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These twisted bonds | Review


Bree finds herself caught between two princes and two destinies as the future of the fairy kingdom hangs in the balance.

After Abriella’s sister was sold to the fairies, she thought life couldn’t get any worse. But when she suddenly finds herself caught in a web of her own lies – loving two princes and trusting neither – things aren’t as clear cut as she once thought.

During the civil war in the Court of Darkness, Brie finds herself unable to choose a side. How can she know where she stands when she doesn’t even know herself anymore? In this darkly romantic thrill ride, the more Fae is torn apart from the inside, the more it becomes clear that the prophecies don’t lie and that Bree has a role to play in the fate of this magical realm, whether she likes it or not.

Name: These Twisted Bonds (These Hollow Vows, #2)
Author: Lexi Ryan
Publication date: July 19, 2022
Publisher: HMH
Genres: Young/New Adult, Fantasy, Romance


This book, while very good, did not hit all the marks I wanted it to. Maybe I had high expectations, maybe I didn’t give myself enough time to process the first book, I don’t know. However, I really enjoyed the further unraveling of the mysteries, the romance, and the exploration of this world.

This book picks up where the first one left off, which I was very happy about. We see Bree running away from Seeley’s palace, feeling betrayed, angry, and hurt. This book had a strong start. In fact, I would say that the plot and pacing of the entire book was very well done.

As with the first book, I think Ryan did a great job of slowly unraveling the secrets and uncovering the lies. I think she pulled them off well, even if some of them were predictable.

Bree disappointed me a little more in this book than in the first. In this book we see a lot of repetition in her thoughts and feelings and not much growth. I can see where Ryan tried to change Brie at the end, but it was a little disingenuous and rushed. Like, Brie feels like a burden, and we hear it over and over again. Also, she doesn’t care about Finn’s feelings, even though he and his friends tell her, and basically everyone tells her, but she still doesn’t get it.

As a side note, I still love Finn. I would fight with an army for this male, die, then come back to life and keep fighting. I mean he is so selfless and devoted to his kingdom and his people. Someone has to be committed to him, and that’s me. Sign me up as a personal protection agent. Also, there were a ton of good moments for Brie and Finn.

I’m still a little confused about Brie’s background. Like, who was her mother? Was her mother her mother? Was her mother a fake this whole time? Was her sister part fairy? A complete fairy? I’m still stuck on this so if anyone can explain it to me I’d really appreciate it.

What I disliked most about this book was the lack of battle scenes. We get a couple of pages of small skirmishes, but not full fight scenes. I was able to put it off until the very end with the Queen. When I tell you, Brie just walked in and killed her and that was it. Um, what! I needed a fight! I needed Bree to be on her deathbed, struggling with one arm and bleeding from multiple stab wounds. I needed drama and I didn’t get it. The queen did go down without a fight. I was very disappointed and I think it really caused my star to drop. Also, somewhat related, not enough people died! yes! If you’re an avid fantasy reader, you know what I mean.

Overall, I was happy with this book. Where book 1 was the specific story of Bree helping her sister, this book was more about Bree, the kingdoms, and the story behind it all. It gave me the answers I was looking for, the life and happiness I needed, and the story I wanted. It wasn’t perfect, but it was worth reading.


Rating: 4 out of 5.

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