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From New York Times best-selling author Lexi Ryan, Cruel Prince meets A Court of Thorns and Roses in this sexy, action-packed fantasy about a girl who is caught between two treacherous faerie courts and their dangerously seductive princes. 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 From New York Times best-selling author Lexi Ryan, Cruel Prince meets A Court of Thorns and Roses in this sexy, action-packed fantasy about a girl who is caught between two treacherous faerie courts and their dangerously seductive princes. 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.


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From New York Times best-selling author Lexi Ryan, Cruel Prince meets A Court of Thorns and Roses in this sexy, action-packed fantasy about a girl who is caught between two treacherous faerie courts and their dangerously seductive princes. 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 From New York Times best-selling author Lexi Ryan, Cruel Prince meets A Court of Thorns and Roses in this sexy, action-packed fantasy about a girl who is caught between two treacherous faerie courts and their dangerously seductive princes. 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.

30 review for These Hollow Vows

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lia Carstairs

    My hatred for the main character and other love interest overpowers my enjoyment of the story😶 Literally from page 50, I've predicted the outcome of this love triangle and I swear to god if it actually ends like that- 🙂🔪🔪 Once upon a time, a golden faerie princess fell in love with the shadow king, but their kingdoms had battled for hundreds of years and her parents were sworn enemies of the king and his kingdom . . . In this world, the Fae are viewed as many things. For some, they are My hatred for the main character and other love interest overpowers my enjoyment of the story😶 Literally from page 50, I've predicted the outcome of this love triangle and I swear to god if it actually ends like that- 🙂🔪🔪 Once upon a time, a golden faerie princess fell in love with the shadow king, but their kingdoms had battled for hundreds of years and her parents were sworn enemies of the king and his kingdom . . . In this world, the Fae are viewed as many things. For some, they are loved and worshipped. For others, they are feared and subjected to their slavery. And then there are those humans who carry a deep hatred towards their kind--Abriella (or Brie) is one of these people. After failing to pay back a long-overdue debt, Abriella's sister, Jas, is sold and taken to the King Mordeus aka the Unseelie King of the Fae Realm. Brie will do anything to get her sister back, making a bargain with the king himself to retrieve 3 ancient artifacts in exchange for her safe and alive. All she has to do is take place in a sort of 'competition' between other girls altho is it even a competition?? in which the Prince chooses who he wants as his queen. Brie must hold the Prince's trust and capture his heart in order to gain access to these artifacts and give them the Unseelie King. Do that and she'll get her sister back. But of course there are many complications and a rebel group lead by the Unseelie Prince and trying to guard her heart from the two ~seductive~ Princes, etc, etc. The main character, Abriella, is nOt LiKe OtHeR gIrLs because she doesn't want to marry the Seelie Fae Prince for some ridiculous notion like love and she's ~speshul~ because she has powers that nobody else in the world has. Fae would straight up say to her "You're special" and continue repeating it ahahaha *cursed laugh* Sebastian is a cinnamon roll (but i dont love him) and deserves better than Abriella. And just because he's a cinnamon roll, I can bet on my life that Abriella is going to end up with the dArK aNd BrOoDiNg prince i say this like i dont fall for them too half the time I usually like dark and brooding love interests but only if they're secretly soft/a cinnamon roll and respect the MC, but in this case... haha no. Finn is an arrogant, disgusting pig that treats the main character in a condescending way and is such a rude jerk, yet the main character says that she feels like she has a cOnNeCtIoN with him- I hate Brie bc of how annoying she is, so maybe those two are perfect for each other. Sebastian deserves someone better🥺 but he's also really sus sooo... Finn can go die in a hole. Abriella can go with Finn if she loves him so much. Sebastian isn't really all that great either but he's a thousand times better than Finn. It's always the cinnamon rolls that are never chosen in a love triangle but maybe the author will prove me wrong😔 doubtful This dude here at least is sweet, kind, considerate, soft, and must deal with the MC's stupid decisions and dramatics smh. idk how Sebastian does it. (view spoiler)[but he's also a deceiving piece of trash so maybe he does deserve to deal with all of this ¯\_(ツ)_/¯ // basically i hate all these characters. (hide spoiler)] I can see how this is compared to The Cruel Prince but really the only similarity is that just like how Jude was involved in some spying within the court, Abriella is too, but that's about it. Cardan Greenbriar cannot be compared to either of the love interests. He's leagues away from these fools who call themselves Fae. Now for where it's like A Court of Thorns and Roses... I dont see it??? idk maybe my brain's just not working right now but I don't see anything ACOTAR related unless the main character going to the Fae world was supposed to be the similarity...? Or maybe how like Feyre had to go through 3 trials, the MC has to retrieve 3 artifacts??? hmmm idk. I did get some Tamlin vibes from Sebastian which is when I'd despise him, but I can't really think of anything else. Seriously though, the Fae here are a joke. They don't even feel like Fae honestly like??? They speak and act just like humans and je n'aime pas. They're so lame and there was a certain battle scene at the end that has to be one of the most ridiculous outcomes of a battle I've ever read in my life.😭🤚 I guess I expected more from the supposed villain ahaha and this is Fae we're talking about- They're more like humans trying so hard to act like Fae but failing miserably. Maybe if this is your first Fae book then you won't mind them, but I've read too many about them to believe that the ones here were actually written well. Also I realized that always in Fae related books there has to be a some sort of scene where the MC drinks some faerie wine/fruit and becomes intoxicated/delirious and soon after that is there some sort of intimate scene😶 the one here was *chokes* awful. Oh and the amount of scenes that made me cringe ahahaha💀 but the world isn't bad, it's pretty interesting at the very least. That ending though has to be one of the most abrupt ones I've ever read like wow. Also, I did not expect that plot twist at all. How can I both hate and enjoy a book? trashy fun. Overall, this wasn't completely bad, I guess. The story itself kept me engaged and I was able to finish this really fast in about a day, but even that wasn't enough for me to like the book bc of its other faults mainly the characters. I think that if you don't mind the characters then you'll most likely enjoy the book. I probably would've given this a higher rating if Finn didn't exist. But yes, I'm going to read the next book only to see who she ends up with. (2.5⭐) Thank you HMH Books for sending me an ARC via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review! ─── ・ 。゚☆: *.☽ .* :☆゚. ─── Pre-read Review: "Cruel Prince meets A Court of Thorns and Roses . . ." Say no more— Me want. ALSO, WHY IS THAT COVER SO BEAUTIFUL?!?!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Celia McMahon

