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These Twisted Bonds ARC Review

These Twisted Bonds

Author: Lexi Ryan

Pages: 496 pages

Genre: YA Fantasy

Published: 19th July 2022

Rating: 5 Stars

Synopsis:

Brie finds herself caught between two princes and two destinies while the future of the fae realm hangs in the balance.

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.

My Review!

Thank you to NetGalley and Hodder & Stoughton for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

I loved These Hollow Vows and I wasn’t sure if These Twisted Bonds could top it. But it did! I loved this book so much and it felt like the perfect conclusion. Although, I definitely wouldn’t complain if I got to see more of these characters (please).

‘Whether you know it or not, you are a gift to that court. Stop thinking of yourself as a curse.’

These Twisted Bonds picks up right where the first book ended. Brie has woken up fae and flees the palace after feeling betrayed by Sebastian. She ends up at one of the Unseelie camps in the Wild Fae lands and finds an unlikely ally in Misha, the King of the Wild Fae. Misha takes her back to his palace and helps her fortify her mind against the bond with Sebastian, as Brie doesn’t want to be able to feel everything Sebastian feels, and vice versa. Keeping both Sebastian and Finn out of her mind, Brie stays at the Wild Fae palace for a while, not allowing the others to find her. She slowly adjusts to being fae, something she used to despise before entering faerie.

‘Next time you straddle me, wake up first. I want all of you, not just some dark and twisted secret corner of your mind.’

The Unseelie children are slowly entering the long sleep, something that happens when a kingdom is falling apart as no one is sitting on the throne. Finn and Brie must make the journey to the High Priestess to ask her to open a portal for them to meet with Mab. Their plan is to ask for ways to save the Unseelie kingdom. For Brie’s protection, as she is bonded to another male, Finn reveals that they have to pretend to be together in front of the High Priestess’ village. I adore fake dating so I loved these scenes so much! I normally hate love triangles, but this one wasn’t much of an issue for me. I hated that I felt sorry for Sebastian at certain moments and hated the way Brie would defend him to the others. But I could also see that he truly thought he had done everything for the right reasons. However, my heart well and truly lies with Finn, and I loved the development of their relationship over the course of this book.

‘I could sooner choose to stop breathing than stop loving you.’

I loved the world-building in the first book and we just got to explore so much more in These Twisted Bonds. I loved visiting all these new places and having different perspectives of each character as we got to know Misha more. There is no way my review can do this book justice. I loved it so so much and it’s definitely one of my favourite YA fantasy duologys!

Keep reading,
Georgia x

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