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Kiera Cass brings another sparkling romance to a stunning conclusion in this sequel to the instant #1 New York Times bestseller The Betrothed. Can you follow your heart when it’s already broken? After fleeing Coroa and leaving the memory of her beloved Silas behind, Hollis is unsteadily adjusting to life in Isolte. The Eastoffe family’s affection is a balm on her weary spiri Kiera Cass brings another sparkling romance to a stunning conclusion in this sequel to the instant #1 New York Times bestseller The Betrothed. Can you follow your heart when it’s already broken? After fleeing Coroa and leaving the memory of her beloved Silas behind, Hollis is unsteadily adjusting to life in Isolte. The Eastoffe family’s affection is a balm on her weary spirit, though Etan, a surly cousin with a deep distaste for Coroans, threatens to upset the uneasy peace she’s found. While tensions at home ratchet up, disquiet in the kingdom of Isolte is reaching a fever pitch. The Eastoffes may have the power to unseat a tyrannical king—but only with Hollis’s help. Can a girl who’s lost it all put the fate of her adopted homeland over the secret longings of her heart?


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Kiera Cass brings another sparkling romance to a stunning conclusion in this sequel to the instant #1 New York Times bestseller The Betrothed. Can you follow your heart when it’s already broken? After fleeing Coroa and leaving the memory of her beloved Silas behind, Hollis is unsteadily adjusting to life in Isolte. The Eastoffe family’s affection is a balm on her weary spiri Kiera Cass brings another sparkling romance to a stunning conclusion in this sequel to the instant #1 New York Times bestseller The Betrothed. Can you follow your heart when it’s already broken? After fleeing Coroa and leaving the memory of her beloved Silas behind, Hollis is unsteadily adjusting to life in Isolte. The Eastoffe family’s affection is a balm on her weary spirit, though Etan, a surly cousin with a deep distaste for Coroans, threatens to upset the uneasy peace she’s found. While tensions at home ratchet up, disquiet in the kingdom of Isolte is reaching a fever pitch. The Eastoffes may have the power to unseat a tyrannical king—but only with Hollis’s help. Can a girl who’s lost it all put the fate of her adopted homeland over the secret longings of her heart?

30 review for The Betrayed

  1. 5 out of 5

    spring ~♡

    I don't know what's going on my life but I do know one thing for sure. I'm gonna read this book and then curse myself for reading this after totally hating the first book. I don't know what's going on my life but I do know one thing for sure. I'm gonna read this book and then curse myself for reading this after totally hating the first book.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Breanne

    check out my blog @ perusewithcoffee for reviews, discussion posts and more!! I KNOW!! I am as surprised as you are! I really enjoyed this stupid little book. This was 10x more concise and better written than the first novel in this duology It was romantic and twisty and fun. And finally, I was reminded of the addictive quality that all previous Kiera Cass books (specifically the Selection series) have held. Firstly, I must talk about the characters! Hollis grew so much in this novel. The shallow check out my blog @ perusewithcoffee for reviews, discussion posts and more!! I KNOW!! I am as surprised as you are! I really enjoyed this stupid little book. This was 10x more concise and better written than the first novel in this duology It was romantic and twisty and fun. And finally, I was reminded of the addictive quality that all previous Kiera Cass books (specifically the Selection series) have held. Firstly, I must talk about the characters! Hollis grew so much in this novel. The shallow girl she was in the previous book completely disappeared and we were introduced to this lighter, funnier, stronger version of this terrible pain in the ass. And as for Etan, I was fully prepared to shit on this dude. I wanting nothing more than to tear him apart in my review because he was a dick in book one however, we witness yet another character turnaround! He is given such a remarkable backstory and a kind family which opens him up and his genuine heart of gold is able to shine through. Of the three men in this duology (yes, there’s three), he is my favorite! The banter him and Hollis have in this novel is so entertaining and we stan, we ship. Next, I need to discuss the plot because it went through major developments. So, The Betrayed picks up right where The Betrothed ends and where the first book was mainly set up and boring descriptions of eye and hair color, this book actually has an end goal. Ultimately, the characters want to overthrow the king of Isolte and without spoiling too much and while considering that the constant plot twists and convenient advancement opportunities were cheesy as heck, this endeavor was so incredibly easy to not only root for but also understand. The backstory and the set-up and symmetries with book one truly make so much sense now. I could continue gushing, and honestly maybe bashing, some more but I’m so close to spoiling everything so moving on. My only real qualm with this was the static quality some of the characters had. I finished the book maybe 30 minutes before writing this review and I only remember the names of key players in this book, everyone else in the background (especially guards or friends) were really too much of the same to be memorable. Also, this was just so incredibly corny. Like Hallmark movies corny. Just terribly stupid but I think it was enjoyable enough to become a serious guilty pleasure of mine so if you can overlook some cringeworthy aspects and a rather boring first novel, I think you’ll really like this duology. Strangely, I do recommend this to y’all. Go pick it up and have a fun, light summer reading day! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ she's obviously gonna fall in love with Etan and I'm gonna hate it but we still gonna read it

