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by A. G. Howard


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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.

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ISBN-13: 9781419724909
Publisher: Amulet Books
Publication date: 01/10/2017
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 7.90(h) x 1.40(d)
Lexile: 940L (what's this?)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

A. G. Howard is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of RoseBlood and the Splintered series. She lives and writes in Amarillo, Texas.

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RoseBlood 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
book_junkee More than 1 year ago
I absolutely loved this book. I’ve always been a fan of Phantom and never mind the fact that it was Anita’s words, I didn’t even know I wanted a Phantom retellling until I learned about RoseBlood. Rune is an interesting character. She’s got this amazing talent that has made her withdraw a bit. She’s still grieving for her father and as she learns things about herself, she is constantly second guessing things that happened in the past. At times, Rune appears to be a fragile and meek kitten, but then she’ll surprise you. I’m not sure how much I want to share about Thorn. He’s a complex character and I loved getting his story in pieces. And with him being a creation of Anita’s, you know there will be swoons. There is also a heartbreaking backstory and perhaps some redemption. I definitely can’t leave The Phantom out of the list of main characters, but I’m also not going to tell you a thing about him. If you’ve read the book or seen the play, discard what you know about him. Anita’s Phantom takes those incarnations and makes something completely unique and hers. He’s dark and disturbing, but also sweet and charming. This is another slow burn and I’m starting to think that Anita thrives on torturing her readers. There are so many intricate details and layers and twists and each piece is sloooooowly revealed. We get Rune and Thorn POV and I loved being in both of their heads. It’s maddening and delicious and I wouldn’t have it any other way. Overall, between the atmospheric setting and the imaginative plot line, RoseBlood will satisfy any reader, even if they don’t know the chandelier’s lot number. **Huge thanks to Anita for providing the arc free of charge**
Alyssa75 More than 1 year ago
***Review posted on The Eater of Books! blog*** RoseBlood by A.G. Howard Publisher: Amulet Books Publication Date: January 10, 2017 Rating: 4 stars Source: ARC sent by the publisher Summary (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. What I Liked: I'll admit - I don't know too much about The Phantom of the Opera. I think I've seen a movie version at some point in elementary school, but I don't remember that well. I know the basics of the story, but it has never really intrigued me. Still, knowing the basics of the story made me curious about this book, because The Phantom of the Opera has an interesting romance. I didn't like Howard's debut trilogy (well, the final book, anyway), but I loved this standalone. Rune has an immense operatic talent, but she feels like she's cursed - she's always left drained and exhausted after singing. What's more, she did something awful, and she's pretty sure it's related to her singing ability and the exhaustion she experiences afterwards. Her mother and aunt pulls strings and get her into RoseBlood, a French arts conservatory, located in an opera house. Rune notices strange things at the academy; her uniforms go missing, she hears strange noises in the vents, and she keeps seeing a masked man dressed in Victorian-era clothes, but no one else seems to notice him. Everyone insists that the Phantom isn't real... but what if he is? He wants something from Rune, and Rune will have to understand her past in order to control her future. This is a Gothic contemporary novel, set in modern-day France, but obviously with fantastical elements. There is a paranormal side to this book that I won't reveal, but it has everything to do with Rune's extraordinary singing ability, and her crippling exhaustion after singing. I loved the world-building of this story; I don't think I've read a story with a setting like this. I happen to adore boarding-school-esque settings, and this one did not disappoint. Plus, it's set in France! Close to Paris (though I'm not really sure where exactly). That was cool! I liked Rune almost from the start. She didn't want to move all the way to France and go to RoseBlood, and she doesn't even want to sing. Her singing bursts forth and then leaves her exhausted, and there is nothing she can do about it. My heart ached for her, because it was almost as if her singing was controlling her. Read the rest of my review on my blog, The Eater of Books! - eaterofbooks DOT blogspot DOT com :)
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TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
