Author: A.G. Howard
Date of Publication: January 10th, 2017
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.
Rune is sent away her senior year to an arts school where odd things begin to occur, and she runs into a boy named Thorn who she believes is the actual Phantom of the Opera. She must face her past and an unknown future that could slip away into darkness at the hands of this musical creature.
So this book is a stand alone which is a plus, and it is told in both perspectives between Rune and Thorn. Rune was a likable character, and she seems more human because she is battling demons of her own. There was a lot of being in her head versus dialogue which I was wanting a little more dialogue, but being inside her head you could really feel those musical thoughts and all the energy pulling her in different ways.
I liked the characters she meets at her school such as Sunny, Audrey, and Jax. They all seemed to have interesting small stories, but I wish that there would have been more about them. Thorn was a whole different can of worms. I loved him! Even with his creep factor which was even more intriguing. His back story is haunting and deeply moving and was the best part of the book.
The Phantom has always been an interesting character, and here it is like you want to hate him, but then you want to feel bad for him. It made him the perfect villain, and the atmosphere and world building had that gothic feel throughout that made the mood much more intense.
It did seem like it took a while for Rune and Thorn to interact, and I just wish there would have been more dialogue between them and getting to know each other. The chemistry of them being drawn to each other was definitely there, and there were some great moments between them. The sock scene being my absolute favorite!
I still like the Splintered series and The Architect of Song more than RoseBlood, but it was still very good because A.G. Howard’s writing is always so well down and beautiful.
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