5 Things About Crimson Bound By Rosamund Hodge

November 23, 2016 Review 26 ★★★★

5 Things About Crimson Bound By Rosamund Hodge
Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
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Publisher: Balzer+Bray
Source: Purchased
Pages: 441
Release Date: May 5th, 2015
Genres: Fairy Tales & Folklore, Fantasy & Magic, Love & Romance, Retelling, Romance, Young Adult
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.

Fairy Tale Retelling

Retellings are some of the great comfort reads I love to pick up when I’m stressed all struggling. I love being able to not only visit a familiar tale, but also explore a new take on it. CRIMSON BOUND is a bit of a mix of Red Riding Hood elements with some Hansel and Gretel influences, but for the most part is fairly original in its plot and ideas.

Incredibly Addictive

Curse Rosamund Hodge and her addictive writing. It is so incredibly difficult to put her books down. When I read CRUEL BEAUTY I put off an entire day of final exam study to finish it. CRIMSON BOUND almost made me do the same (except these exams are much scarier). I honestly would have binged it at any other time. The twists and turns made it even harder to force myself to stop.


Admirable Main Character

Rachelle was such an amazing human being. The more we got to see into her character the more I loved her. Her strength and determination are admirable. She’s so loyal and dedicated to not only those she loves but all humans. I also loved being able to see her friendship with Amelie and wish it had featured more (though it did feature a lot more than I would have expected)

Give me all the folklore

The main story of CRIMSON BOUND is broken up with folklor segments which explore the history of the world’s past/ legends. I loved those sections so much, they were fascinating. Not only that, but the villains of CRIMSON BOUND, the forestborn, remind me a lot of creepy, scary, terrifying fey. There was even magic and charms and legendary swords!


A love triangle that had me conflicted

I can’t remember the last time I questioned a love triangle so much, and I mean that in a good way. At first I really loved Erec because he was a hilarious and entertaining, and basically the type of guy I normally ship with the main character. And then Armand had to come along and be so amazing and sweet and precious As the story went on I questioned Erec more and more, as I came to love Armand even more. It was a really strange reading experience for me, who usually picks the end game OTP and never wavers throughout the story.


CRIMSON BOUND was a fantastic read. The first book I’ve read that really made me want to procrastinate study in months. With twists and turns, violent shocking action, and admirable characters it was the book I needed to read at the time.

Rating Report
Overall: 4.2

26 Responses to “5 Things About Crimson Bound By Rosamund Hodge”

  1. Eugenia @ Genie in a Book

    Haha putting off exam study to finish a boos is something I’m sure a lot of booknerds can admit to! I’ve had these books on my TBR for a while, but after reading your review they definitely need to become more of a priority! I love the sound of the folklore element, and a love triangle that actually makes the story more enjoyable. Thanks for sharing Bec :)

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    • Bec

      Hahaha sometimes we just have to prioritise a good book! I hope you get to give her books a chance soon. They so good!

    • Bec

      That’s a shame :( If you read this I hope it’s more enjoyable for you :)

      The struggle of money is real! I haven’t been able to buy a book in so long T_T

    • Bec

      There are so many YA fantasy novels on my TBR I love it! I should probably go through them before buying/ getting more from the library… Maybe haha. I hope you like Crimson Bound when you read it!

    • Bec

      It’s so good! She writes such marvellous fairy tale retellings. I also hope you can get your hands on this soon!

  2. Micheline @ Lunar Rainbows Reviews

    Aww, well I’m glad that Hodge delivered in this instance for you :) I’m scared of trying her work again after being a black sheep but that doesn’t mean I’m not tempted to. Especially now :D I hope you still managed to get some studies done despite this addictive little number ;)
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    • Bec

      Hey, it happens. Depending on what aspect of Cruel Beauty you didn’t enjoy, you still might enjoy this one (I hope!).

      I could only put study off so much because there was so much knowledge to learn haha. If it was any other time I would have put it off completely!

    • Bec

      It definitely lived up to my expectations! I was scared to start after how much I loved Cruel Beauty. I hope you get to read this soon :D

  3. czai

    I keep on telling myself that I’ll read her books since I’ve been reading good things about them. I still only haveCruel Beauty though. So glad to know you enjoyed this. I’d have to get my copy one of these days. Great review :)
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    • Bec

      You definitely need to dive into her book! Her writing is amazing. I hope you love Cruel Beauty when you read it :D

    • Bec

      That’s a shame :( Timing and mood can have a massive effect on it though. Hopefully your next attempt goes better :)

    • Bec

      It is a very interesting love triangle!! And it morphs as you read it. I hope you enjoy this if/when you get to it :D

    • Bec

      It is so good!! Those guys were interesting and it was so interesting how my opinions on them changed as the story developed.

      Thanks :)

    • Bec

      This love triangle developed/ changed over the story in a unique way, that’s for sure!

      Definitely give Rosamund Hodge a chance one day! Her writing is amazing.

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