RoseBlood By A.G. Howard


Goodreads Synopsis: 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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Ahhh what a disappointing, cliche of cliche reads. 😦  I had been looking forward to this book because, hello, who doesn’t love The Phantom of The Opera?  Sadly this book had problems at every turn.

First off, I really disliked the fact that the characters of the book were already aware of The Phantom of Opera story, as in it’s a real story in that world. Then we have the fact that the main character is going to school in the same place where the “supposed” Phantom story took place.  And of course our main character, Rune, is all worried because “what if the story is real?” and all the adults are like “nah bro, that’d be silly.” Guess what. The story is real.  And then some of the adults are like “Duh, obviously we were just keeping it from you because you’re the main character.”

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So Rune starts going to this school, and enter love interest Thorn. Which by the way, why does everyone have ridiculous names in this book? Who names their kid Rune? But back to the point, even the entrance of the character Thorn is cliche. He’s seen, like a ghost in the rose garden, and then when Rune looks back, he’s gone!

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I mean from here it only gets worse. Thorn keeps disappearing and reappearing and Rune, unlike a normal person, doesn’t go to the school and ask a freaking adult why this boy isn’t going to school like a normal person.  Thorn of course is the stereotypical YA dude, handsome yet also really manipulative, but of course he really loves her underneath it all.

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And this is just the plot! Don’t get me started on the characters. Rune is the worst. She, of course, has a super magical ability that she can’t control. Has a super sad back story that haunts her, has a super secret family history that no one think to tell her about.  Oh and did I mention that she’s white, immediately has problems with the “popular girl” at school, and her entire life seems to revolve around falling in love with a douche.  And don’t even get me started on the horrendous Romani representation, and the constant talk of Rune cursed “gypsy blood.” What even was up with that?

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But of course, Thorn’s douchy-ness isn’t a problem to the story because he and Rune are destined to be lovers. It was written in the stars! Or something like that. Because finding your “one true love” at age 17 (18? How old is Rune? I can’t even remember because nothing in this book is really very memorable) is totally realistic.

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At this point I’m not even sure what else to say, because everything but the cover of this book was just so bad.  From the name of the school (who names their school RoseBlood?), to the secondary characters (we have a Southern bell who uses words like heck-o-billy, smidge and of course you can’t be Southern unless you say “aint” 24/7) and get this. There’s PSYCHIC vampires in the story. FREAKING psychic vampires!

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To conclude.  I was bored. I was disappointed. I was forcing myself to finish the book when I really just wanted to throw it across the room.  Just do yourself a favor and skip over this one.   I gave RoseBlood 1 star on Goodreads.



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