Thursday, October 20, 2016

Friday 56 and Book Beginnings: Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge

This is a weekly meme hosted by Freda's Voice
These are the rules:
1. Grab a book, any book.
2. Turn to page 56, or 56% on your eReader.
3. Find any sentence (or a few, just don't spoil it) that grabs you.
4. Post it.
5. Add the URL to your post in the link on Freda's most recent Friday 56 post.

Please join us over at RoseCityReader every Friday to share the first sentence (or so) of the book you are reading, along with your initial thoughts about the sentence, impressions of the book, or anything else the opener inspires. Please remember to include the title of the book and the author’s name.

     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.)

Book Beginning:
"In all your life, your only choice," Aunt LĂ©onie said to her once, "is the path of the needles or the path of the pins."
This like was a huge clue that it was a red-riding hood re-telling. I had a friend loan me a book that was college reading for one of her classes that had the original, pre-Grimm fairy tales. And one of the stories was Red Ridinghood and boy was that a much darker tale than the one The Brothers Grimm popularized.

My 56:
Erec might not fully understand their destiny. But he wanted it. He would never risk his life against a lindenworm, just so Rachelle could kill the Devourer.
No idea what is happening here, but I look forward to finding out.


  1. I'm torn about reading this because while I liked Cruel Beauty well enough, I wasn't blown away.

  2. Nice excerpts and a beautiful cover. Enjoy.

    Here's Commonwealth by Ann Patchett.

  3. Very interesting cover. I'm not big on retellings...but ya never know. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend.
    sherry @ fundinmental Friday Memes

  4. I hope you enjoy this! I've got some friends I'll probably recommend it to who love this sort of retelling.

  5. I haven't read many books that are retellings of fairy tales, but this one sounds interesting. I hope you enjoy it.
    My Friday post features The Midwife of Hope River.

  6. I've heard a lot of good things about Rosamund Hodge's books. I've never read anything by her before, but I hope you enjoy the book! :-)

  7. I love retellings and I have this on wishlist!

  8. That beginning rang so true. What a great quote! Sounds like an epic read. I also love retellings! Happy weekend!

  9. I really loved Crimson Bound - I think even more than Cruel Beauty! Hope you enjoy it!
    Here's my Friday Reads

  10. Such a lovely cover. I don't normally read retellings but have recently come across a few I enjoyed. Now, I'm wondering what I've missed.

    My Friday 56 from One Of Windsor

  11. I haven't read anything by this author yet - will have to add it to my list - here's my Friday meme

  12. Great quotes! Here is mine:

  13. I'm not sure how I'd feel about reading retellings but this one does sound quite good, hopefully you enjoy it. I'm sharing The Deadline :)

  14. I'm now intrigued. I love retellings. Thanks for sharing! Here's my Friday 56 if you're interested.