Title: Crimson Bound
Author: Rosamund Hodge
Age Group: Teen/Young Adult
Series: Cruel Beauty Universe, book two
Star Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
This book was given to me by the publisher, Balzer and Bray, through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
I've made no secret of my love of Rosamund Hodge's novels--and I'm not going to lie, I full-on squeed when I got the email approving me for Crimson Bound. And I'm happy to say, just like Cruel Beauty, this book was amazing. It had everything: dark, beautiful prose, characters that constantly kept you guessing, great pacing and of course, a ton of blood and gore! (And some awesome world-building, but I digress.)
Rosamund Hodge knows how to write a fairy tale retelling: she keeps to the dark material and then expands, which is exactly the way I like it. I loved Rachelle, too, the obvious antihero, and her constant battle between her human and forestborn selves. Armand, too, was a great foil for her: witty, sarcastic, able to hold his own. Another thing I love about Hodge's novels is the political intrigue: in Crimson Bound, for the first time, she shows her skill for it. I loved most the twists and turns throughout the novel--I couldn't really tell what anyone was thinking, so I kept getting twists in such continuity that I kept getting tripped up. (Yay, I couldn't predict it! Lol.)
The bottom line: I loved everything about this novel, plain and simple: It was just what I was expecting from Hodge, and I'm so happy that I wasn't disappointed. Next on deck: Rodin's Lover by Heather Webb!