Thanks to NetGalley and Amulet Books for the opportunity to read and review RoseBlood by A.G. Howard! Roseblood. Rune is being taken to an elite school in France and wonders what the motives of her relatives are by helping her have access to this expensive school and paying for everything she needs from tuition to uniforms, when they haven’t been kind or close in the past. Her father passed away years ago and his relations are the ones helping Rune with acceptance to the school. Her mother has traveled from Harmony, Texas with Rune to take her to the school. For some reason, Rune needed to leave her hometown because of some kind of trouble she caused. Her father shared a musical talent with Rune and without him, this talent is taking a toll on her health and life. As I read, I became more engrossed in this interesting twist on "The Phantom of the Opera". Chapter four intrigued me with it’s foreshadowing and I couldn’t stop reading after that! Magic is somehow involved with this story along with a bit of the supernatural. Each chapter begins with a literary quote that applies to the chapter content and, as always, I appreciate and enjoyed the author’s note at the end of the book which explains A. G. Howard’s research into the truth behind the Phantom. A supernatural fantasy retelling of The Phantom of the Opera, told with imagination and complex, multidimensional characters, 5 stars! *I received a complimentary copy of this book for voluntary review consideration.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Te first 30 page sheis in a car headed to the school. Two main characters dont even meet for 100 pages then he says like a sentence
DarqueDreamer More than 1 year ago
"I'm not stepping into a musical. It's a horror story. With a side of obsession and gore." Roseblood is both a retelling, and a sequel of sorts, to the famous story of The Phantom of the Opera. This story is full of horror, passion, betrayal, and love. Though a bit confusing at times, this one holds entertainment and the lure of mythical creatures. The Plot: Rune Germain has an intense ability for opera singing, and a terrifying affliction, and secret, linked to her ability. Believing that she is in need of creative direction, and not knowing of the mysterious affliction, Rune's mother decides to send her to Le Theater Liminar, where it is rumored that the phantom legend originated. In trying to avoid her classmates finding out about her terrifying abilities, Rune meets a mysterious masked violinist named Thorn. The two discover romance, a way to unlock Rune's song, and a horrifying plot from the true phantom. Together, can they survive the phantom and the unveiling of secrets? I was pretty conflicted about this one. I wanted to love it because I loved The Phantom of the Opera movie that came out several years ago, and I always love a good retelling. Roseblood was marketed as a retelling, but read more like a fictional sequel with bits of historical retelling. It had some enjoyable moments, but also held a lot of confusion and un-enjoyable aspects. "Once a song speaks to my subconscious, the notes become a toxin I have to release through my diaphragm, my vocal cords, my tongue. So, lets talk about the things I did not enjoy first. It seemed like the character POV tense kept jumping around too much. Thorn was mainly in past tense and Rune was mainly in present tense, but there were occasions where Rune would jump to past tense as well. The situation with Aunt Charlotte felt really predictable to me. The secret behind Rune's abilities was also predictable, and mildly confusing because it felt like the author tried to make a mashup of about three different mythical creatures. There were a few moments where plot twists were revealed but most of them lacked buildup. A lot of the plot just felt jumbled. Now for the enjoyable bits of the book. I loved the color of the text in the physical book and the beauty of the cover. I admired the use of describing music with colors, and the fact that Rune could see the color of someone's aura. I enjoyed Diable, the cat, and his human-like characteristics, and I enjoyed the budding, soul-linking passion between Thorn and Rune. I also applaud the author's attempts at trying to create a unique, mythical creature. "He opens his mouth, and one pristine note escapes, so pure, lyrical, and heartrending, its like the marriage of every harp, violin, cello, flute, piano and bell that has ever been played." In terms of a main character, Rune is kind of a hit and miss for me. She has some good qualities and some bad. She is pretty mature for her age and I really love her singing ability, her use of visual imagery with music, and her connection to music itself, but she doesn't feel like she has a solid personality. he doesn't stand out as much as I would like her to and she can be quite wishy washy with her choices. "My dad and my grandma spoke of auras a lot, as if they could see them. And since I see rainbows when I sing, I used to think that ability passed on to me." Thorn was an intriguing character. Though, I did not like how blindly he followed the phantom. He was dark, mysterious and handsome. He hel
