Book Review: Roseblood by A.G. Howard-4 Stars



From the author of one of my favorite series, Splintered, comes a dark and twisty spin on The Phantom of the Opera. Rune Germain lost her father at a young age. She has memories of him playing arias on his violin and she singing along, having never learnt the song, perfectly and beautifully. When she’s caught drunk and sends a boy to the hospital in a coma, music begins to imprison her. She can’t keep the melodies inside, but after releasing them, she is plagued with sickness or pain. Her mom doesn’t believe in the superstitions and auras Rune and her dad, as well as his family, believed in, which creates tension between the two of them. When Rune’s aunt offers to pay  her way at a prestigious opera arts academy, Roseblood, Rune’s mom hope it will help her get over her “stage fright.” Rune has become obsessed with The Phantom of the Opera rumors that are linked to the school. Soon, Rune is hearing whispers and violin melodies through the vent in her room. Could it be the elusive Phantom, THE Phantom? Could this be the key to helping Rune work through the pain that singing causes her?
Full of mystery and intrigue, as well as family secrets, Roseblood is a beautifully descriptive fantasy novel complete with some steamy romance as well as elements of darkness and evil. Highly recommend! This book is a standalone and I felt the story ended perfectly without any cliffhangers, although I wouldn’t say no to a continuation of the story! 4 stars to the fact I felt it was slow starting off.

Thank you to Netgalley and Amulet books for this review copy! All opinions are my own. Roseblood releases January 10, 2017!

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