  3. 4 out of 5

    human

    i just want to see if this goes from dumpster fire level to the pits of hell, or if it actually makes a half-assed attempt to improve, which doesn't seem likely. also, the first cover was better. i just want to see if this goes from dumpster fire level to the pits of hell, or if it actually makes a half-assed attempt to improve, which doesn't seem likely. also, the first cover was better.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cait (Caitsbooks)

    Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for giving me an ARC in exchange for an honest review So... I read it. This book was just meh. The characters had a little more development than the first book, and the romance in this book was more compelling, but the pacing and writing still felt lacking. I predicted all of the major plot points, but I did manage to read the book fairly quickly (all in one sitting) and I enjoyed the banter between our two main characters. One major issue I had with th Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for giving me an ARC in exchange for an honest review So... I read it. This book was just meh. The characters had a little more development than the first book, and the romance in this book was more compelling, but the pacing and writing still felt lacking. I predicted all of the major plot points, but I did manage to read the book fairly quickly (all in one sitting) and I enjoyed the banter between our two main characters. One major issue I had with this book was the fact that it says the g-slur 3 separate times. I discussed this in more detail in my review of The Betrothed, but it shocked me that it was still an issue in this book when that feels like something that could easily be removed. Hopefully it won't make it into the final edition. In the end, this sequel was better than the first, but it didn't redeem the series for me. Full Review to Come Original Predictions: (Spoilers for The Betrothed) (view spoiler)[I'm curious to see if Kiera Cass will keep Silas dead or bring him back. Also, Etan is definitely going to be the new love interest and he's gonna take the throne (hide spoiler)]

  5. 4 out of 5

    anna

    Despite the fact that I rated the first book 2 stars, I still oddly want to know what happens.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Tess

    Update sometime in july: I am SO SORRY besties I forgot to read The Betrayed so I'm gonna get right on that get excited!!!! I'm not!!! An incomplete list of what I remember going into the sequel: •Hollis is on the run and maybe just married •Everyone is dead •thats it Update: 11/12 and we have a cover! And a title! I don't hate the title tbh but the cover is...a choice. Just as a whole it's kinda off. It reminds me of those ugly Girl In Dress covers from the fae court books from the early 2010s. Not Update sometime in july: I am SO SORRY besties I forgot to read The Betrayed so I'm gonna get right on that get excited!!!! I'm not!!! An incomplete list of what I remember going into the sequel: •Hollis is on the run and maybe just married •Everyone is dead •thats it Update: 11/12 and we have a cover! And a title! I don't hate the title tbh but the cover is...a choice. Just as a whole it's kinda off. It reminds me of those ugly Girl In Dress covers from the fae court books from the early 2010s. Not that the selection didn't have a Girl In Dress cover, this one is just particularly cheesy. -Calling it a year in advance, my guess for Next Terrible Love Interest is Etan. Read my review for The Betrothed here -> https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...

  7. 4 out of 5

    Elle

    this isn’t even released yet but i already hate it

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sophia

    Reluctantly adding this to my to read list because I like to torture myself, I guess.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dorine

    Did I hate the first book?: yes Am I going to give this book a chance knowing damn well I will regret my decision immediately?: guilty

  10. 4 out of 5

    Bhavya

    Apparently I need to say again that I will not read this as people are saying they want me too 😭 Sorry I am just being rude. ....................................................... I’m never going to read this book. I am sorry not sorry . Book 1 for me was an utter disaster . I rated it 0.5 stars, which is my lowest star rating till date. My huge review rant for The Betrothed- MY PROPER DETAILED REVIEW CAN BE FOUND IN PAGE TWO OF MY COMMENTS. as it was veryyyyyyyy long (I mean it) and it didn’t f Apparently I need to say again that I will not read this as people are saying they want me too 😭 Sorry I am just being rude. ....................................................... I’m never going to read this book. I am sorry not sorry . Book 1 for me was an utter disaster . I rated it 0.5 stars, which is my lowest star rating till date. My huge review rant for The Betrothed- MY PROPER DETAILED REVIEW CAN BE FOUND IN PAGE TWO OF MY COMMENTS. as it was veryyyyyyyy long (I mean it) and it didn’t fit. My summary review (which I wrote at top, and is also long) The burb for this has major spoilers for The Betrothed btw. Just a note. ~Peace Bhavya (Also, I liked the previous cover more)

