ARC Review: These Hollow Vows by Lexi Ryan

*I was sent a copy of These Hollow Vows in exchange for an honest review. Thank you to Hodder and Stoughton and Lexi Ryan.* 


Brie would do anything before making a deal with the Fae; death is better than their vicious schemes. But when her sister is taken by the sadistic king of the Unseelie court, there is nothing Brie wouldn’t do to get her back-including making a deal with the king himself to steal three magical relics from the rival 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 the Seelie Prince, Ronan-a prince who’s not quite as wicked as she once thought. Unwilling to let her heart distract her, she accepts help from a band of Unseelie misfits with their own secret agenda. But as Brie spends time with their mysterious leader, Finn, she finds herself struggling to resist his seductive charm.

Caught between two dangerous courts, Brie must decide who to trust with her loyalty . . . and with her heart.


It took me a while to get into this book, however, once I did I was absolutely hooked. Now it definitely isn’t the best book I’ve read so far, but it does sit up there with quite a few good ones. I’m a sucker for books about the fae. 

This was marketed as a ‘sexy’ must-read for fans of Sarah J. Maas and although it did have one particularly steamy scene, it was lacking in that department otherwise. This isn’t something that I would rate the book down for as I was not reading it for that reason. However, if you are interested in These Hollow Vows for that reason then you have been warned that the characters don’t really get too hot and heavy. 

Brie was a very well done naive yet stubborn character. Although she is the main character and the only perspective you will find in this book, she was sometimes infuriating to read. Not so much that I wanted to put the book down, but my god the constant flip-flopping between which male she liked more and the pining for a man which she quite clearly knows loves her was annoying. 

I want to put all of these moments down to her being under a lot of pressure from various sources and also the naivety of a teen girl as I did quite enjoy the book. She played her part well and I can’t fault her for that. 

The story kept me interested throughout the entirety of the book and as I said at the beginning, once this really got going I didn’t want to stop reading. 

Writing-wise this was very easy to get through and the use of faerie lore was brought up in a way that anyone of any age could grasp the terms. Although I will say that this is probably a 16+ book purely because of that one detailed sex scene. 

From how These Hollow Vows ended, I am very interested to see where the plot will go in the sequel. Near its conclusion you began to see a more self-assured and strong Brie, I am hoping that this development is something we will see come to full fruition and I am very much hoping for more of Finn in book two. 

Rating: 4 out of 5.

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