Saturday, 14 January 2017
Book Review: RoseBlood by A.G. Howard
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.
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.