*I have received this book in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.*
Author: A.G. Howard
Publisher: Abram and Chronicle Books
Rating: 4/5 stars
Rating: 4/5 stars
Summary of Roseblood 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.
When I first heard about Roseblood it was one of those books that I was excited about, everyone was excited about it and the cover was so beautiful and for me, it did not disappoint.
No, it was not the best book that I have read all year but sometimes you need a trashy paranormal romance story to keep you entertained and this is what Roseblood did for me.
I am also not a massive Phantom of the Opera fan, so I did not really know the story at the beginning but I did not find this to be a problem when getting into the plot. I also really enjoyed the French and boarding school setting that was present throughout the book and found this quite different from other YA books and it made it more enjoyable.
I also really loved Thorn as a character and he was definitely one of those protagonists that you just can't help but fall in love with. Although Thorn was good, I didn't really find many of the characters to be well developed especially at school but I guess they were not really central to the story but it would be nice if they were more developed.
I also have not read a paranormal romance in a while so it was quite nice to read some again especially as Roseblood was so unique. Overall, I did like Roseblood and I did think that it was quite a good book.
Roseblood is a unique take on Phantom of the Opera which was weird and had me entertained throughout especially as someone who hasn't read paranormal in a long time.
Have you read Roseblood, what did you think?
See you soon,