YA Review of Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

Book Review, Young Adult Books

My Thoughts on Crimson Bound:

Even though I knew that this was not attached to Cruel Beauty, I couldn’t help comparing them. Unfortunately, Crimson Bound did not live up to my expectations. It was a good book, but it was missing that extra something that Cruel Beauty had.

Things I liked: I liked the new twist on the old fairy tale of Little Red Riding Hood. I liked the fantasy aspect, the concept of the Great Forest, the Devourer, and the transformation from human to bloodbound to forestborn.

Things I didn’t like: The characters. I couldn’t connect with any of them and never got to like any of them. I didn’t like the love triangle or the level of violence. The book was too bloody for my tastes.

The bottom line: It was a good book, and I would recommend reading it if you are looking for a dark fantasy and can get it from the library.

Content: Lots of violence, non-descriptive sex, and some language (no f-words).

Source: I received a digital galley of this book in exchange for an honest review.


About Crimson Bound:

  • Age range: 14+
  • Series: None
  • Genre: Fantasy/fairy tale
  • Hardcover: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Balzer + Bray (May 5, 2015)


An exhilarating tale of darkness, love, and redemption inspired by the classic fairy tale Little Red Riding Hood, from the author of Cruel Beauty.

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 a vain 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 the two become unexpected allies, they discover far-reaching conspiracies, hidden magic . . . and a love that may be their undoing. Within a palace built on unbelievable wealth and dangerous secrets, can Rachelle discover the truth and stop the fall of endless night?

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1 Comment

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    Adriana Garcia
    May 7, 2015 at 6:54 pm

    That's a shame. I'm not into too much violence either in my books. I was hoping you would like this one. Little Red Riding Hood is one of my favorite fairy tales. I especially like her retellings. I don't know. I think I may still try it out because it's Red Riding Hood. Thanks for your honest review (:

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