  11. 4 out of 5

    Claire ✨

    Spoilers for Book 1, obviously. I suspect Etan Northcutt is going to overthrow Isolte's king, and Hollis is going to fall in love with him. Yes. Etan. I know they had the anti-relationship in the first book, but I think there's potential there, especially knowing they will be together in the next book. He opened Hollis' eyes to her position in court and I think she'll be more than grateful for that. Also, is Silas really dead? I don't believe that either. No body, no death. I really hope he doesn Spoilers for Book 1, obviously. I suspect Etan Northcutt is going to overthrow Isolte's king, and Hollis is going to fall in love with him. Yes. Etan. I know they had the anti-relationship in the first book, but I think there's potential there, especially knowing they will be together in the next book. He opened Hollis' eyes to her position in court and I think she'll be more than grateful for that. Also, is Silas really dead? I don't believe that either. No body, no death. I really hope he doesn't come back though, because then they'll be another poorly-written love chevron (love arrow, if we're counting Jameson). THE BETROTHED

  12. 5 out of 5

    ♠ TABI⁷₈⁷ ♠

    I highly doubt this is going to improve past the first book, but I'm curious how close it tries to make it . . . BUT HI I'M IN LOVE WITH THAT COVER I highly doubt this is going to improve past the first book, but I'm curious how close it tries to make it . . . BUT HI I'M IN LOVE WITH THAT COVER

  13. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Thank you to HarperTeen and Edelweiss+ for an ARC of The Betrayed by Kiera Cass. Okay, this will have all the spoilers (plus a fair amount of ranting), so beware. I am happy to report that The Betrayed wasn't QUITE as bad as The Betrothed. However, it also wasn't good? We follow Hollis as she runs off to the "safety" of neighboring country Isolte, while "mourning" the death of her insta-love, Silas (who she was married to for one hour...after knowing for about 2 weeks?). Mourns is in quotations, be Thank you to HarperTeen and Edelweiss+ for an ARC of The Betrayed by Kiera Cass. Okay, this will have all the spoilers (plus a fair amount of ranting), so beware. I am happy to report that The Betrayed wasn't QUITE as bad as The Betrothed. However, it also wasn't good? We follow Hollis as she runs off to the "safety" of neighboring country Isolte, while "mourning" the death of her insta-love, Silas (who she was married to for one hour...after knowing for about 2 weeks?). Mourns is in quotations, because...ummm...it didn't feel like much mourning to me? It almost felt like Hollis was just being her normal self, and then Cass would be like, "wait, her family and true love all JUST died...let's make her cry a bit." And who is on this trip with her? That's right, Etan (we all guessed it, but Etan will be her next enduring love). Etan and Hollis banter a lot with sarcastic quips. Again, supposedly Hollis is SO funny, I'm still not buying it. Of course, Isolte isn't really safe because everyone thinks Isolte's king just had Hollis' and Silas' families killed. But, Hollis is determined to stay with Silas' mother and sister, who she seems to love fiercely (also insta-love in a way?). Then, miraculously (after a lot of boring hum-drum at court) Etan's family succeeds in overthrowing the naughty king with zero bloodshed and Etan becomes king. CONVENIENT. Of course, before this he smooches Hollis because he just can't stand her and needs her to shut-up. Okay, supposedly he loves her at this point. But the flip from hate to love is pretty quick, on both their parts. Cass doesn't seem to do slow-burn romance. It's ALL or NOTHING within 1 day. NO TIME TO WASTE. MUST. HAVE. LOVE. NOW. Also, Hollis says multiple times "I will NEVER come near a crown again" (HAH! Hear me scoff!). So...Etan is king, and Hollis finds out that Isolte's ex-king didn't actually kill beloved Silas--it was Jameson all along (I don't know why this surprised me, but it actually did, so props to you there, Cass). Apparently Jameson wanted Hollis to come back to him, so instead of putting up a fight so she wouldn't leave him in the first place, he let her go, then killed everyone she cared about? Great wooing techniques there, your majesty. What is it about Hollis that makes these men go crazy??? She still doesn't seem amazing to me... Then Hollis goes and confronts Jameson, and he tells her Hollis and him (Jameson) were MARRIED since the day she ran away, because of some document her parents signed. Um, okay? So...why didn't you bring that up to get her to come back? Why resort to killing everyone she loved and making it so she would most DEFINITELY never love you? I question the intelligence of the people in this book.... So, Jameson is angry, picks up a sword...and then TRIPS, the sword falls pointy-end up...and Jameson FALLS ON IT AND DIES. That conveniently takes care of that problem with no effort from the main characters whatsoever! And because Jameson and Hollis were technically married, Hollis is QUEEN. Forget that she never wanted to go near a crown. That's all out the window. She takes up the mantle and is THE BEST QUEEN EVER. Both lands have SO MUCH PEACE. Because teaching people not to hate is SO EASY. Don't let our world today tell you any different, we have it first hand from Hollis Brite-Eastoff-Queen-Goddess. Changing the world is EASY. Oh, and of course Hollis and Etan are both like, "we have our own kingdoms, we can't be together, our countries are more important..." yada, yada, yada. (JUST MARRY EACH OTHER AND JOIN THE KINGDOMS you idiots!)...it takes them 3 months to figure that out, but they finally do it. The End. Wooh. Okay, so this review turned into a bit more of a rant than I expected. I said at the beginning that it was better than The Betrothed, and I still think that's true? I might have to go back and read over my verbal vomit first to see. Well, after rereading, it does sound pretty bad, but here's why I think The Betrayed was better than The Betrothed. There was at least a LITTLE character development, and the whole cast wasn't RANDOMLY killed off at the end. Not much to go on, but the first book was such a train-wreck, that it doesn't take much to improve upon it. I'm curious to see what other people will think. How does this book compare to book one? Do you think it was better? Worse? The same?

