Opera. Perfect for fans of dark and steamy fantasy romance.

30 review for Music of the Night

  1. 4 out of 5

    ✩ Yaz ✩

    3 - ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Music of the Night is a gothic romance inspired by the Phantom of the Opera. My fingers moved, catching the cadence of the wordless song as though it were the wail of a creature in profound anguish, crying for what it suffered, yearning for solace just out of reach. It tugged on my heartstrings, as though the call were for me and me alone, as though I could answer it and bring it comfort. The story follows Aria, daughter of a wealthy merchant whom went from riches to rags after they lost 3 - ⭐️⭐️⭐️ Music of the Night is a gothic romance inspired by the Phantom of the Opera. My fingers moved, catching the cadence of the wordless song as though it were the wail of a creature in profound anguish, crying for what it suffered, yearning for solace just out of reach. It tugged on my heartstrings, as though the call were for me and me alone, as though I could answer it and bring it comfort. The story follows Aria, daughter of a wealthy merchant whom went from riches to rags after they lost their wealth and her father passed away. She was homeless until she was welcomed to High Tower Castle, the main domain of her distant relative Count Zorik,who ran a thriving theatre within High Tower. Aria had become a connoisseur of the Music of the Night, but Zorik has enough dancers that he needs one more singer. Madness lurks in the tower and whispers of an evil spirit haunted all who have known of it. A melancholic music emits in the night reaching the ears of Aria, the music that ties her to a masked lonely man whom may save her from her fate of being married off and transform her into a singer with a beautiful melodic voice. “Are you real?” I whispered. “If so, come to me, send me a sign, teach me the music, your music of the night and I will sing, I will sing for you.” This book was fast-paced and I liked the writing style of the author. I was excited to see how the story will unfold since it is a retelling of Phantom of the Opera, and I found myself absorbed throughout the story. However, my main issue was the romance. I expected some build-up and some slow-burn romance but I was left underwhelmed. I was slightly gripped by how the events unfolded towards the end of the book but at the end of it I wasn't particularly attached to the charcaters or the story.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Thais • tata.lifepages •

    "Sing. Lady Aria. Sing for your life." Music of the Night is an alluring and seductive retelling of The Phantom of the Opera that had me longing to be able to sing. The dark and mysterious Uriah hides many secrets that had me flipping pages eagerly to find out more about him. A powerful curse is in play, and Aria of Solynn finds herself entangled with not only the curse but also the fascinating Uriah. After the death of her father, Aria who was once a lady with many friends and luxuries has her "Sing. Lady Aria. Sing for your life." Music of the Night is an alluring and seductive retelling of The Phantom of the Opera that had me longing to be able to sing. The dark and mysterious Uriah hides many secrets that had me flipping pages eagerly to find out more about him. A powerful curse is in play, and Aria of Solynn finds herself entangled with not only the curse but also the fascinating Uriah. After the death of her father, Aria who was once a lady with many friends and luxuries has her world turned upside down. She was thrown to the streets with nothing left. A distant family member, The Count, takes her in as a dancer for his theater however she must learn how to sing in other to have her freedom. Aria is a very courageous character, riding alone in the night to a mysterious haunted tower in hopes she would find the owner of the amazing voice that had her captivated. The story has a dark atmosphere full of secrets: murders, bodies found clawed to death, creatures of the night, tunnels with crystals, a powerful spell... All of this combined with the seductive Uriah had me binge reading throughout the night! One of the elements that completely enchanted me while reading was the detailed description of Aria and Uriah while singing, I felt like I could actually hear them and feel the emotion they were going through. Uriah hides dark and dangerous secrets from Aria, but does she love him enough to trust him? There is a reason High Tower is gloomy and hidden away... Aria starts to look for answers, and what she finds out could be the death of her. Thank you so much to the author for gifting me a copy for review!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chiara | _ckarys

    MUSIC OF THE NIGHT is a real treat for fans of The Phantom of the Opera in all its renditions and for fans of retellings in general. It follows Aria, the daughter of a wealthy merchant left penniless after her father’s death. She is taken in by Count Zorik, a distant relative and owner of an exclusive theater. Though the Count could secure her a good marriage, Aria’s heart is in music, and she is able to secure a deal which grants her a year to work in the theater and nurture her singing talent MUSIC OF THE NIGHT is a real treat for fans of The Phantom of the Opera in all its renditions and for fans of retellings in general. It follows Aria, the daughter of a wealthy merchant left penniless after her father’s death. She is taken in by Count Zorik, a distant relative and owner of an exclusive theater. Though the Count could secure her a good marriage, Aria’s heart is in music, and she is able to secure a deal which grants her a year to work in the theater and nurture her singing talent before finding a husband. Living in High Tower, Aria hears stories about the ghost who haunts the night with his song. Desperate to improve her singing in order to take control of her life, Aria follows the music to its source, meeting the dark and mysterious Uriah, who begrudgingly agrees to teach her the Music of the Night and who may have a secret agenda of his own. Want to find out more? Well, you’ll have to read the book! This book was incredibly fast-paced, and mostly character-driven. There isn’t much world-building, and a lot of the focus was on the mystery of High Tower and Aria and Uriah’s romance, which, if you know me, you know I didn’t mind the slightest bit! Aria is a well-rounded protagonist. I felt her strive for independence and her passion for art, which hit very close to home (though I sadly have no musical bone in my body, but hey, singing and writing can be interchangeable in the name of passion!) Uriah remained more mysterious, but that added to the charm and allure of the novel and fit well with the dark atmosphere of the book. There were many moments that had my heart stopping and me questioning who I could or couldn’t trust—which was especially painful when those doubts reflected on Uriah. I very much enjoyed the romance. Aria was no blushing maid. She knew exactly what she wanted and the romance was sizzling. I do wish we’d gotten a few more scenes where Aria and Uriah got to know one another, but I felt their attraction and the steaminess of their passion just the same. Thank you to the author for sending me a copy to review!

