Brie hates the Fae and refuses to have anything to do with them, even if that means starving on the street. But when her sister is sold to the sadistic king of the Unseelie court to pay a debt, she’ll do whatever it takes to get her back—including making a deal with the king himself to steal three magical relics from the Seelie court.
Gaining unfettered access to the Seelie court is easier said than done. Brie’s only choice is to pose as a potential bride for Prince Ronan, and she soon finds herself falling for him. Unwilling to let her heart distract her, she accepts help from a band of Unseelie misfits with their own secret agenda. As Brie spends time with their mysterious leader, Finn, she struggles to resist his seductive charm.
Caught between two dangerous courts, Brie must decide who to trust with her loyalty. And with her heart.
I have a love / hate relationship with YA. I’ve always found it a little hard to review the ones I didn’t enjoy because obviously I’m not the target audience!
However, I fell in love with These Hollow Vows as it has everything I enjoy most about YA fantasy.
It has been compared to The Cruel Prince and also A Court of Thorns and Roses – so obviously I had to read it. I can see the reason for the comparison, but to be honest THV is a typical YA and I’m sure others will pick out similarities to other books too. It has the predictability of the genre, but its very compelling and certainly one of the best YA books I’ve read since, well, The Cruel Prince.
In the first chapter I also had a Six of Crows vibe, however that was fleeting and I feel like the opening chapters had more of a Cinderella feel.
The main plot is overshadowed by the love triangle, but I didn’t enjoy it any the less. I’m a sucker for romance heavy stories at the moment and the angsty young torturous love in this hits the spot.
The swift scene changes were something else I liked too… I hate the faff with transition scenes and nonsequential fillers. THV cuts to the chase each time and its easy to flip through the pages as the story moves along very quickly.
There was limited world building as its very character driven so I would love to see more of Faerie in the next installment.
I feel like all the characters are morally grey, they will stop at nothing to get what they want and their actions and manipulations entwine right up to the climax – long after the reader suspects what’s going on. I was still surprised at the slight twist at the end and I should have known right along with Brie.
I couldn’t put this book down and wanted to savour it at the same time. After reading the final page I *need* the next book ASAP!
Although YA, this does have some older themes. Considering the target age audience – trigger warnings can be found here
Thank you to NetGalley and Hodder & Stroughton for the E-arc for an honest review.
Publisher: Hodder & Stroughton Published Date: 20/07/21
Author’s Website: https://lexiryan.com/