  14. 4 out of 5

    Maddie

    While this was still by no means perfect, it was such an improvement on the first book. The romance was better and there was actually a plot! Everything was resolved extremely conveniently with far too many coincidences to actually take seriously, but it was still a fun time. Also, I was right with my predictions and I'm proud of myself 😌 While this was still by no means perfect, it was such an improvement on the first book. The romance was better and there was actually a plot! Everything was resolved extremely conveniently with far too many coincidences to actually take seriously, but it was still a fun time. Also, I was right with my predictions and I'm proud of myself 😌

  15. 4 out of 5

    Olivia Williford (LivTheBookNerd)

    I’m going to read this in hopes that KC improves this story. I’m nervous.

  16. 5 out of 5

    ⚡Mare Barrow⚡ The Little Lightning Girl

    If you didn't like the first book still give this a try. It was way better then the Betrothed. There is also a trope that many people really like in here... (view spoiler)[I hated Etan. But I do ship him and Hollis. They had a better relationship then Silas. I loved the Enemies to lovers trope. I hope there will be an add on and we can see a closer look at there relationship. (hide spoiler)] (view spoiler)[JAMESON!!! WHY DID YOU KILL SILAS AND HIS FAMILY????? I wish he didn't die. I wanted him to If you didn't like the first book still give this a try. It was way better then the Betrothed. There is also a trope that many people really like in here... (view spoiler)[I hated Etan. But I do ship him and Hollis. They had a better relationship then Silas. I loved the Enemies to lovers trope. I hope there will be an add on and we can see a closer look at there relationship. (hide spoiler)] (view spoiler)[JAMESON!!! WHY DID YOU KILL SILAS AND HIS FAMILY????? I wish he didn't die. I wanted him to stay in jail for the rest of this life. That way he could watch Hollis be happy without him. (hide spoiler)] (view spoiler)[Poor scarlet. The only reason she lived is because Hollis looked like her and she was spared. If she wasn't she would have joined her father and brothers. (hide spoiler)] . I loved this book. I love Keira Cass's books. They are wonderful. I found the book EXTREMLY fast-paced. I don't really pay attention to the character development. If there is any please let me know. Thank you for listening and if I think of anything else to add I'll add it. Bye! Have a good evening/afternoon/morning/night

  17. 4 out of 5

    Willowthecat

    People are so harsh on this book series. It's not like any of Keira Cass's other books, but that makes it unique! When I first finished The Betrothed, I was not sure if I loved it or hated it. In the end, I decided I loved it, and began to eagerly await the next book. So where so many readers have an abundance of problems with this duology, I have nearly nothing but good to say. A lot of people hate Hollis, but I love her. I like how sweet and friendly she is, but just because she's not as feisty People are so harsh on this book series. It's not like any of Keira Cass's other books, but that makes it unique! When I first finished The Betrothed, I was not sure if I loved it or hated it. In the end, I decided I loved it, and began to eagerly await the next book. So where so many readers have an abundance of problems with this duology, I have nearly nothing but good to say. A lot of people hate Hollis, but I love her. I like how sweet and friendly she is, but just because she's not as feisty as America or as smart as Delia Grace, people don't like her. I liked how both these books dealt with heavy, important matters yet weren't angsty. I loved how Hollis and her new love interest made sense, and I died laughing with them throughout the entire book. I liked how the book was more than about just another love story and had so many great things. I adored the bonding between Scarlet and Hollis and Valentina and Hollis. I thought the character's reactions to their losses were very real. My complaints were few, but I do have some. I thought some of the things moved too quickly. That was the main problem with this series. In the first book, things with Silas moved far too quickly, and in this book, Etan's and Hollis' truce was too easy and fast. Them accomplishing the goals they set in the beginning of the book was also too fast and too easy. Where were the complications and setbacks? My last complaint was what I felt to be an unfinished plotline with the Northcott girls. They were hinted at, but never fully explained. I would have liked to see that mentioned more. All in all, this book was so much fun to read, and everything I'd been hoping for. Please don't let yourself be scared off by the unexpected plot twists. This book was a total blast, and I'd love for more people to just set back and enjoy it.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Fer Bañuelos (myownlittlebookshelf)