  4. 5 out of 5

    Andi

    This book is confusing as fuck and as a Phantom of the Opera fan I'm just ... annoyed with it. What is with these half-baked kindle unlimited books? Here we have a story about some girl who lives in a castle and she performs for an audience every night as a ballet dancer. One day she hears some creepy music and decides to go investigate some tower off in the forest and low and behold finds the Phantom character. He decides to teach her to sing with him and meanwhile is doing some sort of siniste This book is confusing as fuck and as a Phantom of the Opera fan I'm just ... annoyed with it. What is with these half-baked kindle unlimited books? Here we have a story about some girl who lives in a castle and she performs for an audience every night as a ballet dancer. One day she hears some creepy music and decides to go investigate some tower off in the forest and low and behold finds the Phantom character. He decides to teach her to sing with him and meanwhile is doing some sort of sinister plot behind her back? Okay. So, we got a story that follows beats of Phantom, and then in the last chapter we get some weird info dump/second story that was HARDLY obvious while reading the book. These characters are also void of any personality and or feelings. The problem with a lot of Phantom fanfic or inspired fiction is that the author is too focused on hitting the plot points of the novel/musical. So they never have time to really map out or embellish their character. So you get this story with the characters just on autopilot. There is a reason why this book is called "Tower Knights", and again, it links with the weird ass second story that you find out in the last chapter. Just, don't and move on.

  5. 4 out of 5

    micolreads

    2.5 rounded 3 The premise of the book is great and the first chapters are interesting. The plot becomes more and more predictable (I knew about the grand secret since the first chapters). The pace is too fast, I didn't have time to connect with the characters and the story itself developed in a way that didn't give me the time to enjoy everything that was happening. The main problem for me has been the world building. We only know about the palace and the tower, but nothing about the kingdom or ci 2.5 rounded 3 The premise of the book is great and the first chapters are interesting. The plot becomes more and more predictable (I knew about the grand secret since the first chapters). The pace is too fast, I didn't have time to connect with the characters and the story itself developed in a way that didn't give me the time to enjoy everything that was happening. The main problem for me has been the world building. We only know about the palace and the tower, but nothing about the kingdom or city or world the book is set in.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Erica ♋️✨

    Y’all this book was so good i loved it so much and the fact that there Will be a second book makes me even more excited 💜💜💜

  7. 4 out of 5

    Alina

    A lovely story and I like the MCs. Its safe and the story is interesting. I was a little confused but it makes more sense towards the ending of the book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cindee

    I loved this book finally a Phantom of the Opera retelling that has a really good ending I loved all aspects of this book. I really liked the characters especially Aria and Uriah they had such great chemistry and they fit so well together it really made this book a really good read. What I liked about Aria was her determination to do what she wanted which was to sing although along the way of learning that she fell in love. I really enjoyed the plot of this book it had your Phantom of the Opera I loved this book finally a Phantom of the Opera retelling that has a really good ending I loved all aspects of this book. I really liked the characters especially Aria and Uriah they had such great chemistry and they fit so well together it really made this book a really good read. What I liked about Aria was her determination to do what she wanted which was to sing although along the way of learning that she fell in love. I really enjoyed the plot of this book it had your Phantom of the Opera plot points that were actually better executed in this story. So overall I really loved this book I will be reading more by this author in the future.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    "Do not hesitate to follow your heart, to find the music that will set you free." A gothic retelling of The Phantom of The Opera musical that swept me off my feet. And I admit I loved it even more than the original tale. In Music of the Night, Angela Ford managed to not only capture the heart of the original tale, but also bring it to life with music. Poignant and powerful music, hushed and sweet, yet filled with a desperate longing, just as the tale itself. After the death of her father, Aria "Do not hesitate to follow your heart, to find the music that will set you free." A gothic retelling of The Phantom of The Opera musical that swept me off my feet. And I admit I loved it even more than the original tale. In Music of the Night, Angela Ford managed to not only capture the heart of the original tale, but also bring it to life with music. Poignant and powerful music, hushed and sweet, yet filled with a desperate longing, just as the tale itself. After the death of her father, Aria is left penniless and destitute and becomes the ward of a Count - owner of a theater in a remote gloomy place called High Tower. The count had made it clear he was in need of another singer and if Aria could not fulfill that duty, he'd arrange a marriage and send her away. So Aria must learn to sing well. And who better to teach her than the one whose haunting music seem to call her at night? The spirit who haunted the tower. “Are you real?” she whispered. “If so, come to me, send me a sign, teach me the music, your music of the night and I will sing, I will sing for you.” Despite everyone's warnings, Aria follows the music, answering it's call and meets Uriah. A ghost, a spirit or a madman - this is what Aria had be told he is. And yet, it is clear there's power in his music and Aria would give anything to learn. Uriah knows that, learning the music of the night would destroy the girl, but it was a chance he had to take. Because he would move heaven and earth to earn a chance to live life, like the mortals. And Aria could be the singer he needed for his song. So he agrees to teach her, at a price. One that Aria may regret agreeing to pay. And this is how their tale begins, with midnight meetings and singing lessons. Uriah guides Aria with his voice, 'his warm tones beautiful and intoxicating like the sweetest wines.' And for the first time since her father's passing, she has something to look forward to, someone who brought her joy. Her mysterious and alluring music instructor. And slowly but surely, she falls in in love. But something deadly stirs, awoken by the desire of its master. Evenings reveries become haunted with terror, blood and murder. Rumors claim the man in the tower in behind the madness that haunts High Tower, a truth Aria is loathe believe. For she just gained the desire of her heart. "You are mine" he whispered. "My angel of music, my savior and I will ruin you for all others." Set on a vivid and delightfully creepy gothic background and told in a beautiful writing style with a lovely cadence and rhythm that practically bleeds feelings and emotion from the pages, Music of The Night is one tale that any fan of romantic fantasy and music is bound to love. Longing, desire and raw passion, they are all exquisitely described, just like the characters and their music - poignant, powerful and full of feeling. We get a few hot steamy scenes as well, where passion and chemistry is off the charts and yet, the sweetness, gentleness and heartfelt feeling not only remain but are also amplified. All in all, because I already held you too much, Music of the Night is a MUST READ if you like steamy romantic fantasy and music. Poignant, powerful, sweet and full of feeling! Just give it a try and you'll see. :) Happy reading everyone and remember: "be strong, be bold and follow your heart"