    Let me start this review by saying that yes, I am a garbage human being and love triangle whore. I love them more than enemies to lovers, the "stuck in a room with only bed," bit and also forced marriages. I will hold up a sign stating as such on a white posterboard next to the guy with the poster saying, "STOP SAYING PIN NUMBER. IT'S REDUNDANT." When I first heard about this book, I raced to my emails, gathered my stats, and promptly sent a message to the publisher. My grabby hands were shaking, Let me start this review by saying that yes, I am a garbage human being and love triangle whore. I love them more than enemies to lovers, the "stuck in a room with only bed," bit and also forced marriages. I will hold up a sign stating as such on a white posterboard next to the guy with the poster saying, "STOP SAYING PIN NUMBER. IT'S REDUNDANT." When I first heard about this book, I raced to my emails, gathered my stats, and promptly sent a message to the publisher. My grabby hands were shaking, trembling with anticpation. I could not wait for my NetGalley request to go through. I needed the book NOW otherwise I'd proably die. Lucky for me, I got a reply almost right away with the READ NOW widget and I nearly collapsed. It's a good thing my office has carpeting. So, we have a both with comp titles such as CRUEL PRINCE and ACOTAR and be still my YA heart, those are comp titles you want to sell a book. I will buy anything when I read those two titles in a synopsis. That being said, after I recovered from getting my immediate READ NOW widget, I dropped (literally dropped) my current read (Crave, I will come back to you before the month ends!), gathered my hot cheetos and dove right in. We open the story with Brie, who is a thief trying to keep her small family afloat. When her debts become too large, her little sis is sold to the fae. Pushing aside her hatred of the fae, Brie gets herself in the faerie court where she discovers: a secret about a long-time friend (and herself), that she suddenly has magic, and that the fae are manupulative creatures, as well as a little bit hot and charming. Did I say hot and charming? *fans self* Yea, so Brie finds herself torn between two princes, each with their own agendas. Who can she trust? You know a story is good when it overrides your prescription sleeping medication. I was up far too late reading this book. But its one of my preferred ways of falling asleep; right in the arms of my fae lovers. What we have here is a glowing newcomer into the YA world, rivaling Maas and Black themselves. I seriously cannot get over how fantastic this book was. I mean, I kinda knew, but I still wasn't prepared. I want more! Ok enough ramblings. THE WORLD-BUILDING: Amazing. I loved the courts and the human world. I got a clear sense of how drastically different they were. The world of the fae is wicked and scary, and Ryan's writing made them leap off the page. The complex, political intrigue and the magic surrounding almost everything was beautiful and deadly. There's a 100% chance I'm going to buy every special edition of this book. JS THE STORY: There are plenty of twists and turns that keep you guessing. There's also princes with pretty eyes and tattoos. I love princes with pretty eyes and tattoos. FAMILY TIES: I loved the emphasis on family. Brie will do anything to get her sister back and I mean ANYTHING. And although her focus may wane at times, she always goes back to her and what she needs to do to get her family back together, safe and sound. THE ROMANCE: I feel lots of warm things for Finn. I mean, come on. He's broody, and frowns a lot and I love that in a man. I care so much about him. I didn't want to because my book boyfriend cart is full. I may just have to throw out Kaz. He wasn't the real interest, if you catch my drift, but I have a feeling he's going to come in strong in book two. That one scene though where she was...and he was...and he had to....OMG THE PROTAG: Brie is determined, fearful but courageous. She's everything I love in a heroine. She may be a human in a fae court, but she holds her own. Ok, let's talk about the ending. HOLY COW COW. I've read this book way too early and now I'm going to have to wait for book two even longer. It's not fair. Life isn't fair. Final thoughts: READ THIS BOOK If you like fae books and need a change from the usual, this is the one for you. If you like sexy princes, and dark magic and scheming heroines, this is also for you. Find me on Insta! @celiamcmahonreads

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ayman

    ok well i didn’t really have high expectations going into this book but damn i had a lot of fun reading it. is it anything fresh and new ? no but it had some of my favorite tropes in it which made it enjoyable to read. it’s pitched as acotar meets the cruel prince and i did get the TCP vibes in the beginning with a mix of The Selection. ngl i hate The Selection with a burning passion but i was relived to see that this book didn’t fall into whatever tf that series was. anyway, i got TCP vibes but ok well i didn’t really have high expectations going into this book but damn i had a lot of fun reading it. is it anything fresh and new ? no but it had some of my favorite tropes in it which made it enjoyable to read. it’s pitched as acotar meets the cruel prince and i did get the TCP vibes in the beginning with a mix of The Selection. ngl i hate The Selection with a burning passion but i was relived to see that this book didn’t fall into whatever tf that series was. anyway, i got TCP vibes but i was like ok then where tf is my Jude Duarte? i was given a Feyre, which is when the acotar vibes came in, along with the love triangle. However this love triangle is written very well and the way shit ended? omfg you’re telling me i have to wait a year for book 2? and i’ll probably be denied an ARC for book 2 like i was with this? lmaoo ok jk, that was kinda bitter anyway…the love interests. love how they were written and i’m excited to see where things turn out in book 2. when this book was pitched as acotar, i thought i’d get another Rhysand 🤮 but thankfully i didn’t. ❤️ this book was slow at times and took me a while to finish because i honestly wasn’t really that invested in the story and the characters but with the way shit ended? omfg give me book 2 now !! tf ?

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lucie V.

