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.
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.