Review: These Hollow Vows by Lexi Ryan

Last year I’ve already read These Hollow Vows by Lexi Ryan. Unfortunately, it ended up being a 2-star book to me. After seeing some hype about it again in a Facebook group – and especially for its sequel These Twisted Bonds – I decided to give it another try. And guess what? Now it worked for me.

Title: These Hollow Vows
Author: Lexi Ryan
Series: These Hollow Vows #1
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
Publish date: July 20, 2021
Format: Ebook
Number of pages: 464
ISBN: 9781529376913
Genre: Young adult, Fantasy

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.
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.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Let’s start by clearing something up. People often compare this book with the all famous ACOTAR series by Sarah J. Maas. Maybe that’s why it disappointed me the first time around, because that’s one of my favorite series of all time. Therefore I found These Hollow Vows lacking at first. Well, Lexi Ryan is a whole different person/author and therefore these books are totally different from each other. The only similarities are the Fae and the fact that main characters Brie and Feyre are humans who live in poverty and barely are able to care for their family. Yes, they both get entangled amidst the chaos of the Faerie courts and get involved with people from different courts as well, but that’s it.

At first, I had a hard time connecting to the story again. I kept comparing Brie to Feyre and overall, found her character a bit lacking. In my opinion, it’s not worked out in depth. Brie and her sister Jas faced and suffered from trauma by nearly getting killed in a fire and losing their mom. One night, Jas gets missing and Brie is determined to get her back. This determination is what keeps her going throughout the book, although she looses focus every now and then. She gets caught up in Fae magic and makes some stupid decisions because of that. She always needs the guys Finn or Sebastian to save her and sometimes that’s quite annoying – hello some kind of love triangle. It makes me feel like she’s not that independent at all. This is not changing much in the first book, so I had to deal with it and I succeeded at some point.

The writing style was not that spectacular. It made me read the book very fast, because it’s not that complicated at all. However, it got me intrigued, but that’s also the plot’s doing. I wanted to know how the story continued and if Brie would manage to save Jas. The ending what somewhat predictable, but leaves readers hungry for the sequel which will be released soon.

These Hollow Vows contains all the ingrdients of a typical YA novel, without being that annoying (okay, except the two guys saving the girl trope). In fact, it makes this book an easy escape when you need something to read or whenever you are in a reading slump. It is suitable for fans of books within the Faerie world, but it’s nothing like ACOTAR. These comparisons are simply not true. The writing is not that complicated, though it left me intrigued and eager to find out how the story would continue. I never expected it, but I’m curious for These Twisted Bonds and I’m glad I gave These Hollow Vows a second chance.

Have you read These Hollow Vows? Did you think its simillar to ACotar? Will you read These Twisted Bonds?


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