    ✅ Gorgeous cover ✅ Scheming and betrayals ✅ Pace ✅🆗 World-building ✅🆗 Plot ✅🆗 Characters 🆗 Romance 3.5 stars I have mixed feelings about this book, there are things that I didn’t quite like, but they were almost all explained and justified in the end, so it did end up making sense… The first half would be 2.5 stars or 3 stars maybe? But the second half is much better, and the last few chapters are worth 4 stars! Brie's mother abandoned her and her sister 9 years ago, and since then, Brie and Jas hav ✅ Gorgeous cover ✅ Scheming and betrayals ✅ Pace ✅🆗 World-building ✅🆗 Plot ✅🆗 Characters 🆗 Romance 3.5 stars I have mixed feelings about this book, there are things that I didn’t quite like, but they were almost all explained and justified in the end, so it did end up making sense… The first half would be 2.5 stars or 3 stars maybe? But the second half is much better, and the last few chapters are worth 4 stars! Brie's mother abandoned her and her sister 9 years ago, and since then, Brie and Jas have been living with their horrible aunt and cousins. They are stuck in a magical contract that forces them to be their aunt's servants, and it keeps getting worse as time passes and they can't get enough money to pay their debt to their evil aunt. When Jas is sold to the Unseelie court to erase their debt, Brie has no choice but to go to faerie, even though she despises faes. Brie soon learns that some faes might not be as bad as she thought, but she will also learn that they can be cruel and ruthless in their never-ending scheming to get more power. The beginning of the book is not bad, but many things happened that just felt so convenient : - Upon arriving at the Seelie court, Brie finds a friendly girl who is willing to pimp her up (makeup, hairdo, magical pins to create an elaborate ball gown) for free, simply “because she is also looking for a friend”. - Brie manages to find the old wardrobe that she was looking for in an abandoned storage room in the palace, probably by sheer luck considering the size of the place, and no one saw her while she was searching everywhere. - There is a saying that Brie repeated a few times: Don’t make bargains or ties with the silver eyes. After arriving at the Seelie palace, Brie meets a fae with silver eyes, and she speaks with him and dances with him, and only after all that, when she sees him for the third time does she realizes that he has silver eyes, meaning that he’s from the Unseelie court? But she mentioned his gorgeous silver eyes while they were talking and dancing… and somehow she never made the connection before their third meeting? And no one else at the ball saw his eyes and realized that he wasn’t supposed to be there? I would say this though: push through and continue reading. It all seems very convenient, but there is an explanation for most of it, it just comes a little later in the book. Personally, I don’t hope. Not ever. Hope is addictive, and you start relying on it. In a world this cruel, I won’t be caught needing a crutch. The characters are good, but not extraordinary. Brie is an okay main character, she did get on my nerves, especially in the first half of the book, but she was not so bad in the end (except when she decided to be dumb and to trust the fae that professed his undying love for her without any question 🙄). She is also quite clueless, she does not know a thing about faes and Faerie, and she keeps asking questions, but only receives a few breadcrumbs answers, to the point where is was a little frustrating. I like it when there is mystery and not everything is obvious or revealed at once, but she just believed everything that was said to her and had strong opinions about the rulers and their politics, even though she'd been there for a few days/weeks only, and had been fed pieces of information from only two sources, both who were likely to lie to gain her trust or to protect her. You know as well as I do that there are no good faeries. Just degrees of evil and cruel. I tried to like Ronan, and I did for a while, but somehow I always remained suspicious of him, I kept having this nagging at the back of my mind, and I was overanalyzing everything that he said or did. Finn is my favorite character in this book, and I am team Finn all the way. I really hope we will see more of him in the next book. One strength of this book though is how it kept me guessing at Finn's and Ronan's true motives. I couldn't decide who was trustworthy and who was being sneaky, although all my hopes were set on Finn since he's so much more interesting than boring prince Ronan. The plot had a lot of potential, and I really loved the whole scheming part when we couldn't be sure about Finn's or Ronan's true intentions, and we didn't know who to trust until the very end, but overall the story could have been better. The world-building is basic though, and sometimes there seemed to be too much focus on brie's conflicting feelings, and not enough on her mission to save her sister's life. It is face-paced, but until the last fourth of the book, I felt that nothing really important happens and there was no big revelation. The romance in this book was okay, and it even felt a little bit immature at times. I just didn’t feel real heat or sexual tension between Brie and Ronan/Sebastian, even when things got more intense and Brie wanted their relationship to move to the next (physical) step, I didn’t feel anything. But then again, part of the awkwardness ends up being justified later in the book so it does make sense, but it was still weird to read. There was also a kind of possible love triangle between Brie, Ronan, and Finn, but it was clear from the very beginning who Brie loved, and who she wanted to chose, so there was no real competition between love interests. Besides that, her attraction to Ronan/Sebastian seemed a little shallow and superficial for me. I get that she'd known him for two years, but she mostly talks about how gorgeous he is, and how she gets butterflies in her stomach when she looks at him, but I don't really see their deep emotional connection. One thing that I loved about the romance though is how Brie remained (mostly) level-headed, and kept her goals and beliefs in mind (until she decided to be stupid and to give up everything for her true love 🙄). She didn’t decide to spend a happy ever after in faerie with Ronan/Sebastian just because she loved him. She didn’t decide to take the “easy road” and to agree to marry him so she would be with the man she loved. She was struggling because she knew that she wouldn’t be happy with life in faerie as a princess and because she never wanted to even go to faerie or be in contact with faes, and that’s fine by me. I would have been disappointed if she just decided to go with it and agree to marry Ronan after spending a few days with him. She did end up being a little stupid, but it could have been worse. Overall, this book is not so bad, but it is a little cliché and flat. Still, with that ending (which was quite abrupt honestly), I can't help but want to read the next book, especially since I expect more drama, angst, and scheming in the next book and those are my weaknesses. I am also hoping for more Finn in the next book and the conclusion of the book gives me hope that the next one is going to be much better. ❝I am not a pretty thing to be manipulated. I am darkness, and the power rushing through my veins is stronger than ever… with the darkness swirling about the room and my shadows becoming one with it, I feel more alive than I ever have.❞

  5. 5 out of 5

    diana

    i’m in pain. words can’t even describe how much i hate this book. but numbers can: 482616/10 this… thing should be illegal. because this is, dear friends, plagiarism. you know, when they said it’s similar to acotar, they probably forgot to mention that it is actually a carbon copy of acotar. there is no single original thing. not. a. single. one. welcome to diana’s guide how to recognize shitty books: 1. insufferable main heroine who is speshul and nOt LikE othEr giRLs we have here a standard main h i’m in pain. words can’t even describe how much i hate this book. but numbers can: 482616/10 this… thing should be illegal. because this is, dear friends, plagiarism. you know, when they said it’s similar to acotar, they probably forgot to mention that it is actually a carbon copy of acotar. there is no single original thing. not. a. single. one. welcome to diana’s guide how to recognize shitty books: 1. insufferable main heroine who is speshul and nOt LikE othEr giRLs we have here a standard main heroine brie, who is speshul maximally by being duller and stupider than all the other girls altogether. she makes one illogical decision after another, she is annoying, hypocritical, but for some incomprehensible reason everyone loves her. brie has hated fairies all her life, but as soon as she sees one, she immediately thinks: “this is no simple faerie. he’s stunning.” and be careful, put a lot of emphasis on the word “STUNNING”! 2. the most powerful dark haired love interest without personality with tantrums and a tragic past, which is his excuse for acting like an idiot all the time he is tattooed, disgusting and charming like a napkin, but the main heroine falls in love with him anyway. (though it’s an insult to a napkin that has more characteristics) by the way, he looks like rhysand, because… well, because it’s so described, he just has silver eyes instead of violet. but if it were: “the human girl fell in love with the stunning seductive fairy prince within 5 minutes and then they lived happily ever after”, everyone would probably die of boredom. therefore, the author added a second love interest, which is also a stunning seductive fairy prince, but he has a different hair color, so that a love triangle can be formed. 3. nice and kind second love interest, who hasn’t the slightest chance and who is in the book only to be dumped by the main heroine he is tattooed and boring too, but still better than the first love interest whose name i forgot, because he’s so annoying that he doesn’t deserve to be remembered. funny fact is that this character has also white hair and green eyes, which reminds me of another fae prince – do you know rowan whitethorn? brace yourself for something shocking. this character’s name is ronan. so we have roWan and roNan. the author seriously changed only one letter. *broken laugh* even the names are non original. but she probably wanted to save this disaster by giving him one another name – sebastian. (a nice name is the best thing about him) anyway, his image is the same as rowan’s, but his behaviour resembles more of cardan greenbriar in not-cardan day. except for the fact that cardan is better (and i’m saying this as a person who hated him for 2 books). and because of this combination: rowan whitethorn + cardan greenbriar, we should call the second love interest #whitebriar or #greenthorn. you can choose. 4. copy a popular series that everyone knows and then argue that the book is original let’s look at the similarities with acotar. or rather at the absolute same things with different titles: 7 courts – 7 courts 7 high lords – 7 magicians 3 tasks – 3 artifacts mate bond – bond rhysand – the main love interest whose name i forgot tamlin – ronan / sebastian / whitebriar there was even a scene with fairy wine and dancing. it has the same ending as acotar. the concept is same. the story is same. everything is same. i could go on indefinitely, but the point is that if you have read acotar before, you already know everything what happened here. 5. add another popular series so that no one knows that the whole story is a mix of famous books i don’t see similarities with the cruel prince (which is surprising), but instead of that there is the selection vibes. fairy seductive prince has to choose between several girls. they are all dull and interesting as a piece of bread, but we all know whom he chooses. the dullest and the least interesting one. if i should compare these 2 series: maxon – whitebriar (ronan) aspen – the other one the selection – the selection a king of illea’s personality is same as personality of a king of the unseelie court by the way, nor is the unseelie court created by this author. this place already existed in the series “forgotten realms”. 6. bad writing style with italics on every page and repeating each sentence because killing my brain cells seems like a good idea i don’t want to go into detail as i usually do, so i’ll cut it short into this: endless internal dialogues about the same thing, the mc talking to herself, repeating the same sentence over and over again. i’m tired and sick of it. this is not “it’s me, not the book” situation. because it is this BOOK’S fault. and i don’t get how it can have an average 4,07. for what, plagiarism? so here is the conclusion. it’s terrible. absolutely, totally terrible and in addition, it caused me brain damage. rest in peace, my brain cells.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nenia ✨ I yeet my books back and forth ✨ Campbell