LindaTownsend More than 1 year ago
Dark and slow-building; but also vivid, original, imaginative, and, near the end, pulse-pounding! He’d walked as a ghost in the gloomy bowels of this opera house for so long, darkness had become his brother, which was fitting, since his father was the night, and sunlight their forgotten friend. Roseblood by A.G.Howard is marketed as a supernatural YA fractured retelling of the Phantom of the Opera. It was hands-down a must-read for me because I’m a huge fan of the author's Splintered series and the classic tale of the Phantom of the Opera has always been a favorite of mine. That said, I struggled with Roseblood and am torn about my feelings for the book. Rune Germaine, a Texas teenager, has a mysterious operatic affliction. Her mother believes that proper music instruction will help her. As the story opens, Rune is reluctantly traveling with her mother to a French arts conservatory boarding school outside of Paris that, decades before, was the opera house depicted in Gaston Leroux's novel, The Phantom of the Opera. While there, Rune meets Thorn, a masked violinist, and discovers the two have an otherworldly connection. When romance blossoms between them, Thorn has to decide whether he will adhere to the dark agenda the Phantom tasked him with which will result in Rune’s demise or to face the wrath of the only father he’s ever known. As opposed to being a fractured retelling, Roseblood feels more like a sequel to the original Phantom of the Opera. The writing is dark and slow-building; but also vivid, original, imaginative, and, near the end, pulse-pounding. I never considered quitting because, hey, it’s written by one of my favorite authors, and it truly is, in hindsight, an epic read. But, I was bored through much of it. Part of me feels that while the story line is intricately detailed and phenomenally and powerfully fabulous, the characters felt more like tools of the plot line. I liked the characters, but I didn't form the strong attachment with them that would allow me to FEEL through them. I wanted to be swept away by this story, but I wasn’t. Am I glad I read it? Yes. It left me awestruck and filled with wonder. Unfortunately, I wasn't captivated by it until the last third of the book. It’s creative and well-written, but the characters felt flat. The ending was perfect. If you are a fan of the original Phantom of the Opera or of the author, you may like Roseblood, but I am leery of recommending it to everyone. My full review is posted at Reading Between The Wines Book Club. Please check it out there.
SissyLu More than 1 year ago
Ugh. I do not want to give this book a 1 star rating, but I did and let me explain WHY. This was a highly anticipated book by me, because on top of my fascination for all things Wonderland [and yes, yes I did foam at the mouth over the Splintered series minus a few flaws with it.] So why wouldn't I also foam at the mouth when a retelling of one of my childhood favorites comes to light? About a girl who is cursed with a voice of the angels and what she is capable of? And then... her counterpart, her phantom who has been mentored by the actual phantom! Slips into the story, in a historical, faraway place in France. It sounds interesting, the cover is beautiful, but but but... it literally took me almost two months to finish it, because nothing really happens to begin with. I mean, sure some things happen, but it's mostly touching on the historical aspect of the story which is nice, but it also takes away from the actual story that Howard is trying to tell. Instead of getting me invested in the story I'm stuck on tangents of the past and the angst is through the roof on both parts. Things become weird as the book draws on and it comes to light just what Rune is and who Thorn is and what he is capable of, as well. It had the potential to be a really unique take on Phantom of the Opera, but it was lost on me. I think I would have been keen on Thorn if I was allowed to be invested IN the characters. The constant draw away from them made it difficult. I was more than halfway through the book when I wondered the story was actually heading. I'd put it down and make myself continue to read it. I think the story would have been better if the historical aspect [the original phantom,] was a backdrop to the actual story instead of an invasive story that seemed to overshadow the REAL story. Still, that doesn't solve the strange, strange quality to this tale. The unbelievable supernatural aspect that just seemed too far-fetched and over the top. Ah, well!
