viernes, 16 de febrero de 2018

Reseña: Siege and Storm de Leigh Bardugo (reseña en ingles)

  • Title: Siege and Storm.
  • Author: Leigh Bardugo.
  • Pages: 432.
  • Genres: Fantasy, young adult...
  • Saga/series: Yes, this is the second book of the Shadow and Bone series. There are 3 books (not including the little stories that go in between).



Hunted across the True Sea, haunted by the lives she took on the Fold, Alina must try to make a life with Mal in an unfamiliar land, all while keeping her identity as the Sun Summoner a secret. But she can't outrun her past —or her destiny— for long.
The Darkling has emerged from the Shadow Fold with a terrifying new power and a dangerous plan that will test the very boundaries of the natural world. With the help of a notorious privateer, Alina returns to the country she abandoned, determined to fight the forces gathering against Ravka. But as her power grows, Alina slips deeper into the Darkling's game of forbidden magic, and farther away from Mal. Somehow, she will have to choose between her country, her power, and the love she always thought would guide her —or risk losing everything to the oncoming storm.



"Keep your elbows in!" Sturmhond berated Mal. "Stop flapping them like some kind of chicken.
Mal let out a disturbingly convincing cluck.
Tamar raised a brow. Your friend seems to be enjoying himself".
I shrugged. "Mal's always been like that. You could drop him in a camp full of Fjerdan assassins, and he'd come out carried on their shoulders. He just blooms wherever he's planted.
"And you?"
"I'm more of a weed," I said drily.
Tamar grinned. In combat, she was cold and silent fire, but when she wasn't fighting, her smiles came easily. "I like weeds," she said, pushing herself off from the railing and gathering her scattered lengths of rope. "They're survivors."



I'm going to have to repeat what I said in my review for the first book: I love this book (this one is my favourite of the Grisha series). The names, the characters and the descriptions are all fantastic.
I also love two more things:
1) This book is blue, my favourite colour, and as I said before, this is my favourite book of this series. Coincidence? I think not.
2) I love dragons, and when I saw the dragon on the front cover, it made my day.

This book is written in first person, it's in Alina's point of view. Apart from the Before and After chapters, which are in third person.
At first I thought that it was strange how they found Rusalye so quickly because I was comparing it to the first book where they found Morozova's Stag at the end of the book. But once I'd finished this book, I loved it even more than Shadow & Bone.
At the beginning of the book there's a map and a list of Grisha (they are divided into orders, then they are further divided).

In my edition of the book, there is bonus content inside:
  • Q&A with Leigh Bardugo.
  • The Tailor (short story).
  • Special sneak peek of the next book Ruin and Rising.

" 'Betrayed' seems a strong word. I hardly know the fellow."
"You're mad," I said. "You know what he can do. No prize is worth that."
Sturmhond grinned. "That remains to be seen."
"The Darkling will hunt you for the rest of your days."
"Then you and I will have seen me thing in common, won't we? Besides, I like to have powerful enemies. Makes me feel important."
Mal crossed his arms and considered the privateer. "I can't decide if you're crazy or stupid."
"I have so many good qualities," Sturmhond said. "It can be hard to choose."
I shook my head. The privateer was out of his mind.

Alina Starkov

The book is mainly Alina's point of view (except the Before and After chapters). Alina is an interesting character because in the first book of the series (Shadow and Bone), she went through the transition of being a normal girl with no powers to being the Sun Summoner. I love the fact that she's sassy. In this book she becomes a bit power-hungry after having felt the power of the collar (made of the Stag's antlers).

The Darkling

The Darkling has changed from the first book, he has scars so he no longer looks perfect. The scars are the price that he had to pay for having his new power/ability. Even though he's a villain, he's has his reasons for doing what he does. I think he is more cruel in this book but he is still very human because he does have feelings (loneliness). He has to be one of my favourite villains.

Mal (Malyen Oretsev)

Mal is good-looking but he's not arrogant about it. I found him to be quite funny in this book. He's quite sarcastic. But he can also be very serious.

