Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge is a retelling of Red Riding Hood with a whole lot of creepy and spooky thrown in for good measure. Crimson Bound stands separate from her previous novel, Cruel Beauty, so have no fear, you can read them in either order but you won’t be able to resist reading both eventually ;-). Hodge returns with another amazing world and magic that is just creepy enough for me to be hooked without completely scaring the bejeezus out of me! I did have a horrible dream where my hands wouldn’t stop tingling though, which I think we all know can be blamed on Crimson Bound’s secondary character who doesn’t have hands….
Note: I received an advanced copy of Crimson Bound from the publisher. Some things may have changed in the final version.
Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
Published by Balzer & Bray on May 5th, 2015
Genres: Dark Fantasy, Fairytale Retelling, YA
Page Length: 448 pages
How I got my copy: 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.
- Just like Cruel Beauty, Crimson Bound has some amazing world-building. There is a Great Forest that exists alongside the real world and is the home of a deity called only The Devourer. The Great Forest is pretty much another character in Crimson Bound with the amount of presence it has throughout. Little details like seeing flowers with teeth make all the difference ;-).
- Crimson Bound did a great job with retelling Red Riding Hood in that it was not at all predictable, but I kept finding more connections and realizing how things tied together. I love when the retelling elements aren’t bashed over your head and instead you realize slowly where they fit in.
- All right, I’m a complete scaredy cat as most of you have probably realized by now (there’s a reason I don’t review horror!). Therefore, while Crimson Bound was probably not that scary for most people, I found it just the right amount of spooky to make me need to keep turning the pages without making me stop all together and get my blankey, haha.
- Who doesn’t love plot twists?? Crimson Bound has a couple of really excellent ones that in hindsight make a lot of sense but I completely missed because I assumed Crimson Bound was going to follow the typical YA plot lines ;-).
- Crimson Bound has a romance that I liked much more than Cruel Beauty. I wasn’t sure it was going to actually happen, but it felt realistic and sweet to me partially because Rachelle resisted for a while, haha.
- Crimson Bound does that love triangle thing that Cruel Beauty did where there technically is one, but it is weird because of various reasons and doesn’t really annoy me as much as certain other big ones did. I think it’s partially because there is minimal angst over who Rachelle will choose since Rachelle doesn’t really care about much besides stopping the thing that is eating the freaking sun!
- While I was addicted to the beginning of Crimson Bound, it did slow its pace at times to the point where I felt I needed to push through to finish.
- I mentioned that I got some messed up dreams from a certain book about a poor guy without hands right?? >.> *hides*
Crimson Bound will be fun for fans of Cruel Beauty and a great introduction to Hodge’s awesome world-building and writing for new readers! If you like dark fantasy with some pretty serious consequences, Crimson Bound is likely your cup of tea :D.
Have you read this one? What did you think? Are you excited for it if you haven’t gotten to it yet?
Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
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