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The Betrothed|Book Review

Title: The Betrothed

Author: Kiera Cass

Genre: Fantasy, YA

Rating: ★★.5

Synopsis: When King Jameson declares his love for Lady Hollis Brite, Hollis is shocked—and thrilled. After all, she’s grown up at Keresken Castle, vying for the king’s attention alongside other daughters of the nobility. Capturing his heart is a dream come true.

But Hollis soon realizes that falling in love with a king and being crowned queen may not be the happily ever after she thought it would be. And when she meets a commoner with the mysterious power to see right into her heart, she finds that the future she really wants is one that she never thought to imagine.

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I went into this book with low expectations and I think its the best thing I could of done. Before reading this I knew most of the reviews were low, so I went in not expecting much. I enjoyed the beginning of this book, only because of how low my expectations were. I think this book was alright up until the 60-70% mark, after that I think this book just went down. I was not a fan of how it ended and I think it should of ended sooner than it did.

The characters. Not a fan. I do not think there was one character I actually enjoyed. Hollis is the main character and she is boring. It feels like all she does during a good chunk of the book is give the King compliments and makes him laugh. When Hollis and Silas meet, the insta love trope just smacks you in the face. I am not a giant fan of insta love, when its done right I don’t mind it, that wasn’t the case for this book. Hollis changes her mind about who she feels for very fast, but I guess thats insta love for ya.

Delia Grace is such a fake friend to Hollis. I felt a little bad for Hollis when the nature of Delia Grace’s character was revealed. I sorta liked her in the beginning, felt a bit bad about how people treated her and all the rumors that spread about. But that quickly changed. Now I could care less about her, but that can also be said for basically all the characters.

Silas, I don’t really have many opinions on him. I guess he was alright. I don’t like any of the characters that much but I’ll say that I dislike Silas the least.

The ending was a big no from me. Like I said above, I think the book should of ended sooner than it did. Cass tried to give the ending some shock factor but I think she missed the mark on that. The ending felt a little rushed and was a bit of a mess.

The only reason I am giving this a 2.5 and not a 2 or lower is because I didn’t outright hate the beginning. It wasn’t a horrible beginning and it was an easy read. If you are planning on reading this, go in with low expectations, you may enjoy it a bit if you do. Not sure if I will continue with this series, I guess it will depend on the book cover and how pretty it is😂

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