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Crimson Bound Audiobook

Crimson Bound

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Publisher's Summary

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 15, 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?

©2015 Rosamund Hodge (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

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    R. Chandler 01-22-16
    R. Chandler 01-22-16
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    "Repetitive, yet still engaging"

    Rosamund Hodge is a pretty good story teller, her worlds are interesting, dark, and stimulating, but her characters all seem a bit too similar, whether in thought, deed, or dialogue. The worst part of her stories is the constant reminders she gives her readers of what is at stake, what the heroine is fighting for, what she must do, why she must do it and how. Several times during the story I felt like shouting, "Alright, yes, we get it! You've already made it abundantly clear she hates herself and feels guilty and that she must find a way to kill the devourer, you can give us something else now."

    Aside from the annoying repetition, her stories ARE gripping and you really do want to see how it all turns out. I would read/listen to another of Rosamund Hodges stories in a heartbeat, but I do hope that in the next one she can find a way to clue the reader in without smacking them in the face with it every few paragraphs.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    mcallisterjd 07-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Better than a LRRH Retelling"

    I hesitated to read this because I really loved CRUEL BEAUTY and I'm one of those crazy people who always worries that the next one won't be as good. I shouldn't have worried. This book was pretty much flawless. Amazing characters, amazing world building, and such gorgeous prose. I couldn't put it down.

    I should mention that calling this a Little Red Riding Hood retelling is a bit of a stretch. But that was totally fine with me because the story she was telling was way better.

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    Brittany 03-15-16
    Brittany 03-15-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Fantastic lore "

    I really enjoyed the lore of this book a lot. It was fantastically original, with a slight tease of the "Little Red Riding Hood" vibe in as well, which was exciting believe it or not (even though it was very small). But the thrill of the lore never died down like some books do. Rosamund Hodge's book are great. I read Cruel Beauty by Hodge and I was highly satisfied. Also, I'm a picky Audible listener. I decide based on the narrator reading the novel whether or not I'm going to Listen or just read the book instead. But Elizabeth Knowelden was surperb and more than enough for this one. Perfect actually. Overall, I think both the author and the narrator did a wonderful job at creating and maintaining a truly unique and grim tale for book lovers.

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    Lindsey 07-21-15
    Lindsey 07-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great retelling of a Classic"

    I loved the broken and imperfect heroes. A story that hints at something familiar, but is also totally new. I think it's a really incentive story with great characters, pacing, and development. I enjoyed it all the way through. Couldn't stop listening!

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    elenne 06-04-15
    elenne 06-04-15
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    "A well written fantasy and fairy tale for adults"
    What did you love best about Crimson Bound?

    Wow, the story had many layers, a story within a story. Inspired by Little Red Riding Hood, it had a dark element to it but also written with wit and humor. I love the dialogues between Rachelle/ Erec and Rachelle/ Armand. .The story and characters really pulled me in. Worth using my 1 credit.


    What does Elizabeth Knowelden bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Elizabeth did a superb job narrating the book, she is now one of my favorite narrators. I love her english accent.The tone and accent she gave to each character was perfect. She really brought the book to life.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, I could listen to this book in one sitting. It was non stop action and intrigue. The writing was beautiful and original.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a book that older teen and adult will enjoy. It had all the elements in a book I like in fantasy book: well written, good storyline and plot, strong heroine (Rachelle is deadly with a sword), memorable characters and a little romance. This is definitely one of the best written YA fantasy books I've read/listened to so far. Rachelle reminds me of Katsa in Graceling.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Delinda 06-10-17
    Delinda 06-10-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Beautiful narrator's voice but plot..."

    Loved the narrator's voice, but plot was difficult to follow. Slow moving story. A few good supports, but I should have saved the credit.

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    Doha New York, NY, United States 04-03-17
    Doha New York, NY, United States 04-03-17 Member Since 2010
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    "Bad combination of writing style and narration"

    Well, This was definitely better than Cruel Beauty, the concept is interesting enough for me to follow through the journey into the Dark forest and Rachelle's quest to find the sword to kill the Devourer, but I had a problem with the writing style just like Cruel Beauty, I don't know what is it about this kind of writing style that gets me so thrown off the story and often I find myself forgetting where I'm at in the story .. also the romance is so sudden and not satisfactory at all
    so we have this girl Rachelle who is by fate turned into a vampire-like creature called ( Blood-Bound ) and she hates herself for it, three years later she is assigned to guard this prince Armand who she hates so much but she is forced to protect him from any danger or she might put herself in danger, then enters the love triangle which I don't find make sense with her friend.. ? Erec, he loves her so much that he wants to posses her, so we will follow along with Rachelle as she and Armand journey through the Dark forest to find a sword and kill a demon being who is threatening to end the world as we know it

    The Narration was another story, I was sleepy most of the time and the narration was so stiff that sometimes I don't know who is talking since they all sound the same

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    Amazon Customer 03-02-17
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    "Gorgeous"

    This was a beautiful tale for fairy tale lovers. The narrator is absolutely perfect. It is a wonderfully layered and complex tale and fun to listen to.

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    kailene jacksonville, FL, United States 01-07-17
    kailene jacksonville, FL, United States 01-07-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing voice"

    The narrator has such a soothing and almost vintage voice it was easy to listen to the book. Although I didn't expect the whole French world building with a bit of Wiccan aspect it was durable. I wasn't overly impressed but the fact that it was so different from the first book written by the author I give it and them credit for such imaginative plots.

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    Jessi 11-03-16
    Jessi 11-03-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Interesting and boring"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    It entertained me but I needed it to get to the point BAD


    What about Elizabeth Knowelden’s performance did you like?

    I could listen to her read the phonebook


    Did Crimson Bound inspire you to do anything?

    Press fast-forward?


    Any additional comments?

    This was a good idea, good story but this author needs to just get to the point. Man she can drag a story out like no other. Coupled with the worlds slowest reader and best annunciator I was itching to just get it done.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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