Reviewed by Melanie on February 19, 2017


The day that my first OwlCrate arrived I made sure that I was ready to jump right into my first book from my first subscription box. I couldn’t wait to get started.

I opened my box, was thrilled with the book, because I love A.G. Howard’s Splintered series and jumped right in. I read the first 100 pages and set it down for ten days. The plot was slow, Rune was not that interesting, and the entire thing seemed to take forever to get started.

After two more days, I was barely another hundred pages in and was having to force myself to finish it. Once I made it to the last 100 pages, it finally picked up and didn’t let go. When talking about this book with other readers, I explained that I felt like it should have been a lot shorter. The first fifty pages and the last 150 would have been plenty to go through, and would have still enjoyed the story.

I’m sure for many out there it was exactly what they hoped for, and while I did finish the book, it’s definitely not one I’ll be revisiting.

RoseBlood Book Cover RoseBlood
A.G. Howard
Fantasy, Young Adult, Retellings, Romance
Harry N. Abrams
January 10, 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.

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