Author: A.G. Howard
Publisher: Amulet Books
Published Date: January 10, 2017
Buy Link: http://a.co/40XXFxw
Blurb: 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: Roseblood was an unexpected surprise in January’s Owlcrate. I mean, they give you hints about what you’ll be getting and I knew it was going to be a classic retelling, but from some of the teasers I was thinking it would be a ‘classic retelling’ in the vein of Pride and Prejudice or something of that nature. I never in a million years would have guessed that it was going to be a Phantom of the Opera retelling!!! I hadn’t even imagined one existed….now I’m wondering about others.
First, let me tell you, I’ve seen Phantom of the Opera…and it is by far my favorite musical ever. I love everything about it. And like the rest of the world, I was taken by the Phantom. I love the music. I own the movie version with Gerard Butler (and will be watching it again sometime soon). And I truly loved being surprised by this book!
What I Loved: This book wasn’t so much a re-telling as it was a world built off the original story. I loved the pace set by this book. I felt like the elements of the whole story were revealed perfectly, and it flowed quite nicely. The setting, the characters, the story, all of it kept me captivated. There were no mention of the actual musical’s songs or dances, the book still brought to memory my theater experience. I enjoyed that. As I said, this wasn’t a re-telling exactly, but there were scenes included that well-enough reflect the story we all know.
The romance between Rune and Thorn was so sweet and beautiful. There are underlying layers to their relationship, things that in real life (or at least ME in real life) would have had a hard time just simply accepting; Rune does accept easily, however the pacing of the relationship was still just right. And without a touch of ‘unsavory events’ this couple still made my heart beat faster and me sigh with that contentment you get when reading about first love.
Not So Much: There were a few holes in my opinion. Or maybe not holes, but places where at first Rune was completely oblivious about things, and then suddenly she is completely in the know using terminology that she shouldn’t quite understand (as far as I could tell). I don’t know if I missed something while reading, or if it was supposed to be in those gap-times where the characters do spend time together but it’s not written in the book in detail…however I did think, ‘wait…how did she know that, or come to that?’
The Verdict: I loved this book! There’s not much more to it than that. It’s a clean read, I would let my 11 year old daughter read it if she wanted to. (And she would LOOVE Diablo, the opera cat, if she did).