Book Review – The Betrothed by Kiera Cass

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Title: The Betrothed (The Betrothed #1)

Author: Kiera Cass

Publisher: HarperTeen

Publication date: May 5th, 2020

400 pages

3/5 stars

Goodreads Synopsis

When King Jameson declares his love for Lady Hollis Brite, Hollis is shocked—and thrilled. After all, she’s grown up at Keresken Castle, vying for the king’s attention alongside other daughters of the nobility. Capturing his heart is a dream come true.

But Hollis soon realizes that falling in love with a king and being crowned queen may not be the happily ever after she thought it would be. And when she meets a commoner with the mysterious power to see right into her heart, she finds that the future she really wants is one that she never thought to imagine.


“In the end, we made enemies with our heads, but we unmade them with our hearts.”

Kiera Cass, The Betrothed

After The Selection series I should’ve known Kiera would hit us with another love triangle with a royal twist – but I was unprepared for how fast the love triangle happens. At least The Selection wasn’t insta-love because I swear all Hollis did was look at Silas and drop everything she ever knew and wanted for him. Which, fine – follow your heart and whatever but ugh the pining. The first half of this book is all stolen glances and giving up the love of a King for someone you just met and literally cost you your friend, parents, home, and reputation.

I can’t even express how much this book annoyed me, after thinking it had so much promise. And after everything that happened in this book – THE ENDING. How in the world should I feel like I want to read the next book after that? Let’s just go right ahead and turn that love triangle into a freaking square. I want more from the books I read and this was not it.

I’m not sure I’ll read The Betrayed unless I strongly want to just hate read something one day. Very glad I didn’t purchase this when it came out as I wanted to.

Happy reading, folks!

1 thought on “Book Review – The Betrothed by Kiera Cass”

  1. Omgosh, this is so great! 😂
    I’m sorry.. it’s just that I sympathize so much. All of those are things I can’t stand and would infuriate me so.. at least I know not to pick this one up. I still need to read The Selection anyway.
    Thanks so much for your honesty! It’s a shame you didn’t enjoy it more!


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