  10. 5 out of 5

    VICTORIA EDWARDS

    Oh boy I read that entirely too fast lol. Thank you thank you so much to Angela Ford for gifting me a copy of this book early so that my impatient, Karen ass didn’t have to complain all the way up until the release date about not having one🤣. Moving on to the actual review... I went into Music of the Night not really remembering the synopsis because I read it the once and moved on with my life. I think going into this with little to no knowledge was actually a good idea, however, because it allowe Oh boy I read that entirely too fast lol. Thank you thank you so much to Angela Ford for gifting me a copy of this book early so that my impatient, Karen ass didn’t have to complain all the way up until the release date about not having one🤣. Moving on to the actual review... I went into Music of the Night not really remembering the synopsis because I read it the once and moved on with my life. I think going into this with little to no knowledge was actually a good idea, however, because it allowed me to be even more surprised when things started to reveal themselves. I think this books reminds me a lot of A Deal With the Elf King in that it’s one of those books you read simply for the romance, though I will say this one had a bit more plot than Elf King. Aria actually had a plan to free herself from Zorick and she sought help from Uriah to fulfill that particular goal. All the while she was a dancer trying to not to get murdered by the creatures of the night—which was probably my biggest let down. The creatures who were never really present? Even when the castle was attacked it didn’t feel like the imagery was that good? Like they were there but it felt like Angela was just simply telling us that rather than us experiencing Aria getting attacked by a monster. But that’s just one thing that honestly didn’t really bother me considering I read this for the romance 😁. Shifting back to that, I really did like the dynamic between Uriah and Aria. I liked that they basically met up to have singing lessons. That’s rare between two love interest to meet up and bond over music 🥺. I thought it was so fun! And Angela did such a wonderful job of making the music come alive and evolve into something magical. I will say on the....sexier side of things 🥵.. . I wasn’t ready for the amount of DETAIL we got when things turned steamy. Some of the language was a bit jarring but overall this is what I came here for and I got exactly what I wanted from it. So no complaints from me. I can’t wait to own a copy of this wonderful quick and magical read! 🖤

  11. 4 out of 5

    Maria Elena | _mkarys

    Actual Rating: 4.5 stars Check my fan. I think I’m overheating. (If you got the Iko reference, I love you.) I have found the perfect read to feed my romance-loving heart. Music of the Night intrigued me since I first saw the artist share the cover on her page. The artwork is stunning, and artwork plus the mention of mysterious men in the synopsis are enough to sell me on a book. Furthermore, this book is a Phantom of the Opera retelling, and though it’s been a long time since I last saw the movie, Actual Rating: 4.5 stars Check my fan. I think I’m overheating. (If you got the Iko reference, I love you.) I have found the perfect read to feed my romance-loving heart. Music of the Night intrigued me since I first saw the artist share the cover on her page. The artwork is stunning, and artwork plus the mention of mysterious men in the synopsis are enough to sell me on a book. Furthermore, this book is a Phantom of the Opera retelling, and though it’s been a long time since I last saw the movie, I remember I loved it! Needless to say, I was excited to start this. And I was not disappointed. The story follows Aria, a young woman left orphaned after her father’s passing. Orphaned and with no money to her name. A distant relative, Count Zorik, takes Aria in, and Aria moves to High Tower. Zorik would very much like to have Aria marry, but Aria has dreams she’d like to nurture and no intention of marrying. Zorik and Aria reach a compromise: Aria will work a year in the Count’s theater and marry once the year is up. But Aria hears stories of a ghost who haunts the night with song, and seeing as she’s desperate to take control of her narrative, Aria follows the music and finds Uriah, the mysterious “ghost”. Uriah agrees to teach Aria the Music of the Night, but he may have his own reasons for agreeing… The story of the Phantom of the Opera has always fascinated me. The figure of the Phantom is so dark, mysterious, unhappy. My heart breaks for him. What I liked about this book is that it shines a spotlight on his figure, giving him the story he deserves. Uriah is exactly the kind of character that stays with me long after a story is over, and his chemistry with Aria—a passionate and determined leading lady—was off the charts. I loved their romance, and I wish I could have had another one hundred pages of them. The plot was fast-paced and at parts thick with tension and mystery. I enjoyed the dark atmosphere of the book that fit Uriah so well. (Can you tell I’m in love?) My only issue with this book was that it ended too soon. *sobs* Perhaps if it had been a little bit longer, we could have had the opportunity to see a tiny bit more build up between Aria and Uriah. *sings* I want more. I highly recommend this to everyone. Lovers of fantasy, retellings and romance will surely enjoy this gem. I cannot wait to shove it in every one of my photos. (The hardback, by the way, is gorgeous! The naked cover has a design that is to die for.) Thank you so much to the author for sending me a copy to review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Lana

    I absolutely enjoyed this book which has a theme very similar to The Phantom of the Opera but with extra fantasy aspects added to make it even more interesting. Aria is left destitute when her father dies, and from a pampered life of a rich young girl she finds herself penniless and homeless. A distant relative, Count Zorik turns up and saves her by offering her a home in his castle if she earns her keep by working in his theatre. She is chosen as a dancer but her heart is not in it as she would I absolutely enjoyed this book which has a theme very similar to The Phantom of the Opera but with extra fantasy aspects added to make it even more interesting. Aria is left destitute when her father dies, and from a pampered life of a rich young girl she finds herself penniless and homeless. A distant relative, Count Zorik turns up and saves her by offering her a home in his castle if she earns her keep by working in his theatre. She is chosen as a dancer but her heart is not in it as she would love to sing for the audience. However her voice has had no training and she is afraid that if she does not do her best the count would marry her off in an arranged marriage. She hears music coming from what is known as the haunted tower on the shore, and though warned to stay away she ventures to look into this as the music calls to her. Upon arrival at the tower she meets a man in a mask which covers half his face but who sings so beautifully that he gives life to flowers and plants. She is immediately enchanted by Uriah who accepted to train her voice and she starts to go for lessons at night. With every visit she becomes more emotionally attached to Uriah and the feelings seem to be mutual however dark things are afoot and fingers are pointing towards Uriah who everyone refers to as the ghost in the tower. I love the sense of mystery in the book and the beautiful romance and the enchantment of the music of the night. I love the courage Aria shows when she decides to follow her heart and her dream, she never wavered in her love for Uriah even when all others reviled him. The magical aura of the book is amazing and this is a story not to be missed.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jyvur Entropy