Nikolai Lantsov

He has to be my favourite character in this book. He is a complicated character (in a good way) in the sense that he has so many different qualities: he is charming, he is funny, he is smart, etc.


I still really like Genya even though it's hard to know where her loyalties lie (at the beginning). I feel very sorry for her as she is punished for betraying the Darkling.


He isn't in this book that much, but I'm going to mention him because I like him. He's a Fabrikator, he likes making things. He's not as oblivious as he seems.

Tolya & Tamar

They are twins. I love the fact that they have gold eyes. They are both very interesting. Tolya is tall and very strong. Tamar fights with weapons even though she could easily fight without them as both siblings are heartrenders (They can use their power to damage a person's internal organs).

"Are you sure this is a good idea?" She asked. She was gnawing on her lip so aggressively, I thought she might draw blood.
"Of course not," said Sturmhond. "Anything worth doing always starts as a bad idea."

The love in this book is realistic, it has its ups and downs.
Ultimately I love Leigh Bardugo's writing in this book, it keeps you hooked until the end of the book and when you get to it, you're impatient to read the next book.



I give this book a 5 out of 5.

Admi Megs

lunes, 8 de enero de 2018

Reseña: Trinity de Conn Iggulden (reseña en ingles)


  • Title: Trinity.
  • Author: Conn Iggulden.
  • Pages: 549.
  • Genres: Historical, fiction.
  • Saga/series: Yes, this is the second book of the Wars of the Roses series. There are four books in this series.


1454 - England in on the brink of civil war...

As ailing King Henry VI lies senseless, Richard, Duke of York, and Protector of the Realm, asserts his own claim to the throne. All who support Henry and Queen Margaret must be silenced.

While Margaret struggles to defeat Richard's conspiracy, supporters of the rival houses of Lancaster and York clash, throwing the country into turmoil.

Who will win the fight for the throne?
And what will each side sacrifice in the name of England?


The door closed at Derry's back and he saw the young queen rise from her seat, an expression of horror on her face.
'Oh your head, Derry! What have you done to yourself?'
'Your Highness, I preferred to come to you without my movements being noted and reported at every step. Please, it is nothing. It will surely grow back, or so I am told.' He noticed in exasperation that the queen seemed to be struggling with laughter.
'It's  like an egg, Derry! They've left you hardly any hair at all.'


I started reading this series as a bit of an experiment. I know that History isn't one of my favourite subjects but I wanted to see how interesting or boring I would find it if I willingly read a book about English history. And I have to say that I quite enjoyed reading this book.

This one was a bit more of an "emotional" read (I'm not saying that I cried or anything, because I didn't) because it's basically about a civil war. And that must be a horrible position to be in, having to choose a side to fight for and then facing the consequences if you choose the "wrong" side. 

At the beginning of the book there are maps, family trees and a list of the characters. At the end of the book the author mentions what changes he made to the real life events.

The book switches point of view a lot which I found quite interesting because then you are sort of getting into multiple people’s heads, you are getting a sense of what they are all thinking. I mean just because one person thinks that they are doing the right thing doesn’t mean that everyone else agrees.

The book is quite crude in some parts but it makes sense as things were done very differently in those times.

In this book, I started to try to put myself in the shoes of the King and Queen's enemies. I also tried to be biased because, the events have already happened, and I was just reading about the past. 

  'Enough, Alice,' Cromwell said in grim amusement. 'Your husband charges into my keep without waiting on my permission, but who could blame him after what he has seen? If I were younger, I would be blowing the horns myself after what he has endured. It is forgotten, though you have my thanks for your grace. 'Alice nodded, smiling at a man she liked very much.

King Henry VI

King Henry VI had been in a comatose-like state for over a year and when he woke up, he was surprisingly stronger, healthier, and a much better king than before (even if his good health didn't last that long).

Margaret of Anjou (Queen of England)

I admire her for still being loyal to her husband (King Henry VI) knowing that it must have been difficult at times, what with him being ill most of the time.

Derry Brewer

I like how he does "crazy" things to keep himself alive.

Richard of York

I really disliked him in the first book, but as I mentioned in my review of the first book (Stormbird), I realised that he had his reasons for his actions against the Lancasters/the crown.

