Roseblood by A. G. HowardRoseblood by A. G. Howard


byA. G. Howard

Hardcover | January 10, 2017

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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.
A. G. Howard is the author of the New York Times bestselling Splintered series and is a huge fan of the classic Broadway musical The Phantom of the Opera. As a writer, A. G. is most at home weaving all things magical into everyday settings and scenes. When she is not writing, A. G. enjoys rollerblading, gardening, and visiting 18th cen...
Title:RosebloodFormat:HardcoverProduct dimensions:432 pages, 8.62 × 5.75 × 1.5 inShipping dimensions:8.62 × 5.75 × 1.5 inPublished:January 10, 2017Publisher:Harry N. AbramsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1419719092

ISBN - 13:9781419719097

Appropriate for ages: 13


Rated 3 out of 5 by from It Has A Unique Perspective I rather enjoyed it. Not exactly The Phantom of the Opera but still a good story. One has to read it not as a sequel but more of a Fanfiction to really enjoy this novel. Definitely not for everyone though!
Date published: 2019-08-27
Rated 3 out of 5 by from interesting i love the phantom of the opera. this was definitely interesting take on that. not what i expected, but still enjoyed the read.
Date published: 2018-05-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from You need to read it I could not put it down, it immediately captured my intrest and did not let go. I was, at first, slightly dissappointed there was no sequal but I now think that was better to leave it the way it was
Date published: 2018-02-19
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very Disappointed I have to admit, I'm not a huge fan of Gaston Leroux's original novel, but I love the idea of an opera house haunted by a masked figure who has a gift for music. I've seen the musical several times; I love everything about the story itself. A.G. Howard, however, has greatly disappointed me with... whatever this is supposed to be. I did not like a single thing about this novel. The characters may as well be cardboard cut-outs for all the personality they show; Rune herself is a drama queen with disgusting habits (chewing the ends of her hair was nearly enough to make me DNF the book entirely), and her fellow students at RoseBlood are complete stereotypes - Southern girl who apparently can't speak proper English, the classic mean girl personas who make life horrible for the new girl, flawless males and beautiful females oblivious to their own charm and the fact that the godlike boys are head over heels for them. Excuse me while I gag. Even the phantom himself was boring. There was no originality here; nothing to set him apart from other possible retellings. It was as though Howard just plucked him out of Leroux's novel and set him into hers for the sake of having him there. And the constant talk of "auras" and basically "seeing" music - okay, this could have been interesting, but it felt like I was reading some kind of hypnotist's handbook, or something. It left me confused and frustrated, and at times, downright sleepy. After having my hopes set so high for this book, I'm left feeling extremely disappointed and more than a little miffed, because this could have been so much better than it turned out to be.
Date published: 2018-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love Now that the paperback of this actually has black print instead of red, I was actually able to read it. I guessed the twist almost immediately, but for once, I didn't care. This book was compelling and I couldn't put it down. I loved it!
Date published: 2018-01-15
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Expected more 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...
Date published: 2017-08-03
Rated 1 out of 5 by from #Nope I got this book solely for the cover (which is stunning). I do that a lot but it usually turns out better than this. This book turned pretty strange pretty quick. I don't think phantoms, auras, and life essence stealing powers are my thing. None of it sparked my interest enough to read the book through till the end. I am getting quite tired of ultra fancy descriptions how people smell in books. Like this: "...the scent of his warm skin, wet and earthy, like moss on a forest floor, bathed in sunlight and dew." What in the world?! How can someone smell like moss bathed in sunlight and dew?! Dew is just moisture, it has no scent and sunlight doesn't either! You know what? I can do fancy senseless descriptions of scent too! Just watch this... "...the scent of his cool skin, wet and watery, like delicate fronds of seaweed waving in the current of a gentle sea while fingers of sunlight reach down from the surface above." Boom. Drop the mic (or the keyboard in this case). Maybe I would have enjoyed this book more if I had previously read Phantom of the Opera. Who knows?
Date published: 2017-07-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Turned out to be Phan-tastic I have to admit, at first, I didn't like this book. I thought I was going to hate it because the story was slow moving, characters were random, and then the discovery that this book is not a retelling. But then things got interesting. Once I came to terms with knowing this book is based on a love of the original Phantom of the Opera and not a retelling per se, then I was more open about it. And guess what? I loved the last half of the book. Rune finally gets her character in check and the story is beautiful and interlaced with everything "phan"-dom related. Gosh this book surprised me to be very enjoyable. I am buying this for a friend who loves Phantom of the Opera. There were plot twists that seemed strange that I eventually really liked because I was intrigued. Even Diable was a fierce independent furball. :) #plumreview
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good, but not what I expected Without giving too much away, I was unaware of the supernatural element that would be in this book when I started reading. I think it would have been better without it, but it was still good.
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Rather mediocre I saw the stage show of The Phantom of the Opera when I was young, before I really understood what it was. So I was looking forward to getting reacquainted with it through this book. And I will admit that RoseBlood has sparked an interest in the original book, but unfortunately, that’s the only good thing to come out of this. Although Howard’s world is very descriptive, with a gorgeous setting, the story itself could use a lot of help. Simply put, Rune is a Mary Sue surrounded by flat, stereotypical characters: a bitchy female enemy, an inquisitive best friend and a stalker/broody soulmate. I was able to tolerate this kind of storytelling a decade ago (i.e., Twilight), but I’ve since lost all patience for it. Pacing was also off, with unexpected forward jumps in the story, and Rune giving a quick recap of what happened in between. It was jarring, and took me right out of the narrative at times. I finished the book feeling like it was mildly entertaining, but not memorable.
Date published: 2017-04-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from BLOODY AWESOME!! It's the first book I've read in 6 months and it's sooo good! I love the retelling of the Phantom of the Opera with a supernatural twist. The fact the you could symphatize with the characters is awesome.
Date published: 2017-01-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 4.5 Bloody Roses For "Phans" of Phantom of the Opera this discriminating and imaginative retelling is, simply put, phantasmagorical! Anita Howard's ability to retell one of the greatest tragic love stories of all is masterful. She's already proven that she can modernize a beloved fairytale and give it new life with due respect in her Splintered series and this standalone is no exception. The lyrical prose and romantic exposition of the original is mirrored beautifully in Howard's narration which interchanges between Rune's POV and a third-person narrative. The story is set in modern day France but has retained the gothic feel in the setting. No spoilers. This supernatural mystery is romantic, suspenseful, and brilliant. The main theme of "Phantom" exists, but Howard has reimagined the story so interestingly that you will not be disappointed. And, once again, her cover artist, Nathalia Suellen, wields her magic on yet another gloriously beautiful cover. Enjoy!
Date published: 2016-12-15

Editorial Reviews

"The mysteries and the ingenious ties to Leroux’s work are enough to attract plenty of fans, and the lush, sensual details complete the atmospherics of the neogothic settings."