I really loved Rosamund Hodge's first book Cruel Beauty. I was completely swept away by her lush writing, vivid world building, and multifaceted characters that I grew to adore. I immediately knew that I had to read her newest story Crimson Bound featuring her own retelling inspired by "Little Red Riding Hood" and the lesser known tale of "The Girl With No Hands." I wanted to be taken once more to an enchanted land full of poetic inspired imagery - with a new heroine to discover. Crimson Bound unraveled its red thread and took me by the hand into another fantastic read that captivated me until its last page.Read More
Waiting On Wednesday is a weekly feature by Jill at Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming book releases that we're excited about! It's a fun way to share with others the books that you're eagerly awaiting to be released and you are excited about. This week's pre-publication that "I-Can't-Wait-To-Read" selection is:Read More
I was raised to marry a monster.
Cruel Beauty is an enchanting retelling of the classic Beauty and the Beast. What is so different about author Rosamund Hodge's debut tale is not just the retelling of the story and romance, but of the unique world created and the mythology she has incorporated into it. A world that captivated me and a story that thrilled me with it's clever re-imagining of the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale and it’s mythology mix. A romance of two compelling characters, both strong, yet flawed, that pulled me in.
Rosamund Hodge's writing is dark, lush, and lyrical as she spins a new version of Beauty and the Beast. She takes you by the hand and deposits you into her intricate world and story. This is not a fast read, but one you savor. The beginning does feel slow, but it's worth absorbing all the details and information, as Cruel Beauty weaves a tale that combines elements of magic, myth and fairy tale with sumptuous writing. There are traces of the even older story Cupid and Psyche found within Cruel Beauty, as well as elements from other fairy tales. Hints of Blue Beard are seen asRead More