• These Hollow Vows

  • By: Lexi Ryan
  • Narrated by: Casey Holloway
  • Length: 13 hrs and 8 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (206 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A New York Times best seller! 

Cruel Prince meets A Court of Thorns and Roses in this sexy, action-packed fantasy about a girl who is caught between two treacherous faerie courts and their dangerously seductive princes.

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.

©2021 Lexi Ryan (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Twisted Betrayals and Broken Hearts

Oh the betrayals in this book! Oof! And that ending. Lord! Everyone calls this book YA but I'm definitely leaning more towards NA. It's somewhere in the middle!

This book had a ton of references in it to other stories such as Cinderella, Snow White and more. It is a story about a girl whose sister is stolen by th fae. When she goes to the faerie realm she discovers huge family secrets about her mother and herself. Not to mention meeting a mysterious man who visits her dreams. A long time friend is also found in this realm with a hidden identity. With a mad king holding her sister and her own betrayal the key to getting her back, Brie must navigate the seelie court and her heart to gain her sisters freedom.

Tropes!

✅ Love triangle
✅ "I'm not like other girls" 🤢
✅ Bonded mates
✅ Found family


The storytelling in this book was great and I really enjoyed how the author enveloped the twists and turns of the story. The FMC can be a bit frustrating to read though, she overhears a lot of key information that she just conveniently "forgets" or doesn't pay attention too. As the reader I found myself guessing where plotlines were going and being right a lot of the time. The anger from Brie at the end gave me shivers and I can't wait to start the next book to see what fresh hell she brings down on everyone who betrayed her. I am 100% team Finn to be clear. I don't do cinnamon roll guys and *you know who* was always too good to be true. Not that Finn didn't have his own betrayal but the lengths he went to hide his deception are nowhere near the same in my opinion.

Bring on book two! 👏

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Story ⭐⭐⭐⭐

Spice 🌶️ (one spicy scene that is decently explicit and one HOT shower scene that involves an overindulgence of spiked faerie wine 🥵)

Audio 🎧🎧🎧🎧

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A whole lot of nothing

This story has dragged on and on without anything actually happening. And don’t get me started with the infuriating MC. How can someone be so stupid, weak willed, easily manipulated, and just darn right annoying? I’m going to finish this book but I will not be reading the next one. Waste of a credit.

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  • 06-06-22

Meh.

It wasn’t terrible, but I feel like it was every YA book I’ve ever read.

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THE ULTIMATE FAERIE BOOK!

𝗜𝘁’𝘀 𝗮𝘀 𝗶𝗳 𝗺𝘆 𝗹𝗼𝘃𝗲 𝗼𝗳 𝗰𝗼𝗳𝗳𝗲𝗲 𝗯𝗲𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗲 𝘄𝗮𝘀 𝗼𝗻𝗹𝘆 𝗮𝗯𝗼𝘂𝘁 𝗶𝘁’𝘀 𝗽𝗼𝘁𝗲𝗻𝘁𝗶𝗮𝗹 𝗮𝗻𝗱 𝗜’𝗺 𝗳𝗶𝗻𝗮𝗹𝗹𝘆 𝘁𝗮𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗶𝘁 𝗮𝘀 𝗶𝘁 𝘀𝗵𝗼𝘂𝗹𝗱 𝗯𝗲.
~ 𝗧𝗵𝗲𝘀𝗲 𝗛𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗼𝘄 𝗩𝗼𝘄𝘀
🔥
When a book has Seelie and Unseelie faeries, it is loosely based on a classic fairytale, has references of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, political intrigue, morally grey characters and… a protagonist who ADORES coffee AND has red (aka Ariel) hair, well, it’s certain I’m gonna ADORE it, too.

I had received 𝐓𝐡𝐞𝐬𝐞 𝐇𝐨𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰 𝐕𝐨𝐰𝐬 almost a year ago, through @beaconbookbox, and even though my Dad had suggested I should read it immediately, I put it aside for a while, for only the stars know why.

What a naive, little human I was…

The book was the PERFECT read for the transition from summer to autumn, with all the whimsical magic of the Faerie Lands, the schemes of the Courts almost palpable as I was turning the pages and the characters, both main and secondary, feeling very, very real!

And that’s what made this book unique to me, aside from its fast pacing, of course.
The fact that the characters were so very well-written, they had depth, insecurities, hopes and fears, and, all of them, seemed like the villain in someone else’s story!

There were twists and turns every other second and, with every revelation, I didn’t know which side to take.
This made the book all the more interesting to me.

Even the love triangle aspect of the story was so well-executed that, despite this being one of my least favorite tropes in a romance (as that’s the subplot of the book), I still fell invested and I wanted to know which Faerie Prince would win Brie’s heart.

5 golden stars for this whimsical beauty, which I suggest you read, if you haven’t done so already. ✨

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Good story but at times frustrating

I liked most of this story, the only reason I gave it 4 stars is because there is alot of confusing parts to this story that made me frustrated. Brie was pretty wishy washy with her feelings but that happens with most love triangles. I enjoyed meeting Finn and all of his gang and I liked learning about the Seelie and Unseelie and the backstory about why the queen did what she did, that was all really interesting. I love Lark. At first I liked Sebastian but he kept on hounding her about the bond and I became suspicious. I knew all of them were hiding something from her so none of them were the good guys but in the end there was clearly one that deceived her above all else and I hope he pays for that betrayal.

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Decent YA fantasy novel, common tropes, O.K. Spice

Overall I enjoyed this story. Some parts of the story remind me of Disney movies like cinderella or other familiar fantasy stories. I did not enjoy the main character's thought process at times and found the book to be fairly predictable but the ending was great and makes me want to read the second book.

One annoying thing was that the Audible reading of this book does not match up well with the kindle version, the words/sentences are switched up frequently as if they were reading a different version here on Audible. It makes me wonder if I missed any details in the written book that were not presented here.

Some people say this book is spicy but I found it to be pretty mild with the most "explicit" word being breasts. Mostly story telling, not a lot of spice (not complaining about this, just want to put it out there so people know what to expect).

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Twists and Twists of Hell!!

Just holy sh*t. I don't say this lightly when I say this book was pulling at all heart strings and just tortured me with the need for the truth the entire book. I finally couldn't take it anymore and just sat and listened to the last bit of the book. Damn book ends on a cliff hanger and I can't take the pressure. I need to know! The love between the characters is so much and I enjoyed every bit of it. This was so amazing written and I wish damn to hell I had more time to just read all of the next book and all it holds. Maybe I can finally find closure for the characters I'm so invested in.

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awesome

the book is very predictable, however it doesn't take away from the overall story. the ending Def caught me off guard and left me immediately wanting thr second book. I wasn't a huge fan of the narrator at first, everything sounded like a question but she really does get better as the book goes on.

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Excellent dark fantasy

I love this story line!! The characters are fantastic and the performance is stellar. Brie goes through a lot finally embracing her true self.

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Meh

Ok enough to listen to but would have DNF early on had I read a physical copy.

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