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Review: RoseBlood

Title: RoseBlood

Author: A.G. Howard

Date of Publication: January 10th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

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 Review:

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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Waiting on Wednesday: RoseBlood

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“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly post hosted by Breaking the Spine, that discusses upcoming releases that we are super excited about!

Date of Publication: January 10th, 2017

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Goodreads Summary:

In this modern day spinoff of 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.

A. G. Howard brings the romantic storytelling that Splintered fans adore to France—and an entirely new world filled with lavish romance and intrigue—in a retelling inspired by a story that has captivated generations. Fans of both the Phantom of the Opera musical and novel, as well as YA retellings such as Marissa Meyer’s Cinder, will devour RoseBlood.

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Review: Untamed

Title: Untamed

Author: A.G. Howard

Date of Publication: December 15, 2015

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Goodreads Summary:

A post-Ensnared collection of three stories—available in both print and e-versions.

Alyssa Gardner went down the rabbit hole and took control of her destiny. She survived the battle for Wonderland and the battle for her heart. In this collection of three novellas, join Alyssa and her family as they look back at their memories of Wonderland.

In Six Impossible Things, Alyssa recalls the most precious moments of her life after Ensnared, and the role magic plays in preserving the happiness of those she loves. Alyssa’s mother reminisces about her own time in Wonderland and rescuing the man who would become her husband in The Boy in the Web. And Morpheus delves into Jeb’s memories of the events of Splintered in The Moth in the Mirror, available in print for the first time.

This collection expands upon Ensnared‘s epilogue, and includes some deleted scenes to provide a “director’s cut” glimpse into the past and futures of our favorite Splintered characters.

My Review:

If you haven’t read the Splintered series stop now and go read them. This set of novellas were my absolute favorite of the whole book series!

First in the Boy in the Web we get to be in Alyssa’s mother’s head which I really liked because she was always such an interesting character. In the Moth in the Mirror we get to see Morpheus go inside of Jeb’s  memories from the first book which was really good because it was like we were getting two perspectives at one time.

Last we get Six Impossible Things. Now this is what I was craving for after reading Ensnared. Ensnared had one of the most perfect endings I had ever read, but endings always leave you wanting to still know what happened after.

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Being in Alyssa’s head for this one was so miraculous. I loved how she has grown both as a human and as a netherling. I have been a Morpheus fan since day one but seeing her human life with Jeb I get it. To see them living out their human life together completed the human side of her, and it was heartbreaking to see her leave behind that life but to see her open her netherling self up to Wonderland was one of the most beautiful things I have ever read.

Every time there was a Morpheus scene I was literally so excited because everything that comes out of his mouth I love! The labor scenes are my absolute favorite, and it was hilarious with the whole craziness going on. My favorite characters were also back such as Rabid White who was his usual funny and creepy self. I will miss this magical world so much, but thank you A.G. for giving this to us!

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Top Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim

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The lovelies over at the Broke and the Bookish host a weekly meme called Top Ten Tuesdays! Here is this weeks topic:  Ten Books I Picked Up On A Whim (however you decide to interpret that (bought or read or something else) — I know most people read based on recommendation but we want to know those books you picked up without really hearing about or knowing much about!)

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