    Nothing to see here, just a Fae Trash Can spewing pixie dust GIMME

  7. 5 out of 5

    jessica

    i hate that i picked this up knowing full well that there would be a love triangle. and i hate that i didnt hate it. but the love triangle isnt why im rating this so high (even though both guys could get it). its the betrayals. honestly, with what is given in this first installment, i would consider the three MCs to be good people and they dont really fit the villain role. but they are also totally out for themselves and i love that. yes, they care about each other, but they care about their caus i hate that i picked this up knowing full well that there would be a love triangle. and i hate that i didnt hate it. but the love triangle isnt why im rating this so high (even though both guys could get it). its the betrayals. honestly, with what is given in this first installment, i would consider the three MCs to be good people and they dont really fit the villain role. but they are also totally out for themselves and i love that. yes, they care about each other, but they care about their cause, their kingdom, or their sister so much more. and when it got to the end, i was downright delighted to see such backstabbing, even if the characters had (seemingly) good intentions behind it all. the next book is going to have so much revenge and i cant wait. this was a very unexpected surprise and a fantastic mood read. it definitely gave me ‘the selection,’ ‘the cruel prince,’ and ‘from blood and ash’ vibes at times. so fantasy and fae lovers should love this one! ↠ 4.5 stars

  8. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea Humphrey

    3-3.5 STARS This is truly a case of "me, not the book" if there ever was one. The synopsis really won me over because it sounds like a cross between A Court of Thorns and Roses and The Cruel Prince, two series I'm fond of. This comparison isn't *wrong*, but maybe slightly misleading? These Hollow Vows has solid writing, but where I feel it differs is that this book is definitely geared toward the younger side of the YA spectrum, meaning readers of the two above mentioned books, like myself, might 3-3.5 STARS This is truly a case of "me, not the book" if there ever was one. The synopsis really won me over because it sounds like a cross between A Court of Thorns and Roses and The Cruel Prince, two series I'm fond of. This comparison isn't *wrong*, but maybe slightly misleading? These Hollow Vows has solid writing, but where I feel it differs is that this book is definitely geared toward the younger side of the YA spectrum, meaning readers of the two above mentioned books, like myself, might be expecting something a little more steamy and dark. Again, nothing wrong with that, and would definitely recommend to those looking for something a little lighter with a bomb dot com love triangle. 10/10 would give this author another try! *Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy.

  9. 5 out of 5

    myo (myonna reads)

    the book started off extremely strong and i was really having fun but once we got into the plot i kind of got bored? i think it’s because i didn’t like the love triangle, i really enjoy love triangles and i think they can actually make books better, they’re one of my favorite tropes but in this book it didn’t work for me because i didn’t care for either of the love interests. the “main” love interests was just boring to me, i don’t enjoy friends to lovers so i was just bored but i think of you l the book started off extremely strong and i was really having fun but once we got into the plot i kind of got bored? i think it’s because i didn’t like the love triangle, i really enjoy love triangles and i think they can actually make books better, they’re one of my favorite tropes but in this book it didn’t work for me because i didn’t care for either of the love interests. the “main” love interests was just boring to me, i don’t enjoy friends to lovers so i was just bored but i think of you like that trope you’ll have so much fun with this trope. the other love interest was just boring to me, there wasn’t really a fun trope i enjoy and i just need interesting tropes for both love interests to enjoy the book. i did enjoy the plot but considering the point was kinda the love triangle and i was let down by that.. i did enjoy the characters and it was nice to read a book with good sibling relationships. i like that this book had so many parallels to cinderella but like i said, this book just wasn’t for me.

  10. 4 out of 5

    ♠ TABI⁷ ♠

    'My people used to believe the faeries were our guardians. Before they split the sky and opened the portals, the fae visited at twilight in their spirit forms—just a shadow or an outline in the trees that looked like something living.' Accurate rating: 2.5 stars I'm a proud, shameless faerie literature snob— and this was NOT a faerie book. Oh, sure, there were magical beings called faeries with the pointed ears . . . but they weren't real fae. Faeries are . . . - not liars in the literal sense b 'My people used to believe the faeries were our guardians. Before they split the sky and opened the portals, the fae visited at twilight in their spirit forms—just a shadow or an outline in the trees that looked like something living.' Accurate rating: 2.5 stars I'm a proud, shameless faerie literature snob— and this was NOT a faerie book. Oh, sure, there were magical beings called faeries with the pointed ears . . . but they weren't real fae. Faeries are . . . - not liars in the literal sense but bend the truth like nothing else - capricious and vicious and wild . . . with a few exceptions, obviously - immortal, vain, snobby, easily offended . . . I could go on and on because, yes, I'm passionate about the fae. And yet, most of the time, the few root elements of their mythology IS ALWAYS IGNORED/ERASED and idk why but that just always irks me. So, for this to say that it's for those who loved The Cruel Prince it is NOTHING like that beautiful ode to faerie lore. Nor is it even like A Court of Thorns and Roses . . . which at least stays truer to fae lore (but not really) than this. I WANTED TO LOVE THIS BOOK, OKAY?? firstly, just LOOK at that cover eyy it's gorgeous. But that's about the only good thing about this. 'Nothing in Faerie is coincidence.' This book flip-flops and lazes about worse than some of the most gratuitous fanfics which AT LEAST you know what you're getting into with those. It didn't really pick an arc to stick to, and the few that it tried to stay on top of . . . were pitiful. The characters were flat and half-realized, the "love triangle" was stupid and neither choice was honestly that great (but yes I have a preference duhhh), and the finale?? I . . . I can't. But will I read the sequel?? Probably. Because, sure, this book is trashy and dumb but I'm invested because there's just not enough faerie books so I'm left grabbing at anything. I received a digital ARC from HMH Books for Young Readers via Edelweiss & NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own. Quotes in the review and reading updates were taken from an uncorrected ARC copy.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Chaity

    Love triangles give me hives 😐✋

  12. 5 out of 5

    Cait (Caitsbooks)

