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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. 5 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Victoria BookLover

    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! 🖤

  5. 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"

  6. 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.

  7. 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

  8. 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.

  9. 4 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Samantha

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

  13. 5 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.

  14. 5 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!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    (2/01/2021) 5 stars. Thank you Angela J Ford for an arc of this lovely novel! Music of the Night is a sexy, magical retelling of Phantom of the Opera that leaves you yearning for a dark and mysterious lover of your own. Filled with angst and love, Music of the Night follows Aria, a dancer and ward of Count Zorik. Her dream is to be the lead singer of the Count’s shows in order to escape a seemingly inevitable fate of being married off. Aria is a great heroine; she knows herself and her goals and (2/01/2021) 5 stars. Thank you Angela J Ford for an arc of this lovely novel! Music of the Night is a sexy, magical retelling of Phantom of the Opera that leaves you yearning for a dark and mysterious lover of your own. Filled with angst and love, Music of the Night follows Aria, a dancer and ward of Count Zorik. Her dream is to be the lead singer of the Count’s shows in order to escape a seemingly inevitable fate of being married off. Aria is a great heroine; she knows herself and her goals and she’s not afraid to go dangerous lengths to achieve that. The ghost of the haunted tower, Uriah, has a mission. Struggling with his own inner darkness and his budding love for Aria, Uriah has to make a choice: surrender himself to living amongst the darkness for eternity, or use Aria to put an end to the curse of High Tower, once and for all.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Dasha

    I really enjoyed this story and stayed up late to finish the book. Aria suffers from personal tragedy and is able to "escape" a life of destitute by going to live with a distant relative, Zorik at High Tower Castle. Aria dreams of singing but is stuck as a dancer at the castle. Aria hears music coming from the distant watchtower and is drawn to it, even though everyone tells her the watchtower is haunted by a ghost. There she finds Uriah, a man with a dark past but a beautiful singing voice. She I really enjoyed this story and stayed up late to finish the book. Aria suffers from personal tragedy and is able to "escape" a life of destitute by going to live with a distant relative, Zorik at High Tower Castle. Aria dreams of singing but is stuck as a dancer at the castle. Aria hears music coming from the distant watchtower and is drawn to it, even though everyone tells her the watchtower is haunted by a ghost. There she finds Uriah, a man with a dark past but a beautiful singing voice. She asks Uriah to teach her to sing in order to escape her current life at High Tower. Uriah agrees under the condition that she sings when he asks her to in the future. Back at High Tower Castle strange things are going on and people are being mysteriously killed. Aria has to keep her wits about her and decide which man she should trust, Uriah or Zorik. If you enjoy books with romance, magic, and paranormal, then I would highly recommend this book. Thank you for the ARC Angela!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Angel

    Thank you so much Rockstar Book Tours and Angela J. Ford for the free review copy! This was such a fun read. I loved the romance so much! The plot was so intriguing that I couldn't put it down. I loved the music aspect of this. It was also a quick read which I felt worked really well! I am obsessed with this cover. It is absolutely gorgeous. I also really liked the writing style, it made it quick and easy to read! Recommend if you like: Music, Romance, Steam. Thank you so much Rockstar Book Tours and Angela J. Ford for the free review copy! This was such a fun read. I loved the romance so much! The plot was so intriguing that I couldn't put it down. I loved the music aspect of this. It was also a quick read which I felt worked really well! I am obsessed with this cover. It is absolutely gorgeous. I also really liked the writing style, it made it quick and easy to read! Recommend if you like: Music, Romance, Steam.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Gaby Cresswell ♡

    1.5 estrellas The insta love is strong with this one 🙄

  19. 5 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!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Abbie

    Listen if I see anything Phantom of the Opera then I am more than bound to read it!!!!!!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Arielle

