Published by Amulet Books on January 10th 2017
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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.
Disclaimer: We received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. This in no way affects our opinion of the book.
Dani’s Review (to come)
If you look at the past several BAMFs Aloud videos, you’ll know I’ve been waiting for this book for ages. I have a poster on my door, and I have proclaimed by desperation on Twitter. I was lucky that the publisher took pity on me and sent me an ARC (and an invitation to the launch party in January!). You see, I love The Phantom of the Opera. I needed this book the moment I heard it was related to the original story, and this desire was only strengthened by the gorgeous cover.
DNF @ 6%
Oh man. I wanted to like this so much but it took me literally hours to read the first chapter and then I skimmed the second and I realized this was not the book for me. I’m only rating it so people can see my review because Goodreads is a b*tch like that where if you don’t have a star rating, your review doesn’t get filtered in with the rest, but I obviously cannot judge this book. I read two chapters. And wanted to tear my eyes out.
The first chapter was SO BORING. I think it was only 10 pages but it took me two hours to read it. I would read one sentence and then do something else on my phone and then agonize over going back to read another sentence. But I pushed through!!! Because I wanted to read this! And then I got to chapter two and it was like “let me vomit three quarters of the backstory into three paragraphs” and I was like “nah son” so after that I was like “hm should I continue” and I went to bed and woke up and was like “lol I’m not going to continue” and here we are.
I have seen other reviews say that this is REALLY slow to start and then picks up, but I have way too many other books (and good starting books) in my life to read crappy beginnings where it takes me longer to read a chapter than it does to read a whole book. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Dani has a sneaking suspicion she’s going to like this book a whole lot more than Jamie did…