Betrayal

Betrayal

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by Mayandree Michel
     
 

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At seventeen, Cordelia is an ordinary teen with an extraordinary and frightening secret. A secret that induces vivid dreams which she not only experiences true love, but crippling fear while barely escaping with her life each night.

After a life altering event, Cordelia has an unexpected encounter with Evan, the mysterious boy from her dreams, who reveals who and

Overview

At seventeen, Cordelia is an ordinary teen with an extraordinary and frightening secret. A secret that induces vivid dreams which she not only experiences true love, but crippling fear while barely escaping with her life each night.

After a life altering event, Cordelia has an unexpected encounter with Evan, the mysterious boy from her dreams, who reveals who and what she is - a descendant of the Greek gods. At that moment everything she knows of her world is a lie, and she must leave the present and go into the past to assume the role she was put on this earth for - safeguarding her ancient empire amidst evil forces that toil hastily to destroy it.

In a race against time, Cordelia must decide if she is truly a part of this dangerous world, or risk defying the gods, and ultimately lose the boy who has put a claim on her heart.

Editorial Reviews

Meghan Daugherty
Gods, Goddesses, shifters, vampires... Betrayal had it all. Forbidden love, scandal, secrets. Michel paints both beautiful and grotesque imagery in the first installment of her freshman series The Descendants. Life changing events grab you by the shoulders and you realize what a gem you’re holding in your hands. There’s a wealth of information in this book, and nothing is lacking. The must-read of the year, hands down. Final verdict? 5/5. Damn near perfect.
Dana Wright
This book kept my interest. It was a page turner.I enjoyed the aspect of Greek mythology mixed with paranormal elements and combining them in an old west setting. That was original. It was not easy to predict what Delia, the main character was going to choose to do. 5 out of 5 stars. It is a good read. Not predictable. It has originality in the plot and conflicts and on the whole was a page turner. Great job on a first novel.
Rachel Micallef
I really enjoyed this book. Most of the time I found that I didn’t want to stop reading. I wanted to know what would happen next, all the way up to the end.
The writing itself was beautiful and flawless. It was detailed and interesting, painting a picture of exactly what was happening and the world the story was set in. This book ends perfectly; ready for the next chapter in Cordelia’s journey and I think it’s going to be an exciting one.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780615454023
Publisher:
Mayandree Michel
Publication date:
03/26/2011
Pages:
606
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.35(d)

Meet the Author

Mayandree Michel writes young adult paranormal romance and historical fantasy. When she's not writing, she's playing with her kids, reading, or sketching. Her debut novel, Betrayal is the first in the exciting series The Descendants. The second novel in The Descendants series, Sacrifice, will be available June 2012.

