Review of Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge


Review: I want to start off by saying how great and amazing the plot and details of this book were. They were the only reason I gave this book four stars, because I felt that the characters and the romance were awful and that they were almost pointless to the story.

The main reason I’m saying this is because the main character ruined this whole book for me, I could not stand her at all. the other side characters were just ok but did not really stand out or really impact the plot line.

I came into this book excepting the greatness that was Cruel Beauty, with its wonderful plots and characters. But I saw almost none of that in Crimson Bound , the only part that kept me reading was the interesting plot and the way Rosamund Hodge is able to create such a cool fantasy world.

4 out of 5 stars.

448 pages. Hardback.

Young Adult. Fantasy. Retellings. Romance. Magic. Mature Themes.

Published by Balzer + Bray.

Summary: 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 hunt for the legendary sword that might save their world. Together, they navigate the opulent world of the courtly elite, where beauty and power reign and no one can be trusted. And as they become unexpected allies, they discover 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.

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