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.
Author: A. G. Howard
Publication Date: 10th January 2017
OMG. This is literally the first real DNF of a book I wanted to read of my life and I am so annoyed. I have literally never not finished a book i personally have chosen to read. (I mean of course I haven’t finished books. School makes me read something, I get about halfway and then decide to just read the plot on wikipedia. Well there’s some life advice for you. #Smart)
Ok let’s get started. The characters.
Rune Germain is the main character of the book and um, she’s not very… interesting? I mean sure, you get sick when you sing but I can’t actually remember anything else about you? Other than the fact you have an eye for the creepy, and you’re magically drawn to everything you’re not supposed to.
The other characters in her school don’t get introduce until about 100 pages in, which by that time, I was super hoping for something epic to hook me. Nope. They don’t even get involved in anything. It’s like the author just put them in just to prove that the school actually has people there, and then forgot to make them important in any way. *crosses arms*
So I keep plodding along, hoping something cool pops up. *nods, half asleep*
Once I read about 33% percent of the book, the guy, Thorn, meets Rune. *gasp* TENSION? EXCITEMENT?
*shakes head sadly*
He’s some kid that the Phantom of the Opera took in. Rune dreams of him a lot before they even meet. Thorn knows all about her already. (Creepy…) He walks in, and nothing changes. Other than the fact that they’re now even more obssessed with each other than before.
The blurb actually pulled me in, and I was really interested at the beginning!
Unfortunately nothing happened and I was literally about 49% in, and I was half nodding off everytime I opened the book. So yeah. I DON’T GET IT.
From what I got in the 49% I read, Rune and Thorn have a special connection. They’re drawn to each other. Rune gets sick when she sings.
BUT THE PACING WAS JUST SO BAD THAT I COULDN’T READ IT.
A. G. Howard’s writing was really hard to read. For me anyway.
I know a lot of people read the prose and fell in love with it but I couldn’t?
The word “maestro” was constantly thrown about by the main character, Rune with her constantly saying things like “He’s my maestro” and blah blah blah
Maybe I’m ruined or something, but it started to sound kinky in a way I couldn’t take it.
Also the prose felt too la-di-da-di at times and I was left feeling slightly overwhelmed with the uneccesarily flowery language that gave me a headache. Some people really enjoyed it and said the style was amazing while I was just a bit like…I can’t read this. Oh look she called him her maestro again. *covers mouth to stifle giggles*
To conclude, I basically did not finish this book. The pacing was crazy slow, and the characters took too long to get introduced. And then we have the prose problem where I couldn’t keep a straight face everytime she said “maestro” and the ultra flowery language that felt overdone and “I-tried-too-hard.”
The plot had soooooo much potential though. I just never really got to the bit where it really kicked in and I WAS NEARLY HALFWAY GUYS.
- Plot could have been interesting if I got to it
- Didn’t like the prose
- Slow pacing
- Other characters aren’t involved
Book in a GIF:
Rating: DNF at this time.
Owned: YES! Thank you so much Abram Books for the surprise parcel!
Recommended for: Those that like Phantom of the Opera, and those that like books with flowery language.
Have you read this book, and what did you think?? And if you haven’t, would you?