 Derry had seen madness before, in many forms, brought on by rage or grief, or drink, or just come from nowhere on the summer wind. He knew the mind was its own world, all the stars and planets no more complicated than a man's thoughts. Whatever devil or infirmity had sucked the king's will and made him a child, it was gone from him. The man beneath could speak at last.

Ultimately, I have to admit that I surprised myself when I actually enjoyed reading this book, I was expecting myself to be very bored because History isn't the topic for me. But I found it interesting and am happy to be continuing the series.


I give this book a 3 out of 5. Even though I believe it was well written, and I did find it interesting, the genre just isn’t one of my favourites so that’s why I’m giving it a 3 and not a higher mark.

Admi Megs

lunes, 4 de diciembre de 2017

Reseña: Stormbird by Conn Iggulden (reseña en ingles)


  • Title: Stormbird.
  • Author: Conn Iggulden.
  • Pages: 510.
  • Genres: Historical, fiction.
  • Saga/series: Yes, this is the first book of the Wars of the Roses series. There are four books in this series.


King Henry V - the great Lion of England - is long dead.

In 1437 his gentle son comes of age and takes the throne. Frail in body and mind, King Henry VI is dependent on his supporters to run his kingdom.

Richard, Duke of York, however, believes that without a strong king England will fall. His fears seem justified as English power comes under threat from France, and discontent and rebellion spread at home.

On the counsel of his advisers, Henry marries the young princess Margaret of Anjou in order to forge an alliance with France - but is it too late?

As the storm clouds gather, King Henry and his queen are besieged abroad and at home. Who can save the throne? Who will save the kingdom?

"Derry was both charming and polite and he'd slipped her a bag of tiny sweets when William wasn't looking. She'd been caught halfway between outrage at being treated as a child and delight at bitter lemon drops that made her mouth pucker as she sucked them."



To be completely honest I read this as a bit of an experiment. I know that I normally don't love history, don't get me wrong it's interesting, but I normally wouldn't willingly read books about it. But when I saw the last book of this series (it has a dragon on the cover and I love dragons) it intrigued me so I decided to give it a shot.

At the beginning of the book there are maps, family trees and a list of the characters. At the end of the book the author mentions what changes he made to the real life events.

The book switches point of view a lot which I found quite interesting because then you are sort of getting into multiple people's heads, you are getting a sense of what they are all thinking. I mean just because one person thinks that they are doing the right thing, that doesn't mean that everyone else agrees.

The book is quite crude in some parts but it makes sense as things were done very differently in those times.

I have to be honest here and say that I completely fell into how the author portrays the characters. The malevolent characters are the ones going against the king and the good characters are the ones who are on the king's side. But really, now that I've thought about it, that's just wrong, so as I'm continuing with the series I'm trying to be more open minded about the reasons behind the "bad" characters actions.


"As they rounded the great bend in the river and sighted the Palace of Westminster and the docks there, Margaret felt Henry's grip tighten on her small hand. He turned to her, wrapped in the layers of wool.
"I am sorry I have been... unwell, Margaret. There are times when I feel as if I have fallen, am still falling. I cannot describe it. I wish I could. I will try to be strong for you, but if it comes again... I cannot hold it back."
Margaret found herself weeping once more and rubbed her eyes , angry at herself. Her husband was a good man, she knew. She raised the bandaged hand and kissed it gently, weaving the fingers into hers. It seemed to comfort him."

King Henry VI

The first thing that intrigued me about this character is his illness because in the years that have past since the events that took place, medicine has vastly improved so it's a mystery as to what his illness was. I felt sorry for him because he had a huge responsibility (being king can't be easy) and he couldn't keep up with it because he was mostly bedridden or awake but not even aware of his surroundings.

Margaret of Anjou

I like Margaret and I feel like she is one of the most developed characters in this book. I like her because she is strong, she was just a young girl who had to marry a king, and then she found herself filling his role as he couldn't and I was quite amazed at how well she managed. And I really like the fact that she is fiercely loyal to her husband (King Henry VI).

