My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won’t find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could’ve been better or what worked or didn’t work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it’s here I probably think it won’t injure your brain if you read it.
Rune always knew that she had a powerful voice… but she didn’t realize it was deadly until she nearly kills a boy at a party. Running from her guilt and an illness that makes her unable to avoid singing an aria once it’s stuck in her head, Rune’s mother sends her to her aunt, the administrator of an operatic boarding school in Paris.
Hoping that her aunt will be able to help her with the stage fright that leaves her faint after singing – and maybe teach her to to control her impulsive bursts of song – Rune enters Roseblood Academy only to feel as if she is constantly shadowed, and not just by the overly friendly opera house cat. She sees a half-masked man in mirrors, and hears a violin every night playing the song her father was right before he died.
When roses in the long abandoned garden go from wilting to full at her touch, and the animals in the surrounding woods seem to be speaking in voices that don’t belong to them, Rune knows there is something quite wrong at Roseblood… and possibly with her, too.
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