I received this book for free from Amulet Books in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.RoseBlood Published by Amulet Books on January 10th 2017
Source: Amulet Books
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.
RoseBlood by A.G. Howard is not as fabulous as I hoped it would be. I loved the Splintered books, so I had high hopes but truly I shouldn’t have. I was excited for a phantom of the opera retelling. I am not the hugest fan but I’ve enjoyed the legends.
Since RoseBlood is such a popular book, I will break things down that way if you are reading this, you can skip around to the parts you want to read.
The writing is really good. I enjoyed A.G. Howard’s writing like always. The story flowed well. There are a few areas that dragged a bit, but ultimately, the pace is good. I also liked how much research and planning Howard did (Read Author’s Note).
I think the characters are a big part of why this book is not blowing me away. I couldn’t’ find a connection to Thorn or Rune at all. Their personalities were boring to me. I think the characters could use more personality. The side characters didn’t play big enough roles. It is hard to have feelings for such minor characters.
I found my self confused a lot. There were times that I wondered what was going on. It has been awhile since I was lost in a book (in a bad way). The plot twist through me off and made things even more confusing. This is definitely a Gothic romance style story.
Howard’s imagination is great. You can tell she put a loft of time in creating this story. I really like all the connections and parallels to the legend of the phantom of the opera.
I may reread this one alter down the line to see how I feel a second time around. I was disappointed with this one.