    This story is a fantasy romance twist on Phantom of the Opera, and while I confess I've never read Phantom of the Opera, a quick Google search showed me the similarities between the two. I imagine someone more familiar with the story of Phantom of the Opera than I would be able to draw more parallels and find the story a bit more appealing. This story follows a young woman named Aria, the daughter of a wealthy merchant who finds herself in dire straits when her father suddenly passes away. A coun This story is a fantasy romance twist on Phantom of the Opera, and while I confess I've never read Phantom of the Opera, a quick Google search showed me the similarities between the two. I imagine someone more familiar with the story of Phantom of the Opera than I would be able to draw more parallels and find the story a bit more appealing. This story follows a young woman named Aria, the daughter of a wealthy merchant who finds herself in dire straits when her father suddenly passes away. A count claiming to be a distant relative offers her a place as a dancer in his theater in a castle called High Tower. By the time the story starts, Aria has been at High Tower for an extended period of time. Unbeknownst to her, a dark and tragic secret surrounds the castle, and it shows itself in the form of haunting music coming from a seemingly vacant tower behind High Tower. The book is very well written, and I found myself quite invested in the story (view spoiler)[and I'm owing that to my never having read Phantom of the Opera, so it was new to me on both fronts (hide spoiler)] . Aria is initially brought into the theater as a dancer, however she soon learns (view spoiler)[from the Count himself (hide spoiler)] that the theater has too many dancers and not enough singers. Aria has a natural talent when it comes to singing (view spoiler)[as subtly hinted by her name (hide spoiler)] , but she has no one to professionally instruct her. (view spoiler)[And to make matters worse, the Count has apparently warned her multiple times that he will arrange a marriage for her if she cannot sing for him in his theater. (hide spoiler)] One night, after a performance, Aria decides to investigate the abandoned tower and find the source of the music that she hears playing every evening. The rumors that the tower is haunted by a ghost (view spoiler)[and the sudden deaths of theater servants (hide spoiler)] do nothing to dissuade her curiosity. There she finds a mysterious and reclusive man named Uriah, who subsequently becomes her vocal instructor. Uriah is reluctant to share anything about himself in the beginning, but the more they practice singing together, the more they fall for each other. Additionally, the more Aria sneaks off to the tower to practice with Uriah, the more mysterious and gruesome deaths occur at High Tower. At this point, I had a fairly good idea of who was behind the murders, but the author did a great job with the pacing in the story. It allowed Aria to have internal doubts about Uriah's true identity, as well as come to her own conclusions (view spoiler)[after researching the history of High Tower herself (hide spoiler)] . It also allowed both Uriah and Aria time to get to know one another and develop feelings for each other, which is to say this wasn't an insta-love novel. But soon Aria will learn the terrible truth behind the sudden deaths at High Tower, as well as the role she will inevitably play in an upcoming performance. For all the backstory that is provided for the characters, there is surprisingly little world-building. (view spoiler)[Uriah and others at High Tower frequently mention the existence and presence of monsters, both within the castle and in the surrounding area, but there's no mention of what these monsters are exactly, and where they came from (hide spoiler)] . The entire story takes place at High Tower, and the abandoned tower where Uriah lives. The town that houses both buildings might as well be empty or nonexistent, save for the wealthy lords and ladies who (presumably) live there and attend the theater performances. I don't even think the town had a name, and if it did, it was mentioned so briefly that I had completely forgotten it by the time the story was finished. While the last two chapters in the story have Uriah reveal his true identity to Aria, there was one question I was left with; (view spoiler)[what happened to Samara? She was something of a handmaiden to Aria since she arrived at High Tower. The two were very close, and the last time they speak, Samara was going to make a plan for the both of them to escape High Tower after the last performance. Aria herself doesn't even seem to realize that Samara, the one person in High Tower she considered a friend, hasn't been seen or heard from since the final performance. It's very possible that Samara escaped High Tower in the ensuing madness after the spell was broken, or was even killed during it, but her sudden disappearance without explanation was jarring considering she was a supporting character for Aria (hide spoiler)] . There were also instances in a couple of chapters where I believe the wrong word was used. For example, there was a passage where Aria was speaking about something passionately, and the author used the word fever when the word commonly used to describe these instances is fervor. It happened more than once, but this didn't detract from the story itself. And as far as lack of world-building went, that sort of spilled out into Uriah's backstory as well. (view spoiler)[Uriah said he and Count Zorik were knights for the same queen in a different realm, and she's described as a mage with ancient powers who shared these powers with the knights in her service. But who was she? Where and when did this all happen? (hide spoiler)] (view spoiler)[Subsequently, Uriah seems deeply troubled and guilt-ridden over the things he and Zorik did in their past, but the only explanation for this was that when their power grew, it got to their heads and they became reckless. They did whatever they wanted and "didn't care who they killed, hurt, cheated or lied to". Can we get specifics? (hide spoiler)] (view spoiler)[I'm also a bit surprised there wasn't a stronger connection made between Aria and Lucia. Uriah himself notes that they were similar in appearances, with dark skin and curly hair. However Lucia hadn't been able to handle the magic that the music provided, which is another point that hasn't been fully explained. It would make sense if Aria was able to do this because - as it was pointed out - she was the one to help Uriah discover that love instead of pain is what makes the magic more powerful. And while Lucia's backstory is never revealed, it's possible that Aria was able to fully harness the magic because her past was as tragic as Uriah's, but this is speculative at best. (hide spoiler)] Overall I give this a 3/5 stars. It's a refreshing twist to a classic many are familiar with, and it was executed pretty well, but some inconsistencies and gaps made the story fall flat for me.