    English/Español EN: Thank you netgalley for providing me with an e-arc of this book in exchange for an honest review! *4.5* I’ve been a Kiera Cass fan since The Selection days. She kinda became one of my comfort authors. Every single book I read by her makes me feel so good and I enjoy pretty much everything she writes. And this duopoly wasn’t the exception. Actually, The Betrayed might be on of my favorites by her. This books picks up exactly where the first one ended. We follow Hollis after the English/Español EN: Thank you netgalley for providing me with an e-arc of this book in exchange for an honest review! *4.5* I’ve been a Kiera Cass fan since The Selection days. She kinda became one of my comfort authors. Every single book I read by her makes me feel so good and I enjoy pretty much everything she writes. And this duopoly wasn’t the exception. Actually, The Betrayed might be on of my favorites by her. This books picks up exactly where the first one ended. We follow Hollis after the events that left her looking for answers and a new way to live, and this books gives us a completely new perspective on the world and characters we learned from in the first book. Needless to say, I loved this so much. More than I initially thought I would. I didn’t expect to like this series as much as her other one, but I have to say I’m pleasantly surprised with how much I enjoyed the story, especially this second book. It has more development to the characters, more depth even, and I couldn’t stop reading as soon as I started it. Yes, this book, and Kiera Cass’ work overall, has a melodramatic feel to it, sometimes borderlining in ridiculousness, but they are so, so charming. There’s something in the way Kiera Cass writes characters, romance and relationships that makes me fall in love with her stories, even if we can all agree that they aren’t always the best. And The Betrayed did that, so very well. I loved the dynamic between the two main characters. I would even say they had a hundred times more chemistry than the pairing in the first one, and reading how they interacted with each other throughout the novel made me smile so hard. I ADORED the ending as well. It surprised me; Kiera Cass took everything in this book and took it where I least expected it, and I have to applaud her. She really came through with this sequel. Overall I had the time of my life reading this book and I’m so glad that I had the opportunity to read an advance copy. I will continue to read everything she publishes, 'cause there’s something in her books that is so addictive, and not many authors have that. Can’t wait to see what she comes up with next! ESP: Todo el mundo sabe que soy fan número uno de la selección y de Kiera Cass es general. Ella es como mi autora de confort, y cada libro que lea siempre, SIEMPRE me hace sentir bien, independientemente si sea lo mejor del mundo o una historia simple. Y The Betrayed no fue la excepción. De hecho, me atrevería decir que es de mis favoritos de ella. Personalmente, La Prometida fue un libro que disfruté bastante, a pesar de que eso es una opinion impopular al parecer. Me gustaron los personajes, la trama y los giros inesperados que se dieron, por lo que esta secuela me tenía muy emocionado, y puedo decir que estoy satisfecho con ella. Muy satisfecho. Me encantó la dinámica entre los dos personajes principales. Incluso diría que tenían cien veces más química que la pareja del primer libro, y leer cómo interactuaban entre sí a lo largo de la novela me hizo sonreír demasiado. ADORÉ el final también. Me sorprendió; Kiera Cass tomó todo en este libro y lo llevó donde menos lo esperaba, y tengo que aplaudirle que, después de haberme leído todos su libros, sigue logrando sorprenderme. Realmente logró superarse con esta secuela. En general, viví mi mejor vida leyendo este libro y estoy muy contento de haber tenido la oportunidad de leer una copia anticipada. Seguiré leyendo todo lo que publique, porque hay algo en sus libros que es tan adictivo, y no muchos autores lo tienen. Ya quiero ver con que me sale la Kiera después.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Gabriela Reads

    Updates: Expectations? ZERO. 05/31/2021 This will probably be a punishment for myself, but I want to know how bad it can get 🥴

  20. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    PleasePleasePleasePleasePleasePleasePleasePleasePleasePleasePleasePleasePleasePleasePleasePleasePleasePleasePleasePleasePleasePleasePleasePleasePleasePleasePlease let Silas come back. Etan is NOT the person is has to be Silas I will cry over this. HE. CAN'T. BE. DEAD. PleasePleasePleasePleasePleasePleasePleasePleasePleasePleasePleasePleasePleasePleasePleasePleasePleasePleasePleasePleasePleasePleasePleasePleasePleasePleasePlease let Silas come back. Etan is NOT the person is has to be Silas I will cry over this. HE. CAN'T. BE. DEAD.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Merle

    I just finished the first book, and liked it! I personally loved it! Can not wait until the second one is out!

  22. 5 out of 5

    (old.enough.for.fairytales)

    Enjoyed this one so much more than book one! Hollis gets better and it isn’t as predictable. Really enjoyed it!

