The young king of Coroa has never been the type to settle down—that is, until he meets Hollis Brite.
Hollis has grown up at the castle, among the other daughters of nobility who hoped beyond hope that they’d catch the king’s eye. So when King Jameson declares his love for her, Hollis is shocked—and thrilled.
But she soon realizes that along with the extravagant presents and fawning attention, this new life brings outsized expectations—expectations that make her wonder if she’s really cut out for life as a royal.
And when she meets an Isolten stranger with the mysterious power to see right into her heart, she starts to wonder: Is there more to life outside the palace walls?
Title: The Betrothed
Author: Kiera Cass
Publication Date: May 5, 2020
Age Group: Young Adult
I had such high hopes for this book and they all came crashing down about a 1/4 way through the book. I’m a big fan of Kiera Cass and her books, but this will not be one I’ll be reading again.
The beginning started out very promising, but soon enough I found myself bored and waiting for something, anything to happen. I kept reading, thinking surely it was just a bit slow because it needed time to establish the world and the characters, but I was wrong. The action and intrigue never came and when something finally did happen, it was in the last few pages of the book. The action came and was gone before I could even blink. It was very brief and very disappointing.
Throughout the book, Cass kept hinting at things to come and I thought it would all surely come to a head soon, but it really never did. The ending was disappointing and left me feeling not very motivated to read the next book.
Perhaps even more saddening than this was the romance. It didn’t feel natural or heartwarming in the slightest. I am in no way enamored by Jameson or Silas. I don’t feel a connection to either one and don’t feel particularly excited to see her end up with either of them.
Definitely not Cass’ best work.