Friday, July 17, 2015

Crimson Bound by Roasmund Hodge

Crimson Bound
Author: Rosamund Hodge
Publisher: Balzer+Bray
Publication Date: May 5, 2015
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I started this book because I was going through a a book slump and I always seem to enjoy Little Red Riding Hood retellings. Almost immediately after beginning Crimson Bound I realized that this novel was a lot more than a retelling. Any relationship it had to Little Red Riding Hood was vague at best. Luckily, I still really enjoyed the story and Crimson Bound helped me get out of my reading slump!

Crimson Bound has a plot that is hard to sum up. It begins when Rachelle is apprenticed to a Woodwitch and starts training to protect her village from the Forestborn/Woodspawn. When Rachelle is turned in to a Bloodbound, someone destined to become a Forestborn, she begins to serve the realm and is forced to guard the King’s son, Armand, who has become a kind of saint. A saint Rachelle does not believe in.

Crimson Bound does a beautiful job blending mythology with an intricately woven story line. This novel has a lot of layers and I enjoyed how the story slowly revealed the nuances of the world that Hodge created.

Rachelle was my favorite character in this novel. I liked that she had a past littered with decisions made in a moral grey area. Rachelle was a well rounded character and it also didn’t hurt that she was a totally badass fighter.

My only issue with this novel was the romance. It was a love triangle that really had no place in the plot. I felt like everything in Crimson Bound was well thought out but for some reason the romance felt sloppy and unnecessary. I think I would have enjoyed this novel more had the romance been done away with.

Overall, Crimson Bound was a beautifully written story filled with lush mythology. I only wish that there were more books set in this same world!


  1. I have no patience of unnecessary romantic triangles, sorry to hear that there's one here. Otherwise the book sounds fantastic. Thank you for sharing your thoughts!

  2. I thought this one was okay but a bit strange and at time I really didn't know what I thought of it. I wasn't keen on the romance much either.

  3. From what I know, Crimson Bound is a mix of two retellings; I just couldn't remember what the other one was. Great review, Emily! I enjoyed this book as well, although I must say that I actually liked all the feels. :)

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  4. Rosamund Hodge has such a unique style of writing - I love her work! Crimson Bound was a wonderful read, although I did get a bit confused sometimes with the switching back and forth of the stories.

  5. it sucks that the romance isn't really good but the story sounds good. I really hope to get around this soon. Great review! :)

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