    Oh my goodness. WOW. This book was INCREDIBLE. And if you've read any of my other book reviews, you know I don't go around blowing smoke. I'm a harsh reader. It takes a really incredible book for me to want to gush about it the way I want to gush about this book. First of all, let's take a second to swoon over that beautiful cover. That dress! That embrace! The handsome male lead and the ephemerally beautiful female lead, with her dark wavy locks flowing behind her. So pretty! And the glossy gold Oh my goodness. WOW. This book was INCREDIBLE. And if you've read any of my other book reviews, you know I don't go around blowing smoke. I'm a harsh reader. It takes a really incredible book for me to want to gush about it the way I want to gush about this book. First of all, let's take a second to swoon over that beautiful cover. That dress! That embrace! The handsome male lead and the ephemerally beautiful female lead, with her dark wavy locks flowing behind her. So pretty! And the glossy gold font! I received this book in ebook format as an arc for a blog tour through Silver Dagger. So, I have the digital book already. I still need to get my hands on a paperback or hardcover copy. It's so beautiful and would look gorgeous on my romance bookshelf <3 Angela J. Ford legit took everything wonderful about Andrew Lloyd Weber's musical and added smut, magic, and monsters, and yes, I am here AF for it! The book manages to capture the exact tone and atmosphere of the beloved musical, infusing every scene with the essence of it, yet the book is truly transformative and stands on its own as something new and special. What really sets the darkly sensual tone of this book is the writing style. Ford's writing style is so gorgeous. It's like a cozy blanket, like a dark fog rolling over the mists to wrap you up in midnight decadence. She brings this lush world to life. It's one of those books I just wanted to live inside of. I wanted to spend forever with Uriah and Aria, watching her learn to sing in a haunted tower in the dead of night. It's the epitome of gothic romance, both creepy and seductive. Ford has a way with words that crafts an atmosphere that will give you tingles and shivers. This is gothic romance done so right. Then there was the romance and sex scenes. Gah! So soooo good! A romance needs a great first kiss scene, but not every romance novel pulls it off. Ford pulls it off so well. We can feel the sexual tension, the longing, the emotion flowing between the two of them. It was so masterfully done and gave me all the feels! Then there were the sex scenes. You know, I always said Phantom of the Opera would be better if there were actual sex scenes in it. Because Phantom of the Opera makes women horny. I don't know why women are so weird. Men just need to see a person they find hot and they're ready to go. Women, however, we need a whole tragic backstory, a phantom, a labyrinth, a full musical score! So Andrew Lloyd Weber went and gave us all that, but no sex scenes. Well, Angela J. Ford went and took care of that. We now have all the mystery and gothic atmosphere, but with smut! That's exactly the POTO-inspired fantasy I needed in my life. And these sex scenes are HOT. What really makes or breaks a sex scene is the dialogue. The words the characters say to each other adds a whole other level of emotion and fizzling chemistry. The dialogue in 'Music of the Night' is so perfect, so heart-wrenchingly romantic and steamy all at once. Here is my favorite line from a sexy scene: "Uriah," she whispered, breathless. "I'm going to save you." Aria says this in a scene where SHE takes the lead (so you know that scene was already one of my favorites). She pushes him down onto the bed and rips his clothes off, all while Uriah is super turned on by how bold and confident she is, taking charge in the bedroom. Then she looks down at him, as they're both naked and she's about to mount him and says 'Uriah, I'm going to save you.' AH! Literally just....my goodness, that line did it for me. She's talking about saving him from the magic that keeps him bound to the tower, where he has to play music to keep the monsters of High Tower at bay. She's talking about saving him from his dark past and his own pain. All of that context and the heightened, erotic emotions of the scene, it all just REALLY worked for me. I found it so sexy, so sweet, so romantic. That has got to be my favorite line of sexy dialogue from the whole book. But every sex scene is full of amazing dialogue like this. It increases the fizzling sexual tension and the emotion. For me, I can't be turned on by sex scenes in a book unless I can feel the love and emotion between the characters. That was never a problem with this book. I could feel the deep river of emotion flowing between these two characters with every page. Lastly, I want to rave about the monsters in this book. The addition of monsters brought the gothic vibe up to a whole other level. The monsters were incredibly creepy. Each time they are described, it gave me such a visceral reaction, such shivers. Now, I do have a few criticisms of the story. I still absolutely adored the book, but no book is perfect and after all that raving, I think I need to point out a couple of the book's problems. Uriah's character was not developed in a satisfying way that made sense. While the chemistry and romance between Uriah and Aria was beautiful and deeply romantic, Uriah as a character never came to life for me in the way that I need a romance hero to come to life. We never get a real sense of who he is or what drives him. Yes, we know that he wants to free High Tower from the monsters and defeat his enemy (who his enemy is, I will keep secret, as that's a major spoiler). But WHY is it important to him to save High Tower? Is he an altruistic person? Well, but then late in the book, as he explains more of his backstory to Aria, we learn that he did some truly horrible things that led to him ending up in High Tower. So is he actually an evil person? We're told that he did those horrible things because the power and magic went to his head. So...he's a cocky and arrogant person? He's a cruel person? Or he WAS those things and he has changed? None of it is ever really explained. A good deal of the time, it felt like Uriah was simply a mish-mash of traits used to drive the plot forward. If he underwent some massive transformation that led him to realize his past actions were wrong, we should have some sense of that. Even without the backstory bit, we never get a sense of WHY he wants to save High Tower. It seems that would come from a place of altruism. Yet, he is willing to trick Aria into a contract that could drive her mad or end her life. He feels somewhat conflicted about this, but it wasn't explored enough for me to really understand him. Most of the time, Uriah felt like a talking plot device. One example of Uriah's motivations not making sense is the "meet cute" between him and Aria. They first meet when Aria decides to find the source of the lovely music that comes from the abandoned-supposedly haunted-tower. She enters the tower and Uriah rushes out of the darkness to grab her, clamp a hand over her mouth, push her up against a wall, and say, "If you promise not to scream, I will release you." But like...WHY does he care if she screams? He's up in this abandoned tower already being loud AF with his music. Everybody can hear him. Who is he worried about hearing her scream? What was the point of saying that? What would happen if she did scream? The people of High Tower already won't go near the place and he's magic. To be honest, I think this part was added simply for the sexual tension. I think the author wanted to have their first scene be a highly erotically-charged scene, with Uriah being all dominant, grabbing her and pushing her up against a wall. But you can't just have characters do things for plot reasons. If their actions and motivations don't hold up to scrutiny, then the characters never really come to life. They never feel real. what would have made this book better for me is if Uriah had actually felt real, not this ever-changing character that we never come to understand. Then there is a major plot hole with Count Zurik. Aria originally comes to High Tower after her father dies and she finds herself homeless and destitute. She writes to her distant relative Count Zurik and he rescues her, bringing her to High Tower to dance (and eventually sing) in his theater. But (without giving any major spoilers) there is a plot twist at the end, where some interesting backstory elements of Count Zurik are explained. After we learn where Count Zurik came from and his true motivations for bringing hopeless people to his theater, we realize there is no way Aria could have known about his existence. This plot hole could have been easily fixed by taking out the part where Aria writes to him. The author could have had all the same plot beats, with Aria becoming destitute, but then Count Zurik shows up, introduces himself and saves her. As the book is, Aria writing to him does not make sense. Despite the few issues I had with the book, I still loved it. Every book can be improved upon, but this was a book that I couldn't put down. I can't wait to get my hands on a physical copy of the book. A resounding 5 stars!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Elsa Gomes (BookishAurora)

