By: Larissa | April 27, 2015 | (40) Comments

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Blog Tour: Crimson BoundCrimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
Publisher: Balzer & Bray
Release Date: May 5th, 2015
Genres: Fairytale Retelling, Romance, YA
Pages: 448
Source: For tour
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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.

Writing a Bad Girl/Good Boy Romance
by Rosamund Hodge

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Everybody loves a bad boy.

We’ve all heard this, and while it might not be true that absolutely everyone loves bad boys, they are certainly very popular. From Mr. Rochester on down to Loki, men who spit at the rules and do what they want have thrilled and fascinated audiences. And so has the trope of the good girl/bad boy romance–because what’s more exciting than the tension of the boy who’s almost entirely bad and the girl who loves him but shouldn’t?

Cruel Beauty was my attempt at playing with that trope. Nyx, with her anger problems, is kind of a “bad girl” in some ways–but in comparison to Ignifex, Prince of Demons, she looks pretty nice. And the central conflict of their relationship–“How can I love you when you’re evil and I promised to kill you?” –is the basic good girl/bad boy problem.

But when I started planning out Crimson Bound, I knew right from the start that I wanted to make it a bad girl/good boy romance.


I have a simple reason for writing about bad girls: I’m kind of bad myself sometimes. I know what it’s like to make terrible, stupid choices. So I really identify with characters like that–and I also find they often have really interesting and dramatic character arcs.

But why not a bad girl/bad boy romance? Why write about a good boy, when everybody knows that nice guys finish last and good goys are just not as sexy?

In the end, I think the answer is Luke Skywalker.

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I belong to the 0.02% of the female population that prefers Luke Skywalker to Han Solo. Not that Han isn’t charming and handsome and possessed of excellent character development! But Luke will always be my special hero, and not just because I imprinted on him when I was fifteen years old.

He will always be my special hero because he is 100% amazing.

There’s an idea out there that bad boys are more sexy because they’re badass and they play by their own rules. To which I can only say: have you ever paid attention to an idealistic good boy, ever?

You want “badass who plays by his own rules”? Let me give you Luke Skywalker, the farm boy who explodes a Death Star. Who tells the entire Jedi Order as personified in Obi-Wan and Yoda to go take a hike, because he believes that there is still good in his father. Who faces down the Emperor–the Sith lord who corrupted Anakin “The Chosen One” Skywalker–and tells him to take a hike as well. Who drags Darth Vader back to the Light Side through the sheer power of stubborn, idealistic love. And BTW saves the galaxy by getting his father to bring balance to the Force and eradicate the Sith, which millenia of Jedi couldn’t do.

If a bad boy wants to get you, then possibly you could bribe or threaten him into leaving you alone. Maybe you could romance him into taking your side. But if a good boy decides you need to go down? Ain’t no mountain high enough. He’s going to find you, and he’s going to get you.

(I really love Luke Skywalker, okay.)

So in Crimson Bound, I created a bad girl–Rachelle, who once bowed to the will of the evil, magical forestborn, and who now lives with the knowledge that she will someday turn into one of them. Everyone else knows it too, which has made her an outcast, kept alive only because she uses her powers to serve the King. And I created a good boy–Armand, who lost his hands defying the forestborn, and who is now as much loved as Rachelle is hated.

At the start of the novel, Rachelle hates and distrusts Armand because she thinks he’s a fraud. She doesn’t believe that he could have really met a forestborn. After they’re forced to work together, she starts to consider that he may be telling the truth. He may actually be good. But that means she can trust him even less: because if he really is good, if he’s the heroic enemy of the forestborn . . . then he’s her enemy too. And he may be planning to use every bit of his heroism to take her down.


Thanks to Harper Teen, we’re giving away two prizes! The first prize is a bundle of Rosamund Hodge books, including hardback copies of CRIMSON BOUND and CRUEL BEAUTY, and the second prize is a giveaway for the fantastic audiobook narrated by Elizabeth Knowelden. Let us know in the comments which of the two you’d prefer, or if you’re open to either one.

Open to U.S. and Canadian residents, see entry form for complete details.

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40 Responses to Blog Tour: Crimson Bound

  1. oooh, what an amazing guest post!! All about Luke Skywalker!! This simply made my Star Wars fangirl squeal on excitement!!
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  2. Nikki says:

    I love this! I’m definitely more of a Han fan myself, but appreciate and agree with the good boy/bad boy reasoning. Although I probably would’ve been a Sith Lord if I had the choice so I definitely get the bad girl thing too!

