|Release Date: January 10, 2017|
from Amulet Books
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"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 Thoughts:So I’m sitting here writing this review with The Phantom of the Opera soundtrack blaring in the background. This book has me listening to the soundtrack on repeat because it is such a worthy spin off of this classic. I’ve never read the novel, but I love the movie and the Broadway play is one of my all-time favorites. I’ve always loved this story with its darkness and music and I was so excited to see A.G. Howard take on this story. I loved her adaptation of Wonderland so I had high hopes for this book.
Rune is a fantastic heroine. I really loved her and loved her determination. She doesn’t let fear stop her and I love how much she cares for her friends. Her journey was a great one and I loved watching her come into her own. She has struggled with her ability for years and I loved watching her come to terms with it. And I absolutely loved Thorn as well. He is probably my favorite character. His story is the one that broke me. He is mysterious and engaging, but at his core he is simply good. The romance between Rune and Thorn is phantastic (I couldn’t help myself). I loved these two and I loved how romantic and dramatic they were together. They each put a lot on the line for one another and I loved their push and pull. It’s the kind of romance that made my chest all tight and happy.
With Rune and Thorn came a great cast of side characters and a great story. The story moves along at a deliciously slow pace and it build and builds to the crescendo. The story is engaging and there are many surprises along the way. I loved the pace of this novel and all the drama that ensued.
As I said, A.G. Howard did a great job with her adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera. She really stayed true to the roots of the story while bringing a modern twist. What I liked most was her portrayal of Erik. She really captured the Phantom I’ve come to know and love. He is still that dark character with that streak of light in there. She brought Erik into this story flawlessly while not changing him from the character the world already knows. The Phantom was always a morally ambiguous character and that is what was always most captivating about him.
RoseBlood was a great read and I truly adored this take on the classic Phantom of the Opera. Thorn and Rune stole my heart and this book has kicked off a re-obsession with all things Phantom.