• Page Count: 448
  • Release Date: May 5, 2015
  • My Rating: 2 stars

Book Description:

Crimson Bound

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.

My Thoughts:


So sad. I had really high hopes for this one!! I loved the concept of a darker & creepy Red Riding Hood retelling, but just couldn’t get into this. It did start out really strong, but then kind of fizzled out and never really picked up. I was mostly either confused, bored, or just didn’t care. I guess I liked Cruel Beauty more.

Basically, I didn’t connect with any of the characters, really wasn’t feeling the romance, and couldn’t get a solid sense of the Forest stuff despite the massive amount of worldbuilding. Rosamund Hodge is brilliant with mythology and spins a lot into her work, but this time it felt like it almost took away from the actual story. I’m not even sure how to summarize it because I couldn’t get a solid grasp on the story. So I’ll just leave it with the description below and say check it out if you really love retellings AND are very patient.



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