Title: Roseblood 
Author: A.G. Howard
Series: None listed
Pages: 368 pages
Publisher: Amulet Books
Release Date: January 10, 2017
ISBN-10: 9781419719097

This was one of my most highly anticipated books of 2017. I thought it a little present that I was getting for Christmas. Roseblood. Roseblood. Another phenom coming from the talented A.G. Howard. I have to respectfully say, that I couldn’t stomach this book. I honestly felt that another author wrote this one…

…and surely not the one that delivered the Splintered series to the world.

The book is based on the legend of the Phantom of the Opera. Which I love. I thought it would be some tragic love story based on this…but frankly, it was nothing of the sort. I actually had to stop reading on my eReader, click off to the home page and check that I was actually reading THE ROSEBLOOD by A.G. Howard and not some similarly named rip-off that I had accidentally requested. Can you see my surprise here at the tragedy that was this book? I truly am. I expected to be amazed. I got cliches, clumsy plotting, wishy-washy characters, nefarious evil villains that confess their plot while plotting evil for evil’s sake…if ever there was a hot mess, it would be this book. It was like a forced idea that was forced into a YA algorithm:

Insert “chosen one” YA female character here. Insert boarding school here. Insert mean girl here. Insert supernatural element here.

“Dread tightens my throat. I need to ease the tension, to rid myself of the music. ”

Why Roseblood by A.G. Howard broke my heart.

RoseBlood by A.G. Howard

Published by Amulet Books on January 10th 2017
ISBN: 1419719092
Pages: 432
Format: ARC
Source: NetGalley
1 Stars

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.

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  1. Carole Rae

    Gah! Super bummer!!

  2. Lizzy

    Oh no!!! I was so looking forward to this book. Oh dear. At least I know not to buy it now…I’ll just wait until the library has it.


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