Wednesday, February 7

Non-Review: Roseblood

AG Howard

Published By: Amulet Books
Publication Date: January 10, 2017
Date Read: January 1, 2018
Genre: YA - Retelling
Source: Bought
Format: Hardback
Pages: 432
From Goodreads:
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.

RoseBlood was one of those books that I couldn't wait for. I have read and loved AG Howard's incredible Splintered series and I am a huge fan of The Phantom of the Opera, so this was bound to be amazing. I really, really wanted to love this one but I just... didn't.

I managed to get to around 55% of the book before I just couldn't continue. RoseBlood was incredibly slow and I found elements of it very strange and there was no explanation as to why. I tried to push through so much but I found myself very bored which made me not want to read at all and it's at that point that I usually tell myself it's time to stop reading it and pick something else to read.

Thorn was a very odd character... like why was he wearing a mask if he had no disfigurement? And Rune was just too bitchy and stupid for me to like her. I wasn't invested in the characters at all and found I really didn't care about the story and what happened to them whatsoever.

I really wish I had liked this one as it sounded like the perfect kind of book for me but unfortunately it just wasn't meant to be.

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