RoseBlood by A.G Howard | Book Review

217a4-rosebloodROSEBLOOD BY A.G HOWARD

Genre: YA Paranormal, Retelling

“Today you become someone new. From this moment on, you belong to the underworld, from which you were born. You are something monstrous, but beautiful. Something fierce, yet fragile. You are Thorn. The part of the rose that is unloved… that everyone fears for its ability to bring a soul to bleed.”
-A. G Howard, RoseBlood

Synopsis:
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.

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review

As soon as this book was published I went to the library right away because I have been waiting sine I finished Ensnared. I am a huge fan of A.G Howard, her writing and the beautiful worlds she creates. 

At the beginning of the story I was a little nervous. I know this was a retelling of The Phantom of the Opera, but I felt at times it was taking to much from the original story just at the beginning. That quickly changes and I got pulled into the beautifully described world and the events that were going on. The book was so unique and involved so many layers. It was full of the creepy gothic feel and took a turn I was not expecting.

Of course like many books out in the world there was romance. I have to say I really enjoyed this one and loved how it all unfolded. Rune was a strong protagonist, she had been threw so much and grew so much. She really came into her own throughout the book. The development of all of the characters was so well done. The story of the Phantom and Thorn was heartbreaking and complex. I enjoyed all of the side characters as well especially the animal companions. They really added a lot to the story and made the book more complex 

Overall I really enjoyed this book. The world was amazing with beautiful and heartbreaking stories woven together. This is definitely a unique book that cannot compare to anything else I have read. The incorporation of music and the small cameos from the original were nice touches. Although it was a retelling Howard did an amazing job creating a story all of its own. It caught me by surprised multiple times and threw in some interesting twists to the story. It left me in awe and completely satisfied.

RATING-4

You might also like:

Splintered Trilogy by A.G Howard

This Savage Song by Victoria Schwab

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Friday Reads | New Release

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217a4-rosebloodI was on a reading spree the past week while I was stuck at home alone with nothing other than job searching to do. My reading has gotten back to its normal pace and the book I am currently reading is one I am sure it will take me all weekend to make a dent in it. The last trip to the library I found RoseBlood by A.G Howard calling to me. I absolutely loved the Splintered Trilogy and had to pick up this new release. So far it is beautifully written and intriguing!

What are you reading this weekend?

 

ROSEBLOOD Release Day Blitz

I am so
excited that ROSEBLOOD by A.G.
Howard releases today and that I get to share the news!
If you
haven’t yet heard about this wonderful book by Author A.G. Howard, be sure to
check out all the details below.
 
This blitz
also includes a giveaway for a signed ROSEBLOOD poster and a mask courtesy of
A.G. and Rockstar Book Tours. So if you’d like a chance to win, enter in the
Rafflecopter at the bottom of this post.

 

About The Book:
Title: ROSEBLOOD
Author: A.G.
Howard
Pub.
Date:
 January 10, 2016
Publisher: Amulet
Books
Pages: 432
Formats: Hardcover,
paperback, eBook
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.
 
 
About A.G. Howard
 

A.G. Howard
was inspired to write SPLINTERED while working at a school library. She always
wondered what would’ve happened had the subtle creepiness of Alice’s Adventures
in Wonderland taken center stage, and she hopes her darker and funkier tribute
to Carroll will inspire readers to seek out the stories that won her heart as a
child.

When she’s not writing, A.G.’s pastimes are reading, rollerblading, gardening,
and family vacations which often include impromptu side trips to 18th century
graveyards or condemned schoolhouses to appease her overactive muse.

Giveaway Details:
 
1 winner will
receive a signed ROSEBLOOD poster and a Mask. US Only.
 
Ends on January
17th at Midnight EST!

 

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2015 Series Challenge | Wrap- Up

I have been trying really hard recently to complete and finish series that I have been working on. I am really proud of myself for how many series I was able to complete this year  (although few) and how many I have caught up to publishing, but I still have so many more that I have started/own. These are all the ones I was able to complete this year!I have decided that 2016 will be the year of series completion!