  23. 4 out of 5

    Maira

    genuinely think i read stuff i hate faster than stuff I like

  24. 5 out of 5

    Layla

    2.5, better than first, still not very good

  25. 4 out of 5

    queen of narnia

    UPDATE AS OF 11/12/2020 What an interesting title! I also love the color scheme of this cover, though I still think I prefer the first. -- Why am I surprised there's gonna be a sequel?? But just putting it out there how messed-up if the rest of the romance in this series isn't a slow-burn (spanning a couple of years) seeing as Silas was literally JUST killed. Or is he coming back? THAT is something I'd like to see. I sure hope this isn't going to be a duology, and I sure as HECK hope that Etan won UPDATE AS OF 11/12/2020 What an interesting title! I also love the color scheme of this cover, though I still think I prefer the first. -- Why am I surprised there's gonna be a sequel?? But just putting it out there how messed-up if the rest of the romance in this series isn't a slow-burn (spanning a couple of years) seeing as Silas was literally JUST killed. Or is he coming back? THAT is something I'd like to see. I sure hope this isn't going to be a duology, and I sure as HECK hope that Etan won't be the love interest. Just-- can't you go a few years without romance, Hollis? Especially seeing as your husband just died and you didn't even get to spend a day married??????? Gods these romance novels are so WEIRD

  26. 4 out of 5

    Château of Books / Sara

    12-11-20 Cover and synopsis reveal!! Kiera's covers never dissapoint!! I'm excited to read this sequel bc it intrigues me, since the first one ended in a cliffhanger. And i wanna know if my theories about it turns out to be true. SPOILERS of the first book: -I don't really believe that Silas is dead!! 12-11-20 Cover and synopsis reveal!! Kiera's covers never dissapoint!! I'm excited to read this sequel bc it intrigues me, since the first one ended in a cliffhanger. And i wanna know if my theories about it turns out to be true. SPOILERS of the first book: -I don't really believe that Silas is dead!!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Home

    Sorry to all. But Kiera has done it once again. Everyone may have disliked The Betrothed but I loved it. But I guess it is a matter of opinion. Great Job Kiera Cass!!!!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Vicky

    3.5 stars Let me be honest: I did not like the first book of this duo, The Betrothed. I only gave it two stars, and began to think that I might have finally gotten too old to enjoy YA novels. In the first book, I found the protagonist, Hollis, to be a shallow, vapid pushover. I didn’t like her “bosom friend” Delia Grace at all—talk about conniving. And there was a nagging plot hole about a certain set of deaths that really, really bothered me. By the end of book 1, I knew pretty certainly who Holli 3.5 stars Let me be honest: I did not like the first book of this duo, The Betrothed. I only gave it two stars, and began to think that I might have finally gotten too old to enjoy YA novels. In the first book, I found the protagonist, Hollis, to be a shallow, vapid pushover. I didn’t like her “bosom friend” Delia Grace at all—talk about conniving. And there was a nagging plot hole about a certain set of deaths that really, really bothered me. By the end of book 1, I knew pretty certainly who Hollis would end up with. (Narrator voice: Vicky was right.) Really, I only requested an ARC of the second book because there were a couple of characters that I did enjoy, and did want to know the fate of. Reader, Kiera Cass redeemed herself in this one. This book picks up immediately after the first book’s end. So many of the things I disliked about the first book were resolved in the second. Delia Grace was barely present. Hollis matured from a vapid girl into a responsible woman. The plot hole was resolved, in a twist that might have even surprised me. Just a little. And there was one heck of a plot twist near the end that, although I realize now that it was heavily foreshadowed, I was not prepared for. Is it a perfect book? No. Middle-aged person that I am, I tire of the “instant love” of YA novels, in this case with Hollis and Silas (first book) and to a somewhat lesser degree here. At least, with Hollis’ ultimate pairing, there was a little bit more time for the relationship to blossom. What I did like, though, was that Hollis learned what she was good at—caring about making people feel comfortable and safe—and she used it for the good of those around her. When she stopped thinking of all her weaknesses, she really bloomed. I loved the lesson about the importance of “found family” as well. If you didn’t like the first book—and I didn’t—definitely give this one a chance. It was a great three hours of a lazy Sunday morning. Possible Objectionable Material: Lots of murders. A little fighting. Plotting and scheming. Kiera Cass is pretty squeaky clean, so the romance scenes don’t go beyond kissing. Who might like this book: Fans of the author, of romance, of women who learn to stand on their own two feet. Thanks to NetGalley and HarperTeen for the eARC in exchange for my honest review. This review is also at https://biblioquacious.blogspot.com/2...

  29. 4 out of 5

    Alaina

    The Betrayed started off on an okay note with me. I wasn't really surprised by anything that went down or how certain people were treated throughout most of this book. The romance, however, was a bit predictable but definitely took some turns towards the cuteness route. Near the end at least.. or maybe that's just me? Not sure but I guess I am happy that I finally dove into this book. Just to say that I finished the duology before I ghosted and forgot about it. Other than that, things definitely The Betrayed started off on an okay note with me. I wasn't really surprised by anything that went down or how certain people were treated throughout most of this book. The romance, however, was a bit predictable but definitely took some turns towards the cuteness route. Near the end at least.. or maybe that's just me? Not sure but I guess I am happy that I finally dove into this book. Just to say that I finished the duology before I ghosted and forgot about it. Other than that, things definitely flew by while listening to the audiobook. I don't think I ever found myself bored with anything but that's probably because I'm just bored with doing nothing workwise that the book actually seemed enjoyable. Again, it might just be me.. but oh well. I do think I could have done with more bantering between because I just love a good bantering. I guess I will be okay with what I got and just move on with my life. If only it wasn't so predictable..

