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This YA novel from New York Times bestselling author A. G. Howard marks the beginning of a new era for fans of the Splintered series. Rune Germain moves to a boarding school outside of Paris, only to discover that at this opera-house-turned-music-conservatory, phantoms really do exist. RoseBlood is a Phantom of the Opera– inspired retelling in which Rune's biggest talent— her voice— is also her biggest curse. Fans of Daughter of Smoke and Bone and the Splintered series will find themselves captivated by this pulse-pounding spin on a classic tale.Rune, whose voice has been compared to that of an angel, has a mysterious affliction linked to her talent that leaves her sick and drained at the end of every performance. Convinced creative direction will cure her, her mother ships her off to a French boarding school for the arts, rumored to have a haunted past.Shortly after arriving at RoseBlood conservatory, Rune starts to believe something otherworldly is indeed afoot. The mystery boy she's seen frequenting the graveyard beside the opera house doesn't have any classes at the school, and vanishes almost as quickly as he appears. When Rune begins to develop a secret friendship with the elusive Thorn, who dresses in clothing straight out of the 19th century, she realizes that in his presence she feels cured. Thorn may be falling for Rune, but the phantom haunting RoseBlood wants her for a very specific and dangerous purpose. As their love continues to grow, Thorn is faced with an impossible choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or save her and face the wrath of the phantom, the only father he's ever known.A. G. Howard brings the romantic storytelling that Splintered fans adore to France— and an entirely new world filled with lavish romance and intrigue— in a retelling inspired by a story that has captivated generations. Fans of both the Phantom of the Opera musical and novel, as well as YA retellings such as Marissa Meyer's Cinder, will devour RoseBlood.
Publisher: 2017.
ISBN: 9781613121412
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Aug 13, 2018

Positive Elements:
-The Phantom's appearance and personality were pretty true to how he was in the original novel.
-The author tied in real historical figures, like the Conte de Saint Germain and Christina Nilsson.
-Etalon was pretty hot:)
-The writing flowed pretty nicely, if you ignore the grammar mistakes.
-The whole thing with Etalon having to choose between helping his father and saving Rune was pretty interesting. It was like a love triangle, but not with romantic love. Etalon had to choose between the son's love he had for his father and the romantic love he had for Rune. I just thought it was kind of an interesting idea.
Negative Elements:
-Why would anyone name a school RoseBlood? I almost stopped reading for that reason alone, the name is so ridiculous.
-Nearly all of Rune's problems stemmed from how perfect and unique she was. She was literally the definition of a Mary Sue, Special Snowflake Syndrome and all.
- Rune Germain. That name. She was enough of a special snowflake without it, okay? Etalon, too. And Sunflower Summers was Southern enough with all her annoying Southern expressions. She didn't need that ridiculous name.
-A mad scientist trying to bring someone to life has got to be the most cliche type of villain, besides "dark lord trying to take over the world and/or kill everyone."
- "We're DESTINED to be lovers, Rune." An actual quote from the book. I'm sorry, no. Just... no.
It's not the worst book in the world, but not the best, either. Don't be fooled by the beautiful cover and fascinating synopsis.

Jul 16, 2018

The Deal Breaker:
As a reader, I am only willing to suspend my disbelief so far. You can't just make the Phantom an owner of a club that hosts rave parties, throw in some physic vampires to the mix and call it a day. It was too far-fetched. Had the author made this book into a duology, given the readers more information, then maybe, JUST MAYBE I would have been okay with the aforementioned. But she didn't, and alas, I mentally checked out after learning the Phantom owned a goddamn club.

My Goodreads Review:

Dec 06, 2017

It was not well executed and it does not do justice to The Phantom of the Opera

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Aug 03, 2017

I have mixed feelings about this. I haven't read or seen Phantom of the Opera yet, so I wasn't sure if it would affect how I feel. I love retellings and when I saw the blurb and the cover, I couldn't wait to read it. There were parts I liked and parts I didn't. I liked the idea of the story but I had a hard time liking Rune...

Feb 25, 2017

Are you a "Twihard" and/or a "Phanatic"? Then you'll enjoy this update of "The Phantom of the Opera" set in a French high school.

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