These Hollow Vows by Lexi Ryan

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"These are the hours of spies and thieves. They're my hours."

These Hollow Vows by Lexi Ryan was a brilliant read! I managed to get through this 439 page book in just a few hours. Considering that I'm an extremely slow reader, it really shows how captivating this book really was.

Genre: YA Fantasy
Type: 1st in a duology
POV: 1 POV, first person, present tense
Age Rating: 14+ years old


This book follows a human thief, Abriella (Brie). Her and her sister barely manage to survive, living off scraps. When Brie's sister is sold to the Fae king of the Unseelie court, she'll do whatever it takes to get her sister back. Even if that means making a deal with the cruel king to steal three magical relics from the Seelie court. Posing as a potential bride for the Seelie courts prince, Prince Ronan, she finds herself able to slip through the shadows of the castle, while starting to fall for the prince. 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.

“Better to pray to deft fingers, to shadows and camouflage, than to the old gods. Better to steal than to starve.”

~Writing and Setting~

Ryan's way with words is smooth and charming. The severity of the situation burst alive on the pages. You could really feel how torn Brie was, going back and forth between her decisions. The writing helped me finish this book in the short amount of time that I did. Good writing really does make a difference when reading. Ryan wrote the world in a way where you could truly see the differences between the Seelie and Unseelie courts. They were unique and suffocating in their own ways. I wish she went a little more into detail on all the settings, but she left room for imagination so it was fine.

“Where do you think legends begin, if not from truth?”


The pacing was a little all over the place, slow at times, rushed at times, but overall it didn't take away from the story too much. This book did read a lot like ACOTAR, and I definitely do see the similarities, but it is different and beautiful in its own way. The storyline was solid. A loyal girl who will do anything to save her sister. The love triangle would've been fine if Brie made the RIGHT choice, but hey, at least we get next book. While I predicated some of the ending, the true ending had me shocked. All the pieces clicked wonderfully and it was very satisfying to understand everything.

“I am not a pretty thing to be manipulated. I am darkness.”


Abriella (Brie) was very interesting to have as the protagonist. She's an excellent thief and is very loyal to her family. She was a bit unlikeable when she made the wrong decisions and often she acted incredibly stupid. But, all in all, she truly just cared about her sister and that was heartwarming. Sebastian was good in the beginning but the more I read about his character, the more I disliked his character. He was manipulative, toxic, and a flat out liar. Ugh. Finn was the saviour of this book. Every time he had a scene I was immediately immersed back into the book. He's sweet, and while he also had questionable motives, he was easy to read about. Ryans character's are fleshed out and she shows the nitty gritty about each of them, which I commend her for.

“I'm a great thief. I can steal just about anything. But a faerie prince's heart? I wouldn't know where to start.”


These Hollow Vows was a great read and I can't wait to get my hands on the sequel. I would definitely recommend this for ACOTAR fans, or anyone who likes Fae, love triangles, and quests.

“May you always have a star to wish on, Abriella, and a reason to believe.”

4.5/5 stars

mariajoana's review against another edition

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  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? No
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated


isbnkris's review against another edition

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adventurous dark mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


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At first I thought that I would love this book, but the more I read, the more I noticed that the story just wasn’t that original. It was a mix between the cruel prince, the selection and acotar, but poorly executed.

The story was a fun read but very predictable. I didn’t love the characters, the were a bit flat imo. The amount of times the mc was being called “princes” and her desperate need for pants instead of a dress (which was just straight op copied from acotar btw) also made me cringe.

The ending made the experience slightly better, although I don’t think I want to read the next part of the series.

Conclusion: a fun read but nothing more, 3/5 stars

zelieanner's review against another edition

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I’ve definitely read this before, but it’s not in my storygraph history so it must have been a while ago. Fairly fun, not very surprising, ends on a cliffhanger (sort of). I can’t keep track of whose father is whose but whatever.

sjj1993's review against another edition

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adventurous emotional mysterious sad tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? A mix
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes


efruitsnack's review against another edition

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The best way I can describe this book is Great Value ACOTAR. Everything just fell short and it felt almost like the book was trying to fit a trend instead of finding it’s own place amongst fantasy novels.

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very interesting and surprisingly the love triangle wasn't bad??

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Oh my god. Now I love a good fantasy but mainly I go for the NA genre because I like a little spice with my fantasy. But wow this did NOT disappoint.

The world building was totally immersive and the plot mixed with the sexual tension of a love triangle kept me HOOKED.

Brie was such a good main character. So crafty and wise. And yet that plot twist !!!!! I was so in love with both Sebastian and Finn. And the ending BROKE MY HEART

***major spoiler do not proceed if you haven’t read the book***

I cannot believe Sebastian’s betrayal. When his glamour was turned off and she saw all of his rune marks after he told her he’s never been bonded before !?!? UGH I SCREAMED. This was the first book I ever physically annotated and I find myself going back to my highlighted portions of loving Bash and cursing myself for not believing that he was truly wicked ! My gut told me not to trust him but I couldn’t help falling in love with him & being tricked just like Brie.

Overall 4.5/5⭐️
Spice 1/5 - there’s a few lovely scenes