RoseBlood by A.G. Howard
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.
RoseBlood is a fast pace modern-day retelling of The Phantom of the Opera that definitely surpassed my expectations. Before starting this, I was a little nervous because it’s a retelling of my favorite book/play/movie, but all of that changed once I got to about the middle of the book.
This novel has everything you would expect. Yes, it does include most of the characters from the original story, but in a different way. Before you start this, I suggest you think of it as like a sequel-type novel because it does mention Christine and, of course, the Phantom.