Derry Brewer

He is the king's spymaster, therefore he is very important. The King and Queen (eventually) value his opinion greatly. I like his sense of humour.

William de la Pole

I quite liked him because he seems like a nice person. I felt bad for him when he had to take King Henry's place and marry Margaret of Anjou in France so that King Henry could remain in England, where he would be well and safe.

Richard of York

I really disliked him, as I said before I let myself be led by how the author depicted him and whoever was on his side. But now that I've looked back on it, his actions can be understood.

Jack Cade

I felt sorry for the tragedy that befell him and can understand why he would want revenge. I just couldn't believe how it panned out.

Thomas Woodchurch

He is an important character in this book, he is an archer and he fought with Jack Cade and before that he commanded the Maine rebellion.

"It was a blessing that the Irishman was a reasonable drunk, given to singing and sometimes weeping, rather than breaking the tables. Jack knew his old friend was uncomfortable with having wealth of any kind. For reasons he could not completely explain, Paddy seemed determined to burn through his fortune and be penniless once again."

Ultimately, I have to admit that I surprised myself when I actually enjoyed reading this book, I was expecting myself to be very bored because History isn't the topic for me. But I found it interesting and can't wait to finish the series.



I give this book a 3 out of 5. Even though I believe it was well written, and I did find it interesting but the genre just isn't one of my favourites so that's why I'm giving it a 3 and not a higher mark.

Admi Megs

jueves, 23 de noviembre de 2017

Book review: The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern (reseña en ingles)


  • Title: The Night Circus.
  • Author: Erin Morgenstern.
  • Pages: 626.
  • Genres: Fantasy, fiction and romance.
  • Saga/series: No.


'What kind of circus is only open at night?'
The circus arrives without warning. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not. Against the grey sky the towering tents are striped black and white. A sign hanging upon iron gates reads:


As dusk shifts to twilight, tiny lights begin to flicker all over the tents, as though the whole circus is covered in fireflies. When the tents are aglow, sparkling against the night sky, a sign lights up:


The gates shudder and unlock, seemingly by their own volition. They swing outward, inviting the crowd inside.




I have to say that I am very glad that I read this book because it is very interesting and very well written. I love the way the author wrote it so that it all sounds so mysterious, to the point where it's hard to guess what is going to happen next. It is a very lovely looking book inside and out. I also love how the story occurs over a long period of time (years), and it gives the reader a chance to experience how the characters grow up/grow older. Another thing that is great about this book is that there are chapters (I call them special chapters) that go in between the normal chapters, they are written in second person so when you read them, you feel like you are there. The writing in this book is a bit bigger than what I'm used to so that is convenient because it's frustrating to have to squint at pages with tiny words on them. I like that Celia and Marco's magic isn't perfected to the same level in some aspects, she's better than him in certain things and he's better than her in other things. They are both very talented.

The night before had been Bailey's first proper introduction to the circus.
It was like nothing he had ever seen. The lights, the costumes, it was all so different. As though he had escaped his everyday life and wandered into another world.
He had expected it to be a show. Something to sit in a chair and watch.
He realised quickly how wrong he was.
It was something to be explored.
He investigated it as best he could, though he felt woefully unprepared. He did not know what tents to choose out of dozens of options, each with tantalising signs hinting at the contents. And every turn he took through the twisting striped pathways led to more tents, more signs, more mysteries.

Celia Bowen

I really like Celia, she is extremely strong minded/willed. I felt sorry for her, growing up with a father like the one she had and also for being made an unwilling contestant in a competition that she doesn't know the rules for. It is quite a tricky situation to be in.

Marco Alisdair

I really like Marco, he is charming. I also felt sorry for him, for being another unwilling contestant in the competition, and for the lonely childhood that he had.


I wasn't too sure what to think of her, in the beginning it seemed like something would happen between herself and Marco. But from the beginning I was rooting for Celia and Marco to meet so I guess I was a bit against Isobel even though I do like her and felt a bit sorry for her when Marco didn't return her feelings.


I like how she talks without giving much away. She says little, but she says enough.

