Title: Crimson Bound
Author: Rosamund Hodge
Release Date/Publisher: May 5th 2015 by Balzer + Bray
Finished: January 27th 2015
Pages: 448-ARC eBook-given for review
Synopsis from Goodreads:
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.)
What I Thought:
I received this in exchange for an honest review.
The best part about this? It’s a stand-alone book! If you haven’t read Cruel Beauty it doesn’t matter, you can jump right into this one and just enjoy it.
This story is enough on it’s own to capture you and keep you reading. It kept surprising me as I read which I loved. Not so much because of plot twists, because it did have an awesome one, but because I would be reading and expect it to slow down and lose my interest and then something new would happen that would grip me yet again. It wasn’t predictable and I really enjoyed reading it.
The main character was interesting, she had to do something horrible to survive and even after all this time it still ate away at her conscience. She’s always saying how she could kill someone or she threatens people, but I honestly think she regrets everything and just wants to make it right. She was tough and easy to anger but you feel like you really want to stick with her on this journey and hope she can do what she’s been planning all along. She learns to love even when things look their worst.
The story was well written and I didn’t feel like anything was left out or unsolved by the end of the book. I really enjoyed reading it and I definitely think it will be a popular one when it’s released, especially since it’s inspired by a fairytale!