Posted on Jul 20, 2020 by | Comments (0)
If you enjoyed “The Selection” series or the fantastic stand-alone novel “The Siren” by Kiera Cass, be prepared for a HUGE LET DOWN! If, like me, you saw that she had written another series and were excitedly anticipating it - don’t waste your time!
“The Betrothed” is the series opener for Cass’s latest YA writing foray. Slated as a dramatic and spellbinding romance set in a dystopian future, this is a story about a girl who becomes betrothed to a king, only to fall in love with a commoner. Palace intrigue, hidden passion, and political manipulations abound!
On paper, this sounds like a heck of a good read! But sadly, this book falls miles short of the mark. The main character, Hollis, is flat, boring, and unmotivated. She self-characterizes herself as being “unintelligent” and she can’t understand why the king likes her. (Newsflash: The reader doesn’t know either!) The romance between Hollis and the commoner is unconvincing and unbelievable - it is insta-love at its worst. And don’t even get me started on the oh so surprising cliff-hanger ending that came out of left field!
If you really enjoy poorly written young adult literature with completely random endings, by all means, check this book out! However, if you’d rather enjoy the books that you read and are opposed to self-torture, I would strongly suggest trying a different series.
Rating: 0 stars out of 5