RoseBlood By A.G. Howard [Review]

RELEASE DATE:  January 10, 2017
AUTHOR: A.G. Howard
GENRE:  Young-Adult, Fantasy, Retelling, Romance.
PUBLISHER: Amulet Books
SUMMARY: Rune, whose voice has been compared to that of an angel, has a mysterious affliction linked to her talent that leaves her sick and drained at the end of every performance. Convinced creative direction will cure her, her mother ships her off to a French boarding school for the arts, rumored to have a haunted past.

Shortly after arriving at RoseBlood conservatory, Rune starts to believe something otherworldly is indeed afoot. The mystery boy she’s seen frequenting the graveyard beside the opera house doesn’t have any classes at the school, and vanishes almost as quickly as he appears. When Rune begins to develop a secret friendship with the elusive Thorn, who dresses in clothing straight out of the 19th century, she realizes that in his presence she feels cured. Thorn may be falling for Rune, but the phantom haunting RoseBlood wants her for a very specific and dangerous purpose. As their love continues to grow, Thorn is faced with an impossible choice: lead Rune to her destruction, or save her and face the wrath of the phantom, the only father he’s ever known.


I tried really hard to love this book because I was quite excited to read it but sadly, I was left disappointed. I’m not saying it’s a bad read because it’s really a wonderful book and many readers has loved it but I didn’t enjoyed it as much as I expected. I loved the concept of this book but It failed to excite me. The plot pretty much lacked in action and I also had issue with the info dumping, long inner monologues, and slow pacing which has ruined my enjoyability.

 Rune who is born with a angelic voice is struggling with her musical gift that drains her every time she uses it. When a tragedy struck at her old high school, her mom decides to send her to RoseBlood academy, a french musical Conservatory hoping it might help Rune with her problem.  But when rune arrives at the academy, she sees a mysterious boy who vanishes as quickly as he appears which makes her questioning whether the rumors about the academy are actually true. Her curiosity leads her to the mystery boy who calls himself thorn and discovers secret passages in the academy that no one knew existed. . In the presence of thorn, Rune feels cured, safe and confident and she also feels some mysterious pull that always draws her towards him but she doesn’t know that he’s hiding a dark secret and her attending the Roseblood academy isn’t coincidental at all.

The main characters Rune and Thorn are pretty much okay but they aren’t that impressive either and I can’t emotionally connect with them. Rune is kinda naive and innocent character who is struggling with her gift that is more of a curse to her. Thorn is a dark and mysterious character who harbors many secrets. His mysterious persona is the first thing that grabbed my interest. I felt quiet sympathetic towards him after learning his sad past. Though the relationship between Rune and Thorn seemed a bit cliche, I liked the secret rendezvous between them. They both are troubled souls who finds happiness in each others arms. The romance is quiet seductive but I still felt there is something missing in their chemistry. I liked Rune’s friends sunny, jax, Audrey and Qian. I really wanted to know more about them but they aren’t fleshed out well. I also liked the cute cat named Diable and I wish I have a pet cat like him.

Though it was a retelling of Phantom of Ophera, this book seemed more like  a sequel to it because the original phantom also exists in this story. The plot was interesting, creepy and very creative but the pacing is it’s major downfall. I pretty much hate books with slow pace and lengthy descriptions and this  book has lots of it.  Half way through the book, I found myself counting the pages left to finish the book. The mystery surrounding the story is the only thing that kept my interest until the end. Despite the issues, I loved the beautiful concept, the stunning cover and the atmosphere the author has created. The writing was lyrical and compelling but sometimes it felt  a bit over dramatic and not to forget the unnecessary lengthy descriptions which bored the hell out of me. I’m glad that the book was told from Rune’s and Thorn’s POV cause I really want to know what’s going on in Thorn’s mind.

Overall, I like it but I don’t love it! Honestly, this book was really great but I didn’t like the way it was executed. I’m glad that at least it hasn’t ended up in tragedy like the original tale.

Recommend it?

Despite all the flaws, I would definitely recommend this book because I think many readers would definitely love it but I must warn you though, it is a very slow paced book.

MY RATING: 4-stars14-stars1 4-stars1[3/5 Stars]

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16 thoughts on “RoseBlood By A.G. Howard [Review]

    • ravenblake99 January 29, 2017 / 9:04 pm

      It was one of my highly anticipated releases that’s why I felt pretty sad but still I don’t regret reading it. 😀

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  1. salmahsbookshelf January 29, 2017 / 10:45 pm

    Great review! I was considering picking this up but I’ve read a few reviews similar to yours. I’m also not a fan of slow pacing and lengthy descriptions lol. So maybe I’ll wait to read it when its available at the library rather than buying it.

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    • ravenblake99 January 31, 2017 / 5:32 pm

      Thank you! Yeah, If you hate slow paced book then this book wouldn’t be much to your liking but the concept was beautiful though. So, it’s definitely worth a try. 😀

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  2. Jen January 31, 2017 / 12:26 am

    Slow pace and lengthy descriptions – I’m struggling with the exact same thing right now. It’s so hard when so many other elements of the book are fabulous. I’m sorry this book wasn’t a win win on every level, but thank you for the heads up!

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  3. Analee @ Book Snacks January 31, 2017 / 4:01 am

    Sorry to hear this was a bit of a disappointment! I’m looking forward to reading this one, but now I’ll go in with a bit more reservations. Great review! ❤

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    • ravenblake99 January 31, 2017 / 5:40 pm

      Hey there Analee! Looooooooong time no see and welcome back! RoseBlood is a good read but nothing amazing. I loved the beautiful concept of this book so if you want to read this go with low expectations.
      Thank you! 😀

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      • Analee @ Book Snacks February 1, 2017 / 1:17 am

        I agree!! It’s been sooooo long and omg I’ve missed reading your posts and being in the blogging community so much. ❤️❤️ And yes Roseblood had an amazing concept! I’m sorry to hear the story didn’t match it as well. But thank you for the heads up!

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      • ravenblake99 February 2, 2017 / 10:47 pm

        I missed you too! I really hope you enjoy Roseblood more than I did! 😀

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  4. Claire aka Coffeeholic Bookworm February 3, 2017 / 11:28 am

    I didn’t immediately notice the half-mask on the book’s cover, I initially thought the face looked contorted. I’m sorry this book didn’t work out for you.

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    • ravenblake99 February 4, 2017 / 3:28 am

      It’s ok I’ve gotten over it! Currently I’m excited about Caraval! I hope it doesn’t disappoint me! 😀

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  5. Summer @ Xingsings February 15, 2017 / 9:01 am

    I suppose you already know this by now but I was also disappointed with this, which is a total shame because it sounded so promising and the cover is absolutely stunning. Sigh. Have you read Howard’s Splintered series? I have them on my Kindle but I’m not as big of a fan of Alice in Wonderland as other readers. I’ve heard those books are pretty problematic as well. :/

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    • ravenblake99 February 15, 2017 / 8:45 pm

      I’m not a big fan of Alice In Wonderland retellings either but I liked Alice in Zombieland by Gena Showalter and as for the splintered series it didn’t worked out for me.


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