Mini Reviews are for books I read recently but enough time has past to not remember key details of the story, or I felt there was not enough to talk about for a full in depth review. These will be short and give a general feel of the book in terms of recommendation.
Title & Author: Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
Genre: Young Adult- Fantasy, Romance, Retellings
Release Date: May 5th 2015
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Description: 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.
Little Red Riding Hood Gets a Much Needed Revamp
I was pleasantly surprised to find I loved this book much much more than Rosamund’s previous book Cruel Beauty, which left me feeling very underwhelmed and confused. The review can be found here. In all honesty I still had high hopes for this book even after finishing Cruel Beauty. The story just sounded so much more complex and interesting. Plus Little Red Riding Hood is a favorite of mine. Thankfully I was right because this book was positively amazing!
The characters are so complex and the world building and background given to us is just so well done I was constantly in awe with the intricacies Rosamund put into this book. Rachelle is this fatally flawed character who is trying to right her wrong and accept her demise at the same time. Her interactions with people were always very cold/closed off/forced because she feels she doesn’t deserve kindness or love. She builds this wall around herself knowing she is this monster that can only harm and destroy and its just so heartbreaking. Armand’s hands are missing and the way she wrote about his struggles in a world that didn’t really have working prosthesis was great. I loved their interaction of bitter enemies to dangerous attraction.
I want to pick apart Rosamund’s brain and suck out all her mythology stories because the back stories and subplots in all her books is what really draws me in. The way she writes about religion and weaves their beliefs is so enthralling. The plot twist in this one was much more earth shaking and out of left field than Crimson Bound as well. I was screeching in my reading nook when we found out who her Forest Born maker was.
Overall this book is a perfect standalone that I would highly recommend to anyone who enjoys retellings, fantasy or just amazing world building. I currently only own the ebook and this is definitely worth a Hardback spot on my shelf!