Prospero the Enchanter/Hector Bowen

He is a famous magician. He is quite full of himself, and I had a bad feeling about him from the beginning. I definitely didn't like him as a character (he can be quite horrible). He is Celia's father, when one of his magic tricks goes wrong, he continuously bothers her.

Mr.A.H (Alexander)/"the man in the grey suit"

I have to say that he is by far the most mysterious of the characters from this book. (I'll let you figure out his personality for yourself).


I like Bailey because he absolutely adores the circus and this helps him in his moments of indecision concerning his responsibilities that his parents push onto him. I really like how things work out for him when it seemed like he would have an unsatisfied life because of his parents.

Poppet (Penelope Aislin Murray) & Widget (Winston Aidan Murray)

I love the relationship that they have with each other, because as is normal with twins (as far as I know) they are close but they are also independent from one another, they know when to give each other privacy. I really like their abilities, they are different.

The finished clock is resplendent. At first glance it is simply a clock, a rather large black clock with a white face and a silver pendulum. Well crafted, obviously, with intricately carved woodwork edges and a perfectly painted face, but just a clock.
But that is before it is wound. Before it begins to tick, the pendulum swinging steadily and evenly. Then, then it becomes something else.

The love in this book is very real. I like the fact that there's not only love in this book, there's also heartbreak, friendship, etc.

"I believe you have my umbrella," he says, almost out of breath but wearing a grin that has too much wolf in it to be properly sheepish.
Celia stares up at him in surprise. At first she wonders what on earth Chandresh's assistant is doing in Prague, as she has never seen him outside of London. The comes the question of how he could possess such an umbrella.
As she stares at him, confused, the pieces of the puzzle begin to shift together.

Ultimately I must once again mention how much I loved reading this book. I would definitely read this book again and I recommend it thoroughly. This has to be one of my favourite books and it was sad to finish it and not be able to continue on with the story. (I'm not saying that it ended badly or anything, simply that some books are hard to move on from).
P.S. : Normally I put quotes in blue but in this book review I put them in red to respect the colours of the book, especially Le Cirque des Rêves (the Circus of Dreams).


I give this book a 5 out of 5.

Admi Megs

sábado, 9 de septiembre de 2017

Book review: Shadow and Bone (Reseña en ingles)


  • Title: Shadow and Bone.
  • Author: Leigh Bardugo.
  • Pages: 308.
  • Genres: Fantasy, young adult...
  • Saga/series: Yes, this is the first book of the Shadow and Bone series. There are 3 books (not including the little stories that go in between).


"'I've been waiting for you a long time, Alina,' he said. 'You and I are going to change the world.'
The Shadow Fold, a swathe of impenetrable darkness, is slowly destroying the once-great nation of Ravka.
Alina, a pale, lonely orphan, discovers a unique power that thrusts her into the world of the kingdom's magical elite - the Grisha. Could she be the key to setting Ravka free?
The Darkling, a man of seductive charm and terrifying power. If Alina is to fulfil her destiny, she must unlock her gift and face up to her dangerous attraction to him.
But what of Mal, Alina's childhood best friend? As Alina contemplates her dazzling new future, why can't she ever quite forget about him?


This book is written in first person, it's in Alina's point of view. Apart from the Before and After chapters, which are in third person.
I have to say that I absolutely love this book: I love the names (even though most of them seem to be Russian related), I love the characters, the descriptions are great (they aren't too detailed to the point where you want to fall asleep because the author describes one thing excessively).
One thing that bothered me the slightest bit is the cover of the book. The next books in the series have the amplifiers on the covers: the ice dragon, Rusalye, and the fire bird. Whereas Shadow and Bone has the Little Palace on the cover and after having read the book, I would have liked for there to have been a stag, Morozova's stag, on the cover of the book. Another thing that bothered me is that you're kind of just "thrown" into the world, this isn't necessarily a bad thing, but I would have liked for a few things to have been explained a bit better.


“Why can a Grisha possess but one amplifier? I will answer this question instead: What is infinite? The universe and the greed of men.”

