14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on July 8, 2004
I had the fortunate chance to read this book before blindly purchasing it for the simple sake of having what might possibly be a gem in phantom fiction. Thank goodness I was spare the waste of money I would have spent on it. This story spirals into a chaotic mishmash of fantastical and unbelievable tale that left me annoyed that I had wasted my time reading it.
This sequel novel half-heartedly picks up where Becky L. Meadow's last book, "Progeny" left off. "Progeny" left the reader hanging, wondering what would happen to the characters, and this novel does not even begin to answer half the questions we were left with from the last book. Rather than picking up where we were left at the end of the last book, we are transported forward through time to a place where some of our previously favorite characters have become mere shadows of themselves.
Rather than being an entertaining novel, I found that this work was little more than the author's attempt to live out a dream that isn't possible; our dear Phantom is not likely to come looking for his beloved Christine reincarnated in the body of a phantom phan, but this book would have you believe otherwise.
The characters are poor imitations of how Meadows portrayed them in her first novel - rather than being interesting and having an added depth to them in their newly reincarnated state, they seem to have become dull-witted and inclined to argue tirelessly.
All in all, not worth the time to read, nor the money to purchase, unless you simply want to own it for the novelty.
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on November 17, 2002
OK I loved her first book but this doesn't even resembel the Phantom to me.I'm not even half way done but I am all ready disapointed.Cathrine acts imature and Charles is a whiney bastard who says *Christ* too many damn times.Erik doesnt even remotly resembel himself.I wonder why she took extra care in changing Christine's and Raoul's name and not Erik's!
*Big let down for a sequel.Stick with the first one.*
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on September 17, 2002
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I disliked this book intensely. I loathed the plot, the characters, especially Erik, and believe me, it pains me to say that. This book achieves what even Gaston Leroux's book could not; to portray Erik as a truly evil, self-serving monster. There is a scene toward the end of the book that is so unnecessary and offensive I had to put the book down and later force myself to finish it only because I paid for it with my hard earned money! Read the first book in this series; Progeny, but don't bother with this one. Definately two thumbs down!
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on October 3, 2005
If I had to meet Mrs. Beacky Meadows, let's just say it would NOT be the prettiest meeting in the world. After beeing a Phantom of the Opera fan for a VERY long time, I will now give my thoughts about this book.
1.) It's simple fan-fiction, only the author decided to be all "cool" and get it posted on a site where it allows you to post fan-fiction if you have the money.
2.) The grammar is dreadful! Honestly, I stumble across words I hardly know ever existed or "words that she invented".
Now, I am currently reviewing this book (I have no idea why), and I have to say I have almost reached the end and I am ready to demand for the countless I.Q points I have lost due to this book.
Catherine is the most STUPIDEST Christine EVER--in any fan fic, which this is. I don't care if she was Christine in a past life, she is still stupid. She whines, complains, she has sex, she wastes her money on Phantom of the Opera tickets, she is egotistical, she is everything BESIDES a Christine. I have no idea in BM's universe why Erik would love her.
And even if Ryan IS Raoul, why would he become so out of character context (hitting his wife at one point, coddling her next)? He seems to be half the time to be the only sane person in this novel. But then again, he is Raoul, and in BM's mind, Raoul is an evil bastard. So she had to do something to his morality.
Erik... now he is a ghost in this book. Anytime that he and Christine meet, there is always the one page description (which is TOTALLY un-needed) of what he is doing, what he is wearing, and how much Catherine likes him. Each time they meet, there cannot be a scene without him saying "my dear" over 12 times, or "child" over 20 times. Its as if BM based this solely on Webber's version (and I am sure she did) and to have Erik impersonate Michael Crawford and butcher anything he ever stood for... in her case, she thinks that she is making some odd homage to him.