  22. 5 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!

  23. 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.

  24. 4 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!

  25. 4 out of 5

    Komal Hashmi

    Thank you so much, @divine_tours & @aford21, for giving me this opportunity of reading & reviewing #musicofthenight, a retelling of The Phantom of the Opera. I have not read #thephantomoftheopera yet, but I skimmed through its synopsis before reading this book. It is a beautiful, bold, mysterious & gripping retelling of the classic. It focuses on the power of the music, which is melancholy but enchanting. It is a tale of a girl, Aria, who is the daughter of a rich merchant but fell under the misf Thank you so much, @divine_tours & @aford21, for giving me this opportunity of reading & reviewing #musicofthenight, a retelling of The Phantom of the Opera. I have not read #thephantomoftheopera yet, but I skimmed through its synopsis before reading this book. It is a beautiful, bold, mysterious & gripping retelling of the classic. It focuses on the power of the music, which is melancholy but enchanting. It is a tale of a girl, Aria, who is the daughter of a rich merchant but fell under the misfortune as her father died with debt on his name. She had to live on the streets until being rescued by Count Zorik & ended up becoming his ward in the High Tower Castle. “Sing, Lady Aria. Sing for your life.” Aria must learn to sing perfectly to avoid an arranged marriage & she is willing to risk everything for her freedom. However, her life takes a 360-degree turn when she willingly becomes the student of the mysterious ghost, Uriah, of the haunted tower. Aria's journey of learning music, which casts a spell on the audience, getting to know Uriah & the secrets of the High Tower, kept me hooked till the end. “Do not hesitate to follow your heart, to find the music that will set you free.” The town has been under a curse with nothing but gloom, mist, cold & darkness. There is magic, phenomenal music, pain, madness, trauma, dark secrets, curses, jealousy, unexpected but intense love, monsters, creatures of the night & so much more. Count Zorik runs a theater in his castle, a hub of endless entertainment, pleasure, singing & dancing. There are enough secrets to unravel as the killings start again & Uriah has to find a way to break the spell. I found some instances (esp. Aria’s past) quite repetitive & there are a few chapters that are immensely sensual, intimate (not exactly erotic but almost). I enjoyed the suspense throughout & it was interesting how the author kept the history of High Tower hidden. The bonding of Aria & Uriah has my heart. It is cliche at times, but I liked it, nonetheless.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Michael Murphy

    The blurb for this book presents a good outline of the story. Ms. Ford has a great talent for vivid descriptions; she paints beautiful pictures with words. She is a master world-builder and deeply develops her characters so the reader is immediately drawn into the story and feels involved in it. The town of High Tower is a dreary place, engulfed by a dense fog, as if it were under an evil spell which does not allow sunlight to penetrate. Every evening, strange, powerful organ music can be heard The blurb for this book presents a good outline of the story. Ms. Ford has a great talent for vivid descriptions; she paints beautiful pictures with words. She is a master world-builder and deeply develops her characters so the reader is immediately drawn into the story and feels involved in it. The town of High Tower is a dreary place, engulfed by a dense fog, as if it were under an evil spell which does not allow sunlight to penetrate. Every evening, strange, powerful organ music can be heard coming from the Dark Tower. The townspeople are certain the tower is haunted by an evil ghost who plays the music, and warn everyone to avoid the area. Aria, the main character, has a strong desire to sing, professionally if possible, and is increasingly drawn, almost magically, to the music. She gives in to the lure and meets Uriah, a handsome but somewhat disfigured man who sings so powerfully that plants and flowers are stimulated to grow in his presence. Aria is not frightened by the local ghost tales and presses Uriah to teach her to sing. He reluctantly agrees, but she must promise to grant him an unspecified wish in return. As the lessons continue over the next weeks, Aria’s singing voice dramatically improves and blends with Uriah’s to sweep her off her feet and they fall in love. At the same time, evil spirits begin to roam the town, causing mischief and murder, that people want to blame on Uriah. The story has several twists and surprises that kept me turning the pages, and I had to finish it in one sitting. I thoroughly enjoyed it and look forward to reading more of Ms. Ford’s work. If you like dark fantasy and fairy tale spin-offs, you need to read this and also her Tales of the Enchanted Wildwood. I have read over a dozen of her books and enjoyed each one – I am definitely a fan!! I received an ARC of this book – this review is my honest opinion. I also purchased a copy on release to help this great artist.

