Publisher: Balzer + Bray on May 5, 2015
Genres: Fantasy, Retelling, Romance, Young Adult
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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.)
At A Glance
Very original but very slow.
Even though Crimson Bound is based on Little Red Riding Hood and Girl With No Hands, the story felt very unique. Rosamund twisted these tales and made a whole new adventure heavy with mythology.
I loved the dark side Rachelle brought out of this book. Rachelle is all kinds of effed up. Her past has really shaped her into a bitter, fighting machine. Sometimes her complaining and self-loathing got a bit much, but it also added to her character. I would be pissed too if I were in her shoes. She hates who she has become and now, to add insult to injury, she has to babysit the one man who makes her heart-crushing past seem like a joke. Despite how Rachelle feels, she always focuses on her task. I loved her determination to pretty much save the freaking world, despite how the world has treated her.
Erec was such a jerk-flirt. You want to hate him but he’s so damn charming, in an evil-ish way. Armand sometimes fades into the background, but when his story comes to light, you start really paying attention to him. Seriously, you will be shocked with these two in the end. The rest of the characters were amazing. I love and hated each one whole-heartedly.
There are soooooo many twists and turns in this one. Certain characters are not who you first think they are, both in a bad and good way. The action was really good, though more of it would have been awesome. I think everything came together well in the end.
The pacing if very slow in this one. I put the book down often. And the story got confusing in some places.
The romance was not my fav. First, it’s a hugely unnecessary love triangle between Rachelle, Erec, and Armand. There was very little actual romance, which was fine with me since I didn’t see these two/three together anyway. They just didn’t fit as a couple (Can’t tell you who she ends up with), at all. This story didn’t need a lot of romance, but I always want to be able to root for the main couple. Couldn’t do it this time.
Some kissing and anything further is not described. Good for YA.
I really did enjoy this book, but the pacing was horrible and I didn’t really think either love interest was a good choice for Rachelle. So I am middle-ground with this one. Recommended.
“This is the human way, she thought. On the edge of destruction, at the end of all things, we still dance. And hope.”
“There were three of them, all with rapiers, and she had only a dagger. It would have been a wretchedly uneven fight, if she were human.
It was still a wretchedly uneven fight; it was just uneven in her favor.”
“I knew you lived,” her mother said after a moment. “Any daughter of mine would be ruthless enough.”