    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me an eARC in exchange for an honest review - QUICK STATS - Overall: 3.5/5 Stars Characters: 3/5 Setting: 3/5 Writing: 4/5 Plot and Themes: 3.5/5 Awesomeness Factor: 4/5 Review in a Nutshell: I was really excited for These Hollow Vows, and while it didn't live up to all of my hopes, I still left it eager for the sequel. - ABOUT THE BOOK - // Content Warning: Violence, Death, Mature Content (while this book technically is YA, it feels more Upper-YA/NA), Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for giving me an eARC in exchange for an honest review - QUICK STATS - Overall: 3.5/5 Stars Characters: 3/5 Setting: 3/5 Writing: 4/5 Plot and Themes: 3.5/5 Awesomeness Factor: 4/5 Review in a Nutshell: I was really excited for These Hollow Vows, and while it didn't live up to all of my hopes, I still left it eager for the sequel. - ABOUT THE BOOK - // Content Warning: Violence, Death, Mature Content (while this book technically is YA, it feels more Upper-YA/NA), (view spoiler)[Protagonist (hide spoiler)] Drugged (faerie wine), War Themes, Homophobia (Mention), Kidnapping/Abduction (Mention) // These Hollow Vows was pitched as The Cruel Prince meets A Court of Thorns and Roses, but instead, I felt the plot was more like a combination of The Cruel Prince and The Selection. We follow Abriella, who is determined to save her sister after the Unseelie King buys her. How can she do it? She must infiltrate the Seelie court, pretending to be a potential bride for the prince, and steal three items from them, for the Unseelie King. Meanwhile, the Unseelie prince has plans of his own, and could use Abriella on his side as well. - REVIEW - The love triangle is a major aspect of this book, which can either go very well or very poorly for me. In this case, it's somewhere in between. First, we have Sebastian. I honestly couldn't get behind him as a love interest. And I tried! But his chemistry with Abriella felt lacking and I felt like I was forcing myself to like them together. Then, there's Finn. He was definitely easier to see as a love interest, but he didn't get enough time with Abriella to make him compare to Sebastian. If the book wasn't so heavily focused on this triangle, I wouldn't mind so much, but it was a big part of the plot and character motivations. My opinion of this book ranges wildly depending on which part of the book we're talking about. The first half of this book felt a little weak. The worldbuilding was vague, the plot meandering, and the characters were fairly simple and the relationships were straightforward and not very compelling. I did find the world interesting, but we lacked so much information in the beginning of the novel that it was hard to fully enjoy that aspect. If this first half was the entire book, I would probably have given it 2.5 stars. But then there's the second half. The worldbuilding was built upon in good enough ways where not all of my questions were answered, but I felt a lot more grounded in the reality of this book. I do hope it gets even more fleshed out in the sequel. The characters are explored more, and while the love triangle side of things didn't hook me, I was interested in some of the side characters, and love the depth added to the characters towards the end. I just wish it was a little earlier. Admittedly, I did predict a lot of the twists and turns in the plot, but I like being right, so that was just fun for me. And the plot itself definitely felt more purposeful and tense in this second half. I was eager to keep reading, almost glued to my book, and was enjoying the manipulation, betrayal, and overall lack of trust that built to a fun conclusion. And that conclusion? That's what gave me so much hope for the sequel. The direction this series seems to be going in looks amazing, and I can't wait to read more. If this book was only its second half, it would be 4 stars, easily. Maybe even 4.5. - CONCLUSION - Pros- great ending, interesting premise, again I can't say enough how much I enjoyed that ending Cons- not my favorite love triangle, the beginning didn't grab me Overall- 3.5/5 stars. In the end, I settled with a 3.5/5 star rating for the book overall. These Hollow Vows had a lot of potential and only delivered on some of it. However, I'm an optimist, and that third act has me so excited for the sequel.  Follow Me Here: Blog || Tumblr ||TikTok || Bookstagram || Twitter|| Reviews

  13. 4 out of 5

    Althea | themoonwholistens ☾

    CORRECTION: apparently this is a duology but okay ------------ The fae hype is not dying down and I don't care because this cover 🤩 and that it's a standalone (it better stay a standalone) gets me I'm here for the angst CORRECTION: apparently this is a duology but okay ------------ The fae hype is not dying down and I don't care because this cover 🤩 and that it's a standalone (it better stay a standalone) gets me I'm here for the angst

  14. 5 out of 5

    The Burning Rose (Jess)

    Females with red hair are everything to me, because my main character has it. Plus, this cover is truly beautiful.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Athena of Velaris

    “Where do you think legends begin, if not from truth?” I adored every minute I spent reading this book. It was fun, fast-paced, and with enough romance to balance the fantasy. Though while reading I was completely entranced, I can now recognize that These Hollow Vows was far from perfect because it wasn't very original. The author took aspects of The Selection, The Cruel Prince, ACOTAR and basically any YA Fantasy romance and mixed them together into a single book. The crazy part was that it it w “Where do you think legends begin, if not from truth?” I adored every minute I spent reading this book. It was fun, fast-paced, and with enough romance to balance the fantasy. Though while reading I was completely entranced, I can now recognize that These Hollow Vows was far from perfect because it wasn't very original. The author took aspects of The Selection, The Cruel Prince, ACOTAR and basically any YA Fantasy romance and mixed them together into a single book. The crazy part was that it it worked. “No matter how hopeless I feel, there's always a little more hope inside me. No matter how faithless I think I am, there is always something to believe in.” ✹ Yes, there was a love triangle, but I actually didn't hate either love interest until the very end, though I certainly had a favorite. ✹ Yes, the main character discovered that she had special powers, but it was still entertaining to watch her grow with them. ✹ Yes, there was a band of misfits with a common goal, but they still had a dynamic that was logical and fun. ✹ Yes, the love interests were both unreasonably attractive faerie princes who followed basic character outlines, but they had more personality than the tropes they were based on. ✹ Yes, there was an evil monarch who forced the main character to steal things, but that aspect of the plot didn't overshadow the rest. ✹ Yes, there was a Cinderella-esque beginning, but I loved how the author twisted the fairytale. “I am not a pretty thing to be manipulated. I am darkness.” Though this book was based on so many common YA tropes, I still enjoyed the heck out of it. There were twists I didn't see coming, and betrayals that stung even though I knew they would occur. I wanted Brie (the main character) to succeed even if she wasn't always a great heroine, just like I wanted the romances to happen even if they were slightly toxic complicated. The writing was addicting and the story just won't leave my mind. "I can't even tell someone to have a good day without sounding like I secretly wish they'd die.” Personally, I LOVED this book, but I can completely understand if different readers didn't feel the same way. These Hollow Vows wasn't super original, but as someone who loves almost all of the tropes featured in this story, I couldn't help but get lost in it. If you enjoy YA fantasy romance with a decent love triangle and Fae, this book is PERFECT for you. Every star in that sky shines for you." Pre Review: I LOVED this! Now please excuse me while I laugh maniacally over the ending.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Gabriela

    Ok wow ... this was better than I expected

  17. 4 out of 5

    Brend

    There's a difference between like and love. Because I like surprises, but I love being right. There's a difference between like and love. Because I like surprises, but I love being right.