  30. 4 out of 5

    Lizzie Hutchings

    ~~spoilers for The Betrothed and The Betrayed~~ Wow, um okay. I have to say. This book was *significantly* better than the first book, not a question about it. And am I mad at this book (like I was for the first one)? No. Did I have a good (and extensive) laugh while reading this book. Absolutely. Let’s talk about things that made me want to cry. Haha. Get it? You will. 1 - I added up the number of times our wimp of a protagonist, Hollis, shed tears in this book. 15. FIFTEEN TIMES. I’m sorry, auth ~~spoilers for The Betrothed and The Betrayed~~ Wow, um okay. I have to say. This book was *significantly* better than the first book, not a question about it. And am I mad at this book (like I was for the first one)? No. Did I have a good (and extensive) laugh while reading this book. Absolutely. Let’s talk about things that made me want to cry. Haha. Get it? You will. 1 - I added up the number of times our wimp of a protagonist, Hollis, shed tears in this book. 15. FIFTEEN TIMES. I’m sorry, authors. If your MC cries 15 times in the span of a book less than 300 pages, there is something *wrong* with whatever you’re doing. Take my word for it. 2 - Also I am pretty sure every. Single. Time. that Hollis and Scarlet walked out of a room together, either the Mother or the other woman – Aunt Java, or something like that, would say “wow, you girls look stunning.” At least four times in the book this exact scenario happened. When the readers notice a consistency that should *not* be there, I think we need to rethink how this book was written. “Don’t you two look lovely?” (153) “There you are, girls. Both looking very smart today.” (174) and there are more i just can’t find them in my leisurely page turning 3 – Maybe this is still immeasurable pain and sorrow left over from the first book but allow me to quote a line of description that Hollis comments about Silas. “I kept thinking about Silas, so confident and funny and clever." I LAUGH. If we didn’t get more than tHiRtY pAgEs with Silas in the first book, you know, maybe – just maybe – I would actually think that Silas had enough of a personality to be regarded as clever, funny, or confident. But, you know. All I remember about Silas from the first book were three things. 1. He had blue eyes (as we are *cough* so often reminded even in this book). 2. He died. and 3. He’s a flavorless character that happened to “tug on Hollis’s heartstrings.” 4 – Eked. I’m going to give Kiera Cass some props here because the first time I read the word “eked” was in her book. Now. The context that Cass uses this word is, "'If it would please you,' I eked out." . I have not a freaking clue what this word means nor how to pronounce it, but I just looked up what it meant and most of what I’m getting out of the phrase “to eke out” is that it means “to earn a living.” Please correct me if I’m wrong (I’m not sure if dictionary.com didn’t give me all the definitions) but Hollis didn’t earn a living from being flattering, and I would be shocked if Kiera Cass eked out anything from publishing this duology. 5 – Can we talk about how idiotic all of Cass’s characters are. It’s honestly the most frustrating thing ever. You know how they say characters in a novel are only as smart as the author is? Well for Kiera Cass’s sake I hope it doesn’t apply the other way around as well because MAN. The characters in her world must have had a crap education system or something. Literally Hollis was just stupid, but we already knew that from the first book. But Hollis would come up with the most basic, stupid plans or ideas, then all the characters in the book would be like “oooo, you’re a genius, Hollis. Please share with us more good ideas.” My (hah) favorite was when the Isolte king was like calling Hollis out and whatnot, then she was like “what if you give them land you don’t care about so he has to play nice.” Then this, you know, like 60-year-old king is like “Gee whiz, what a great idea!” Yeah sure, you ancient man who has been ruling a successful kingdom for *many decades* could not come up with an idea a five-year-old could invent. Like give me a break. Etan even commented at the end of the book that it “was one of the best ideas” he had ever heard. AND THIS HAPPENED MANY TIMES. Everyone was praising Hollis for being all smart, but no! She’s dumb! 6 – Okay. Another thing. While Hollis is clearly an emotional wreck, when she figures out that Jameson killed her husband, she was PRETTY DARN CHILL ABOUT IT. Like no tears, no fit of angry passion. Heck, she didn’t even want him to die. No, Hollis, you kill that son of a biscuit yourself! Like literally. WUT. She was like “noooo i can’t watch.” I mean, I’m pretty sure if someone intentionally murdered my *entire family* and didn’t regret it, I wouldn’t hesitate to stab said human being multiple times. At least beat them up thoroughly. But no. Cass made her MC far to virtuous for any of us to handle. We should all learn from Hollis’s stellar example (note thick sarcasm). Honestly, the part I laughed the hardest about this was when Hollis says, “If [Jameson] was capable of something so cold and cruel, how could I trust him to show any mercy to me?” GIVE ME A BREAK. lol you don’t need his mercy, he should have to beg for yours. I’ll stop with this point now. 7 – Can we