Splintered Trilogy by A.G Howard 

The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry 

The Dark Elements Trilogy by Jennifer L. Armentrout

Rusk University Series by Cora Carmack (to publication)

What series/trilogies/duologies have you completed this year?

Seven Ways We Lie by Riley Redgate | ARC Review

26240663SEVEN WAYS WE LIE BY RILEY REDGATE

Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary

Source: Netgalley in return for an honest review

Publication Date: March 8th 2016

Synopsis:
Paloma High School is ordinary by anyone’s standards. It’s got the same cliques, the same prejudices, the same suspect cafeteria food. And like every high school, every student has something to hide—whether it’s Kat, the thespian who conceals her trust issues onstage; or Valentine, the neurotic genius who’s planted the seed of a school scandal.

When that scandal bubbles over, and rumors of a teacher-student affair surface, everyone starts hunting for someone to blame. For the unlikely allies at the heart of it all, the collision of their seven ordinary-seeming lives results in extraordinary change.

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review

Seven Ways We Lie is an interesting high school drama story told from the perspective of seven different main characters. As a scandalous controversy plagues the school it seems to add more drama and conflict to the lives of these seven students. Each is dealing with their own struggles and consequences of their actions.

From the cover of the book and other reviews I have read the book being told in 7 POVs is suppose to represent the seven deadly sins. After reading I can see how that is suppose to be incorporated, but while reading I do not think that idea really worked into the book. Each character while representing a certain sin was also influenced but the other sins as well. I just felt like it wasn’t very well done and executed using the bases of the different characters being different sins.

That being said I did think that being considered, Redgate did a good job developing the characters and carrying a story with seven different perspectives. Each character while having their own issues also share secrets and are woven together nicely. The thing that I really enjoyed that Redgate did to help with the transition between characters was to use different writing styles. I did think it was a little odd that Juniper’s chapters were written in poetry, it just doesn’t seem like a way someone actually thinks. It was interesting, but I just did not feel like it feel very well. Also in Matt’s chapters I got really annoyed because of the repetition of words (one of my big pet peeves) He used the work “like” way too many times .

Overall I enjoyed the book, I just felt like it was missing something. The characters were able to learn and grow from the sandal that struck the school and the situations there were put in, but I didn’t feel like there was a real plot. I know most contemporaries tend to focus on the characters and are sometimes weak on plot, but this book was just lacking in some areas. It was intriguing and fast paced so I was engaged and couldn’t put it down. Just when I got to the end I felt like I missed something somewhere because I was just not completely satisfied. I would recommend this to anyone who loves interesting characters and high school drama or just a fast enjoyable read!

RATING

 

2015 SERIES CHALLENGE | Update #1

2015 BOOKS READ-3

To see the rules of the challenge click here

I have been trying really hard recently to complete and finish series that I have been working on. If you would like to look at my progress you can click here! To also check out my previous posts about the series I have completed for the 2015 (2014) Series Challenge you can click here!

 


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Splintered Trilogy by A.G Howard 

[completed: 1/2015]

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The Giver Quartet by Lois Lowry 

[completed 1/2015]

Have you completed any series yet this year?

Splintered Trilogy by A.G Howard | Quotes

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Because I am too obsessed with this trilogy for my own good! I thought I would share some of the amazing writing and quotes!

“Tearing down the rest of the world won’t make you happy. Look inside yourself. Because finding who you were meant to be? What you were put into this world to do? That’s what fills the emptiness. It’s the only things that can.”
― A.G. Howard, Splintered

“No one knows what he or she is capable of until things are at their darkest.”
― A.G. Howard, Splintered

“You understand the logic behind the illogical, Alyssa. It’s in your nature to find tranquility amid the madness. And that’s what we’re doing here. We are giving our food a fighting chance.”
― A.G. Howard, Splintered

“All I have to do is set the power free. Escape the chains of humanity, let madness be my 17449197guide. If I forget everything but Wonderland, I can become beautiful pandemonium.”
― A.G. Howard, Unhinged

