Friday, May 1, 2015

Review: Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

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Crimson Bound
by Rosamund Hodge
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Publication Date: May 5th 2015
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Pages: 448
ISBN: 9780062224767
Genre: Young Adult | FairyTale Retelling | Fantasy
Source: Edelweiss

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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. (Goodreads)
As soon as I heard that Crimson Bound was a Little Red Riding Hood retelling, I knew I would have to read the book. I enjoyed reading Cruel Beauty last year, so I was super curious to see what Rosamund Hodge had come up with this retelling. As much as I enjoyed Cruel Beauty because it was a Beauty and the Beast retelling, I think I enjoyed Crimson Bound even more!

The main character in the story, Rachelle, was one of those really awesome heroines that I always love. The girl can kick some bad guy butt, but she also has a seldom seen soft heart that proves how much she cares about people. I love that about her. There was a bit of romance going on for Rachelle in the book, and it comes off as a bit of a love triangle. I honestly really didn’t buy one side of the triangle at all. But the other side was sweet, and that’s definitely the team I was rooting for.

The thing about Crimson Bound, much like Cruel Beauty, is that the worlds that Hodge creates in these books are SO very unique and creative. It’s insane how in depth she gets with these stories. The characters, the setting, the storyline – it’s all so very well thought out and written.  There are lots of twists and turns throughout the story that will have you turning the pages to find out what is going to happen next. I’m pleased to say that the end of the book comes together nicely as well.

Overall; fans of Hodge’s Cruel Beauty will definitely enjoy Crimson Bound!! I really enjoyed this Little Red Riding Hood retelling, and I can’t wait to see what Rosamund Hodge comes up with next!
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1 comment:

  1. OOoh nice review! I so can't wait to read this one! I loved Cruel Beauty and a twist on Red Riding Hood pretty much always means good things! LOL! Though there has been a time or two when it didn't. But yeah. This is Hodge! So it will be good! Great review! Glad to hear that it was as enjoyable as the first!

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