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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Book Review! Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
Genre: Young Adult (Fantasy Romance/Fractured Fairy Tale)
Date Published: May 5, 2015
Publisher: Balzer + Bray

When Rachelle was fifteen she was good—apprenticed to her aunt and in training to protect her village from dark magic. But she was also reckless— straying from the forest path in search of a way to free her world from the threat of eternal darkness. After an illicit meeting goes dreadfully wrong, Rachelle is forced to make a terrible choice that binds her to the very evil she had hoped to defeat.

Three years later, Rachelle has given her life to serving the realm, fighting deadly creatures in an effort to atone. When the king orders her to guard his son Armand—the man she hates most—Rachelle forces Armand to help her find the legendary sword that might save their world. As the two become unexpected allies, they uncover far-reaching conspiracies, hidden magic, and a love that may be their undoing. In a palace built on unbelievable wealth and dangerous secrets, can Rachelle discover the truth and stop the fall of endless night?

Inspired by the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood, Crimson Bound is an exhilarating tale of darkness, love, and redemption.

(This is a standalone novel, not part of the Cruel Beauty Universe.)

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge was a retelling of Little red Riding Hood. Right off, I have to say, I didn't see it at all. I mean, I could force it and place certain characters as the "wolf" and what not, but it feels like that would be reaching. It really seemed like its own story. I wouldn't call it a retelling at all. I enjoyed Cruel Beauty quite a bit, so I went into this book with some pretty high expectations. Unfortunately, it didn't hold my attention like  I'd hoped. There seemed to be a lot a draggy times, and I zoned off often. I'd like to know more abut this world. It seems it has its own set of rules and is pretty intriguing. I didn't connect with the characters though, and I didn't feel the romance at all. Rachelle goes back and forth on a whim between the guys. It never felt real. In fact, after Rachelle does something particularly stupid with the one of the guys given the circumstances, I became completely disenchanted with her, and I hoped both guys would lose interest.  I really hate that too, because the potential was there for an amazing an unique story.

Check out my review of another book by this author!

Writer. Catholic. I love cats & myths & girls with knives. My latest novel is BRIGHT SMOKE, COLD FIRE, the first book in a duology about Romeo and Juliet and necromancers. The sequel, ENDLESS WATER, STARLESS SKY, will be out in July 2018.

To learn more about Rosamund Hodge and her books, visit her website.You can also find her on GoodreadsFacebook, and Twitter.

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