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When Justyn and Rebecca set off for 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.
The 411 by Maria:
I loved the first book in the series entitled Phantom (read my review here). 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.
Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy for my honest opinion.