  18. 4 out of 5

    ♥Milica♥

    The story is very Cinderella like in the beginning, with the main character and her sister living in a cellar and an evil relative stealing all their money. There's even a ball (albeit a fairy one) and gowns, and of course...princes. Two of 'em. I also saw the ACOTAR similarities, mainly in some parts of the plot and the way the two love interests were written. Also, the darkness. The plot was predictable from the start, but did that hinder my enjoyment? Heck no! I've read books that were predict The story is very Cinderella like in the beginning, with the main character and her sister living in a cellar and an evil relative stealing all their money. There's even a ball (albeit a fairy one) and gowns, and of course...princes. Two of 'em. I also saw the ACOTAR similarities, mainly in some parts of the plot and the way the two love interests were written. Also, the darkness. The plot was predictable from the start, but did that hinder my enjoyment? Heck no! I've read books that were predictable and similar to their comps in the first installment and then grew into something unique in the next, so I want to see where this story goes. But let's leave that excitement for later. The writing style is easy to follow and very addicting too. I really didn't like having to put this book down for more boring tasks because it's so bingeable. And the world building is good. I felt like I was in a different realm while reading. As for the characters, I liked Brie and Jas (and Oberon, even though we never met him). Although, Brie did frustrate me when she didn't figure obvious things out. But she's new to the fairy world so I'll give her a pass. I liked Sebastian better than Finn all the way to the end. I think he's a nicer person in general, but in my opinion, I'd rather see Brie alone after everything those two put her through. Or with some random new character we haven't met yet. When you think about it, the three of them were almost related? But it's not even that, it's all the betrayal...they both seem nice at first and then you don't even know who's supposed to be the good one with all the twists. So again, THINK HARD BRIE. The ending made me angry. Angry, because it took Brie so long to realise what was really going on, and because it seems the love triangle will go in a direction that I'm not overly fond of. And it was a cliffhanger. I had fun reading this book. I'm happy I got approved because it's definitely worth the read. And I'd love to have it on my shelf too. I have a feeling the sequel will be even better, and I'm hoping the side characters get some bigger roles. *Thank you to the publishers and NetGalley for providing me with an e-ARC in exchange for an honest review*

  19. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Maxwell

    A smart, sexy page turner that fans of Sarah J Maas are going to love.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lindsay (pawsomereads)

    I’d be a big fat liar if I said I didn’t always need more faeries in my life

  21. 4 out of 5

    victoria ☾

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. ❀ 3.5 stars ❀ “Every star in that sky shines for you” I’m quite conflicted about this book, because I enjoyed reading it but there were so many issues that I couldn't ignore. A seventeen year old human girl, named Abriella (don’t get me started on this awful name and its equally awful nickname: Brie), is forced to go into the faerie realm because her sister was sold by their aunt to the Unseelie King. The king offers Abriella a deal where she must retrieve three things from the Seelie Court in ❀ 3.5 stars ❀ “Every star in that sky shines for you” I’m quite conflicted about this book, because I enjoyed reading it but there were so many issues that I couldn't ignore. A seventeen year old human girl, named Abriella (don’t get me started on this awful name and its equally awful nickname: Brie), is forced to go into the faerie realm because her sister was sold by their aunt to the Unseelie King. The king offers Abriella a deal where she must retrieve three things from the Seelie Court in order to get her sister back. Love interest number one is Sebastian, her “human” friend with blond hair and green eyes, who is actually fae Prince Ronan, heir of the Seelie throne (shocker). The brooding, mysterious, dark haired, and silver eyed fae male, named Finn, is love interest number two, who turns out to be the rightful heir of the Unseelie Court obviously (another shocker). Let’s start with the things I didn’t like, which are a lot. Abriella was the typical I’m-not-like-other-girls MC, who prefers to wear pants and is supposedly a thief. She got on my nerves so much, she had the potential to be a badass genius, but she was just a gullible, average heroine. Her thieving skills are clearly non-existent as people do the job for her. I began to like her a bit halfway through but then she makes the stupidest decision ever. In her defense, there were some other decisions that were not that terrible, but still. I did like her determination in finding her sister, doing everything she can to have her back. I hated Sebastian from the start, he irked me so much that my brain was ringing red alarms whenever he appeared. He was extremely manipulative, obviously he was going to betray her at the end. Abriella kept choosing him every time, worrying about his feelings and stuff, and it frustrated me so much. Their chemistry was lacking and I was cringing and rolling my eyes in every of their romantic scenes. On the other hand, I loved Finn. Despite all the awful things he did, he was way more interesting than insufferable Sebastian. Another thing I didn’t like was the way the faeries were portrayed. They weren’t clever nor cunning, nor they could only speak the truth. They were basically like humans but with pointy ears. Apart from that, the setting was not developed well, it felt very dull and boring. The writing style fell flat; it was childish and repetitive, full of rhetorical questions, with barely any memorable quotes. This is nothing like The Cruel Prince, unlike stated by the premise. This is exactly like ACOTAR. I don’t like to compare but I can count like a hundred similarities between these books. Abriella is basically Feyre, Sebastian is Tamlin, and Finn is Rhysand. There are three “quests”, the courts, the mating bond, even the Unseelie people are cursed by the queen, and they literally can’t speak about it. It’s as if ACOTAR, From Blood and Ash and The Selection had a baby. One of the main things that I didn’t like was that Abriella was a minor, and even though this is advertised as YA, it felt like a less explicit NA novel. There was mature content involving her, while the love interests, Sebastian and Finn, are 21 and 500+ years old respectively. Like couldn’t they just make her the same age as Sebastian? Now, that being said, I really enjoyed reading this. Did I guess everything that happened because it’s basically just like every other faerie book? Yes. Did I eat it up? Also yes. Once I accepted that this wasn’t going to be a ground-breaking and original fae story, I have to say it was quite entertaining. I loved the backstory of the courts and the secondary characters. I also loved the second half of the book and the ending. Even though the final “fight” between Abriella and the Unseelie King was not as powerful as it could have been, I really liked it. Then, Abriella discovers the truth about Sebastian after she bonded with him, which was the stupidest decision ever. And she becomes like a storm of darkness and rage, which I loved. I really hope the author exploits this version of dark Abriella, because it’s the reason I’m excited to read the sequel. I also hope we get to see more of Finn and his court, one of the three stars of my rating is for them. The other two and a half stars is due to my enjoyment. I’m definitely going to read the sequel because the ending kept me hooked and I want to see how this develops.

  22. 4 out of 5

    nivedha

    take my money pls

  23. 4 out of 5

    Dannii Elle

    Brie has only ever known a life of hardships and suffering. She, and her sister Jas, were taken in by their aunt, after their mother abandoned them for the wealth and splendour available in the fae kingdoms. Now they spend their days slaving away for an aunt they are forever indebted to. Their only possible future freedom lies exactly where their mother escaped to, but Brie's hatred for and distrust of the faeries would see her scrubbing floors for the rest of her life instead. That is, until Ja Brie has only ever known a life of hardships and suffering. She, and her sister Jas, were taken in by their aunt, after their mother abandoned them for the wealth and splendour available in the fae kingdoms. Now they spend their days slaving away for an aunt they are forever indebted to. Their only possible future freedom lies exactly where their mother escaped to, but Brie's hatred for and distrust of the faeries would see her scrubbing floors for the rest of her life instead. That is, until Jas is taken by the Unseelie King and the only way for Brie to save her is to step over into the lands she swore she never would. I usually prefer my fantasy stories to contain nothing but the lightest smatterings of romance, but somehow when the fae become involved I cannot contain my desire for all the love and lust to appear. I totally blame Miss Sarah J. Maas for this! If you like this author then Lexi Ryan's just as whimsical and heart-rending creation will definitely also appeal. Protagonist, Brie, had two potential suitors vying for her attentions but this did not detract from the political intrigue, interesting magic system, and warring factions that also contended for page space along side these possible romances. I became just as invested in all these facets and am so glad that it remained a thrilling fantasy story alongside also being a beautifully passionate one. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to the author, Lexi Ryan, and the publisher, Hodder & Stoughton, for this opportunity.

