Review: Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

Crimson Bound - Rosamund HodgePublisher: Balzer + Bray (May 5th 2015)
Hardcover: 448 pages
Source: Edelweiss
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Rating: 3.5-4 of 5 stars

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.


I’m not even sure how to describe my feelings for this book.

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I really liked it, but it also took me a while to really get into it. The story is captivating but also quite unhurried. The universe it definitely a unique one as it was (very loosely) inspired by Little Red Riding Hood and The Girl without Hands. The central elements of the fairy tale are woven throughout the story, but with a creepy and dark spin that makes it a little more original (if not kind of confusing).

‘‘Tell me about the Devourer,’’ she said. ‘‘What is he, really?’’
‘‘The breath in our mouths and the hunger in our hearts,’’ said the forestborn. ‘‘Be patient, little girl. You’ll meet him yourself someday.’’

I really wanted to love this. Little Red Riding Hood is a favourite story of mine, (and I enjoyed Cruel Beauty), so expectations were high. It started slow for me, but a little pass half way through the book is where I felt it really picked up for me. I became more invested and I was finally able to wrap my brain around the universe/plot. I unfortunately didn’t like Rachelle as much as I’d hope. Rachelle is tough and heartless (except for her few spot spots) but also fairly wishy-washy to the point where I just wanted for her to stop. Just please spot.

There is a romance(s). It was kind of strange. I couldn’t tell how important it was to the storyline, if it was suppose to be consequently for Rachelle or if it’s a background kind of thing. It was a love triangle of sorts but it didn’t really feel like that to me, though I definitely thought it was unnecessary. It was just Rachelle being wishy-washy to me. I actually quite like Armand, he has this unsuspecting nature and just knew how to sneak into your heart.

Overall, it was a pretty interesting read. It wasn’t quite what I expected but it managed to hook me in. It’s definitely a unique amalgamations of two retellings. If you enjoyed Cruel Beauty, or love a more ominous fairy tale-esque story, this is worth checking out.

{* Thanks to Balzer + Bray & Edelweiss for providing a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Author: Cyn

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0 Replies to “Review: Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge”

  1. I’m sorry you didn’t like this a bit better, Cyn! I actually really liked Rochelle’s character. But yeah, this book started off a bit slowly and could definitely take a while to get into. I’m glad I stuck with it though–it was definitely an enthralling read!

  2. There’s one thing I can say for sure about my reading experiences with Rosamund Hodge- her writing, when she weaves in the fantastical, takes me to escape land. But, I felt much the same about Rochelle at times though I did enjoy her being a bit gritty and dark. Were you surprised by the use of The Girl without Hands element? I enjoyed that twist. I also kept getting a Hansel and Gretel vibe with the lore and stuff. Fantastic review, Cyn!!

    Have a wonderful weekend!! 🙂

  3. Eeh, I’m a bit worried now!! I was a bit “meh” going into Cruel Beauty…but by the end I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT. But a slower pace?? That terrifies me! And I loathe it when I don’t connect to characters. *quietly lowers expectations*

  4. Melanie (YA Midnight Reads) says: Reply

    Oh hey, we’re post twinsies today! Celine reviewed this one on the blog and liked it a little more than you but yeah, I’ve heard that this one isn’t as impressive as Cruel Beauty, which is a shame :(( I’ve definitely lowered my expectations for this one now.

    Lovely review, Cyn <33

  5. I am not sure Rochelle would appeal to me. Maybe I should focus on Cruel Beauty and skip this one.

  6. I loved Cruel Beauty and the slow pace of it, so I’m not worried about that part. BUT, wishy-washy is not something I like in my heroines. I’m sorry you didn’t love this, Cyn!

  7. Ah yes, I’ve read a few similar gripes about that wishy washy romance. The book sounds like a lot of fun though, sad to hear you didn’t like Rachelle as much as you thought.

  8. Great review. I want to read this book badly myself. 🙂

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