    ➳ Rate:  5/ 5 stars The fact that this was compared to the Phantom of the Opera is what made me want to read this book in the first place. I loved PotO and any music related book in general so of course I had to read it and it did not disappoint one bit! It was so good and steamy (for a fantasy book), and just so entertaining. I loved that there was a mystery surrounding the tower and what was happening at the theatre! It was all so compelling and just made the read incredible!! And it was a pret ➳ Rate:  5/ 5 stars The fact that this was compared to the Phantom of the Opera is what made me want to read this book in the first place. I loved PotO and any music related book in general so of course I had to read it and it did not disappoint one bit! It was so good and steamy (for a fantasy book), and just so entertaining. I loved that there was a mystery surrounding the tower and what was happening at the theatre! It was all so compelling and just made the read incredible!! And it was a pretty fast read too! You won’t be able to put it down. And the romance was so good!! Their connection, the way they sang together oof. It was amazing and hot!! I called one of the plotlines early on but was still so surprised in the end when all the story was told! It was so interesting and kind of insane ahah. I highly recommend this one to be fantasy and romance reads because there is both and it’s so damn amazing!! ➳ Physical copy provided by the author in exchange for a honest review. ➳ Order at: Amazon US ➳ Follow me on: Instagram ⁕ Facebook ⁕ Twitter

  15. 5 out of 5

    Ashley Haas

    Interesting. I think I may have enjoyed this more if I didn’t listen to the audiobook. The narrator was extremely dramatic and the three minutes pauses at the end up every sentence had me going crazy. It’s definitely not YA though and the smut is there for anyone looking for that lol.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Deekay

    I don’t think my review can do this book justice because this book was phenomenal. From the beginning until the end, it kept me intrigued. My attention never stray from whatever is happening in this book. This is a very quick read since the length of the book isn’t too long. It was quite short and simple but it extremely captured my attention. This is an adult steamy fantasy romance story in a gothic setting featuring a bigger mystery that has yet to be solved which include ancient curses. Also, I don’t think my review can do this book justice because this book was phenomenal. From the beginning until the end, it kept me intrigued. My attention never stray from whatever is happening in this book. This is a very quick read since the length of the book isn’t too long. It was quite short and simple but it extremely captured my attention. This is an adult steamy fantasy romance story in a gothic setting featuring a bigger mystery that has yet to be solved which include ancient curses. Also, this is a dark retelling of the Phantom of the Opera. Honestly, I never read a single retelling of this well-known classic tale before so this book is the first. Surprisingly, I enjoyed it way too much because it was really good. And, bonus point given to the steamy scenes. Give me all the steam! This is a story of a young woman named Aria who wanted to learn how to sing in order to free herself from a highly respected Count of High Tower. Her strong passion for singing brought her to the mysterious man who’d been playing music with a haunting melody every evening. The more time she practiced with the man, the more their feelings for each other started to grow and the more the threat becomes bigger. The whole situation was nerve-wracking. I knew what was going to happen since it was really obvious how the story will go. I’ve seen it too many times in other books before so I was prepared. Still, I was nervous and also scared for Aria and the man’s safety. The whole time I was like, “please don’t get caught” but deep down I knew the Count would find out about Aria and the man’s secret practice eventually. There was a darker mystery going on in the story and I was really invested in uncovering it and diving deeper into the investigation of an old murder case. For a second there, I liked being a detective and just trying to figure out what was going on in High Tower. The place was eerie enough to scare me. The whole setting was really gloomy, it set a dark tone for the story. This book is basically horror without ghosts and spirits. The murder that has been going on put me on edge the whole time. Add to that, a mysterious man living all alone in a dark tower and hiding in the shadows…This could be a perfect horror story but it wasn’t. Also, the story had a big surprise actually shocked me. I didn’t see it coming at all. Who would’ve thought that twist about the monster. I was shocked about finding out what type of monster it was and its origin. I got goosebumps after finding out the truth. That was the best jaw-dropping moment for me. I sort of predicted it but halfway through I thought to myself, “nah, I don’t think so.” Nonetheless, it was still a great surprise. There are some beautiful magical scenes in the book and so does an intense fight scene in the end. Both of it showed the true power of music and that music is another form of magic. I can’t really explain why but somehow when Aria and the man did a duet while battling the monster, the song that came to my mind was O Fortuna. Overall, the magic and action scenes are both written so well. It was really epic, and the aftermath of the battle still felt so surreal. I couldn’t believe the two of them had the power to annihilate not only the monster but also the whole building of the theater. I liked how smooth the storyline is written and how well-plotted the whole thing was. And the pacing wasn’t slow either so that made the story really interesting to me. Everything was solid and on point. It still amazed me how phenomenal this book is. I never read a single book written by Angela before and after reading this, I checked out her other works and already planning to read some of it. She is a really good and talented author. Now let’s talk about the characters… Aria is the female lead/protagonist and well…she’s a woman of many talents. She can dance and also sing even though she’d struggled a lot when it comes to singing. She felt discouraged in the beginning but her determination pushed her to try harder until she got it right which she did by practicing a lot. Thanks to the mysterious man in the dark tower for teaching her. Aria had a great life before she lost everything and everyone she loved. Her past may be tragic but at least her present is good and she gets to control her own destiny. One thing I liked about her is how fast her mind captured the informations she received from others, and it was what drive her to investigate the murder case in the first place. She was quick not only at thinking but also at putting the pieces together in order to get the answer she seeks. She wasn’t afraid but instead she was being brave even though the terrifying situations are frightening. Aria may not be as extraordinary as those female characters in other books who have many powerful magical abilities and also happens to be skilled fighters, but at least she have a great voice that is powerful enough to destroy her enemies. She’s both unique and powerful in her own way, and I find her to be so likable. There wasn’t a single bad trait about her at all so it was easy liking her character. On the other hand, we have Uriah, the man surrounded by mystery. He gave very a strong mysterious and intimidating aura. He mostly hide in the shadows of his own tower and has been living all alone by himself. It was kind of creepy if you really think about it but not really. Don’t let his mysterious aura fool you, deep down he is a soft man with a kind heart who pushed people away to protect his heart. The more I get to know about his character, the more I see a genuinely kind man in him. It was sad that he was all alone by himself, and how he was wary to teach lucky women who came to him for singing lessons. He knew the price he had to pay for teaching them, and how bad the outcome was, yet he never stop. There’s more to him than just a lonely man who mastered the music and the genius behind the beautiful musical pieces. The history of his past proved that he wasn’t the villain like most people in the story claimed. I was really suspicious of him at first, like I couldn’t bring myself to trust him but then his past showed how much he’d suffered and how he ended up in High Tower and was trapped there until he can find a way to break the curse that bound him to that place. I liked learning more about him and getting those bits about his past. He really intrigued me and I was really happy to know he wasn’t a bad guy or the villain at all. Lastly, Count Zorik. I hated this character ever since he appeared. He came off as really creepy and the way he was addressing Aria made me uncomfortable. He was trying to claim her which sets off the huge warning bell in my head. His aggressiveness when he was angry at her after finding out who taught her to sing, that was really scary and it just confirmed that he wasn’t a good man at all which brought me to the whole terrifying situations that occurred in the theater because there must be someone behind the sudden attacks, and he has been suspicious ever since the first one. It was a really good and shocking surprise finding out the truth about him, what he has been hiding the whole time, and how his past is connected to Uriah’s past. I should’ve put two and two together but the story didn’t make it that obvious when it comes to these two. That was really brilliant. As for the romance between Uriah and Aria. Well well well…it was really romantic and really steamy. Strangers-to-lovers? Check. Student-teacher romance? Check. Slow burn? Check. Fated lovers? Check. To see my favorite tropes are present in this book made me feel giddy. There was a heavy sexual tension whenever both of them are standing in the same room together. No wonder the steamy scenes are so good and also why I wasn’t surprise they will eventually get all romantic with each other. I’ve seen it coming from miles away but I have to wait for the moment to happen since the slow burn was too extreme, and when it happens you know it’ll be epic. I liked how both of them didn’t jump straight into a relationship. It took them time since they are still new to each other and they are slowly getting to know one another better, but the wait was worth it. Their romance was epic, beautiful, and really sweet. The way Aria cares about Uriah and didn’t want to leave him behind all alone by himself, and the way he cares about her and always play a tune to protect her from the monster since his music is the only thing that keep the monster away…that was truly an “aww, my heart” moments. Their chemistry are off the charts, it was one of the best and they both shared a powerful connection. I loved their relationship so much. Two well-written characters get together romantically and bring balance to their relationship? So much yes for this! Overall, it was a well-crafted and fascinating story. Uriah and Aria’s journey began and ended in a good but huge way. I enjoyed reading their story and following them from the start until the end of the book. Seeing how it all started to seeing how good the ending was, I got a bit emotional. I will miss these two precious characters for sure but I also know that I’ll be revisiting their story in the near future. Thanks to Angela for creating this enchanting story and introducing these lovable characters to the book world, she really is a talented author who can easily captured a reader’s attention just by writing this simple and yet epic story. I highly recommend this standalone story to those who are looking for a quick dark steamy fantasy book to read. Yes it is part of a series but it can be read as a standalone.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Maria