“Little blossom trapped in between, wearing malice like a queen;
hide the truth, be cruel and tart,
still all the more, you rule my heart.”
― A.G. Howard, Unhinged

“A childish story take, and with a gentle hand, lay it where Childhood’s dreams are twined in Memory’s mystic band…thus grew the world of Wonderland.”
― A.G. Howard, Unhinged

“One thing more: Wonderland and I are the same. You love one of us, you love the other. You are Wonderland, too. Which means we are the perfect fit, in more ways than you can even imagine. On our day together, I’ll take great pleasure in showing you all of them.”
― A.G. Howard, Unhinged

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“I don’t want those things from you. I love your faults and imperfections. Your kind heart. The scars that match mine, and the struggles to find ourselves. I want your humanness. Nothing else.”
― A.G. Howard, Ensnared

“Jebediah has given up on you, but I never will. I can offer you the security you desire. If you’ll but be mine, your heart will forever be sheltered in my care. Yes, we will quarrel incessantly and fight for dominance. And yes, there will be ravishes of passion, but there will also be gentle lulls. That is who we are together. You’ll never need fear that your love is not reciprocated. For although you’ve made me feel things I am not equipped for… I cannot stop feeling them.”
― A.G. Howard, Ensnared

“Wonderland is violent and bizarre, but charming in its way. AnyElsewhere is a whole new level of cruelty.”
― A.G. Howard, Ensnared

Unhinged by A.G Howard | Book Review

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Genre: YA, Fantasy (retelling)

“Little blossom trapped in between, wearing malice like a queen;
hide the truth, be cruel and tart,
still all the more, you rule my heart.”
― A.G. Howard, Unhinged

Series: Splintered Trilogy
Splintered (#1 in Splintered Trilogy)
The Moth in the Mirror (#1.5 in Splintered Trilogy)
Ensnared (#3 Splintered Trilogy)

Synopsis: 
Alyssa Gardner has been down the rabbit hole and faced the bandersnatch. She saved the life of Jeb, the guy she loves, and escaped the machinations of the disturbingly seductive Morpheus and the vindictive Queen Red. Now all she has to do is graduate high school and make it through prom so she can attend the prestigious art school in London she’s always dreamed of.

That would be easier without her mother, freshly released from an asylum, acting overly protective and suspicious. And it would be much simpler if the mysterious Morpheus didn’t show up for school one day to tempt her with another dangerous quest in the dark, challenging Wonderland—where she (partly) belongs.

As prom and graduation creep closer, Alyssa juggles Morpheus’s unsettling presence in her real world with trying to tell Jeb the truth about a past he’s forgotten. Glimpses of Wonderland start to bleed through her art and into her world in very disturbing ways, and Morpheus warns that Queen Red won’t be far behind.

If Alyssa stays in the human realm, she could endanger Jeb, her parents, and everyone she loves. But if she steps through the rabbit hole again, she’ll face a deadly battle that could cost more than just her head.

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review

*Warning this may contain spoilers for the first book in the trilogy*

I mean I do not even know if I can form a review worthy of the greatness of this book (and really the whole trilogy.) I did find that there were a couple parts of personal annoyance for me within the story, but I loved where Howard went with this story and the greatness that continued from the first installment, Splintered.

I was extremely happy with this sequel and thought Howard did a fantastic job of not succumbing to the second book syndrome. There were some points where there was a lull for me, but it was all working to create the drama and built up for the end. The ending was absolutely amazing and I was happy I didn’t have to wait long for the next book to come out. Howard continued to provide a whimsical world with fabulous imagery and details. I loved the writing and the consistency of style that followed the first book. Using the original story of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland for inspiration was still seen throughout this book and I really enjoyed that Howard used different parts from Splintered while still incorporating the fantastic ideas and creations from the other book. I could not get enough of this world and the craziness and nonsensical situations that take place. I never knew where the story was going to go and there were surprising shocks and twists!

