Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge | Book Review

Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge is a book that I 100% wanted to read sooner than I did. Yet, somehow, other books kept coming before that. Finally, I could take the temptation no more and whipped it off the shelf – right when I really had no obligations except to hurry up and wait for labor. I am so glad I read this when I did. Like, I finished it and got through it in my time off before going to the hospital and really enjoyed what I had read.

Rosamund Hodge’s Crimson Bound is allegedly a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, but I just didn’t get that feeling or sense from what I had read. Essentially the plot follows this girl named Rachelle who is kind of a body guard for the king. She used to live with her mother in the village and was planning to become sort of a healer, medicine woman, if I recall correctly.

Then, plans changed when she was attacked in the forest. She was forced to kill or die, so after her kill, she enters the king’s service. There, she is pressed into duty of protecting Armand, his son. While there, she seeks a way to break the curse which is inflicted on a lot of people. She also kind of finds herself falling for Armand.

Rachelle as a character is super kick ass. I mean, there’s some coordinated attacks and she just goes wild to do her job. It’s pretty awesome to read. Beyond her physical prowess, she’s actually a great friend. You’ll see as you read. She has one good friend who is amazing at makeup and well, Rachelle shows her true colors as a friend. Also, I liked that she was very focused on her mission to defeat an evil that seems like it will eventually take over the kingdom, even though it may mean sacrificing herself. She’s just such a cool character.

As for the romance, I wouldn’t quite say it is on the level of Cruel Beauty investment for me. However, I did enjoy the build up of chemistry between Rachelle and Armand. It does take awhile for them to fall for each other, but oh when it hits. It’s pretty legit. Also, kind of forbidden which is interesting too.

I think that if you enjoyed Cruel Beauty or The Star Touched Queen, you’ll find yourself in for a treat with Rosamund Hodge’s Crimson Bound. It has that same sort of meandering writing style. The focus seems to be on the world building and some lush prose. Not to mention, the slow build of an excellent romance. If you’re super similar to me when it comes to taste, this book is sure to be in your wheelhouse.

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April is in her 30s and created Good Books And Good Wine. She works for a non-profit. April always has a book on hand. In her free time she can be found binge watching The Office with her husband and toddler, spending way too much time on Pinterest or exploring her neighborhood.

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  1. I really loved Cruel Beauty and always meant to read Crimson Bound right away. Still need to but after reading your review I want to make that happen sooner rather than later! It sounds awesome, I didn’t know all that about the story.
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