Welcome to one of today’s two final stops on the ROSEBLOOD Masks, Music & Mayhem Blog Tour.
For my stop, I’m sharing my thoughts about this incredible book by Author A.G. Howard, a book I plan on reading again in its final form when it releases in January. There is also an amazing tour-wide giveaway. So be sure to enter in the Rafflecopter for a chance to win.
And also be sure to check out all the other stops on the tour for some exclusive giveaways, a few guest posts, and other bloggers’ reviews.
ROSEBLOOD was so much more than I had ever hoped it would be. If you haven’t yet had the chance to read it, you will definitely want to add it on Goodreads and pre-order a copy so you can read it on its release day this January.
Author: A.G. Howard
Release date: January 10, 2017
Publisher: Amulet Books
Formats: Hardcover, paperback, eBook
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.
Note: This review is based on an eARC received by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for my honest thoughts about the book.
It only takes moments after diving into any story that A.G. Howard has penned to discover just how incredible she is at painting pictures with her words. And with ROSEBLOOD the discovery will be even quicker than that. You’ll be instantly transported into this imaginative and magical world she so vividly describes, getting happily lost there until the story ends.
The author has taken a well-known story that has had more than one iteration and interpretation, and has invented her own version of the tale, introduced her own characters, and created her own mystery to intrigue her readers. She has added in her very unique brand of quirky and bizarre. And came up with something altogether new and unexpected which adds layers and depth to her modern-day version of Gaston Leroux’s The Phantom of the Opera.
ROSEBLOOD blends beauty with the macabre, heartbreak with the horrifying, the normal with the unusual, the past and the present. It is an adventure, a mystery, and a love story. It is gorgeous and captivating and strange. It is haunting and disturbing and brilliant.
It’s not easy to reinvent a classic, but to do so while paying homage to it in both obvious and subtle ways, and building upon it in a way that feels like a natural extension of the story, is a testament to just how talented a writer A.G. Howard is and how much she knows the story she’s basing hers upon.
She makes this story fresh and interesting and current. Her main characters, Rune and Thorn are incredibly appealing, their plights are sympathetic, and their histories are riveting and heartrending.
If ROSEBLOOD is your very first introduction to the phantom, you’ll learn all you need to know about him, and Christine, and more. Certainly more than enough to fall deeply in love with this book, even if not with him. You’ll meet a host of characters who have all sorts of motivations, complications, eccentricities, drama. You’ll uncover all kinds of hidden and not-so-hidden gems the author has peppered throughout. You’ll be fascinated and enchanted and engaged by this rich and stunning and extraordinary tale.
Like In-N-Out Burger‘s infamous secret menu this one deserves my off-the-menu 6 star rating.
The Book Trailer
About A.G. Howard
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 century graveyards or abandoned buildings to appease her muse’s darker side. You can find her online at @AGHowardWrites or at AGHoward.com.
There is a tour-wide giveaway for…
- FIVE (5) winners will receive a finished copy of ROSEBLOOD + a mask – US only
Enter in the Rafflecopter below…
For 5 exclusive, INTERNATIONAL giveaways, visit the blogs below – for direct links to the giveaways scroll down to the tour schedule:
- Stories & Sweeties | Masquerade Pendant, Eiffel Tower Key Chain, Emoticon Key Chains
- Two Chicks on Books | Metallic “Dream” Bookmark, Phantom of the Opera Tote
- Seeing Double In Neverland | Modern-gothic Angel of Music Print
- Dark Faerie Tales | Signed Panoramic RoseBlood Poster
- Bookiemoji | Signed & Personalized ARC + Mask Set and a Super Secret Phantom-themed Prize
Please Note: On this Rafflecopter, participants have to answer a question after reading the last 1/2 of the chapter on Pique to open the other entries.