  27. 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! ⁣

  28. 4 out of 5

    Sharon

    After her family name is ruined and she is left with no money, Aria is taken to High Tower Castle by Count Zorik who runs a theatre. To repay the Count for his charity, Aria becomes a dancer, but her true passion is to sing. When she is seduced by the sorrowful music coming from the haunted Tower at night, she finds that the ghost she thought lived there, is a mysterious and brooding man wearing a mask. "He has the gift she sought". His singing magically makes flowers grow so she asks him to tra After her family name is ruined and she is left with no money, Aria is taken to High Tower Castle by Count Zorik who runs a theatre. To repay the Count for his charity, Aria becomes a dancer, but her true passion is to sing. When she is seduced by the sorrowful music coming from the haunted Tower at night, she finds that the ghost she thought lived there, is a mysterious and brooding man wearing a mask. "He has the gift she sought". His singing magically makes flowers grow so she asks him to train her to enchant an audience with her voice. Unbeknownst to her, she makes a deal with the devil who is destined to ruin her life. Uriah must find a strong singer to fulfill his mission. "It had been too long; it was time for vengeance". But Aria wasn't what he expected. She is fearless and determined and the perfect weapon for revenge. He must keep his emotions out of it, but her kindness and passion are his undoing. He only hoped the magic in the music would not make her go mad. Aria's courage and unwavering love for Uriah are commendable even though peril and death point toward him. The mystery of Uriah is stirring and drawn out in very subtle ways which add to the magic and danger of what is to come. The story is fast-paced and engaging with a climactic ending. I recommend this dark tale of the retelling of The Phantom of the Opera which is filled with music, enchantment, monsters, and passion. Thank you to Ms. Ford for giving me the opportunity to read this book with no expectation of a positive review.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Krysten

    First of all, I wanna preface this by saying that I'm OBSESSED with The Phantom of the Opera (the musical and the movie one bc I haven't read the book yet). And this book gave me all the feels. I love this concept and I like how the author shaped the Opera Ghost. It was so mesmerizing. I was entranced and in awe the whole time I was reading it. The plot was fast-paced and surely a page-turner. It's so well-done that the flow of the story just falls into place. Mind you, this book was just 200+ p First of all, I wanna preface this by saying that I'm OBSESSED with The Phantom of the Opera (the musical and the movie one bc I haven't read the book yet). And this book gave me all the feels. I love this concept and I like how the author shaped the Opera Ghost. It was so mesmerizing. I was entranced and in awe the whole time I was reading it. The plot was fast-paced and surely a page-turner. It's so well-done that the flow of the story just falls into place. Mind you, this book was just 200+ pages long and I still grew fond of the characters. I feel Aria's passion, pain, longing, and at the same time Uriah's strength, struggle, and perseverance. It was a wonderful experience, I must say. I also love the way the author describes things in the story. Like the appearance of the characters and the setting. Reading this book feels like a poem, a song, bar after bar. It's melodic, it draws me in much deeper into the story. I teared up reading this book and I'm lying if I don't say that this book was made for me. One thing that I would love to see in this book was the songs. I wish the author added an interlude, a tiny excerpt to the songs that they sing especially the one written by the Opera Ghost, Uriah. I think, nay, I know that this would add more depth and emotion to the readers, or at least for me. And, lastly, I now have a new addition to my fictional crushes. And that is none other than Uriah. The beautiful, the mysterious Opera Ghost of my life.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jackie

    I think that’s the fastest I’ve finished a book but sadly that’s not a good thing. “Music of the Night” finds dancer Aria haunted by music coming from the tower thought to hold ghosts and upon meeting the man behind the song she strikes a deal to be his new student, but when grisly murders start taking place and the mystery man looks less like the hero she must work to uncover the truth behind mask. I have to lead with I have never seen Phantom of the Opera but I have a general idea as to how it I think that’s the fastest I’ve finished a book but sadly that’s not a good thing. “Music of the Night” finds dancer Aria haunted by music coming from the tower thought to hold ghosts and upon meeting the man behind the song she strikes a deal to be his new student, but when grisly murders start taking place and the mystery man looks less like the hero she must work to uncover the truth behind mask. I have to lead with I have never seen Phantom of the Opera but I have a general idea as to how it goes so I was excited to see how this book was pair with the source material especially as it seems to have some Dracula vibes. That being said it runs at such a fast pace that there is nothing to really enjoy as the relationships and plot itself comes off as more rushed than real. It’s hard to judge the story when it was a blink and you missed it kind of deal especially between Aria and Uriah. I wanted to like them but it felt like they fell in love after two instructions together and that’s never been my thing. It’s predictable in the places you wish it wasn’t and I can’t help but wish that if this story was given maybe even 100 more pages to breathe it could have been something really cool but unfortunately I have to review what we’ve got and not what I wished for. If you like the source material this might work better for you but coming into it with very little leaves a lot to be desired.

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