May 15, 2017 by Zoë
After things fall apart at home, Rune is sent to a music boarding school in France built to mirror the Phantom of the Opera’s lair. Haunted by a strange talent related to music, Rune is obsessed with the Phantom and the possible connections between him and her own life. In RoseBlood by A. G. Howard, it turns out that Rune’s fascination with the Phantom might not be misplaced.
I was so excited for this book! A Phantom retelling! With a girl wearing a mask on the cover! Does she become the Phantom? Get ready, because I’m about to spoil some things.
…The answer is no. This is not a genderbending Phantom retelling. Instead, this is a poorly done Phantom sequel. A bunch of American kids go to a boarding school in France, for some reason. The boarding school’s name is RoseBlood, for some reason. Rune’s name is Rune, for some reason and she’s amazing at singing and knows all the opera songs ever, for some reason.
And then there’s the awful love story. We are soul mates!!1! (Except they’re called “twin flames” because the author didn’t want to use soulmates because everyone else does. No, seriously, that’s in the afterward.) At first, Rune thinks that she’s having a mysterious dalliance with the Phantom himself, because it’s a guy wearing a mask, but as it turns out it’s not the Phantom, but the Phantom’s adopted son, who doesn’t have any sort of facial disfigurement and wears a mask…..for some reason.
Oh, and they’re all vampires. Except that they don’t drink blood. Oh and there’s a super secret club that the vampires run so they can lure humans there and get the humans to rave and feed off their emotions. So that’s a thing.
Then the angry and sort of crazy Phantom moves to Canada and isn’t mad at Rune anymore.
The best part of this book was this one scene where one girl was found out to have a huge unrequited crush on this other girl. But the scene was so poorly written that I had to read it twice to make sure. And then it was never brought up again.
I guess this is a good book if you want to read all the paranormal romance ever, but otherwise skip it.
“Let the dance begin.”