    Seeing as this is a Phantom of the Opera retelling, I'm biased. I love the story so much, reading any kind of retelling was going to get me excited. That said, this book came up a bit short for me. I enjoyed the fantasy behind it with the magic, monsters, and murder, but I felt like we never went deep into what was really going on and got minimal descriptions. The magic itself felt really confusing until around the last 10 pages of the book when all was revealed. It felt like I was getting surfac Seeing as this is a Phantom of the Opera retelling, I'm biased. I love the story so much, reading any kind of retelling was going to get me excited. That said, this book came up a bit short for me. I enjoyed the fantasy behind it with the magic, monsters, and murder, but I felt like we never went deep into what was really going on and got minimal descriptions. The magic itself felt really confusing until around the last 10 pages of the book when all was revealed. It felt like I was getting surface-level information throughout. I would've loved more world-building. This has been the one instance where I've wanted a book to be longer just to give me better world-building. Overall I the book was a good read. I enjoyed the characters' interactions. The steamy scenes were a nice touch. I liked being back in The Phantom of the Opera world and I'm happy I managed to finish it all in a day.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Stephenie

    Music of the Night is a short, dark and steamy fantasy romance inspired by Phantom of the Opera. After her fathers death, Aria is left penniless and moves to the mysterious High Tower, which is known for its theater and late night debauchery. The Count of High Tower takes her in as his ward. He tells her that he will arrange a marriage for her, but Aria wants none of that, so she makes a deal with the him. If she learns to sing for him, she can't be married off. "𝗧𝗲𝗹𝗹 𝗺𝗲 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗱𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘄𝗮𝗻𝘁?" 𝗵𝗲 𝗮𝘀𝗸𝗲 Music of the Night is a short, dark and steamy fantasy romance inspired by Phantom of the Opera. After her fathers death, Aria is left penniless and moves to the mysterious High Tower, which is known for its theater and late night debauchery. The Count of High Tower takes her in as his ward. He tells her that he will arrange a marriage for her, but Aria wants none of that, so she makes a deal with the him. If she learns to sing for him, she can't be married off. "𝗧𝗲𝗹𝗹 𝗺𝗲 𝘄𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝗱𝗼 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝘄𝗮𝗻𝘁?" 𝗵𝗲 𝗮𝘀𝗸𝗲𝗱, 𝗲𝘆𝗲 𝗱𝗮𝗿𝗸 𝘄𝗶𝘁𝗵 𝗮𝗿𝗼𝘂𝘀𝗮𝗹. Enter Mr. Dark & Mysterious instructor from the forbidden/haunted tower. He's reluctant at first, but agrees to teach Aria to sing. Lots of late night warm ups and singing lessons if you know what I mean. “𝗗𝗼 𝗻𝗼𝘁 𝗵𝗲𝘀𝗶𝘁𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝘁𝗼 𝗳𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗼𝘄 𝘆𝗼𝘂𝗿 𝗵𝗲𝗮𝗿𝘁 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗳𝗶𝗻𝗱 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗺𝘂𝘀𝗶𝗰 𝘁𝗵𝗮𝘁 𝘄𝗶𝗹𝗹 𝘀𝗲𝘁 𝘆𝗼𝘂 𝗳𝗿𝗲𝗲.” This is a short story, so there wasn't much depth or background. It did wrap up pretty quick for my own liking. The setting is very mysterious with a touch of macabre and fast paced. I did like it, but the love story was a bit underwhelming for me. A good read if you need a break from heavier ones. Read this if you like: • determined heroine • song and music • magic • dark secrets • steamy romance • can be read in a couple of hours • avail on KU

