Pages: 352 pages
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Intro: Beauty and the Beast is my favorite Disney movie. In fact, it’s the only one aside from Newsies that doesn’t represent some sort of childhood trauma—I still have nightmares about Ursula. And the fact that it also had some elements of the Phantom of the Opera made me even more excited.
Heroine: Kristine-Now, one of the most painful parts of the Phantom of the Opera for me has always been Christine Daaé. I hate her. She is one of the most obnoxious, vapid and self-centered fictional characters I have ever come across, in my opinion. I was hoping that Kristine had more Belle than Christine in her because I love Belle. I was a bit disappointed in that because there was a lot of Christine in her. Don’t get me wrong she was a little less intolerable than Phantom’s Christine but I did like her but I wish there had been a bit more of Belle's moxy and intelligence.
Hero: Erik-Erik is a bit more tolerable. I loved his broody grumpiness. He was also quite sweet and I definitely felt for him. But he also had some of the blockheadedness that I find quite annoying. I found myself getting frustrated with him and basically yelling at him through my Kobo.
Chemistry: This is where the book worked for me. You would think that in a book where I connected very little to the characters that I would find the chemistry lacking, right? Nope. The chemistry is what kept me reading the book. As bad as they were individually, that’s how much I loved them together. They were angsty in the best way possible.
Conclusion: I wasn’t sure about how a Phantom and Beauty and the Beast cross over would work for me but I found that I really liked it. I do wish that Kristine had more of Belle’s moxy. It would have been a perfect read if I had been able to make more of a connection to her.
Amanda Ashley is one of those rare birds—a California native. She's lived in Southern California her whole life and, except for the earthquakes, she loves it. She shares a home with her husband, as well as an adorable Pomeranian named Lady, a wild house sparrow named Tweety, and a tortoise who remains nameless. Amanda and her alter ego, Madeline, have written 60 books. Not bad for someone who started writing just for the fun of it. Her books regularly appear on the New York Times and USA Today bestseller lists.