These Hollow Vows by Lexi Ryan

“I am not a pretty thing to be manipulated. I am darkness.”

Plot Summary

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.

My Review

Abriella and her sister have a hard life. Their father died and their mother abandoned them. They struggle to make the payments for the magical contract they have with Madame Vivias. Everytime they miss a payment their contract extends and therefore Brie uses her skills as a thief to steal valuable objects to make extra money. 

I only steal from those who have more than they need, but with wealth comes power—the power to have thieves like me executed if we’re caught.

When that isn’t enough, Madame Vivias sells her sister to the ruthless and feared king of the unseelie. Even though Brie fears going to the fairie lands and Sebastian, her friend and the boy she loves disencourage her to go, Brie fins herself with an opportunity: Prince Ronan of the seelie court is seeking a wife and his mother organizes a ball inviting many mortal women to attend.

Brie arrives at the faerie lands with only one purpose: find a way to save her sister from the king of the unseelie court, by any means necessary. 

The false king knew she could command the shadows, but he didn’t know that her big heart and her endless love would cost him his throne.

There she finds political intrigues, atrocities and a love triangle she wasn’t expecting at all. Though she doesn’t trust others easily, she ends up trusting both princes and some betrayals leave her gutted but she doesn’t give up her one true goal: the safety of her sister.

“Easy, Princess, focus on the magic. When we’re out of here, you can go back to imagining all the ways you want my hands on you.”

‘These Hollow Vows’ has so many ACOTAR vibes and it was that that drew me in! That cover revealed on the spot that there would be a love triangle like Feyre-Tamlin-Rhysand and that was a big YES for me. At the beginning of the book you also find similarities with Cinderella. 

“Abriella, every star in that sky shines for you.”

That ending is brutal and it wasn’t expected at all. I thought I had it all figured out but I was mistaken and I love when a book can surprise me. It’s an enticing read that I’m sure I’ll re-read before the second book is released. 

Highlight Moments

– Brie discovers the true identity of Prince Ronan

– Brie’s interactions with Finn. I always had a thing for the anti-hero and Finn is quite the mysterious and dark character of the story.

– When Brie finds out who King Oberon really was and what he’d done to her

– The betrayal/ reveal at the end of the book

“I don’t deserve you.” I thought I could make a joke of it, but tears prick my eyes. “And one day you’re going to realize that.”

PLOT: ★★★★
COVER: ★★★★

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