RoseBlood by A.G. Howard ~ Review

Hardcover432 pages
Published January 10th 2017 
by Amulet Books
Source: ARC Provided by the Publisher
Rating: 3 Out of 5 Stars


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.


Thank you Abrams for sending me a copy of Roseblood for review. This in no way affected my opinion.

A. G. Howards writing is sublime. Even on the very first page I was taken. She knows how to make something and make it turn all around and twist it to make it a vision all of her own. While I love the writing I did have mixed feelings. This was not what I expected. I think I was expecting a retelling or a inspired story but this seemed a little like a continuation on the original.I liked the new characters and storyline but the future story of the phantom and Christine I was not a fan of. 

This did have interesting twists and turns and the chemistry between Rune and Thorn was undeniable. The new storyline was my favorite part. The music that tied Rune and Thorn together was beautiful. I wish the story had been just focused on the two of them. Anita's writing is always exceptional and I understand why she chose some of the twists but like I wish there had not been as much play on the original story.

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About the Author:

A.G. Howard is the International and NYT bestselling author of the Splintered Series, with a slew of other classical spinoffs and original stories in the works that she hopes will one day find a place on the shelves. 

She was inspired to write her tribute to Carroll's Wonderland while working at a school library. Her 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.

SPLINTERED, UNHINGED, ENSNARED, and UNTAMED, the first four books in her urbanized /gothic Alice in Wonderland series, are now available from Amulet Books. Also soon to be available from Amulet is her Phantom of the Opera spinoff, ROSEBLOOD -- slated to launch January 2017.

THE ARCHITECT OF SONG, the first book in her New Adult historical literary romance saga, will be available in August 2016.


  1. Nice! Just read another review that lamented a bit about this taking the original story in new directions. Or kind of losing the trueness of said story. I never did read the original myself and I am wondering if that might play into my favor of enjoyment. Glad you still enjoyed it some though! Nice review!


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