  24. 4 out of 5

    ✩ Yaz ✩

    ACOTAR meets The Cruel Prince. I can tell this will have a love triangle but the cover is cool and the synopsis seems interesting so I'll keep it in the list. It's a 2021 release😊 ACOTAR meets The Cruel Prince. I can tell this will have a love triangle but the cover is cool and the synopsis seems interesting so I'll keep it in the list. It's a 2021 release😊

  25. 4 out of 5

    Daisy

    Firstly thank you to NetGalley and Hodder & Stoughton for the eARC in exchange for an honest review. These Hollow Vows has comparison titles of 'The Cruel Prince' and 'A Court of Thorns and Roses' and to a certain extent, I do agree with these. Fae. Mystery. Deception. However, I do think that These Hollow Vows is catered to the higher end of the Young Adult genre and sometimes branches into the New Adult genre. I found it extremely easy to immerse myself into this book, the prose flowed nicely, Firstly thank you to NetGalley and Hodder & Stoughton for the eARC in exchange for an honest review. These Hollow Vows has comparison titles of 'The Cruel Prince' and 'A Court of Thorns and Roses' and to a certain extent, I do agree with these. Fae. Mystery. Deception. However, I do think that These Hollow Vows is catered to the higher end of the Young Adult genre and sometimes branches into the New Adult genre. I found it extremely easy to immerse myself into this book, the prose flowed nicely, and the world-building. It had all the classical features of a novel with fae characters (the different courts etc), but it had a fresh take on magic. There are a lot of secrets in These Hollow Vows, and I appreciated how we learned everything when Brie learned everything, as I was able to fully connect to her reactions and therefore understand her character development/arc in this book. I thoroughly enjoy a love triangle, so the dynamic between Brie, Finn, and Bash was perfect for me. One minute I was rooting for Bash, the next Finn, and my mind kept swapping throughout the whole book, until the very LAST moment. For me, this was a 'one sitting' book. And in a way, I was annoyed that it was not longer and ended how it did - because I now have to wait a very long time for the next book. I will definitely be wanting to buy a physical copy of this book as I do feel like it could become a comfort read. If you are a fan of secrets, deception, love triangles, and anything fae then you should enjoy These Hollow Vows.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Morgan Boyd

    Rating- 2.5 stars To start off I would like to state that I am a whore for any books pertaining to the fae I wanted to love this book and to be fair for some parts I did, but in the end, it just fell flat. I'll start with the things I loved. The world-building was amazing. The writing was pretty descriptive making it easy to read. The writing is addictive in what I would call a "fanfic-sense," take what you will from that description. I hate love triangles. However, somehow I ended up being fine wi Rating- 2.5 stars To start off I would like to state that I am a whore for any books pertaining to the fae I wanted to love this book and to be fair for some parts I did, but in the end, it just fell flat. I'll start with the things I loved. The world-building was amazing. The writing was pretty descriptive making it easy to read. The writing is addictive in what I would call a "fanfic-sense," take what you will from that description. I hate love triangles. However, somehow I ended up being fine with this one, I even got some butterflies with BOTH OF THE MEN. Towards the end of the book, I was getting annoyed because once again I had sided with THE WRONG COUPLE, or so I thought? This is a book I am considering marking as "love-triangles-done-right" but ultimately I will have to wait for book 2 before deciding. Now for the things I did not like. At some point in the book, I was bored and confused with all of the characters. I needed more of a spark from all of the, even Finn who is supposed to be the dark, brooding, bad-boy. A lot of the actions and goals of the characters seemed to constantly be changing due to the plot twists being revealed, which made it hard to truly connect to any of them. However, the very end scene of Abriella gave me the oomph I was looking for but only got half a page of. There was one scene in this book that also made me super uncomfortable. In books, consent is a MAJOR value of mine on both party's sides. I do not feel like that is a lot to ask for also. There was one specific scene within this book that made me wary of Abriella. I just wish there was explicit consent from both parties within this scene because the way it was written made it feel iffy. This book was a mixup of ACOTAR, The Cruel Prince, and The Selection, and I think it had a lot of potential, but there are just some aspects I could not overlook. Although the book spans around 800 pages it felt like 200 pages. I realize there is a sequel, so not everything is concluded, but this book left off on so many unanswered questions and plot holes. The actions of the characters just felt like they did not add up which is why I had issues with all of them. Do I think some people will like this book? Absolutely. It just was not for me.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Danielle (always_read_the_end_first)

    Did y'all enjoy fae princes like Rhys and Cardan? Well let me introduce you to Sebastian and Finnian. "Curses are made of secrets and sacrifice. We will suffer as long as she pays the price." Abriella is a unexpected and unique character. I like her and I can't wait to hear her story. This definitely gave me ACOTAR vibes with original story behind the scenes. I think this book is gonna blow up like I knew the cruel prince would. You're welcome. Thank you so much to the publisher for this digital Did y'all enjoy fae princes like Rhys and Cardan? Well let me introduce you to Sebastian and Finnian. "Curses are made of secrets and sacrifice. We will suffer as long as she pays the price." Abriella is a unexpected and unique character. I like her and I can't wait to hear her story. This definitely gave me ACOTAR vibes with original story behind the scenes. I think this book is gonna blow up like I knew the cruel prince would. You're welcome. Thank you so much to the publisher for this digital arc!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Alex (The Scribe Owl)

    See this review and more at my blog, The Scribe Owl! Thank you to Clarion Books and Edelweiss+ for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 2.5/5 stars I was excited to read These Hollow Vows, as I know many people are, but unfortunately, it didn't live up to my expectations. I was hoping for a solid fae book, but instead, I got one of those weird and kind of gross fae romance things with words like "male" and "bonding." It's like ACOTAR all over again! Abriella Kincaid hates the fae. But when her See this review and more at my blog, The Scribe Owl! Thank you to Clarion Books and Edelweiss+ for an ARC in exchange for an honest review. 2.5/5 stars I was excited to read These Hollow Vows, as I know many people are, but unfortunately, it didn't live up to my expectations. I was hoping for a solid fae book, but instead, I got one of those weird and kind of gross fae romance things with words like "male" and "bonding." It's like ACOTAR all over again! Abriella Kincaid hates the fae. But when her sister Jas is sold to King Mordeus of the Unseelie, she suddenly finds herself mixed up in not only their world, but evil plots that she has to help carry out if she wants to see her sister again. You see--Brie is NOT LIKE OTHER GIRLS. She's special, and everyone tells her so (including herself in a particularly awkward moment [awkward for the reader, I bet she thought she was being cool.]) Because Brie is so sPeCiAl, everyone wants to get her on their side. So naturally, she's stuck between two hot fae princes. Welcome to trashy fae books. Just to get it out of the way, I could not STAND Abriella. She was absolutely obnoxious. And don't even get me started on the two aforementioned "hot fae princes." They're literally Tamlin and Rhys from ACOTAR. Mister Perfect who may not be so perfect and the dark shadowy one that catches the MC's eye when she's so in loooove with the other one and oh no! has created trouble in paradise. And even get don't get me started on all the ways that Finn is also a not-as-interesting version of the Darkling. These Hollow Vows was trashy as heck, but I'll probably still read book two. Sometimes it's good to have a little bit of trash in your life, also I need to see this love triangle out because I could not imagine ending up with either of them after all they did.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie (My Book Throne)

