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.
Author: Rosamund Hodge
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Number of Pages: 436
Genre: Fantasy (Red Riding Hood retelling)
Where I acquired this book: Books-A-Million
When I read this book: July 18-19
Ratings on a Scale of 1-10
Quality of writing: 9 (One mistake on pg116)
Plot Development: 10
Ease of Reading: 10
After reading and loving Cruel Beauty by Rosamund Hodge, I couldn’t resist picking this one up when I saw it at the store. I just want to point out that this is not a sequel or companion to Cruel Beauty, it is set in an entirely different world with all new characters, magic, and rules. This book met and surpassed my expectations. I had never read a Red Riding Hood retelling before, so the premise was intriguing to me. The background to the story was really well thought out and the world was constructed beautifully. I loved the different creatures like the forest bound, blood bound, and the wolf-like creatures that I can’t remember the name of right now. I love, love, loved the mythology that was created and discussed through out the book. It was unique, creative, and helped make the story that much better. I thought that the characters were amazing and well-rounded. The main character Rachelle was a bad butt, but she was also vulnerable. There were lots of characters that threw you off their tracks. The ending had a HUGE plot twist, which was great and made me sob. Just like Cruel Beauty, this book gave me all the feels in such a fantastic way. I definitely recommend this book to fantasy lovers because of all of the high fantasy elements.
OVERALL RATING (out of 5): 5 stars
Tell me what you thought if you’ve read it. Have you ever read any Red Riding Hood retellings?