BookingAroundReveiw More than 1 year ago
3.5 out of 5 star review. I had a lot of mixed feelings about this books. When I first heard that A.G. Howard was writing a new book I was absolute ecstatic because I loved her Splintered series. Then when I found out that she was doing a Phantom of the Opera retelling? Well that was icing on the cake! Coming into Roseblood I was super excited to have a new twist on one of my favorite classic love stories! I also thought, who better to write it then A.G. Howard? Although I was sad to be a little bit disappointed that it took me about half way into the book to really start loving it.. I have given Roseblood a 3.5 star review out of 5 stars for a couple of reasons; starting out this book I felt that there was a lot of similarities to A.G. Howard's other series, Splintered. The similarities bothered me a little bit. I'm not going to go into details about those similarities because I don't want to spoil things from Splintered or Roseblood. I also felt that there was so much detail about the school that I found some of it to be a bit excessive. Due to this, it took me about 175 page to really get into this book. The main character Rune, bothered me slightly in the beginning too but she grew as a person as the book went on and grew on me too. I love A.G. Howard's work but I'm not going to lie, the beginning had me a little bit disappointed because I had expected to be drawn in more then I was. Although, I did enjoy Roseblood and even though I had some minor issue with it, there was still a lot to like! As we got more into the story line, I did feel that the plot started to pick up and become more intriguing with the mystery Phantom aspect of it. Howard also threw in a cool incubus intake to the plot which I thought was creative. I liked how she entwined it with the characters and plot line. Even though it took some time for Rune to grow on me, I liked her love interest from the very beginning! He was no Morpheus but definitely likable! I have to say, the name "Rune" is very different and despite the fact that a lot of people don't like it, I love it! Rune goes through a lot, after a death in her family music seems to be more of a curse for her then anything. We get to see her really develop as a character and adapt to turning her music into something positive. Due to her past she feels as if no one would like her but it seems to be just the contrary, to her surprise. She ends up with a small group of amazing friends that always have her back, even then things are a bit amiss between them. She really grows from beginning to end with the help and support of her friends! View the rest of my review on my blog,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dark, haunting, romantic, and a little heartbreaking too.
pooled_ink More than 1 year ago
pooled ink Reviews: Right on the very front cover we are told that this is “A Phantom of the Opera-inspired retelling” and indeed it is! The book is chock full of little references and ties to both the original story and to the famed Broadway musical. Some are more obvious while others lie hidden wrapped within the prose but it’s equally fun whenever you spot one. Overall I enjoyed ROSEBLOOD. But I enjoyed it as a YA paranormal book more than I enjoyed it as a Phantom of the Opera-inspired book. That’s not at all a bad thing though, it’s just that the musical in particular is so beloved and breath-taking that it’s hard for anything related to come close to it. So I really loved all the references and subtle hints, jokes, or tidbits, but as a Phantom retelling? It was good. As just a YA paranormal novel? It was pretty stellar. The research was thorough, the concept of flamme jumelle was beautiful and alluring, the twist of vampires who feed off energy was surprising and interesting. This book was not entirely what I expected but I enjoyed it all the same. Definitely packed full of creativity and love for the Phantom story, ROSEBLOOD brings a 19th Century legend into the modern light unveiling a few otherworldly surprises as it goes. Read my full review on my Wordpress blog: pooled ink
DJ_Kile More than 1 year ago
“Erik is not truly dead. He lives on within the souls of those who choose to listen to the music of the night.” ― Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera    First off The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux is one of my all time favorite stories and musicals; so this book was a must have for me once I heard the premise. RoseBlood by A.G Howard is a standalone as far as I know that is a retelling in sorts of the beloved Leroux tale but in my opinion is much deeper and so much more than a simple retelling. It envelopes the original story weaving its own music of the night throughout it, bringing back the Phantom, Christine and the entire Opera popular to life. Within a few pages this book reached me on an extremely personal level. The character of Rune who is seen on this amazingly gorgeous cover was described how my features have always been, pale, black hair, green eyes