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OwlCrate Unboxing + (a DNF) RoseBlood Review

January’s OwlCrate theme was “Classic Remix” and was filled to the brim with wonderful items reflecting all sorts of fun, classical literature. Read on to see what was inside and hear my thoughts of the book included, RoseBlood by AG Howard (a Phantom of the Opera retelling).

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What was inside:

  1. A delicious tea blend inspired by The Little Prince and made by First Edition Tea Co.
  2. An exclusive soap by TeaSoapBooks that was spired by The Secret Garden. It smells excellent!
  3. Slaughterhouse Five watercolor bookmark made by Lexy Olivia.
  4. A magnet designed by Sweet Sequels inspired by The Phantom of the Opera.
  5. Easily my favorite object inside the box was a 2017 calendar that was filled with abstract images inspired by classic children’s stories. The calendar was made by Obvious State. My calendar is happily hanging next to my computer at work, and the best part is that when I’m done using it as a calendar, I can use the neato images as art around the house! My husband will be thrilled, I’m sure.

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Lastly, the book!

OwlCrate Unboxing + (a DNF) RoseBlood ReviewRoseBlood by A.G. Howard
Published by Amulet Books on January 10th 2017
Genres: Fantasy
Pages: 432
Format: Hardback
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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.

I tried so hard to finish this book. I TRIED. I didn’t want to DNF another OwlCrate book, since I didn’t finish the last one, but by the time I got 1/3 of the way through this I was so confused that I just had to stop. Here’s how reading this book went for me:

  1. Whelp I hate the cover. But let’s not judge the poor book yet, okay?
  2. Alright! American girl with weird name (Rune) is going to some French school for performance arts. This has some potential!
  3. Okay, so she literally has no ability to prevent herself from singing songs that get stuck in her head. Sure, I get that.
  4. Her grandma tried to kill her?
  5. Okay mystery man has mystery man friend who somehow needs Rune for something? Why are they “preying” on her? Are they animals or people? Are they vampires? I’m confused, but I’m sure this will clear up as I get further into the book.
  6. Yay! We’re dealing with school life. This is fun!
  7. Why do we keep making references to mysterious things? Why can’t some of these mysterious questions just be answered? I AM BEING BOGGED DOWN BY CONFUSION.
  8. Rune put some guy in a coma… by putting his glowing orb in side of her while they were kissing? (BAHAHAHAHAJFLSKJFD that sounds so wrong. I’m not changing a thing, because that’s essentially what happened.)
  9.  WHY DO THESE MYSTERY MEN KEEP TALKING IN RIDDLES. I don’t understand 80% of what they’re alluding to.
  10. Oh, Rune and Thorn are meeting! This will be interesting.
  11. No. Definitely not interesting. Definitely weird. More glowing orbs.
  12. The red swan is his familiar or something? WHAT THE EVEN F. THIS IS TOO EFFING WEIRD. I’M DONE.

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DNF about 1/3 of the way through due to endless confusion.

Have you read RoseBlood? If so, tell when the heck our questions start getting answered! I was basically nonstop confused. What were your thoughts on the book and the OwlCrate contents this month?

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  1. I have a review copy of this I need to read but the more reviews I read the more hesitant I get about it. I’ve only heard mixed or negative things. It does sound as confusing as hell, and I haven’t even seen the Phantom of the Opera so will have even less idea of what’s going on hahaaaa.

    1. bahahahaha if you haven’t seen Phantom then you’ll probably be very confused. Yeah, I can’t say that I’d recommend this one!

  2. This sounds almost as strange and confusing as Vassa in the Night hahaha
    So many people were excited for that book, but I read 2 of the books in the Splintered series by the same author and I just can’t even. I still have one book to go and I just don’t wanna 🙁
    Are you getting the February box though? Because I am pretty sure we all know what book will be in there.

    1. Bahahaha “I just can’t even.” Girl, don’t even waste your time reading it then! And yes, I totally am getting the February box – lol, I definitely think we know what book we’re getting. I’m excited about it -I hope I love it as much as everyone else seems to!

          1. Hmmm, yeah that’s too bad. The US edition is still beautiful, but the UK ones have the secret cover. I was unwrapping it and silently praying “everything but the dress, everything but the dress.” … I got the dress hahaha but it’s still VERY beautiful.