Publisher: Balzar + Bray
My rating: 4 stars
At fifteen, Rachelle had to choose between death or murder. Choosing to live, three years later she is a bloodbound, doomed to become a servant of the Devourer. But Rachelle is determined to fight against her destiny and kill the Devourer, which means that when she is assigned to guard the king's illegitimate son, she's annoyed. But there is something more to the prince than what's on the surface . . .
I loved Hodge's debut novel last year, and this one did not disappoint. Using the tale of little red riding hood and 17th century France as her inspiration this time around, Hodge weaves a story that is new and fresh. She is able to create a world that is new, yet easily understood and familiar, never "talking down" to her readers. I think she does this by using elements that we are already familiar with, but she bends and infuses it with new and interesting things which is what makes it feel so real.
The twists and turns in the story are echoed in the cover design. All the characters are rich and complicated, with history and reasons for everything they do. The world is full and complete. I think that Hodge is definitely an author that I will continue to read.
There is an off the page sex scene, but no language.
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