and freckles with an affinity to fidget just a bit. Then her heritage was so exact to mine I have never felt such a connection to a character in my whole life that I haven’t written myself which makes this book so, so dear to my heart. Then if that wasn’t enough, her background is brought to light along with a few gestures I wont give away because its spoiler free that I also used to combat my own anxiety and issues which were extremely similar to hers with her father. So needless to say not even 15 pages in I was crying ugly tears. If the massive impact on my soul wasn’t enough I fell in love with the other main characters and animals. The animals ,oh my,  I want to hang out with them so bad, they are so fun and brilliant. Then when you’re introduced to Thorn, I immediately fell in love with him and was so intrigued by him just as I was Eric when I first read Leroux’s. Her entire take and major plot twists combined with the extensive magical details truly brought this tale to life. I could hear the music as I read and never wanted it to stop. This is a masterpiece in my opinion and I can honestly say it’s one, if not my all time favorite novels of all time. She didn’t retell The Phantom she continued on in Leroux’s majestic footsteps bringing this sequel if you will to life and creating a story I will cherish till the end of my days. It was my most anticipated read of 2017 and it surly didn’t let me down.  If I could, I would give this all the stars in the sky but because it’s all I can, 5 out of 5!!!!!! Thank you A.G Howard for creating such a whimsical masterpiece, now I have to go and buy the Barnes and Noble edition as well just for the extra pages which are Christine’s Letters. Also everything about this book down to the red wording is gorgeous. “If I am the phantom, it is because man’s hatred has made me so. If I am to be saved it is because your love redeems me.” ― Gaston Leroux, The Phantom of the Opera   
ShannonAThompson More than 1 year ago
RoseBlood by A. G. Howard I love A.G. Howard. She dances on the line of literary in young adult, and it’s both magnificent and wonderfully entertaining. Her lyrical voice is strangely hypnotizing, which sets the perfect tone for her latest novel. RoseBlood is a gothic story inspired by Phantom of the Opera. (Not a retelling, per se, but something that borders the concept. If I explained why, I’d ruined a million surprises about the book.) It’s seductive, musical, and mysterious. There are masks and secret hallways and old opera houses waiting to be explored. Not to mention an awesome cat named Diable. Told from two perspectives, I was amazed I never stumbled over the perspectives changing, especially since there’s a tense change, too. But I enjoyed Rune and Thorn, flaws and all. In fact, I think the flaws made this tale. They were dark, sometimes torturous, and challenged the characters to not only overcome their pasts, but also their sulking moods. The back and forth between the characters also blended in with the past-and-present setting. RoseBlood takes place in a boarding school in modern-day France, while also somehow clutching onto the past. It’s also reminiscent of her Splintered series, with gorgeous landscapes, lush rooms, and magical moments—no matter how small. Though, I would say there is a bigger focus on romance in RoseBlood. That said, there were a few things that made me uncomfortable: The use of “gypsy” for one. And the fact that a French school only accepted American students. (Seemed sort of glossed over and strange.) I also wish we saw more of her friends, because they were awesome side characters. But if you loved Splintered, you’ll more than likely enjoy this new take on the Phantom of the Opera—and all the strange, unsettling moments that come with it. ~SAT Recommended to: YA romance readers, paranormal romance in particular, and fans of Phantom of the Opera (though if you’re looking for a retelling, this might not be for you. It’s just inspired by the story.) Favorite Quote: Thorn, however, preferred the monsters of those tales. Their tragic misbalances and flaws were so much more compelling than any perfection could be. (pg. 65) Favorite Word: Taphophiles: a cemetery tourist: Wednesday, when we finally get some quiet moments to sew without students coming in for measurements, she tells me she and her husbands are taphophiles—aficionados of all things graveyard. (pg. 106)
LeighKramer More than 1 year ago