    I don’t even know where to start with this review, this book left me deceased. These Hollow Vows has betrayal, romance, adventure, intrigue. It has everything I love and more. ❝I am not a pretty thing to be manipulated. I am darkness, and the power rushing through my veins is stronger than ever… with the darkness swirling about the room and my shadows becoming one with it, I feel more alive than I ever have.❞ This was such a great read, it completely captivated me and left me thinking about it in a I don’t even know where to start with this review, this book left me deceased. These Hollow Vows has betrayal, romance, adventure, intrigue. It has everything I love and more. ❝I am not a pretty thing to be manipulated. I am darkness, and the power rushing through my veins is stronger than ever… with the darkness swirling about the room and my shadows becoming one with it, I feel more alive than I ever have.❞ This was such a great read, it completely captivated me and left me thinking about it in all my spare moments. I was hooked reading until 6am and the birds were singing outside. I was completely entranced by this and I was frantically tapping the pages on my Kindle app to read faster. I feel bereft now and don’t know what to read! 🙁 Abriella (the MC) otherwise known as Brie, is a thief who resorts to stealing to pay the rent in a tiny hovel basement cellar and they’re never in the clear as the rent has all sorts of caveats to it (very Cinderella-esque). Then we meet the two love interests, Sebastian (Bash) is a silver-haired blue/green(sea coloured) eyed mage trainee who tries to looks after Brie and her sister Jas and harbours secret feelings for Brie. Finnian (Finn) is a silver-eyed, dark-haired outcast leading a bunch of rag-tags and has the staple smirk, devilish good looks and is an all-round heartthrob. All three characters were well fleshed out and had positives and negatives, they felt realistic and I was definitely rooting for Brie the whole time. ❝What if I told you that your power is never useless. That you’re strong enough to manifest darkness so complete that it would gobble up every bit of her light?❞ I had instant red flags with one of the love interests and let me tell you, their scenes make me CRINGE. I hate him so much, especially after CERTAIN SCENES. I literally had to put the book down, take a breather and re-read to make sure I wasn’t mistaken. There are some steamy scenes that will leave you hot under the collar. One of the scenes oh myyyy… never mind Brie in that shower, it should have been me lol! The love triangle was well written, it could even be a love diamond if you’re into older creepy villains shrug. I knew I’d made the right decision on my favourite boy by the end scene, it will leave you shook. ❝the feel of his splayed fingers flattening against my stomach is almost worse, and I have to swallow back a contented groan. The darkness pulses around us. “Easy, Princess, focus on the magic. When we’re out of here, you can go back to imagining all the ways you want my hands on you."❞ Honestly, I want to shake Brie sometimes and make her see sense because anyone could see she was acting like a fool sometimes. Some things were slightly predictable I easily knew some of the twists were going to happen, but this didn’t bother me much because I enjoyed it still. The world building was immersive but I just wish there was more. The ending when certain things are revealed was shocking even though I had an inkling over certain events during the story it was still shocking to me when it was revealed. These Hollow Vows has exciting plot twists, loveable characters, even the secondary characters felt fleshed out from Nik, Pretha, Jaxon, Kane etc. and is fast paced. I am so excited for the next book, I read that it was a duology so I’m excited to see how things turn out in the next one! I have this on pre-order and you should too, it’s definitely worth it! I would recommend if you’re a fan of: ➵magical artefacts heist ➵magic powers ➵plenty of y e a r n i n g/pining ➵grishaverse-esque (a la The Darkling) ➵Seelie and Unseelie courts ➵fae lands ➵adventure ➵a well-written love triangle 5 out of 5 stars overall. CW/TWs: •sexual content •violence/murder •MC is drugged without knowledge •cursing •kidnapping •death •grief

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sara

    ARC received in exchange for an honest review 🔪 When her sister is sold to the Fae as a slave, Brie must make a deal with the wicked unseelie court in order to save her. Posing as a potential bride to the golden Prince Ronan, she must pretend to fall in love while infiltrating his court and stealing his prized possessions. To help her, she joins forces with a rebel group of Fae who have their own agenda - to reclaim the unseelie crown for the rightful heir and leader, Finn. Caught between two war ARC received in exchange for an honest review 🔪 When her sister is sold to the Fae as a slave, Brie must make a deal with the wicked unseelie court in order to save her. Posing as a potential bride to the golden Prince Ronan, she must pretend to fall in love while infiltrating his court and stealing his prized possessions. To help her, she joins forces with a rebel group of Fae who have their own agenda - to reclaim the unseelie crown for the rightful heir and leader, Finn. Caught between two warring courts, Brie must decide who to trust with her secrets, and her heart. I loved the premise of this. The Fae are normally portrayed as devious and tricky, and a story that revolves around these type of characters mixed in with court intigue and an angsty love triangle was always going to grab my attention. The Fae are everything you would expect here. Brie can trust no-one and nothing. Everyone has their own agenda and will use Brie and her abilities for their own selfish advantage. To see her thrown into this lions den of creatures, ready to tear her apart at any given notice, was rather satisfying to read about. They know they can use her naivety about their world to their advantage, and they do. Multiple times. I particularly liked Finn's group of ragtag friends, who seem like the ultimate bad guys until you get to know them. They feel like a cohesive, believable group of friends - although I do think we could have spent more time with them to get a bit more out of their backstory and character development. Brie herself I was less enamoured by. She has a past with the Fae which makes her dislike them, yet she's quite quick to get over this. Her constant pondering over how much she wants Sebastian also started to grate on me after a while and I found that her relationship with him relies on a lot of telling rather than showing. This made it more difficult to believe it as the reader cannot see this love develop organically over time. Also, considering she has this amazing ability to use shadows etc we don't actually see her use it all that much, especially given how many times Finn states she's so powerful. Overall she just feels a bit underwhelming. I also found the world building and magic system to be poorly explained and developed. We know so little about Brie's power and by extension that of the Fae that I just ended up feeling like I was missing some crucial information that is never given to me. There's also a confusing curse going on at one point in the story, as well as strict rules about what the Unseelie can and can't do that really makes the whole thing feel a little bit messy and overly complicated. There's also a whole side plot involving Prince Ronan choosing a bride and multiple women that doesn't really go anywhere as we never see any of them. It's as though they're invisible, which makes one plot point later in the story rather lack lustre as, quite honestly, I'd forgotten they existed. In terms of the main plot, I found it to be very predictable and I guessed all of the reveals long before they are exposed. This meant that my reading experience did feel a little bit like a let down. I genuinely thought this had so much potential to be amazing, but the execution just wasn't there and that's probably why I'm being particularly critical. I had an enjoyable time, and the ending redeemed this somewhat for me, but it could have been so much better. Perhaps the sequel will be better.

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