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.
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I feel like I need to start this review off on a positive note, because I'll be honest, I didn't love RoseBlood. That said, the writing was beautiful. Howard has always had a way with words and it really shines through in RoseBlood. The imagery is so vivid and the way she weaves her words together is utterly compelling. This also, for me personally, helped a lot with getting through the story. The writing was so fun to read that it in some ways made up for the things I found lacking in other aspects of RoseBlood.
Now for my issues with the book. As I touched on already, the story just didn't grab me. It started off really interesting, but quickly devolved into a plot that I knew wasn't for me. Minor spoiler alert here- RoseBlood ended up being more of a paranormal YA romance than I was originally expected. I'm not sure if I'm to fault for the mix up here, I could have totally missed something in the book’s description that others will pick up on, but me and paranormal romance? We just don't mix. Also, -another spoiler alerts here- vampires. I also don't do vampires, of any kind. This is totally a personal preference, and I will say, RoseBlood has a really unique take on its vampires. I just have yet to read a vampire story that I love, and RoseBlood didn't make the cut either.
I really enjoyed Rune’s character. She was unique and fun to read, with lots of moments that were just really well written. I didn't really care for any of the other characters, and I felt like the romance was a bit forced.
Overall, despite RoseBlood obviously not being my cup of tea, I think this is a book that a lot of people will enjoy. I'd definitely recommend it to fans of Twilight or Karen M. Moning. I think Howard did a great job of retelling a classic in a unique and beautiful manner, and I will definitely be reading her future books.