Yes, A.G. Howard has a new book! And YES, I absolutely cannot wait to read it!!! (Funny story, I've been refreshing A.G. Howard's page over and over again since 9am, waiting for this cover. And of course it's when I need to go out that they decide to release it. Darn it!) But the wait was definitely worth it! Take a look:
I mean, how creepy and intriguing is this? It looks a lot like the covers of her Splintered series (and according an interview, the same artist actually did do this cover). If it isn't obvious enough, this is going to be a retelling of the famous Phantom of the Opera. But, like with any good retelling, there are a few twists, and you can pick them out on the cover. Like the cracked mask (!!!), or the bloody thorns around her neck. I'm intrigued by the slight glimmer of gold in her eyes too... It's such a haunting cover! I'm a big of A.G. Howard's works, and I love the idea of her creating a new gothic, creepy, and musical world based off The Phantom of the Opera. I mean, who doesn't love The Phantom of the Opera? (Unless of course you're studying gender/analyzing it with a gendered lens like a friend of mine, and realizing how helpless and dependent Christine actually is, then I guess you'd have some issues. But that's not the point. It's a classic. I love it for everything it is, characters, and all. Especially the music.) This book is slated to come out January 2017. It's a bit of a wait, but at least we have a cover. And in the meanwhile, we all can go re-read her Splintered series (because Morpheus <3) Full announcement is on YABC :) Add it to your Goodreads here!
This YA novel from New York Times bestselling author A. G. Howard marks the beginning of a new era for fans of the Splintered series. Rune Germaine moves to a boarding school outside of Paris, only to discover that at this opera-house-turned-music-conservatory, phantoms really do exist. RoseBlood is a Phantom of the Opera–inspired retelling in which Rune’s biggest talent—her voice—is also her biggest curse. Fans of Daughter of Smoke and Bone and the Splintered series will find themselves captivated by this pulse-pounding spin on a classic tale.
Rune, 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 every performance. Convinced creative direction will cure her, her mother ships her off to a French boarding school for the arts, rumored to have a haunted past.
Shortly after arriving at RoseBlood conservatory, Rune starts to believe something otherworldly is indeed afoot. The mystery 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 19th century, she realizes that in his presence she feels cured. Thorn may be falling for Rune, but the phantom haunting RoseBlood wants her for a very specific and dangerous purpose. As their love continues to grow, 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.
A. G. Howard brings the romantic storytelling that Splintered fans adore to France—and an entirely new world filled with lavish romance and intrigue—in a retelling inspired by a story that has captivated generations. Fans of both The Phantom of the Opera musical and novel, as well as YA retellings such as Marissa Meyer’s Cinder, will devour RoseBlood.