    • Larissa says:

      Yeah, I think a lot of us are more Han fans. Hodge definitely raises some accurate points though. I think the bad girl thing is something we don’t see in YA as much as the bad boy trope

  3. Cali W. says:

    Thanks for the giveaway. I like the idea of a bad girl; there are so many stories with bad boys. It’s hard to go with that concept though because the idea of bad boys is more attractive. 😉

    • Larissa says:

      No prob, good luck with it! The prizes are pretty great. And I agree that there are sooo many more bad boy stories than bad girls. LOL but yes I do feel you- an well written bad boy can be totally heart melting <33

  4. This is a fun post. It is an interesting idea to combine a bad girl and a bad boy romance vs. good girl/bad boy or bad girl/good boy. Very interesting in deed. Guess I will have to read the novel to find out what happens.

  5. lily says:

    I haven’t been reading this series but my interest is piqued! I love the idea of the romance not being about the tradition good/bad theme. It’s different and I love different.
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    • Larissa says:

      GIRL. You’re missing out. Hodge’s fairytale retellings are certainly unique from any others out there in my view. They’re dark with such luscious world-building, multi-faceted characters with questionable motivations and AHHH.

  6. Susan T. says:

    I try really hard to like the good guy but I always find them a bit boring. I will always choose the bad boy even though it is usually a disaster!

    • Larissa says:

      Yeah, honestly in my view it depends on how the love interest and romance is built. As long as the love interest is developed well I can usually get on board with the romance.

  7. Benish says:

    I like bad boy romances, unless he’s a total jacakass then probably not. Cruel Beauty was amazing, so I cannot wait to read this one soon. Thank you for sharing<3
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    • Larissa says:

      Yeah I feel like there’s definitely a line that bad boys can’t cross and if they do, nope. They don’t have my support. If you liked Cruel Beauty I have no doubts you’ll love this one.

  8. Jenelle Riane says:

    Wow, I’m intrigued! I don’t think I’ve ever read a bad girl/good boy romance yet… This sounds like a unique one!

  9. Kai W. says:

    I have always preferred Luke Skywalker to Han Solo. Luke doesn’t have that badass reputation. He is a hero similar to the boy next door and the responsible type.

  10. Rashika says:

    This post just makes me ridiculously happy. When I first saw Star Wars I was SO SURPRISED that so many people were swooning over Han Solo. He was just not ‘it’ for me and I could see why he was attractive but he was no Luke Skywalker. Luke Skywalker is just a beautiful creature that makes me so happy and EVERYTHING Hodge says about him is so on point. Nice boys don’t finish last. Nice boys can be totally badass like Luke!!!

    Also I LOVE the idea of a bad girl which is why I am super excited about reading this book!!!!!!! AND A NICE BOY. This is probably going to blow my mind (like you said it would, Lars).

    But again, Cruel Beauty was pretty awesome tooo and Ignifex charmed me and I loved him so much tooo.

    I just have too many problems don’t I, Lars??

    Thank you for sharing this awesomesauce guest post!!!!!! 🙂 I LOVED READING IT (we all know it’s because of Luke Skywalker though :P)
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    • Larissa says:

      Yayyyy <33 So glad it made you happy girl, quite enjoyed it myself. I can definitely see the appeal of both the nice and bad boy. But I think Hodge definitely brings up the great points of Skywalker haha.

      READ IT NOW. Ahhhh, I'm so excited to hear your reaction. I think the bad girl and good boy aspect was done so well. IT BETTER BLOW YOUR MIND.

      Omg Ignifex <33

      Lol yes your struggle is so totally real.

      No prob girl! Glad you liked it so much

  11. Melanie says:

    I actually prefer good boy/bad girl romances more than the other way around. They’re just so much funner imo, and that’s probably due to the fact that I’ve read too many good girl bad dude romances in the past and they’ve all blurred together for me.

    OMG I PREFER LUKE SKYWALKER TO HAN SOLO AS WELL! I dunno, Han Solo just seemed to unappealing to me at the time I watch the movies, heh.

    Anyway, I am so excited to read this book! Rosamund Hodge totally won me over in Cruel Beauty, and this sounds totally amaze <3

  12. I totally hear ya, Rosamund. I totally dig good boys over bad boys, and I find the contrast in this book with the bad girl so interesting! Cannot wait to read this book, great feature Larissa!
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  14. Shannelle says:

    *sighs* This entire blog tour is perfection. <3 I love what Rosamund Hodge is doing so far, and I can't wait to read the book!
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  15. Summer says:

    Crimson Bound just sounds so awesome, I’m excited. (From the comments, liking Luke Skywalker doesn’t seem to be the minority any more. I love him too!)

  16. Great post! I do love a bad boy (in fiction), but I actually quite like Armand in Crimson Bound! I think when it comes to real life, the good guy is the way to go 😉
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  17. Yay! It’s about time we get a bad girl/ good boy romance. I can’t wait to read Crimson Bound. I loved Cruel Beauty and have such high expectations for this. I loved this little insight into Rosamund Hodge’s thought process.
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  18. Johanna Richards says:

    I haven’t read many good guy/bad girl romances before so this one definitely has caught my attention! And oh my goodness, Little Red Riding Hood retelling? YESSSSS.

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