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Preview — RoseBlood by A.G. Howard
RoseBlood will be listed for the same ages as Splintered (14+). But one major difference is, where my Wonderland series is based on what has often been considered a children's story, RoseBlood is based on a romantic horror/ drama. So the mood is different.
There aren't any *whimsical* underpinnings in this one. Instead, it's very dark and gothic, and the relationships are more tortured / complex. The sensual undertones play a bigger role because it's inspired by The Phantom of the Opera -- a book all about the obsession to be accepted and loved, and unrequited passion turned to madness.
If, however, your concern is how graphic the sensuality or language aspects are, those are still comparable to the Splintered Series. (less)
As for the move to Phantom, just like all things Alice, I've always been a huge PoTO fan. I can't get enough of…moreThanks! I love the cover, too!
As for the move to Phantom, just like all things Alice, I've always been a huge PoTO fan. I can't get enough of Leroux's novel, the movies, and the musical. And since my AiW spinoff was so well received, it gave me the confidence to tackle the Phantom's spinoff possibilities. I've seen other adaptations of the story -- a lot of them actually -- and one prequel that I adore (Phantom by Susan Kay) but not many spinoffs or continuations.
So after thinking it through -- mentally twisting and twining the original backstory into the here and now -- I fell in love with Erik's maniacal brilliance, broken soul, and talent all over again. I knew then that I had to give him a modern stage on which to perform, so I could see what horrors he might stir up for one unfortunate occupant of an opera-themed boarding school.
I'm thrilled with the result, and can't wait to share it with readers! (less)
TWO AND A HALF WEEKS. I gave this book two and a half weeks. I literally do not remember the last time it took me this long to read a book. And I'm including 1000+ page classics in that.
I wanted to like this book so much. I kept forcing myself to continue to the end, trying to find excuses to bump up the rating and justify buying a finished copy to look gorgeous on my bookshelf. I love The Phantom of the Opera. I wanted to love this, but it was just one cliche after another.
Maybe if you're comp ...more
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Here are a few quick RoseBlood FAQs:
(1) What's the book about?
Much like Splintered was for Alice in Wonderland, this is a modern day spin-off / continuation of the original Phantom of the Opera, that follows a ...more
GUYS THIS BOOK WAS AMAZING!!!!!
OH MY GOD. I have never read a book like this in my life. Seriously guys this is like The Room or Troll 2 of books. It was so poor in its execution so horribly bad and offensive at times that it was actually good. The book takes itself so seriously that it's just hilarious to laugh at. It's truly amazing how wrong it is.
The characters were wrong. The plot was wrong. The setting was wrong. The romance was wrong.
Every single detai ...more
So I have now read this book twice and twice and twice now I have struggled to get through it. I wanted so badly to love it because I was really looking forward to it but while there were things I enjoyed, overall I did not really care for it. I loved the writing, the descriptions are incredible. The atmosphere was awesome. But, I was so bored and that just ruins it for me. So unfortunately my rating remains to be 3 stars.
*First read October 2016*
3 stars for now, I really ...more
At home, I have a poster on my wall of a rose that's bleeding. It's petals are white, and red liquid oozes from its heart, thick and glistening warm. Only, if you look very close, you can see the droplets are coming from above, where a little girl's wrist--camouflaged by a cluster of leaves--has been pricked by it's thorns as she reached inside to catch a monarch.
This book ...more
Cynical Natalie: What the hell is this? Where's my annoying twin?
A disjointed voice booms out of the darkness: Are you ready to play How Mad Can We Make Cynical Natalie?
Applause reigns. Cynical Natalie tries to protest, but her voice is masked by the immediate rumble, The rules are simple. Characters, quotes, plot points, anything of note are listed from a novel called Roseblood and we will see how—long—it—ta ...more
This was an incredibly creative twist on the original Phantom of the Opera story, but it's also straight up odd. I was torn between thinking it was creepy/brilliant or just... weird. I'm going with the latter. So many times I was staring at the page like whaaaaaat on earth. Like I cannot wait to explain how strange this story gets. ...more
But Rune’s synesthesia is connected to another condition, of which she appears to be the only possessor. Whenever she hears an operatic soprano aria, she has to belt it out, even if it kills her. Even as a toddler who could barely speak her native language, she could flawlessly sing along, with an apparently a ...more
This was my first A.G. Howard book and now I'm very tempted to pick up more!
