Monday Reviews - Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

Hello everyone!

I am sorry this blog post is up a little bit later than usual, I am currently on a family vacation and I didn't have the time to write todays post. Hopefully you will still enjoy it, despite the timing.

This week, I am reviewing a book I read a couple days ago, Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge.

Ok, so first things first, this book does start off a little bit slow. It took me a couple chapters to get into it, and I had to put it down for a little bit, but once this story got rolling, I enjoyed it.

Character-wise, I felt a lot of similarities between the main character of Crimson Bound, Rachelle and the main character in Throne of Glass, Celaena. They were both fierce female leads who had to protect someone they didn't like. They weren't really classically trained, they were kind of thrown into their new lives and told to survive. This similar childhood experience shaped both of the characters as strong, very independent lead characters.

Plot wise, this book was good, but not spectacular. I found sometimes I didn't really see why finding the sword was so important, and a lot of the story was folklore. There were fragments of the fairy tale in between chapters and woven throughout the story of Rachelle and Armand. Some of the fairy tale was hard to follow, I wasn't really familiar with the story, but it was interesting.
While this book is set in the same world as Cruel Beauty, I think it's hard to compare this book to that one because that book so much more closely follows Beauty and the Beast, while this story is a more loose retelling of Little Red Riding Hood. I got halfway through the story and forgot what the fairytale was supposed to be based off of.

Overall, this book was good, but not great. I felt a little confused at times, with some of the fantastical elements and the fairytale was hard to follow, but for the most part it was good. I enjoyed it and gave it a 4/5 stars on Goodreads.