THESE HOLLOW VOWS
BY LEXI RYAN
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.
These Hollow Vows is deceptively simple. Actually the plot is simple and while I was able to guess every twist I was still captivated by it. Being able to easily guess the twists though didn’t make the journey or the reveal of them any less exciting or suspenseful.
Abriella is a girl after my own heart. Strong and clever but also so caring and gullible at times. Her love for her sister knows no bounds and she’d do anything to save her which gets her into quite a bit of trouble. Her heart is her biggest asset and weakness, letting it control her actions without really thinking things through or seeing the whole picture sometimes.
For the romance we get a little bit of the classic YA love triangle happening here. There is no insta-love and I’m actually hard pressed to call it a triangle. It’s really well well written and the story isn’t centered around it. It’s not leading her decisions in this dramatic who will she pick kind of way. You know who Abriella has feelings for, she just has a lot of decisions to make if she decides to give into those feelings. It’s so hard to say anything and not spoil something. The men played their parts well, one just did it better than the other.
The groundwork for the world building is laid out so well in this book. We get to explore the faerie lands a little bit and I have a feeling we’ll get to see a lot more in the next book. The magic system is slightly confusing but not because it wasn’t well thought out, it just hasn’t fully been put together due to some plot points that happen in this book. Something else to look forward to in the next book.
If you’re looking for a quick read with a fast-paced plot I couldn’t recommend this one enough.