Title: These Hollow Vows (These Hollow Vows #1)
Author: Lexi Ryan
My Rating: 🌟🌟🌟
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult fantasy, suspense, Magical Fae World
Primary Characters: Brie, Ronan, Finn
Narration: Dual POV
I was still in mood for reading thief and going sneaky concept. When I read the blurb, I was tantalized enough to pick it. When I saw loads of bookstagrammers gushing over this book all over the social media, it sealed the deal. I was keen and ready to go on a journey with Brie to get those ancient relics. However, it was dry and tedious.
Plot starts exactly as described in blurb. We follow Abriella, who is determined to save her sister after the Unseelie King buys her. To bring her sister back she makes a deal with him. To save her sister, 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. However, a unseelie group led by Finn is ready to help her for their own gains.
The characters are good, but not extraordinary. I tried to like Ronan, and I did for a while, but somehow, I always remained suspicious of him. Finn was good with a touch of broody character. Brie was standing on the edge. The romance in this book was okay. As for the love triangle, personally I’m not a huge fan of this trope and both Finn and Ronan were mediocre.
Premise and pace of the book were good. The plot had a lot of potential with enough scheming and politics but execution lacked in depth. The world-building is basic. Brie’s inner monologue or conflicted thoughts were highlighted way more than her stealth in finding the relics. Writing style make everything easy to read and it’s entertaining.
In general, I enjoyed the story and it was easy to get through. I really want to know what happens after that ending. Even though it’s not extraordinary, book ends with enough titillate to wait for next book in the series.
Buy Link -https://www.amazon.com/dp/B08B3K64RC
Blurb as per Goodreads
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.