  19. 4 out of 5

    anna|moss

    The Phantom of the Opera used to be (is) one of my obsessions. This book feels like a very very very cheap fanfic that wants to devote all the time and effort to smut, kisses and oggling each other rather than building the characters. Instalove is strong. Didn't care for the plot at all. The Phantom of the Opera used to be (is) one of my obsessions. This book feels like a very very very cheap fanfic that wants to devote all the time and effort to smut, kisses and oggling each other rather than building the characters. Instalove is strong. Didn't care for the plot at all.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Mahnoor Waqas (she.reads.too.much)

    If only it was possible to rate a book 0 stars 🙄 This was terrible. I forced myself to finish it and even then I skipped paragraphs 😔👌

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kait

    I loved how the author described music and dance in this book! It was lyrical and made me miss going to the theatre to watch shows. It was very clear that Phantom of the Opera was the inspiration behind this book and it followed some of the scenes as well. I also felt like the author did a good job in connecting Phantom of the Opera to a magical fantasy world that includes even more mystery to The Phantom character. ⁣ ⁣ However, not much truly happened in the book. While side characters had speaki I loved how the author described music and dance in this book! It was lyrical and made me miss going to the theatre to watch shows. It was very clear that Phantom of the Opera was the inspiration behind this book and it followed some of the scenes as well. I also felt like the author did a good job in connecting Phantom of the Opera to a magical fantasy world that includes even more mystery to The Phantom character. ⁣ ⁣ However, not much truly happened in the book. While side characters had speaking parts, they were few and far between as most of the scenes in the book were the music lessons between Aria and Uriah. This left the book and romance feeling rushed or almost like insta-love and I didn’t feel like I really cared that much for the character’s mission. It also made the big reveal at the end less exciting since we weren’t able to see that build up. Angela Ford created this really interesting world but we didn’t get any information on it except for the last 8 pages, which seemed like a whole new story. This could be attributed to the fact that the book was only about 250 pages and if it were longer would allow for more of a fleshed out story. However it ended up leaving me wanting more when this is just a stand alone. ⁣ ⁣ Overall, I loved the writing and the story in the last 8 pages, but I wish the author would have made more connections between the last 8 pages and the story as a whole and that she would have also given us more interactions outside of just Uriah. I felt there was a lot of missed potential with the information she gave us. I am interested in reading more from this author, though! ⁣

  22. 5 out of 5

    Clairisa

    What can I say I was swept away by this book. As a fan of The Musical Phantom of The Opera I was eager to get a ARC Copy of Music Of Night . It's actually named after one Of my favorite songs of the Musical. Angela J Ford didn't disappoint with this retelling of the famous musical. She managed to capture both the mysteriousness of the Phantom in Uriah and the love of music and curiosity in Aria just like Christine. But what the musical didn't have is the magic of Music and the dark creatures of What can I say I was swept away by this book. As a fan of The Musical Phantom of The Opera I was eager to get a ARC Copy of Music Of Night . It's actually named after one Of my favorite songs of the Musical. Angela J Ford didn't disappoint with this retelling of the famous musical. She managed to capture both the mysteriousness of the Phantom in Uriah and the love of music and curiosity in Aria just like Christine. But what the musical didn't have is the magic of Music and the dark creatures of the night. And people getting killed by a creature that roams High Tower Castle at night. Aria is send to a town called High Tower and becomes a ward for Count Zorick after the passing of her father. Zorick is a distant relative and owner of theater of High Tower Castle. Aria becomes a dancer in the theater but wants to be a singer. After hearing the mysterious music coming from the dark tower she decides to visit it despite the rumors of a madman living there. But after meeting the mysterious Uriah he agrees to become her instructor. Angela J Ford has a talent for vivid descriptions and brings the story to life with her words. So be prepared to be swept away by this haunting retelling of the Phantom of The Opera and be captured by the Music Of The Night.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Manon

    I LOVE the Phantom of the Opera, so I was extremely excited. And it definitely did not dissapoint! It was incredibly fast-paced, which I loved, and I loved how determined Aria was in her quest to learn to sing. The romance between Aria and Uriah was a whirlwind, and it fit so well with the book! Can highly recommend it.

  24. 5 out of 5

    underseabookish

    *I received an e-ARC copy for an honest review* Music of the Night is definitely a book that caters to my taste. It has Phantom of the Opera vibes, it's sexy, and it's a pleasant read for one sitting. I binged this book in one night, and loved it. I thought it would be darker than it was, but it was still a charming love story with magical elements, music, and immortality. Aria and Uriah were charming through and through. I loved Uriah's struggle between freeing himself and trying to not fall in *I received an e-ARC copy for an honest review* Music of the Night is definitely a book that caters to my taste. It has Phantom of the Opera vibes, it's sexy, and it's a pleasant read for one sitting. I binged this book in one night, and loved it. I thought it would be darker than it was, but it was still a charming love story with magical elements, music, and immortality. Aria and Uriah were charming through and through. I loved Uriah's struggle between freeing himself and trying to not fall in love with Aria. Aria herself is a character that knows what she wants, and was willing to follow through with loving Uriah after finding out his secrets. I definitely recommend as a quick read with charming characters, and musical aesthetics. My only wish is that it was longer, and that we had more time in this world. I'm very intrigued by the magical elements and the consequences of using magic for selfish reasons. I'm glad I bought the paperback. The cover art alone is worth the purchase.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

    3.5 Though sometimes this book feels rushed, I did enjoy it.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Gaby Cresswell ♡

