Crimson Bound by Rosamund Hodge
Expected publication date: May 5th, 2015
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?
Okay, so don't shoot me. I have not read Cruel Beauty. Yet. I know Crimson Bound is not part of the series, but it still feels a bit weird to be wanting to read this before I've read Cruel Beauty. But I will get to it, eventually. Maybe I was riding out the hype without realising it? Anyhoo, Inspired by Little Red Riding Hood? Gods yes. Just gimme the precious *grabby hands* I haz a need!