Alina Starkov

I really like Alina, I felt that I could connect to her (because of this fact, I like that the book is in her point of view). At the beginning of the book, she's just an ordinary girl with a sassy attitude, but then she discovers that she is Grisha. At first the transition from having no powers to all of a sudden having them and having the "weight" (a lot is expected of her) on her shoulders is tough on Alina, but she ploughs her way through her problems.


The Darkling

I really like the Darkling even though he is the villain, I feel that he is still human although he makes himself seem like a monster. At times, he is cruel but with how he was brought up and the fact that he is ancient (he has lived for a very long time, even though he looks young), I suppose it makes sense that he doesn't care much for the consequences to the people that he doesn't care for. He has a goal in mind, and he will stop at nothing until he has achieved it.


Mal (Malyen Oretsev)

I wasn't too sure what to think of Mal, at first he seemed like a bit of a jerk, but in the end he is a good guy. He is an excellent tracker, and this skill helps him and Alina along the way.



Even though Genya isn't a main character, I'd like to mention her anyway because I like her. I like her personality, she's outgoing and confident in herself. I also like the fact that she's gorgeous but she only has eyes for David, a Fabrikator who seems to only be interested in his tools and his workshop.
“Did you miss me, Alina? Did you miss me when you were gone?"
"Every day," I said hoarsely.
"I missed you every hour. And you know what the worst part was? It caught me completely by surprise. I'd catch myself walking around to find you, not for any reason, just out of habit, because I'd seen something I wanted to tell you about, or because I just wanted to hear your voice. And then I'd realise that you weren't there anymore, and every time, every single time, it was like having the wind knocked out of me. I've risked my life for you. I've walked half the length of Ravka for you, and I'd do it again and again and again just to be with you, just to starve with you and freeze with you and hear you complain about hard cheese every day. So don't tell me we don't belong together," he said fiercely. He was very close now, and my heart was suddenly hammering in my chest. "I'm sorry it took me so long to see you, Alina. But I see you now.”
The love in this book is realistic, it has it's ups and downs but in the end, all ends well.

Ultimately I love Leigh Bardugo's writing in this book, it keeps you hooked until the end of the book and when you get to it, you're impatient to read the next book.


“The Darkling slumped back in his chair. “Fine,” he said with a weary shrug. “Make me your villain.” 


I give this book a 5.

Admi Megs

domingo, 20 de agosto de 2017

Book tag: Elementos del verano.

¡Hola a todos! Aquí venimos con el booktag con los elementos del verano, aun que llegamos un poco tarde por que el verano esta apunto de acabarse, pero bueno... ¡da igual! XD

1. Agua: Un libro que todavía no has leído y que estas deseando leer.
Ana: Puff... Hay muchos. Pero creo que uno de los que más ganas le tengo es La Lectora de Traci Chee. 

Mew: A Court of Thorns and Roses de Sarah J. Maas.

2. Calor: Un libro que no te haya gustado nada y otro que te haya gustado mucho.
Ana: Un libro que me ha encantado seria Pasajera de Alexandra Bracken, este libro lo acabo de terminar hace unos días y me ha encantado. 

Y uno que no me gustara seria Sin Lugar de Jon Robinson, por que ese libro es un completo desastre sin sentido. 

Mew:  Pues... el que no me gusto seria RoseBlood de A.G. Howard. A ver, sí me ha gustado un poco este libro pero es peor que he leido en lo que va de año. 

 Y el que me gusto seria Siege and Storm de Leigh Bardugo. Me ha encantado este libro además salen mi personaje favorito y debo añadir que adoro la serie Grisha en general.

3. Fiesta: Un libro que te hayas leído expresamente por el autor o porque todo el mundo se lo ha leído.
Ana: Bueno aquí voy a hacer un pequeño trampa porque no es un libro que ya he leído pero si que tengo intención de leerlo por su autora, y ese libro es Heartless de Marissa Meyer.

Mew: Hace años que me leí Night Stalker de Chris Carter y desde ese he leído The Crucifix Killer, The Executioner y The Death Sculptor porque me encanta como escribe este autor. También probaría cualquier libro escrito por Marissa Meyer y Leigh Bardugo, y cuando me haya leído mas libros seguramente podre añadir mas autores a esta lista.

