These Twisted Bonds By Lexi Ryan Book Review

These Twisted Bonds By Lexi Ryan Book Review

These Twisted Bonds is the mirror of These Hollow Vows. I couldn’t put it down to begin with and then it got a bit boring.

The follow-up novel deals with the mysteries surrounding Abriella, and her relationships with the two different princes. It definitely reads more like a romance novel, and the plot probably suffers because of this.

The Plot

After Abriella’s sister was sold to the Fae, she thought life couldn’t get any worse. But when she suddenly finds herself caught in a web of lies of her own making ­- loving two princes and trusting neither – things are not quite as clear as she once thought. As civil war wages in the Court of Darkness, Brie finds herself unable to choose a side. How can she know where she stands when she doesn’t even know herself anymore? In this darkly romantic thrill ride, the more Faerie is torn apart from the inside, the clearer it becomes that prophecies don’t lie and Brie has a role to play in the fate of this magical realm – whether she likes it or not.

The Review

Okay, let’s talk about the good bits. I found the beginning interesting and was excited to keep reading to find out what was going to happen between her and Sebastian, and Finn.

Discovering more of her power is fun and unraveling the link between herself and Finn is exciting. A hair-cutting incident is pretty funny.

Here’s where it kind of falls off the rails. The building tension and passion between Brie and her chosen prince (not giving away the name), is described in loving details and a building slow burn. This is great, it’s pretty sexy and drives the plot. It was a bit cringe to have the other prince privy to this, but the constant reminders of his betrayal helped make it slightly more palatable.

What didn’t work was the lack of focus on the actual ending. We had so much detail on the building relationships and then the ending read pretty much like ‘and then this happened, and this, oh and this, and anyway, the end’. I wanted more action, not just romance.

The ending was actually kind of epic, it just needed more fleshing out. Brie turns into this amazing badass, but it fizzles. I don’t understand why her editor didn’t ask for more. The ending of the evil Queen was almost one paragraph. It was too short for how cool it was.


These Twisted Bonds is like a first draft that needed some inspired editing. I enjoyed it, I recommend reading it, but just be prepared for a frustratingly short but epic ending.

— Bliss
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