Crimson Bound, More like Crimson Bored

Ah, hello my dearest booknerdigans. How are you all on this fine evening, afternoon, morning…Whatever time of the day it is for you.

I’m feeling pretty shitty today considering my body currently hates me.

On the upside, I just started reading A Throne of Glass and I can already tell it’s going to be amazing. It’s just my cup of tea.

Anyway, back to the review. I bought Crimson Bound a few days after it was released because I was so excited for this story. I loved Cruel Beauty, it was such a great take on Beauty and the Beast, and Rosamund Hodge’s writing is so eclectic and has this vintage feel that takes you away from this world into an entirely different one.

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.)

I’m unfortunately sad to say that even after my continuous enthusiasm that the story would draw me in and make me fall in love with it, I had an incredibly hard time reading this book. It took me over a month to finish it. A MONTH. I just could not, for the life of me, get into it.Maybe I’m just slow, that’s why no one likes me.

I don’t want to say that I didn’t like it, but it was difficult to follow along with the plot.

Not that it was difficult to understand per say, but it seemed to have a lot of details that were almost squished into the story and overfilled with too much information. There was almost too many ideas, you couldn’t really see where it was going or grasp onto what was happening.

That being said, what I did get from the story—was a flawless setting and intriguing enough characters. I just wish I had been more enthralled in it.

The story was a bit slow at first, but it eventually picked up toward the end. The execution and the ideas were there, but the glue to hold it all together, was not. Other than that, there’s not much else to say about it other than that I really wish Eric wasn’t a bad guy ‘cos damn he sounds gorgeous.

And that’s all I have to say about that.

I wish you all a very splendid weekend, my fellow booknerdigans. Farewell for now.

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