    1.5 estrellas The insta love is strong with this one 🙄

  27. 4 out of 5

    MeaQC

    A different spin on The Phantom of the Opera This book caught my attention by the title...or was it the Phantom of the Opera & Beauty and the Beast reference...or was it the amazing cover (both the paperback and hardback cover)? Or maybe all 3, lol. This is the first book that I read by Ms. Ford. Wow! I fell in love with the book within the first couple of pages. The descriptions throughout the book, both of the locations and the people were so vivid, so clear that I could close my eyes and see A different spin on The Phantom of the Opera This book caught my attention by the title...or was it the Phantom of the Opera & Beauty and the Beast reference...or was it the amazing cover (both the paperback and hardback cover)? Or maybe all 3, lol. This is the first book that I read by Ms. Ford. Wow! I fell in love with the book within the first couple of pages. The descriptions throughout the book, both of the locations and the people were so vivid, so clear that I could close my eyes and see myself in the right there! I couldn't put the book down. I was captivated by the story and drawn into the mystery of High Tower. When I thought I figured it all out there was another surprise waiting for me. I was intrigued by Uriah's character. The inner struggle and turmoil that he was going through. Trying to decided whether to be selfish, or not. We learned some of his back story throughout the book. I hope book 2 will elaborate on that more. Aria - we see her at her best. Then hitting rock bottom and then climbing her way back up. She perseveres. She has dreams and aspirations and isn't afraid to take the chances to get where she needs to be. The villain- was it 1 or 2. One character I felt may have started out as a villain, then tried to find redemption. He tried to right the wrongs no matter the cost. Until that cost may have been too much for him to bear. We see him struggle with himself and the choices that he had to make. I loved the mystery and watching it unfold throughout the story. I loved the descriptions and development of the characters. The book left me wanting more! I can't wait for book 2.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Line

    Hello fellow humans! This is only my second review on Goodreads, so I might have a bit of a hard time writing it, because I don't have any experience with writing reviews. English is not my first language so feel free to correct anything. First of all I want to mention that I think the cover looks AMAAAZING! That's what drove me to it the first time I saw it. I follow the author on Instagram, and this is the second book of hers i've read. I have never read the phantom of the opera, so I don't have Hello fellow humans! This is only my second review on Goodreads, so I might have a bit of a hard time writing it, because I don't have any experience with writing reviews. English is not my first language so feel free to correct anything. First of all I want to mention that I think the cover looks AMAAAZING! That's what drove me to it the first time I saw it. I follow the author on Instagram, and this is the second book of hers i've read. I have never read the phantom of the opera, so I don't have anything to compare the book to. I might have liked it better if I had known what it was inspired by. This book is a romantic fantasy. The story follows Aria, a newly orphaned girl who has been taken in by a distant relative. In exchange for not finding a husband for Aria, she has to learn have to sing for him. She gets help from a strange man that lives in a tower. There she learns have to sing and to love... My first thought after finishing this book was that it was too short. I say this because of the relationship that get developed through out the book. In my opinion is goes a little fast. Maybe thats just a problem I have with a lot of romance authors. I feel like there is almost always an insta-attraction, and maybe it's just because I've never experienced that, so the thought just seems absurd to me. And this book is no exception. Aria immediately feels drawn to Uriah (Her instructor) and I just feel like she has a bit of a savior complex. She literally says it at some point. I just wished the book was longer so we could see the relationship develop more fluently over time, and have more time for it. This was my main problem with the book: the romance. Overall the way Angela describes things are beautiful. The description of music is very lyrical and atmospheric, that I wished I was able to sing and play music. The book has two POV, Aria and Uriah. Mostly it's Arias, but know and then we get Uriah's. Probably to get to know his motives a bit more. Aria: We don't actually know much about the people in this book, of course it's because it is short, but the main character Aria we know is in the beginning grieving over her lost father. She dances, though her biggest wish is to sing. She used to be spoiled, but is now more humble. She is described as having dark skin, black curls and full bust ;) She doesn't shy away from her mysteries instructor. Uriah: Arias instructor, who is the mysteries stranger in the tower. He has a lovely singing voice, which is the first thing Aria is drawn to. He wears a bandage over his one eye, though scars are visible. He is pale, has dark hair, tall with broad shoulders. I would say that this book is overall alright. I haven't really read that many adult books yet, so I think I just have to get more used to it, before I can enjoy them as much. I might have given this a higher rating if I was more known to this specific genre. What I like most about the author is that almost all of her protagonist are POC, like herself. Ohh and they are sexy hahah. This was my little review, hope you enjoy!

  29. 4 out of 5

    ellie ☽

    2.5 stars. this was, for the most part, exactly what i expected it to be. a short and fast-paced fantasy book that mostly focuses on the romance. there was barely any world-building, which i actually appreciated because i was more in the mood for something quick and light. i did enjoy it, but it read very much like a wattpad story. the characters lacked depth, plot-twists were generic, and the writing was just okay. i don't think i would've minded those things if the romance had been super compel 2.5 stars. this was, for the most part, exactly what i expected it to be. a short and fast-paced fantasy book that mostly focuses on the romance. there was barely any world-building, which i actually appreciated because i was more in the mood for something quick and light. i did enjoy it, but it read very much like a wattpad story. the characters lacked depth, plot-twists were generic, and the writing was just okay. i don't think i would've minded those things if the romance had been super compelling but it just... wasn't? the characters were very hard to care about. i really liked some of Angela's Enchanted Wildwood novellas but i think the problem is that i was expecting more out of this because its longer. i did love the Phantom of the Opera retelling aspect, its what originally got me interested in this book. however i think the Phantom of the Opera aspects sort of fell apart towards the end. this story felt like it was trying very hard to be something it wasn't. a book i really liked that had a lot of similarities to this one but, in my opinion, was written a lot better is Kristen Callihan's Firelight. it also had a mysterious man who hides behind a mask, but the mystery was a lot more engaging and the romance was really well done.

  30. 5 out of 5

    tasha

    I'm sorry but a retelling of Phantom of The Opera.... where Christine and Erik.... are together? Except in this version, it's a love story about Aria, an aspiring singer, and Uriah, her mysterious singing instructor, finding their way back into love and seizing the day amidst all the hauntings happening in the theatre. That... plus a hint of magic, thrill, and steam of course. *wink* Call me biased, I don't care, because this was right up my alley! PotO has always been my all-time favourite musi I'm sorry but a retelling of Phantom of The Opera.... where Christine and Erik.... are together? Except in this version, it's a love story about Aria, an aspiring singer, and Uriah, her mysterious singing instructor, finding their way back into love and seizing the day amidst all the hauntings happening in the theatre. That... plus a hint of magic, thrill, and steam of course. *wink* Call me biased, I don't care, because this was right up my alley! PotO has always been my all-time favourite musical since I was a child and when this book appeared on my recommended page, I was beyond thrilled to get my hands on it ASAP! I came in with high hopes and am confident to say that I am not disappointed. In all honesty, this book was too short and I really wish there was more to it. (I definitely read this way too fast) Loved the fantasy-romance addition too since it was such a breath of fresh air without losing the originality of the plot. Sure, it was a super simple retelling of a beautiful story and it might feel quite fast-paced, but I think that it's perfect for a light and easy read. I absolutely recommend it to readers of fantasy, romance, retellings, and fans of PotO!

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