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Light Fantastique
by Cecilia Dominic

I may love book two in the Aether Psychics series even more than the first (read my review of book one). Picking up nearly right where book one leaves off, Light Fantastique is fraught with conflict as Paris is in the middle of a siege as love loses its way and a Phantom haunts the theatre.

Yes, my dear friends, this novel appears to be a re-telling of The Phantom of the Opera. *queues up the creepy organ music*


What I loved most about book two is that the characters introduced in book one were there, but became secondary characters as Dominic chose to focus on Marie and Johann plus show a bit more of Chad and Patrick. I find all the characters who inhabit this series to be fascinating. There are little hints about their past (Chad is mooning over a girl that lost her memory, Marie ran away from home) all while delving a tiny bit deeper into the magical elements introduced in book one.

As for the magical elements, there isn’t much progress there. Just hints that what the group discovered in book one has more influence over the happenings that they could imagine. And there’s some connection with Marie’s and Iris’s special skills. I feel like there is more about these two pieces that could be teased out (maybe that will happen in book 3), but I did love the ode to “Phantom” so I can’t say that this lack of development detracted from my liking the book any.

At this point in the series, each of the novels could be read as a stand alone as there isn’t much advancement on the discovery made in book one. Dominic gives just enough background about the previous novel without bogging down the current story so new readers have an idea of what is going on, but series returners won’t get bored with the re-hashing. I enjoyed the development of the characters that were secondary characters in book one. This is strong continuation of the Aether Psychics series and I’m looking forward to book three.


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The Power of the Stage is Front in Center in Light Fantastique

Light Fantastique

Author: Cecilia Dominic
Published on: December 15, 2015
Pages: 373
Series: Aether Psychics #2
Genres: fantasy, new adult
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My Rating: Thumbs Up
Also in this series: Noble Secrets, Eros Element, Aether Spirit, Aether Rising


I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

About Cecilia Dominic

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Cecilia Dominic wrote her first story when she was two years old and has always had a much more interesting life inside her head than outside of it. She became a clinical psychologist because she’s fascinated by people and their stories, but she couldn’t stop writing fiction. The first draft of her dissertation, while not fiction, was still criticized by her major professor for being written in too entertaining a style. She made it through graduate school and got her PhD, started her own practice, and by day, she helps people cure their insomnia without using medication. By night, she blogs about wine and writes fiction she hopes will keep her readers turning the pages all night. Yes, she recognizes the conflict of interest between her two careers, so she writes and blogs under a pen name. She lives in Atlanta, Georgia with one husband and two cats, which, she’s been told, is a good number of each. She also enjoys putting her psychological expertise to good use helping other authors through her Characters on the Couch blog post series.


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