Review: The Betrothed (The Betrothed #1)

Title: The Betrothed (The Betrothed #1)
Author: Kiera Cass
Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Publisher: HarperTeen
Source: Purchased
Format: Hardcover
Release Date: May 5, 2020
Rating: ★★★★


Goodreads 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. 


Hollis Brite lives at the palace in Coroa with her family. The young King Jameson starts paying attention to her, leading to a courtship. Their relationship escalates quickly when the king of their neighbouring country, Isolte, comes to visit. Hollis has to step into the role as queen beside Jameson. This visit coincides with an aristocratic family from Isolte moving to Coroa as refugees. As Hollis learns more about her future position as queen, she wonders if it is the right path for her.

Hollis was driving me crazy throughout this story. She made so many decisions that I didn’t agree with. She also made snap decisions on big life changes, which affected her own life and everyone around her. I didn’t agree with her, but I had to keep reading to find out the outcome of her decisions.

I flew through this story! It was very fast paced. Hollis’s relationship with Jameson progressed quickly in a whirlwind. The story ended in a big bang, which left me wondering where Hollis’s story is going to go in the next book.

This was an exciting start to this new series!

What to read next:

The Selection (The Selection #1) by Kiera Cass

The Siren by Kiera Cass

Have you read The Betrothed? What did you think of it?

Author: jilljemmett

Jill lives in Toronto, Canada. She has studied English, Creative Writing, and Publishing. Jill is the creator and content producer of Jill’s Book Blog, where she has published a blog post every day for the last four years, including 5-7 book reviews a week. She can usually be found with her nose in a book.

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