Thursday, October 1, 2020

Review: The Betrothed by Kiera Cass

*Warning: This review may contain spoilers. Read at your own risk.


Release Date
May 5, 2020
Pages: 320
Source: ARC


The instant #1 New York Times bestseller from the bestselling author of the Selection series! 
Kiera Cass is back with a glittering royal romance sure to captivate her legion of loyal readers and lovers of courtly intrigue alike.
A would-be queen. A handsome young king. A perfect match…or is it?
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.
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The king has chosen her. Her heart belongs to another.


It was the time of year when the sunrise still had frost on it.


I was a fan of Kiera Cass' THE SELECTION series, and SIREN was also really good. It has been a few years since she's released a book so I was excited for THE BETROTHED -- and the premise was so promising. Unfortunately, I didn't connect with the protagonist. In fact, she annoyed me to no end.
“As the doors opened to the Great Room, I blushed as everyone’s focus turned to us. My heart fluttered mercilessly, and I wondered if they could see it. They were looking upon their queen.”
The pacing of THE BETROTHED was suitable for the plot. Though the story did drag a bit. We got a lot of King Jameson and Lady Hollis and parties. But the real meat of the story, the dramatics and the secret subplot took a backburner until late in the 3rd Act. I wish the mysterious subplot was more prominent earlier in the story.


Speaking of the love triangle, Silas, her freaking husband-- who she married only hours before-- just died. The man, Hollis gave up her whole entire life for him she gave up her best friend, the king, being queen for this man because she supposedly loved him.

“I cannot offer you a palace or a title, but I can offer you a home where you will be treasured for exactly who you are."

Silas just DIED but Hollis barely shed a tear for him. And there was like maybe one or two mentions of him after the fact that he died. Let alone her emotional state regarding his abrupt death -- there was none. Then the next day she visits his grave, says goodbye to him and just let him go. Just like that. 

"I told you, I want to give you everything I can. This is only the beginning." 
"You're going to have a spoiled wife," I warned him. 
"Good!" he called, walking cheerfully to greet the closest couple.

When I tell you how disrespected feel. I pray to the book gods above Lady Hollis redeems herself in the sequel.

All in all, while THE BETROTHED isn't perfect, I still enjoyed it.


LADY HOLLIS: She was super basic. Pretty, worried only about parties, fancy dresses, and woeing the king. There is nothing wrong with those things, only that there was nothing more substantial about her character.

“The most valuable thing you can own is the assurance of your place in someone's heart.”

KING JAMESON: All that glitters ain't gold. He had such promise. At the beginning of the story, the king was likable and I thought the love triangle would be easier to hate. But suddenly, King Jameson did a 180 and that cleared it up really quickly for me.

“The event you have caught cold and were unable to venture out into nature today, I thought that nature ought to come to its queen.”

SILAS EASTOFFE: He is such a cinnamon roll. I wwwove him. And to be honest, he deserved more page time. I hope I get to see a lot more of him in THE BETROTHED sequel.
"I have to go with my family," he vowed. "We're stronger when we're together, and, though I'm sure I will ache for you until I die, I could never live myself if I abandoned them."


Kiera Cass graduated from Radford University with a degree in History. She grew up in South Carolina and currently lives in Blacksburg, Virginia with her family. In her spare time, Kiera enjoys reading, dancing, making videos, and eating unhealthy amounts of cake. You can learn more about Kiera at, follow her on twitter via @kieracass, and see her silly videos at

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Happy Reading!


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