Thank you so much to Bloomsbury YA for sending me an ARC in exchange for an honest review! All thoughts & opinions are my own.
Overall: 5/5 Stars
Plot and Themes: 5/5
Awesomeness Factor: 5/5
Review in a Nutshell: A Vow So Bold and Deadly is exactly what I wanted in a finale. It was epic, full of twists and turns that kept me on the edge of my seat, with amazing characters that I absolutely adored.
// Content Warning: Violence, Death, Torture, Chronic Illness, Suicide Mention, War Themes, Murder, PTSD //
Release Date: 1/26/2021
Publisher: Bloomsbury YA
Page Count: 416
Previous Books: A Curse So Dark and Lonely (#1), A Heart So Fierce and Broken (#2) (click titles to read reviews)
A Vow So Bold and Deadly is the final book in the Cursebreakers series, following all four of our previous POV characters as they head towards that inevitable conclusion that we’ve been dreading.
I was scared to read this book. After A Heart so Fierce and Broken, I was left conflicted and concerned. The direction the plot was going in, and how some characters were treated, really bothered me, and I knew that the final book in this series will make me love it, or hate it.
I love it.
What scared me most about A Heart so Fierce and Broken was how it seemed to hint at a character having PTSD, but instead of addressing it, they made that character seem more villainous. A Vow So Bold and Deadly continues to show that characters struggle with PTSD, but the handling of it was so much better than in the previous book. I don’t want to spoil anything, but if you were upset about the direction that character went in in A Heart So Fierce and Broken, you’ll feel better after reading A Vow So Bold and Deadly.
But let’s talk about all of our characters. We spend time with each of the main four protagonists in this book. In my opinion, Harper and Rhen stole the show. There was so much going on in their point of view, and I loved hearing more of their side of what happened in the previous books and how they’re dealing with the decisions they made. There was so much depth and development for the both of them (especially Rhen), and I couldn’t have been happier.
Lia Mara and Gray also get point of view chapters, and I did enjoy them, but I found their development to be a little weaker in comparison. Although, to be honest, it’d be pretty hard to compare to Harper and Rhen’s story here.
One of the things that I loved most about the first two books in this series was the addictive pacing and plot. Well, I can confirm: A Vow So Bold and Deadly still has it. I read this book in two sittings, but I definitely could have read it in one. I was glued to the page, always eager to see what was going to happen next. There were also fantastic twists in this book that I never could have predicted, that made me want to throw the book in shock.
Pros- Great character development, addictive, fun twists
Cons- I wish I cared more about Gray and Lia Mara than I did (but I know some people adore them so this definitely won’t be a problem for everyone)
Overall- 5/5 stars.
A Vow So Bold and Deadly was exactly what I was hoping it would be. While I’m so sad this series is over, I couldn’t imagine a better conclusion.
If You Liked A Vow So Bold and Deadly, I’d Recommend:
- Havenfall (Havenfall #1) by Sara Holland [Review]
- The Marked Girl (Marked Girl #1) by Lindsay Klingele
- The Kiss of Deception (The Remnant Chronicles #1) by Mary E. Pearson
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