Saturday, 14 January 2017

Book Review: RoseBlood by A.G. Howard


Title: RoseBlood
Author: A.G. Howard
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Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Romance
Source: Publisher
Publisher: Amulet Books
Publication Date: 10th January 2017
Rating: 4 stars

Tell Me About It
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.
My Thoughts
RoseBlood was a book I knew I had to read. After already loving the authors Splintered series, I couldn't wait to get my hands on this one. I did think I would struggle with the references to Phantom of the Opera, which I've never seen, but thankfully although there are mentions of those characters and thier connections, RoseBlood doesn't rely heavily on those events, and tells it's own story.
From the moment I began reading RoseBlood I fell in love with the world A.G. Howard has created, from the attention to detail, the characters, and each minuscule connection between families and items (this makes sense when you read the book, I promise).

Rune was a person who has an amazing ability to pick up any tune and sing it, no matter what language it is, and without having heard it before. But it also comes with a price. Any tune she hears she HAS to sing, to get it out of her system, but singing without an instrument that has a connection to her leaves her sick and exhausted. Her arrival at RoseBlood has her meeting Thorn, an elusive boy who hides behind a mask and mirrors, but unbeknownst to Rune he has ulterior motives.

I liked the connection that Rune and Thorn have together, and the idea behind it. I didn't particularly like Erik but I guess his presence was necessary. When Rune's heritage was revealed I was surprised, but also didn't like how she was kept in the dark about it all, having to go through the stress or trying not to sing and the consequences when she does. The small group of friends Rune makes are essential to her life at RoseBlood, and although she isn't particularly honest about things, they do stick together and support her through most things....even going to a mysterious invite only party.


Final Verdict
RoseBlood was a book I had very mixed feelings about. There were aspects to it that I love, as mentioned above, but there were also a few parts that didn't really interest me, the build up to the finale being one of them. I also felt like this event, this pivotal moment in the book, felt too rushed, we get the build up to it all and it seemed to be over in the blink of an eye. That being said I did enjoy the book, I liked the world and the characters, and was very relieved at not needing to have seen/read Phantom of the Opera.

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