Author: A.G. Howard
Publisher: Amulet Books
Rune Germain, 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 each performance. Convinced that creative direction will cure her, Rune’s mother ships her off to a French boarding school for the arts at a renovated opera house, rumored to have ties to The Phantom of the Opera.
Shortly after arriving at the RoseBlood conservatory, Rune starts to believe something otherworldly is indeed afoot. The masked 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 nineteenth century, she realizes that with his musical guidance she feels cured. Thorn may be falling for Rune, but the Phantom haunting RoseBlood wants her for a very specific and dangerous purpose.
As friendship deepens to romance, 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 absolutely LOVED this retell of the original Phantom of the Opera along with all the connections to it. Can we just take a second a applaud A.G. for the amazing connections she made linking this story with the original Phantom of the Opera. I didn’t even notice until she pointed it out herself and I was just awestruck. She planned out the details and then spun her own magic around it all.
- The main story line was incredible along with it’s characters. I have always loved music so when I heard about this book, I knew I had to read it. I open this book and as I read, I can clearly see and follow along with the story. I love how Rune changes throughout her journey. She started to hate her voice because of the sickness it brought, but then she met Thorn. She grew back into her old self BEFORE her father died. To be honest, I really didn’t want to like the Phantom, but gosh his background was heartbreaking. I couldn’t help but to see his side, no matter how deluded he was.
- One other thing that I really enjoyed was the two-sided perspective. I love it when books show the different perspectives of the main characters. Usually, I only like it around two perspectives or else it gets kind of crowded and confusing. This story allowed me to see both of the main character sides which I LOVED. I enjoy knowing what the other character is thinking because it just adds more depth. I love how Thorn’s perspective reflected back on what Rune said or did earlier and reveals how he felt in that moment. (Likewise with Rune)
- I did however, see 1-2 spelling errors. It isn’t that big of a deal because I knew what it meant, but they shouldn’t have been there. I lost the page, but one of them was something like, “I homed in on…” I’m pretty sure it is supposed to be honed* but correct my if I’m wrong.
- In my opinion, the ending seemed a little off pace. It was all like OH NO HE DIED WHAT WILL SHE DO?!? But Rune just moved on and in the span of around 2-3 pages it explained the next month or so of her life. Then she decides to visit RoseBlood and BAM (spoiler) there Thorn is. Alive and ready to be in her life. It just didn’t sit well with me…
All in all, I absolutely loved this book that had me squealing in my seat more than a few times, so I’m going to give it 4 and a half stars. I really recommend it to “The Phantom of the Opera” fans and to fiction-lovers in general. This story will have you at the edge of your seat wanting more and more, but don’t take it from me. READ IT!!