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.
Oo! That Writing!
Let’s be honest. A.G. Howard is an absolutely gorgeous writer. The diction, the flow, the structure. It’s all magnifique! It’s so beautiful and adds such a fantastical wonder to this story that sweeps you up. The way it’s written really embodies that powerful, wondrous music that the story is about. In fact, the writing is so pretty that one might get a little too caught up in it and miss the negative aspects of the novel.
Um… One thing that was less than perfect in Roseblood would be the way it’s told. In fact, if I wasn’t paying so much attention to the book (because I read at the pace of a freakin’ sloth), I might have missed a huge chunk of the important information and the reveals. Why? Because they were just thrown into the middle of these scenes without any build up. They weren’t given as much importance as they should’ve and thus it left each of these pieces of information understated and underwhelming. It was quite a disappointment.
Rune, the MC
When the main character is the least active, least involved character of the entire story… I think you’ve done something wrong and this was exactly what happened. Rune, the brooding, anti-social female protagonist, does absolutely nothing. Everything is told to her. Everything is handed to her. All the plans are made up for her. She does nothing. She’s just… so passive and it really bothered me. I don’t like reading stories where the main character does nothing.
Wait! The End? What do you mean, The End? First off, that ending was garbage! Re-do PLEASE!!! It’s such a weak, unfulfilling ending that I knew was gonna be the ending from the beginning, but I didn’t want it. I wanted it to surprise me. I wanted it to shock me. I wanted… an actual ending! That ending was just like: “Crap! We ran out of space! Wrap-up it up in the next 15 pages. GO!” -.-
Worst of all was there were no explanations. The main plot finally hit it’s climax and then… nothing. It’s like it was just skipped over, like it hadn’t been fully thought out so they just decided to leave it out entirely. Awful way to wrap it up because it left so many questions. It left so many loose ends. And it left me feeling like certain things didn’t make any sense because they weren’t explained. Ugh!
Oh come on! Really? That ending? But of course that ending. Why? Because the original story didn’t end well and so this one should? Psh! No. I wanted them to die. Both of them. All of them. Everyone? Yes, everyone. I can’t honestly say there is a single person in this book that I wanted to live. Nope. Death to everyone. Mwahahaha!