This is not funny, I want to ask if she was drunk when writing this. I swear, half the book is smut and the other half is just her on "Phantom crack". There are times in this book where I'd be like "what?" and times when I'd be like "who?" There is so much Kay refrence in here that I just want to throw this book in the garabage. (I acknowledge Kay, but I don't like her "Phantom" book.)
When asked in an interview and in the "Dedicated to" part, she writes that "Erik helped me", or "This is dedicated to Erik". If that does not lead you into how stupid this book is, and you are still going to buy it--Phantom Fan or not--you are so sad.
Save your soul and perhaps your sanity by NOT reading this book. Read Progeny if you must, but DO NOT read this book. It's horrible. Actually, don't read Progeny either. That might just ruin any good Phantom of the Opera Fan-Fiction and what is left of the Webber version or Leroux version.
I gave it one star because I could not give her 0...
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Not as poignant as Meadow's first phantom book, Progeny but the passion and romance is still there. This time, Phantasy is placed in the present but deals with magice, past lives and an undying love that will go through the ages.
Eric is still the same, but Christine and Raoul are different people and even Meg, Christine's dancing friend from the original novel shows up. Meadows writes of love that expands through time, along with outer body experiences.
Catherine is having strange dreams of the Phantom and has become obsessed with the story and Eric. She feels she is Christine at times and needs her Angel! Is she going insane or is Eric trying to reach to his Christine who is always out of his reach?
So much goes on in this book that takes the reader to psychics, seances and even to France and the opera house.
Let your mind take you on a journey that will stick with you to the very end.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on July 11, 2003
Hey! I am a HUGE Phantom of the Opera phan! Alright, I adored her first book, Progeny, but this one didn't quite match up to it. Charles (AKA Raoul) whined way too much and curses wayyyyy too much!! They say "Christ!" and "God!" so many times its annoying, however besides that, it was quite enjoyable to read... She didn't do Erik very much justice, however. And I love Erik, don't get me wrong. She did not do a very good job in describing him, our beloved Phantom. But other than those facts, it was quite good. I guess I'd reccomend it to an obsessed phan like me!
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on August 15, 2004
All I can say is I can't beleve this POTO "version" was even published. "Please step away from the BUY button"
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on February 18, 2004
OK i loved her first book but this was just wrong! Keep in mind i love thing about rencartion but still it's worn! son't buy it please i'm diong you a faver DON'T BUY THIS BOOK TURN THE BACK BOTTON AND ACT LIKE YOU DIDN'T SEE IT. I BEG OF YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i reluckdently gave this one star but it dosn't desever it.
on February 2, 2011
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"Phantasy" by Becky L. Meadows is a very clever story which is set in modern times. As the title suggests, it is a fantasy based on the Phantom of the Opera, and although it is the author's second "Phantom" book, it is not a direct continuation of the story told in her first book, "Progeny."
The main premise of "Phantasy" is that the events that took place in the Paris Opera House really happened, and that Erik, Christine, Raoul and the other characters in the famous story of the Phantom of the Opera really lived. Christine and Raoul have been reincarnated and are husband and wife again, this time their names are Catherine and Charles. Their lives are changed forever when Catherine becomes obsessed with Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Phantom of the Opera."
Although I enjoyed Ms. Meadows' "Progeny," I liked "Phantasy" even more. It was a very refreshing, original tale of soul mates, reincarnation and the possibility that the Phantom legend is based on fact. After all, Leroux said it himself in the opening line of the introduction of his famous novel, "The opera ghost really existed."
on August 31, 2013
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Enjoyed this book, but Becky needed a better proofreader. There were mistakes within the story. Loved the whole idea of reincarnation, and that Erik followed and watched over Christine's reincarnation throughout time. I do believe that history often repeats itself. Erik needed to kill Raoul from the beginning as well as Charles in the present. In past as well as the present, Christine/Catherine, loved Erik, and Raoul/Charles caused their death. I was hoping Christian was the reincarnation of Erik, and he and Catherine lived happily ever after. Overall, enjoyed the book