Parents' Guide to

The Betrothed

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

So-so royal romance delivers stolen kisses, swooshy gowns.

Book Kiera Cass Romance 2020
The Betrothed Poster Image

A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this book.

Community Reviews

age 11+

Based on 1 parent review

age 11+

Fits right in with Kiera Cass's other books. Sweet and feisty heroine delights in dazzling gowns and sweet romance.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (1 ):
Kids say (4 ):

Readers who love to devour all things romantic and royal will enjoy this serving from Kiera Cass, author of the popular The Selection series. There's the handsome, perfect-boyfriend king, the equally handsome mysterious newcomer, and in the middle of it all The Betrothed herself, likable Hollis, who wants to be more than someone's arm candy and who isn't afraid to be herself at all times. The story is predictable, although not always a straight, smooth path; tragedy and heartbreak are part of the bargain.

There's not much here to tempt readers who aren't already romance fans, or who aren't ready to find out if they are or not. The world is well realized but not particularly imaginative. Lots of characters are cliches or types, and most of what you think will happen is what in fact happens. The open ending will leave fans hoping for another installment. But if you love the thrill of a stolen kiss and the swoosh of an elaborate gown, this is a fine choice that delivers on those counts.

Book Details

  • Author: Kiera Cass
  • Genre: Romance
  • Topics: Friendship
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: HarperTeen
  • Publication date: May 5, 2020
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 13 - 17
  • Number of pages: 320
  • Available on: Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: May 15, 2020

Did we miss something on diversity?

Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.

Common Sense Media's unbiased ratings are created by expert reviewers and aren't influenced by the product's creators or by any of our funders, affiliates, or partners.

See how we rate