Book Review

Book Review – RoseBlood

Book: RoseBlood by A. G. Howard

Genre: Fantasy, Romance, Retelling, Young Adult

Date of Publication: January 10, 2017

Hi everyone! It’s Ronald once again. Today I will be reviewing a book that I have recently finished titled RoseBlood by A. G. Howard. It took me months to finish this book, but finally, I have done it. I got this book back in February 2019 from Big Bad Wolf, a yearly massive book sale event that happens around countries in Asia. What got me interested in this book is the front cover. On the cover of the book is a girl with a white half mask that is reminiscent of the phantom of the opera. It got me thinking that this book is probably somehow related to that book. I read the synopsis from the back and it confirms my thought. I am a “judge the book by its cover” when choosing the books that I buy. So this is another case where I bought the book because of its cover. For those who are interested here is what the book is all about.

Rune Germaine moves to a boarding school outside of Paris, only to discover that at this opera-house-turned-music-conservatory, phantoms really do exist. RoseBlood is a Phantom of the Opera–inspired retelling in which Rune’s biggest talent—her voice—is also her biggest curse.

Rune, whose voice has been compared to that of an angel, has a mysterious affliction linked to her talent that leaves her sick and drained at the end of every performance. Convinced creative direction will cure her, her mother ships her off to a French boarding school for the arts, rumored to have a haunted past.
“Shortly after arriving at RoseBlood conservatory, Rune starts to believe something otherworldly is indeed afoot. The mystery boy she’s seen frequenting the graveyard beside the opera house doesn’t have any classes at the school, and vanishes almost as quickly as he appears. When Rune begins to develop a secret friendship with the elusive Thorn, who dresses in clothing straight out of the 19th century, she realizes that in his presence she feels cured. Thorn may be falling for Rune, but the phantom haunting RoseBlood wants her for a very specific and dangerous purpose. As their love continues to grow, Thorn is faced with an impossible choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or save her and face the wrath of the phantom, the only father he’s ever known.”

My first impression of the main character of the book, Rune Germaine, was that her character is not the typical girl that is sent to another school to continue regular studies. Rune was transferred to a renowned music school in Paris where her family has connections. Meaning she was well off financially and with enough talent to get her into a renowned music school. This was proven to me as I read through the book. Her Aunt was one of the owners of the school and Rune can really sing. She is on par with the other students, sometimes much better than the best students in the same year as hers.

A. G. Howard‘s way of incorporating the Phantom into the plot of RoseBlood is very fluid. He was able to give you details about the Phantom that you may only know if you have read the Phantom of the opera. This point of integration was also one of the curiosities that I had when I bought the book. I am not familiar with the story of the Phantom of the Opera other than the general characters. But after reading RoseBlood, I think I want to read the Phantom of the Opera so that I can be more familiar with what happened during their era.

The plot of RoseBlood may sound quite dragging at the start but it is enough for the slow build-up of the events that will culminate in the climax of the story. As the story progresses, it showed me through two points of view of the main characters as they go through and recall past events of their life that are important and had direct relevance to what is happening in RoseBlood. Also, at the peak of the climax, there is a very unique twist that is brought into the story that will surprise you. If you are interested to know more, I suggest that you read the book.

I will give this book  3 stars out of 5 stars. It is a good read if you have read the Phantom of the Opera because you will get to be familiar with the characters of that book being mentioned in RoseBlood. As I have mentioned before as well, the beginning of this book is a little dragging but enough to build to the climax. I think I may suggest this book to those people who liked the genre in relation to the Phantom of the Opera.

I will try to read other books from our growing TBRs and I hope that I can do a few more reviews. If you liked my reviews please stay on the look out for my next ones. So, have you also read RoseBlood? If so, please feel free to leave comments. Until next time. Bye!!!!