eARC Review – These Hollow Vows by Lexi Ryan

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Title: These Hollow Vows (These Hollow Vows #1)

Author: Lexi Ryan

Publisher: HMH

Publication date: July 20th, 2021

464 pages

4/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

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.

Review

These Hollow Vows is a fun combination of The Cruel Prince, ACOTAR, and The Selection. You have a human female thrown into the Fae courts, Seelie and Unseelie, to save her sister. Brie has to determine who she can trust, even knowing everyone is keeping information from her. But how can she choice between the male she’s been in love with for 2 years and the new male who excites her in surprising ways?

It took a bit for me to get into this book, but once I did I really enjoyed it. It does feel similar to those three series I mentioned, but there are definite differences to the world, action, and conflicts that keeps it from being too similar. I kept going back and forth throughout the book about who to trust and I kept getting twisted around. There are several background elements that also really grabbed my attention and hope we learn more about in the next book.

I had a hard time connecting with Brie as a character, I just had a hard time rooting for her as she made some terrible decisions and wasn’t a character that inspired a lot of confidence. I didn’t really see much personality from her as a MC, and I found myself more interested in the supporting characters.

Thank you to HMH and Netgalley for an early copy in exchange for an honest review.

Happy reading, folks!

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