When browsing the publishers’ booths at the OLA Super Conference earlier this year, I happened upon The Betrothed by Kiera Cass. I had not read anything written by her but I had heard readers rave about her Selection series. I picked this ARC up in curiosity as I wanted to know what her writing is like.
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy, Romance
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.
I enjoyed the old-world setting of the novel even though it is set in an environment that is not of this world; it is a setting that young readers this would enjoy. Life at Court is described, as are beautiful dresses and manners. The main character seems to be a social butterfly and not have any substance to her. It is for this reason that my interest, at the beginning of the novel, was not securely captured.
The Hollis falls in love. From the moment she realises that she is in love, Hollis has a choice which she needs to make. An it is from this moment that I realised the protagonist does have a sense of character. From the time Hollis makes a choice, I was drawn into the story and found it to be more interesting.
The Betrothed is the first in the series – and it reads as such. The book ends on a cliffhanger and reading the next novel is essential to knowing what happens in the story. The writing style is perfect for young girls who enjoy reading romance novels. They will feel a number of emotions when reading: awe, happiness, and sadness. I suspect, too, that they will see a woman who grows strong from her experience and who will work through obstacles to do what is right.
I am curious enough to pick up the next novel in the series – I want to want to know how the story will continue. And hopefully the second novel in the series will capture my interest from the first page.
I give this novel ⭐️⭐️⭐️ 3 stars
© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020
(This novel was the 48th novel in my book pledge for 2020)