I received this book in my August 2021 Fairyloot box and thought it sounded good, but went in not knowing too much about it – and I think thats the reason I absolutely loved this book! If you like fantasy stories with faerie in it, this is the book for you.
Title: These Hollow Vows
Author: Lexi Ryan
Series: These Hollow Vows #1
I love a story involving faeries – I can’t say I’m well versed or know a ton about fae lore, but I enjoyed what this book told me!
Abriella (Brie) is a human thief, and a good one at that. Brie and her younger sister Jasalyn (Jas) live a poor life but they have each other and thats all they care about. One day while Brie is out, Jas is sold to the Unseelie King to pay off their debts – leaving Brie debt free, but without her sister. She must travel to the faerie realm to try and rescue her sister – even though she despises the fae and everything about them.
To enter faerie, Brie must pose as a potential bride for the Seelie prince to remain unnoticed – but soon finds herself actually caring for the prince. Meanwhile, she makes a deal with the Unseelie king in exchange for her sisters freedom, causing her to use her thievery skills in faerie to get what she needs to to rescue Jas.
I loved Brie and her resourcefulness. She cares about her sister first and foremost and will do anything to protect her, even if it harms Brie in the process. She’s passionate and sometimes unpredictable. Brie is morally gray, and thats something I truly love about characters. She will do what she must to protect those she loves.
The pacing of this story was incredibly fast and I was eager to continue reading more. There was never a dull moment and everything felt well calculated.
I went into this not knowing too much and I advise you go in the same way. There is a love triangle, there is some kissing and swooning, and rule #1 of faerie is you can’t trust anyone. We meet a great cast of characters and some very soft fae boys.
I really hate comparing books, but I’m going to compare books – I was a huge fan of The Cruel Prince series by Holly Black and this book gave me Cruel Prince vibes – but not exactly the same. I’ll also disclaimer by saying I’ve never read A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas, so while I’ve seen some comparisons, I cannot speak to those. No one author or book series owns the rights to “faeries” or the courts – its folklore and authors can play with it how they want to. My only fae experience is with Holly Black books and in Cassandra Clare books – both of which I love, and I loved this story as well.
I really enjoyed this as an audiobook – I thought the narrator was great and passionate as Brie – I think this would be just as well reading the print version but if audio is your thing, give this a try – it was very well done.
I’m already eager to reread this book closer to Book 2’s release in Summer 2022 – there are things you don’t fully realize until the end when the pieces are put together and I love when that happens in stories. If you’re a fan of The Cruel Prince, ACOMAF, or just like fae stories with love triangles – give this one a shot!