I received an electronic review copy from Balzer + Bray via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts present in this review are strictly my own. This book comes out on May 5th, 2015, so if it sounds interesting to you, check it out!
Author: Rosamund Hodge
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Genre: Fairy Tale Retelling, Fantasy
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 was such a fantastic, wonderful story. Last year, after reading Cruel Beauty, I feel in love with Rosamund’s writing style, and her story lines. This book is a stand alone, so if you’re interested you don’t have to worry about reading the first book you can just dive right in! In the rest of the review I’m going to discuss the characters, plot (no spoilers, so read on!), and then my overall feels.
The characters in Crimson Bound were very complex, which made them really interesting to read about, and the development was spot on! Rachelle was a feisty, sassy main character. She was really bad ass, and she definitely knew how to hold her own, but on the other hand, the way she let her heart open up as the story progressed, while still remaining true to herself was perfect. I love having characters that allow others in, but still hold true to themselves. Then we have Armand, who has taking a spot as one of my book boyfriends quite easily! He was always really thoughtful, and he kept Rachelle on her feet throughout the entire book.
So the plot line of this story is based off of Little Red Riding Hood, which I adored, because retellings are one of my favorite things to read. The best part of this book though was that there was so much more than a cookie cutter copy of the fairy tale. Rosamund Hodge most definely has a knack for stripping back a story to the basics, then weaving in a story line that leaves you satisfied, but still wanting more. The other great thing about the story was the darker side of the story. It wasn’t just a fluffy read, and the entire story had these darker sides always lurking, which made it so complex! The way the plot untwisted and weaved back together left me always guessing, and at times, it made me heart break a little just to put it back together later on.
Overall, this book was another fantastic story from Rosamund! Although I didn’t enjoy it as much as Cruel Beauty, I was still sucked in, and I fell in love with the characters over and over. I definitely recommend this one, and it’s one that I would pick up sooner rather than later!