talk about those dumb plot-twists (if that’s what you want to call them) at the end? Come on. I guessed the ending to this book a hundred pages before it happened. That being said, I think I was supposed to be shocked that Jameson and Hollis were actually betrothed for real before she got married. But I mean, the first book was called The Betrothed. So, um. I kinda thought that’s what they were, but maybe I missed something. Hollis becoming the queen. Okay. She’s wearing a crown on the front cover of the book. And of course, the whole book (as Cass was sure to drill into our brains) Hollis was, I quote, “running from the crown.” So basically, we were told that she didn’t want to be mixed up in royalty. Well yeah, the moment you tell us that more than 3 times in your book – WE’RE GOING TO GET THE IDEA THAT YOU’RE SETTING US UP FOR SOMETHING. Ugh. 8 – Can we talk about possibly the hardest I’ve ever laughed in a book. Jameson died. Oh that’s not the funny part. He got stabbed. By tripping. And falling. On. His. Own. Sword. HE KILLED HIMSELF BECAUSE CASS DIDN’T HAVE THE GUTS TO MAKE HOLLIS DO IT. Honestly. If you are an esteemed and respected king, I’m sure that you learned how to deal with your sword safety before you could even walk. So yeah. Let me explain the author’s thought process to you. I really want Hollis to end up queen of Coroa (which sounds a lot like Corona btw), so the king has to die. But I want to make Hollis the most perfect, incapable, virtuous little girl, so she can’t kill him. I guess Etan could kill Jameson, but WOULDN’T it be so much more rEaLiStiC is Jameson just tripped and fell on his sword. In a spot that would kill him. Yeah, that’s a better ending. Please. I’m actually dead. 9 – Delia (freaking) Grace. Who even is this girl? She was Hollis’s best friend in the first book, then totally stabbed her in the back because she wanted more attention. Then! When Hollis steals the throne from her little Delia Grace is all of a sudden CHILL ABOUT IT?! I just wish this character didn’t even exist. She has no purpose at all. At all. 10 – I hate that once both Etan and Hollis take over for the previous sovereigns for their countries, there was no resistance what*so*ever. Like. There have to be those more conservative citizens who are loyal to their kings. No way there is a SEAMLESS transition on both accounts. ALSO. It mentions that Hollis is the first female regent in all of Coroan history. We know how this story goes – or apparently, Kiera Cass has never studied European history, or is even remotely aware of sexism? Because having a woman rule could not possibly go 100% smoothly. (Also isn’t it hecka convenient that Jameson happened to have no heirs, no relations AT ALL). One other thing that I’m confused about is that WHY ON EARTH WOULD HOLLIS GIVE UP HER THRONE JUST TO MARRY ETAN. Like, oh yeah. Coroa gets a female ruler for the first time and – oh wait – it was only for a couple weeks, so does it rEaLLy count? 11 – Okay. I only have one more thing to complain about. And that is these two utterly *useless* characters named Hagan and Ayanna. They were both there because Hollis was planning on marrying Hagan and Etan to Ayanna. Then OF COURSE the night that Hollis decides that she is going to chase after Etan, she is like, “Oh I should prob deal with Hagan rn.” and HE. IS. GONE. AND GUESS WHO HE LEFT WITH. AYANNA. The only other obstacle. Wooooow. I did not need these characters in here, because all they did for me was cause me to slap myself with the book. Jeez, the book is called The Betrayed, intending to target Jameson, but really, Silas was the one who was betrayed. Quoting traitor by Olivia Rodrigo from Silas’s perspective “…it took you TWO WEEKS, to start dating my cousin guess you didn’t cheat but you’re still traitor.” This is definitely a “That’s rough, Buddy” moment. Alrighty, I’m now about to comment on the relationship between Etan and Hollis. You can quote me on this, because I said last review that Etan was my favorite character, and I guess he probably still was. I must say, however, that I would have been so much happier if the relationship between Etan and Hollis in this book was purely platonic. I think that they’re banter was good for the first chunk, and I thought they’re relationship was built on teasing and recovering remorse. I don’t think that their romantic relationship will last in the long run, just because there wasn’t that much romantic chemistry. Their sibling-like relationship was waaaay cuter. Okay. Being honest. Their romantic relationship was so cringy. Kiera Cass was probably so proud of her banter, but it went. Too. Far. Examples, Hollis: “Oh, Etan. How I wanted to kick him in his shins every time I saw him. The thought brought a smile to my lips.” or Etan: “I maintain that you are an obnoxious brat…but I will love you to the last beat of my heart.” Ah. The rant is almost complete. I just have to say. Cass’s writing style was just weak. The quality of this book was mediocre at best, and I was snoooozing through the fifty-page epilogue (good heavens). I thought the first part of the book was intriguing, and I was genuinely enjoying this book purely laughing at its faults. I don’t think I have much else to say after that. Have a fantastic evening (>'-'<).

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