Hello, Bookish Buddies, and welcome to my first review in a long ass time! I have been in a little bit of a reading slump, but it’s okay because I think it’s over now! Yay! Now I know Crimson Bound isn’t the most hyped book, so if you don’t know of it, here’s the synopsis:
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.)
First of all, I had no idea this was a Little Red Riding Hood retelling until I read the synopsis after I read the book (yes, I read synopses only after I read the book, I’m weird like that). The only real similarity it has to Little Red Riding Hood is that a girl wanders through a forest. Just saying.
Second of all, I really think this book should’ve been called Blood Bound instead of Crimson Bound because all of the characters in the book are blood bound and nobody ever refers to it as being crimson bound. Not even once. Did you think you were getting a quality review here? Because you’re not, clearly, because I’m just here complaining about the title. Anyway, moving on.
Let’s talk about the characters now. As far as leading ladies go, I’ve seen so much worse than Rachelle. She was badass, witty, and had a whole lot of heart. However, I can’t say the same for literally every other character in this book. They all seemed really inconsistent. I feel like every supporting character just did whatever would help further the plot instead of what their characters would actually do. They all had potential, I just feel like they weren’t fleshed out enough.
I also really liked/was really confused by the world that this story was set in. Again, I think it had a lot of potential, but it wasn’t as fleshed out as it could have been. Throughout the story, the reader hears little fragments of the history behind the main conflict, but there is barely enough to piece together the whole story.
After everything was said and done, the ending really disappointed me. I’m not going to go into any spoilery things here, but I feel that it places to much emphasis on the romantic subplot when there were several points before it where the ending could have been a lot stronger. So, if the over emphasis of romance in YA bothers you like it bothers me, I wouldn’t recommend this book to you.
Overall, I rated this book a 2.75/5 stars.