Friday, June 19, 2015

Book Review: Crimson Bound by: Rosamund Hodge

Release Date: May 5, 2015
from Balzer + Bray
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Source: I received a copy of this book from the publisher via edelweiss in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"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.

(This is a standalone novel, not part of the Cruel Beauty Universe.)"

My Thoughts:

I was really looking forward to this book. I absolutely adored Cruel Beauty and high fantasy is one of my favorite genres, so I had high hopes for this one. Crimson Bound was a good read and I really enjoyed the world Rosamund Hodge created here.

Rachelle is an awesome heroine. She is so strong and tough and I just loved her. I loved her spirit and her fight and I loved that should could take care of herself. I also loved Armand. He is nothing like Rachelle and I think that’s why they worked so well. I loved the slow build of their relationship and that it took time for them to learn to trust one another.

My favorite thing about Rosamund Hodge’s characters is that they are not perfect… far from it actually. They are flawed and they make mistakes. Sometimes they make decisions that are not really good ones but they own that about themselves and accept that they aren’t perfect. Rachelle especially… she knows who she is and she doesn’t apologize for it. They blur the lines between good and evil and I love that push and pull.

The world in Crimson Bound was very interesting. It’s almost as if two worlds are living parallel to each other and one is constantly trying to invade the other. It was a nice set up and it was easy to get lost in the world.

Crimson Bound does have a slow build and there were times where I was a bit confused and had to go back and slow myself down. This definitely isn’t a book for everyone but I really think that people who love the high fantasy genre will enjoy this one. It’s a good blend of action, romance, and magical elements.

All in all, Crimson Bound is a good read and one I really liked getting lost in. I can’t wait to see what book Rosamund Hodge gives us next.


  1. Oh nice! I still need to read this one as well! Looking forward to it though as I love a good fairy tale retelling! Great review!

  2. I'm glad you were able to enjoy this series. I read the 1st book and it just didn't click with me, lol. I'm all for slow-builds, but sometimes it just doesn't work for me.

  3. Cruel Beauty has been on my TBR-list for a while now, but I never seem to get to it. I'm hoping to do it soon, because this book sounds just great and I'd love to read this series.
    Great review!

  4. I really enjoy when an author gives her characters flaws. Makes them more real to me. Everyone makes mistakes, including fictional characters - they're real, right? Great review! Not sure this series is for me since high fantasy makes me crazy but I do love the covers!

  5. This author is on my wish list because of you -- I hope I can get to these books soon! I'm really happy you enjoyed this. I know it's hit or miss for some readers, but I'm super happy it's a hit for you. I have a feeling it will be for me, too. Wonderful review, Wifey! Love you big <3

  6. I do enjoy when the relationship between the characters has a slower build. It makes it feel more real and believable. Despite it being a bit confusing and a bit slow, I know I'll have to pick this one up. It does sounds really good, especially the main character!

    Great review

  7. I feel like the only one that didn't like this! (I DNF) I am happy to see you did though! Her writing is fabulous! :)


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