Now, we may only be a month into 2017, but I’ve already read one of my favourite books of this year! Roseblood by A.G Howard! It was one of my most anticipated releases of this year, and I can definitely say it didn’t disappoint!
Roseblood is a YA retelling of The Phantom of the Opera, and its full of lyrical language, intriguing characters, and a fascinating storyline! Rune Germain is a teenage girl with a haunting, beautiful compulsion to sing opera. It may sound like a blessing, a talent, but for Rune it feels like a curse. Once she hears the music she can’t help it, she just has to sing. It’s caused her nothing but problems, especially since the death of her father a few years earlier. Sent to a private music conservatory in France to try and get some control over her talent, Rune is thrust into a dangerous game of music, romance, and, of course, the Phantom.
So, I was a little apprehensive going into this because I’ve never actually read/watched Phantom of the Opera…so I was worried it might just go over my head a little bit. But, I needn’t have worried because really there was no need to have any prior knowledge of the Phantom, it all just flows nicely into the story! So if you’re hesitant to pick up Roseblood because of that then you really don’t have to worry about it! It has definitely made me want to watch the film ASAP!
I love A.G Howard’s writing style – it’s really beautiful, and wordy in a way that isn’t too wordy! And the plot is original and super imaginative. It’s a bit of a slowburn, but in the best way. You really get a feel for the Conservatory, for Rune and her friends, for Thorn and the Phantom. Considering this is a standalone, I felt like it was absolutely full of imagery and detail without leaving you feeling like you’re drowning in it! If it wasn’t for the creepy Phantom and the fact that I have no musical talent whatsoever, I would LOVE to have gone to school somewhere like this!
I don’t want to give too much away about the romance or Thorn…I think maybe it’s better to just go into it and enjoy it! Either way, I really liked their romance! One of my other favourite things about Roseblood was that it wasn’t all about the romance. Friendships and family play a big role in Rune’s life and that’s definitely reflected in the story. Her friends were great! They supported Rune, worried about her, tried to help her out in dangerous situations…definitely the sort of friends you’d want if you’re being lured in by a creepy Phantom intent on your death!
Overall, I gave Roseblood 4.75/5 stars! I thought it was exciting and imaginative….and I’m still absolutely amazed by the cover! I’d definitely recommend it to both the Phantom fans, and the Phantom newbies like me! Go on, give it a read!