I received this book at no cost from the publisher or author.RoseBlood by A.G. Howard
Published by Amulet Books on 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.
Rune has fought her musical gift since her father passed away from cancer. Now a senior in high school and her mother on the verge of remarrying, she makes a mistake and drinks at a party. Her mother contacts her father’s sister and sets off a series of events that leads her to a private arts school, RoseBlood, in France. Her aunt Charlotte is the dance instructor there and pulls some strings to get her in after the term has started. Rune has the gift of knowing every opera song after hearing only parts of the melody but signing now comes at a physical cost when she sings.
The school is rumored to have connections with the famous story of the Phantom of The Opera. The mysteries start to follow her the moment she steps onto the grounds. First by see a strange cat, Diable, and then a mysterious gardener. On the other side of this story is Thune, who tells his tale and as he falls in love with Rune, the mystery starts to revolve around her musical gift. I swear I could feel the spiderwebs and Rune singing while reading this.
The story is super romantic and perfectly paced. As Rune and Thune’s backstories come together it is really wonderful when it all comes together. Of course, the mystery of the Phantom is what makes this story sing. It really is a romantic gothic and perfectly dark and spooky at the right points. I hate to say this but a cat stole the book! Diable is a perfect foil for all of the drama.
About A.G. Howard
A.G. Howard was inspired to write SPLINTERED while working at a school library. She always wondered what would’ve happened had the subtle creepiness of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland taken center stage, and she hopes her darker and funkier tribute to Carroll will inspire readers to seek out the stories that won her heart as a child.
When she’s not writing, A.G.’s pastimes are reading, rollerblading, gardening, and family vacations which often include impromptu side trips to 18th century graveyards or condemned schoolhouses to appease her overactive muse.
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