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The Betrothed av Kiera Cass
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The Betrothed (urspr publ 2020; utgåvan 2020)

av Kiera Cass (Författare)

Serier: Betrothed (1)

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Medlem:Megan_Emerson
Titel:The Betrothed
Författare:Kiera Cass (Författare)
Info:HarperTeen (2020), 320 pages
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The Betrothed av Kiera Cass (2020)

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This book picked up a little slowly, but at about halfway through the book it took off like a roaring flame. I found myself completely engrossed and it will take me some time to fully digest the ending... Can't wait for the next book! ( )
  Chinesa72 | Jul 28, 2021 |
I love these reviews, you’re all haters and I love it ( )
  twainzera | Dec 2, 2020 |
Oh man, I was so excited about this book. I LOVE The Selection series and I LOVE The Siren. I've been waiting for Kiera Cass to come out with another book for awhile. Sadly this one just didn't live up to the others. Hollis is a great main character. She is strong, friendly, honest and has a good sense of humor. Her friend Delia Grace is horrendous. It makes absolutely no sense what so ever for Hollis to keep her around. Hollis is loyal so that may be the main reason why. It is clear from the very beginning that something is up with Delia Grace. The whole book I was waiting for something BIG to happen some big twist or reveal. There was a little bit of one near the end but nothing like I was expecting. Hollis and Silas have an instalove which just doesn't work in this case. They barely spend any time at all together and hardly have any real in-depth conversations. She knows next to nothing about him yet still completely upends her life to be with him and marry him immediately. I didn't like it and had no real care if they ended up together or not. I guess maybe the author did this on purpose considering the ending? It still just didn't sit well with me. I will be reading the next book when it comes out just because I do really enjoy Hollis and I am interested to see what is next for her. ( )
  KeriLynneD | Jul 3, 2020 |
The best description for this book/series in 10 words or less:
"Carefree girl finds herself struggling between love and riches."

This book hasn't been getting the greatest reviews because people are either not reading the story and saying it's basically The Selection or they are comparing it to The Selection. The Betrothed is an entirely different book in its own right and needs to be judged as such. It is meant to be a tale of what it is like to grow up as a noble in a kingdom rather than a rags-to-riches tale like The Selection.

This story is great if you're looking for a short and fun read. I felt like I breezed through this tale.The Betrothed is to be a little more suited for an audience slightly younger than The Selection. Personally, I think there is less teenage girl drama than The Selection because Hollis keeps a close circle and she really isn't competing with anyone.

I like how this is a story about a young lady who is careful and just happens to accidentally catch the attention of the newly crowned King Jameson who has been trying to find a wife to become the new queen. I think a lot of young teenagers can relate to Hollis as she just wants to have a good time. She's witty and a great conversationalist, which she uses to her advantage. Hollis' character seems fairly flat until you get to the last third to quarter of the book. It really started getting more interesting then and you can really see Hollis grow and have real conviction.

There is not very much character development in most of the supporting characters, except for Delia Grace and Valentina, and you can't really relate or truly like the male characters, such as Jameson and Silas. I think this intentional for Hollis' journey because this is about Hollis learning about who she is and who she wants to be. I am someone who doesn't like love triangles. This technically contains a love triangle but it didn't feel like it was really one. I think there was a clear indication and not much confusion for Hollis to choose between the two men.

There was a twist in the story I wasn't expecting, but it added some depth to the story. I found it interesting how this novel touched on how politics happen between two different countries, especially ones that are somewhat at odds with each other.

Refer to my blog for a different view of this review:
https://axarr.blogspot.com/2020/05/new-release-review-betrothed-by-kiera.html

Check out other books in my personal library for reviews and recommendations:
https://literarymary.libib.com/ ( )
  Marilyn95 | May 31, 2020 |
In an author's note at the beginning of my review copy of The Betrothed, Kiera Cass mentions that the 1500s era is one of her inspirations for her latest book. I mention this because it is an important note. The Betrothed is not a rewrite of The Selection series. It is a clean and somewhat idealized version of what it was like to be of noble/titled birth and have to live near the king. There are strict rules and etiquette one must follow at all times. There is no privacy, and there is almost always fear that one wrong word could have disastrous consequences for your family depending on the type of ruler.

That being said, I think Ms. Cass did a fantastic job of showing how stifling life at court can be, how limited you are in your ability to make independent decisions. Through other families, we see firsthand the terror an erratic or despotic ruler can create among his or her gentry. With Hollis, we get to see that being a princess or queen is not all presents and fancy gowns. There is a level of scrutiny that occurs with such high ranking that most people would struggle to accept.

I am giving the impression that The Betrothed is dark and dreary, and that is far from the truth. In actuality, the story is light-hearted, fun, and decadent, but it has a bite to it. Reading it is akin to wearing that perfect prom/wedding dress with shoes that slightly pinch your toes. Ms. Cass might like and write about all the pretty things, but she does not hesitate to go dark when the story requires her to do so.

To me, this ability to flit between the inconsequential and the serious is what I enjoyed most about The Betrothed. The romantic tension hides a more serious underlying story that I am anxious to see unfold. Hollis proves herself to be more than a pretty face and shows substantial grit at the story's end. In all, The Betrothed is another strong addition to the book world by Kiera Cass.
  jmchshannon | May 15, 2020 |
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