I'm a huge Phantom of the Opera fan. When I saw the cover for RoseBlood, I wondered if there was a connection to the Phantom. And when I saw it was, I immediately begged for an ARC. I needed to read this. Did it ever blow me away! RoseBlood is part YA, part gothic novel, and 100% unputdownable. I was spellbound from the start, wondering how much influence the original story would have. This is almost a spin off because while the Phantom does indeed have plans for Rune, this takes place after the original story. When Rune arrives at her new French boarding school, she is grieving the death of her father a couple years prior and still untangling complicated family her grandma trying to drown her. Grandma's in jail not to far from Rune's new school and while Rune welcomes the opportunity to get to know her aunt (her father's sister), she has no interest in giving her grandmother another chance. At the same time, she's trying to figure out her unusual singing ability. She becomes ill if she doesn't sing but is also left physically drained when she does. She also worries her voice could harm others. And she's also caught up in the mystery of the school itself, as well as the disappearing gardener Thorn. I loved Rune's friends at the school and the part each ultimately plays. I also loved her burgeoning friendship with Thorn and getting to see things from his point of view as well. The way Rune and Thorn bond over music is beautiful, as is the way Thorn's virtuoso violin playing helps Rune better understand her gift. There's some solid character growth and I was seriously agonized at some points, wondering how it would all work out, particularly Thorn's battle over what his heart wanted vs. what his foster father wanted. I don't want to spoil the plot so I'll leave it here. Even if you know the Phantom of the Opera well, you'll be surprised by the story's twists and turns. It's obvious Howard loves her source material and it plays off in such wonderful ways. I loved how much history was included- from Leroux, Paris itself, and Rune's family tree. One of the best parts of this book was the way the author brought music to life. The descriptions were incredible, not only in how Rune and Thorn felt about their gifts but the actual musical pieces themselves. It made me want to track down more than a few operas so I can aurally experience the ones Howard included. It also made me want to read Gaston Leroux’s novel and see how it differs from the Broadway show. I haven't read anything else by A.G. Howard before but I plan on diving into her backlist. Based on how much I loved this one, I'm sure to enjoy the rest of her work. Disclosure: I was provided an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
itsraymarie More than 1 year ago
I…am still not sure what to think of this book. I did enjoy it as I read it but it was also just very…odd. I love anything Phantom of the Opera and so I was super excited when I saw this. I’ve heard great things about A.G. Howard’s books, although I haven’t read any myself. This isn’t a retelling of Phantom as much as it is a sequel. I loved that idea, and for the most part, I think the story is executed very well. But this book also fell a little flat for me. Writing: the writing was beautiful, and I can see why people are drawn into Howard’s story. The prose is lyrical and haunting, perfect for this story. But it is also so overly detailed. I got lost in the story, because the writing was sometimes confusing and overshadowed the plot. This story is not very fast-paced to begin with. I almost DNF’d 3 times in the first 50%, but pulled through. I did like the dual POV, as I thought it added more depth and interest. Characters: I think I liked the characters. That may be a weird thing to say, idk. But they had so much potential, and I think I liked who they could have been. But again, it was overshadowed by a lot of the weirdness going on in the book. For the most part, Rune knew what was going on was creepy af, so any bad decisions she made, she knew they were bad. I loved her group of friends, and wish we got more of them in the story. I loved Thorn and the relationship with the Phantom, and thought that part of the story was well-done. Plot: The plot definitely could have been better. I like the idea of the plot. And the way it played out wasn’t terrible. But as I mentioned, the book dragged for the first half. And then I feel like everything happened too quickly all at once at the end. And did I mention that this book was just weird? Don’t get me wrong, I love weird. But this book had me wondering what the heck is going on right now way too much to actually enjoy it. The whole destined lovers definitely put me off, as it was not romantic, just creepy. I can see why people would love this book, and just because it wasn’t for me, doesn’t mean it’s not for you. I was waffling between giving this book 2 or 3 stars, but after mulling on it for a few days, I went with 2. I enjoyed it while reading, but my thoughts after the fact are mostly just meh. (Also, has no one else mentioned her use of g*psy, multiple times? It soured the end of the book for me, as I’m not sure how anyone could do as much research as she did for this book and still use that as often as she did, which at my last count was 10 times). While I would still love to pick up Splintered, this one unfortunately was just not for me.
MarcyMcKay More than 1 year ago
I didn't think it was possible to love a book more than the Splintered series, but A.G. Howard did it. This time, she retells Phantom of the Opera is such a fresh and unique way. I adored Rune and all her friends. Dark and beautiful, this story struck my heart.