by A.G. Howard
Release Date: January 10th 2017
Publisher: Amulet Books
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In this modern day spin on Leroux’s gothic tale of unrequited love turned to madness, seventeen-year-old Rune Germain has a mysterious affliction linked to her operatic talent, and a horrifying mistake she’s trying to hide. Hoping creative direction will help her, Rune’s mother sends her to a French arts conservatory for her senior year, located in an opera house rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera.
At RoseBlood, Rune secretly befriends the masked Thorn—an elusive violinist who not only guides her musical transformation through dreams that seem more real than reality itself, but somehow knows who she is behind her own masks. As the two discover an otherworldly connection and a soul-deep romance blossoms, Thorn’s dark agenda comes to light and he’s forced to make a deadly choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or face the wrath of the phantom who has haunted the opera house for a century, and is the only father he’s ever known.
“This can’t be a coincidence, and there’s no longer any doubt in my mind.
I am in a horror story.”
I am not exactly sure where to start with my thoughts on Roseblood… I do think I should note a couple of things. The first, I have never read an AG Howard book before this one. The second, I have never seen Phantom of the Opera or read the book so I was not familiar with the original story. I think that never having experienced the original Phantom impacted my feelings on this book.
Roseblood pulled me in right away and had me totally intrigued. I absolutely love stories based in boarding schools, and the fact that the setting for this school was in the renovated Opera House where the original Phantom took place had me totally fascinated. As I continued to read the mystery surrounding the school and the building continued to intrigue me.
I wasn’t a huge fan of the MC Rune, I just kind of thought her whole affliction was odd and I couldn’t really connect with her no matter how I tried. I also didn’t feel that the secondary characters (other students at the school)were that fleshed out and so I didn’t really connect with them either.
This book is dubbed a “retelling” but in fact it is set 100 years after the original Phantom where the Phantom is immortal and now has a sort of adopted son. The Phantom and his adopted son… the mysterious Thorn totally stole the show for me. I found both of them the most fascinating of all! Their relationship was dynamic and the history behind it was totally interesting.
This book switches back and forth between Rune’s POV and Thorn’s and I really enjoyed that aspect. I enjoyed the romance between them as well. It was very forbidden and a bit creepy and totally intriguing. There was a very creepy vibe to the book in general which I ended up really enjoying as well.
So to sum up, I liked parts of this book a lot and I think if you are either an AG Howard or Phantom fan this would be worth the read.
“I need to know why I’m so broken, so I can fix myself. One way or another. Maybe this place can help me do that, and then I can finally look forward to my future. Because I’m starting to realize there’s something worse than stepping up and facing your fears – and that’s living as if you’re already dead.”
Have you read Roseblood?
What did you think?
Have you read any other AG Howard books?