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Two things drew me to RoseBlood. First, it's written by A.G. Howard who has literally never disappointed me. I adored her Splintered series and am already in love with the Haunted Hearts Legacy. Second, I am HUGE Phantom fan. I've read the book and its unofficial sequel and I've seen the broadway show and its official sequel. When I saw that one of my favorite authors was writing a retelling of ...more
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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 ...more
I'm not much for Alice, so I haven't checked out this author yet, but a Phantom of the Opera retelling??
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 ...more
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ROSEBLOOD is about three of my favorite things: The Phantom of the Opera, the Comte de Saint-Germain, and vampires. All three together? Oh, heck yes. Set in a gloomy boarding school/converted opera house in the middle of France, I was certain that this neo-Gothic, ROSEBLOOD, would be able to do one of my favorite classics justice in a new and interesting way.
I was wrong.
It kills me to say this, because the writing in ROSEBLOOD is so beautif ...more
I may very well be a minority when it comes to my thoughts on this book. It's not all bad I promise, so let's get too it.
I think Howard is a great writer, I think she really knows how to twist and turn a story to completely mak
Half audiobook/half ARC.
I JUST COULDN'T DO IT ANYMORE, OKAY.
Originally, I started reading this book around mid-November, when the lovely ladies at Abrams Children sent me an ARC to read and review. Due to work and other adult life things, I had to put it down around the 100 page mark, and tried to return to it today.
Don't kid yourself. If I'd been enjoying this book, I wouldn't have sacrificed precious reading time in the name of work. But I did, because I was bored, and I thought I jus ...more
Because I was so excited for Roseblood. I even sent my review request to the publishing house Amulet Books, and, since so many book bloggers wanted to read this book, I know how privileged I am to have recieved a physical proof copy.
You can probably guess that my expectations for this novel were high. I read Howard’s Splintered and really enjoyed it, so when I found out about her retelling of Pha ...more
This book is just.....honestly I don't have the words. So I'm going to do what this book couldn't and be succinct.
1. Way too many words. Like WAY TOO MANY. Descriptions and events that could take a paragraph or maybe two would go on for pages. The writing was unnecessarily intricate and sometimes it just plain didn't make sense.
2. Racist. Continued use of a racial slur (g*ps*). The author is not Romani, she is not taking back the word for her people. She has no b ...more
With Howard's imaginative take on Alice in Wonderland with her Splintered series, it wasn't a surprise that I would want to see what she could do with another classic like Phantom of the Opera. A classic already riddled with dark intent, mystery, and an obsession that bordered the line of love and hate and most of all one that transcended time.
I wouldn't of expected anything short of fabulous and anything less than the strange, unusual, and the fantastical.
Howard has a skill to not on ...more
Video Review: https://youtu.be/Ucc9gRTgkpE
This book. Wow. The writing is beautiful, the story is haunting, and the characters are memorable.
I am a huge fan of the Phantom of the Opera, so I was ecstatic to hear there was going to be an inspired retelling. I have to say A.G. Howard writes so effortlessly beautiful. I felt each word she wrote had some importance. Also, the story itself although is an inspired retelling is entirely her own tale, with it being a modern continuous of the or ...more
Rune knows the history of the opera house and shortly after arriving she sees a mystery boy ...more
Thanks so much Abrams for a review copy!
Being a fan of The Phantom of the Opera and knowing Lloyd’s works for the broadway play on piano, I was super enthusiastic on picking this book up. Yet probably because of all the hype building around this book when the blurb first came out, combined with the author’s popularity with her previous book series, I was a bit wary. Quite honestly though, this book surprised me in the best of ways. I ended up ...more
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A.G. was inspired to write the Splintered Series, her tribute to Carroll's Wonderland, while working at a school library. Her pastimes are reading, rollerblading, gardening, and family vacations which of ...more