The character development was a big part of this book in my opinion. You got to learn a lot more about Alyssa, her parents, the boys and of course the Wonderlandian creatures. I did have a problem with Alyssa in this book. I felt like she got whiny and dependent on the male characters. I know she was still figuring out her life and finding herself, but she was so set on making her own choices and doing what she wanted in Splintered that I felt like she got so engrossed with the boys. ( Like being so hard on Jeb about him doing his work and trying to make a life for himself etc.) She got so jealous and controlling and it was just hard for me to get through some of those moments because it was annoying. Of course Morpheus and Jeb were amazing ( I am leaning more towards Morpheus, but wasn’t completely sure which one I liked more) The love triangle got frustrating and I thought there were some times that it bordered on taking away from the story. Both of the boys have such different quirks, but both share a snarky attitude that I really enjoy.

Overall, I thought this was a superb second book! It left me completely shocked and needing to pick up Ensnared immediately. The events and situations fit into the crazy, mad and nonsensical world of Wonderland. A.G Howard does a wonderful job with the imagery and creation of Wonderland and the dark creatures that inhabit the world. This book for sure follows the dark and twisted take on the original story the was found in Splintered. I do not know what else I can say, but that I highly recommend this book and the trilogy as a whole to everyone. It has quickly become one of my favorite trilogies. So I might not be able to say it in this review, but that was a beautifully dark and whimsical story with twists and mad, nonsensical creatures!

RATING-4

The Moth in the Mirror by A.G. Howard | Novella Review

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Genre: YA, Fantasy (retelling)

“Romance wasn’t fair. Nor was it a game. It was war. And, as on any other battlefield, compassion and mercy had no place there.”
-A.G. Howard, The Moth in the Mirror

Series: Splintered
Splintered (#1Splintered Trilogy)
Unhinged (#2 Splintered Trilogy)
Ensnared (#3 Splintered Trilogy)

Synopsis:
An original ebook-only novella in the Splintered series, told from the points of view of both Jeb and Morpheus. Morpheus wants to know more about his rival for Alyssa’s affections, so he digs into Jeb’s memories of his time in Wonderland. But he may be surprised by what he finds.

This brand-new story and perspective from A.G. Howard’s dark, magical world stands alone, but also provides a tantalizing glimpse of what’s to come in Unhinged, the sequel to Splintered.

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review

*Warning this may contain spoilers for Splintered the first book in the Splintered Trilogy by A.G Howard*

The first thing I have to credit this novella for is not being a different pov on a scene that was writing already. That is one of the most annoying things about novellas. I was so happy that this novella delivered a scene from Morpheus in which we also get some of Jeb’s point of view and it is about information we were not really given in Splintered. It also gives some hints and sets up for some of Unhinged even though this is not a necessary read in order to read the following books in the series.

I enjoyed getting to see more of the two boys and get a little more information about what had happened between the two and what Jeb was doing while away from Alyssa in Splintered. I also feel like this give a little insight into the “bromance” and shows Morpheus taking the time to learn more about Jeb. The writing was well done and mirrored the writing style and whimsical feel that is found in the other books. I did find that it was a little short, but a great supplement to the series.

5s

Friday Reads [1/9]

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22447220Bout of books 12 is almost done! I love participating in this read-a-thon and love the book community feeling I get from partaking in this! I am currently still reading Ensnared by A.G Howard! Of course I am LOVING this book, but have been taking my time because I don’t want the trilogy to end. I just cannot get over how obsessed I am with this trilogy! I am so Team Morpheus but I am also shipping Jorpheus! I am also working my way through The Walls Around Us by Nova Ren Suma, which has been put on hold since Ensnared came out on the 6th. I am not very far into this book so I am not exactly sure how I am 18044277feeling about it. It is one of those books that slowly unravels the pieces, so things are still showing their connects. I feel a little bit in the dark, but I do enjoy
the writing style. The prose is so unique. I also just got the audiobook of Bossypants by Tina Fey yesterday from the library and I am so excited to start this!

What are your plans for the weekend?Anything fun or exciting happening ? What are you reading/planning on reading? I would love to hear from you!