4. Ropa ligera: Un libro que te compraras simplemente por haber leído el argumento (sin haber leído reseñas, conocer el autor, ver el precio, el numero de paginas...).
Ana: Arena Roja de Gema Bonnín.

Mew: Orphan of the Carnival de Carol Birch.

5. Ventilador o aire acondicionado: Un libro que te costara terminar de leer (o que, incluso, no llegaste a terminar).
Ana: War of the Fae de Elle Casey, si llegue a terminarlo pero se me hizo muy pesado.

Mew: The Heretic Land de Tim Lebbon.

6. Viaje: Un libro en cuyo universo/planeta/país te gustaría adentrarte para pasar las vacaciones.
Ana: Muy fácil, me iría de vacaciones a El país de las Maravillas.

Mew: Obviamente Wonderland!

Y hasta aquí el booktag, esperamos que os haya gustado.
Hasta otro día ^^

Ana y Mew.

martes, 1 de agosto de 2017

Book review: RoseBlood by A.G. Howard. (Reseña en ingles)

Book review:

  • Title: RoseBlood.
  • Author: A.G. Howard.
  • Pages: 410
  • Genres: Young Adult, Fantasy, Retelling...
  • Saga/series: No

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 rumoured 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.

I really wanted to read this book because I got it at the beginning of this year and I absolutely fell in love with the cover. And after having read The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux, I was very curious to see what this book would be like.

"How precious and fragile the bond," he'd said. "It can be heaven or utter hell"

The first thing that I have to mention is the fact that this book took me quite a while to read (roughly two weeks). When I really get into a book, I will sit somewhere and read for hours on end. One thing that bothered me quite a bit is that the author uses the terms incubus and succubus so as to not repeat "psychic vampire" all the time, but they aren't the same thing. A succubus is a female demon believed to have sexual intercourse with sleeping men, whereas an incubus is a male demon believed to have sexual intercourse with sleeping women. I also didn't like the fact that most of the characters came across as being "flat, plain" with not enough development, for example, Rune's friends from the new school.

I have already mentioned the fact that I love the cover, I also like the red (burgundy) font in the book. This book is told in dual points of view, which is interesting because Rune and Thorn are two different characters and being able to read two sides to the same story is refreshing. Another thing that is interesting is that, at the beginning of every chapter there is a quote (some of them are from The Phantom of the Opera by Gaston Leroux).

"But I must not be seen, for I would haunt their dreams".


A part of myself likes the fact that when it's in Rune's point of view it's in first person but then another part of myself doesn't like it, because she isn't my favourite character and while I was reading this book, I felt like I couldn't really connect to her because she's really superstitious but at the same time she forces herself to make sense of strange situations.


When the book is in Thorn's point of view it's in third person, which disappointed me a little bit because he is one of my favourite characters and I would have liked for his point of view to be in first person. He has such an interesting but sad background, and I like the fact that he didn't turn out to be crazy, even after having been under the care of The Phantom.

Diable (the cat)

This cat is an important part in this story and he has to be one of my favourite characters because he's loyal and extremely smart, he understands when people talk to him. I really like the fact that he can sneak around without people noticing and he can open doors (not all pets can do that, can they?)


 As I have read The Phantom of the Opera written by Gaston Leroux, I already knew what he was going to be like to an extent, and I can say that I liked him in that book. I also like Erik in this book, even though he seemed to be a bit more deranged.

The love in this story is instant-love. On the one hand, I like this kind of love but I normally only like it when werewolves are concerned (I don't know why, but I just like the whole idea of soulmates). And on the other hand, it just seemed a bit too unrealistic. In my mind, it would have been better if there had been a bit more of a development between them.

"Laughter echoed outside my door along with the sound of my four friends horsing around. Hearing them, wanting to be with them, hurt more than I thought it would. I know they're safer if I avoid them. But why did they have to be so great? And why did I let them into my heart?"

Ultimately I have to say that I did like the book although I most definitely can't say that I loved it because if I had, I would have read it much quicker that I did.


I give this book a 3 out of five.

Admi Megs