Review: RoseBlood by A.G. Howard

RoseBlood RoseBlood by A.G. Howard
My rating: 1 of 5 stars
Hardcover432 pages
Published January 10th 2017

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…  **Spoilers**

I wanted so badly to like RoseBlood since I enjoyed the original Phantom of the Opera.  Unfortunately, I was very disappointed and I feel terrible giving it only a 1 star.  I can’t believe I finished it, it was a huge struggle and many times I had to force myself to read through to the end.

RoseBlood follows a high school senior, Rune, who is sent to RoseBlood Academy, a French boarding school for musical arts that is inside a renovated opera house, only to discover a very real danger that lurks within and has waited for her return for over a century. 

When Rune sings, she has the voice of an angel, but singing leaves her feeling physically drained and ill.  The voice controls her, and she can't control when it bursts out of her. 

Basically, the whole plot of this book is that the phantom is trying to capture Rune so he can cut out her voice and give it to his dead daughter to resurrect.  He uses Thorn, the phantoms (Erik) adopted son, to get closer to Rune… because we find out that Rune and Thorn are "twin flames"(soulmates) which means that they have the same soul. Basically, one soul separated into two parts into two different bodies and that makes Rune and Thorn want to be together. 

Whose soul do Rune and Thorn have… Christine’s.  The phantom, Erik, has never been loved and tries to force Christine to love him and when she refuses he thinks it’s because of his deformity.  Christine returns to the phantom years later after the death of her husband and she falls in love with him because they are “twin flames”, they have a child together and the baby girl dies.  Before Christine and the Phantom could have a bonding ritual, she dies... so her soul is reincarnated into Thorn and Rune… ugh.

“We’re twin flames.  Incarnations of the same soul, parted while reentering the world… predestined to find each other again.  Everything we ever experienced in our separate lives has been working to reunite the mirror pieces of ourselves we left within the other.  Twin souls always come full circle, as natural and in ineludible as the migration of birds or the alignment of the planets.  All of this has been set into motion in the past by our spirit, for our bodies to discover in the present.  Now, at last, we’re here.”

Can’t forget to add that Thorn also wears a mask, even though he is gorgeous and had no deformities.
“Why?” I ask.  "Why the mask?”  He swallows, his Adam’s apple bobbing.  “It is only behind the mask where I feel I belong.”  “No.”  I squeeze his hand.  “You belong up here, out in the open, with me.”   (Erik and Thorn live in the sewers of the academy and haunt it).

Why has the phantom lived so long… because he's a psychic vampire who also owns a nightclub, that Thorn works at.  The nightclub has a rave inside, he uses the people at the rave to feed off their energy.  He then stores the energy in "cryogenic chamber."

A retelling / spin-off of Phantom of the Opera could have been fabulous, but this wasn’t anything close to a retelling at all.  This was the first book I’ve read by A. G. Howard and I’m certain that I wouldn’t be reading another A.G. Howard book anytime soon.

Happy Reading ~ Jovi


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