Sunday, 10 May 2015

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

Sponsored post: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.
Crimson Bound
Blurb (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.)

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Crimson Bound(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“This story begins with endless night and infinite forest; with two orphaned children, and two swords made of broken bone.
It has not ended yet.”

This was an okay YA fantasy story, but I did lose patience towards the end.

Rachelle was a girl who didn’t give up what she was trying to achieve no matter the consequences. She knew that it would be tough to find one of the hidden swords that were needed to destroy the forestbound, but she never gave up hope that she would manage it, no matter how bad things got.

“All she had to do was solve the riddle and find the sword.”

The storyline in this was about Rachelle trying to find one of the swords to kill off the bad guys, as well as accidentally gaining a job as a body guard. I did find it extremely difficult to see how this story was anything like Red Riding Hood at all though. The only thing that this book had that was anything like little Red Riding Hood was the girl in a red cape on the cover.

“One day soon he will open his eyes and yawn, and then he will swallow up the moon and the sun, and we shall live in darkness once again.”

That being said, the story didn’t bother me too much, but I found it confusing to follow in places, and the slow pace made the book drag and drag. By the end I was really losing patience with the slow pace, and I just wanted to find out what happened and get to the end!

“Zisa had fought the Devourer and saved the whole world, but apparently woodwives weren’t supposed to save people anymore. They were supposed to sit in their cottages and braid insignificant charms and never, ever dream of changing the world.”

There was a bit of romance in this, but unfortunately there was a love triangle, which I didn’t really care for.

“Rachelle grabbed the back of his head and kissed him, as savagely as her forestborn had once kissed her.”

The ending to this was okay, but I just wanted to get it finished really. It seemed to take forever to get all the way through this, and I just lost patience with the super-slow pace.
6 out of 10

1 comment:

  1. I do think this author's books require a little patience. I love her writing so I'm happy to go with the slower pace..
    Thanks so much for stopping by! Jen at YA Romantics