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Betrayal 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 96 reviews.
nelliebly1025 More than 1 year ago
I am going to do this in a THE GOOD, THE BAD, THE UGLY review type. THE GOOD: The book was awesome! The cover art is so beautiful, it really draws you in. The story line was so cool and hypnotic in making you stay with it. I really love the way everything worked together to make it. Plus books about Greek mythology are always fun to read. THE BAD: It was way too long. Which I know is weird to say about a book that was awesome, but there were points that really could have been cut short. At one point, they are sitting around and talking at the table and I was about bored out of my mind because they just kept saying the same thing over and over and over and over again. Some editing in that department could have been done. Also, MILD SPOILER ALERT! It took so very long for Cordelia to get her memory back, it was really annoying. I know they need to drag it out and she needs to do it on her own, but because it took so long, it was frustrating and not in a good way. It made the end happen too quickly. Also it was annoying because all Cordelia did was whine about how she wanted her memory back and/or wanted to go back to the future. Makes you want to smack her! SPOILER OVER THE UGLY: UGH! The spelling and grammar was horrible! It really needs a fine tooth comb through to get it better shape. Words were misspelled or misused, punctuation was atrocious, there were a lot of question marks in place of periods, and then at times there were just blanks where words were left out. Please, please, PLEASE! This book is amazing, but send it to an editor and re-release it. You are going to get so many people turned off for little things like that. I I am super excited for the series to continue, as long as the author gets an editor to help out! 4 1/2 out of 5 stars, and the 1/2 star off is only because of the editing issues!
Bonnie_W More than 1 year ago
Please check out a guest post by Mayandree Michel and an interview with the BETRAYAL cover designer on my blog, abackwardsstory on blogspot! I always have certain expectations going into novels. Sometimes I'm let down, and other times, I'm stunned beyond my wildest expectations, as was the case with BETRAYAL by Mayandree Michel, the first in THE DESCENDANTS trilogy. I didn't have many expectations for this book beyond salivating over Greek mythology and being caught up in an epic adventure. I wasn't expecting historical elements such as the fact that the majority of the book takes place during the Victorian era or the inclusion of various paranormal beings. I also wasn't expecting to like this independently-published novel more than much-buzzed about traditionally published novels such as THE GODDESS TEST and STARCROSSED. The story, however, completely blew me away and I can't wait to continue my journey through the next two books. BETRAYAL centers around Cordelia, a seemingly-ordinary teen living in our world. One day, she accidentally creates lightning and discovers that someone is after her. After living in fear without realizing the secrets lying within her, she is killed by an evil man bent on claiming her power. As a Greek descendant, or Ischeros, however, she still has 24 hours to be brought back to life, which occurs in stunning fashion as she's brought back to 1891, her own era. Cordelia finds out she was sent to the future two years prior in order to protect her from the man trying to kill her. All her memories were wiped out, replaced with false ones of a childhood that never existed. In her own world once more with no memory of who she really is, Cordelia struggles to reclaim her identity and tap into her vast array of powers before someone attempts to kill her again. As heiress to a vast empire, if she dies, the hopes of all the Ischeros go with her. Without her memories, however, Cordelia has no idea how to be the powerful woman she once was. Full of intrigue, mystery, suspense, and, of course, betrayal, Michel's debut novel hits every sweet spot in a compelling way. Characters you thought you knew will completely surprise you. Michel is deft at building intricate layers; things that don't seem important are thrown into the story, coming back to haunt readers later on. The climax is powerful and captivating, unlike some books where authors are unable to uphold what they'd promised to deliver. The final scenes are rendered in such a way that readers will want to continue on to book two and find out what happens next, especially in regards to events they never saw coming. I read a first-edition, who had a lot of grammatical errors, but BETRAYAL has since been edited and the second-edition promises to deliver a cleaner read. At times, the descriptions got to be overwhelming and bogged the action down, but for the most part, pacing was even and the storyline was captivating enough to keep me eagerly turning pages. Book Two in THE DESCENDANTS trilogy, SACRIFICE, is expected to be released in December 2011.
Stephanie Wilms More than 1 year ago
If you are one to let your imagination run wild, you will enjoy Betrayal! Interesting spins on some of today's darker lore.
sandypllm More than 1 year ago
What a great fresh concept for a book! This has all the fun paranormal elements with a historical and modern day setting. I loved all the characters with Nicholas being my favorite. The only thing I thought was annoying was it could get somewhat long winded. I think the author went on and on about scenery and feelings when we already got the picture. Besides that it kept me up reading late into the night and wanting more.
lilobrooke More than 1 year ago
Betrayal was captivating, and entertaining. I devoured this book. The story of an amnesiac demi-goddess, who happens to be fighting for both her survival and the future of all other demi-god families. All while trying to regain some sense of herself after suffering different losses and being snatched out of the only life she knew. This novel contains everything needed to entertain: love, suspicion, untethered powers, detailed characters that you want to love and hate, twists, ect..... I thought the author did a fine job of building the characters and story. She entwined some of the historically recognized Greek Mythological favorites with her original characters and story. She built an intriguing world. It was a job well done! She did not disappoint. This was a terrific debut novel! She shows great potential, and has me impatiently awaiting a sequel.
Deidre29 More than 1 year ago
This book had so many twist and turns and still kept to the plot. I loved the friction between Cordelia and Evander. I totally heart Evander! The ending was incredible and was left open for another book. It is a fantastic read!
Debrah More than 1 year ago
Every once in a while you come across a book that is as brilliant as it is breathtaking. Betrayal is the one!! I loved, loved, loved this book. I would shout it from the mountain tops if I could. At first I was thinking - what a gorgeous cover but 600 pages - yeah this will drag but a few chapters in and I was hooked! Just when I'm thinking OMG this book is amazing and it can't get any better than this - it got better and better! I couldn't put it down. I was reading it every free moment I had. I was dying to know what was going to happen next and then I didn't want it to end! Even after I was done reading the book, I couldn't stop thinking about the characters and their world. I'm so happy I chose to read Betrayal for so many reasons. I'm a big fan of Greek Mythology and I'm so happy that it's making a comeback in YA. You expect a Greek Mythology story to have powerful and stunning demigods, shocking family secrets and scandal, war and evil entities on the horizon, and forbidden romance. Betrayal has all that and more. So much more! Mayandree Michel's depiction is unique and beautifully executed. I really enjoyed the writing style. This is a story about some of the descendants of the twelve Olympians and their struggle to maintain their empire while fighting a banished member. Cordelia is seventeen and leaves her present world in Nickel City behind and is taken a century into the past. She must remember all that has happened then, figure out who she really is, and who she can trust. I was engrossed in Cordelia's new world. Her journey of self-discovery triggers an emotional rollercoaster when she starts to figure out who she is and what it really means to be a demigod and its mind blowing. Betrayal is not the typical girl meets boy, then they fall head over heels in love (like in one chapter), then they whip the bad guy's ass, and you wonder where the heck is the story - kind of book. Cordelia's relationship with lovable and gorgeous Evan is strained at first, and then gradually develops at a steady pace which is refreshing comparing to so many rushed paranormal romance novels in the young adult genre. The explosive actions scenes are so well crafted and not rushed. I love how Mayandree puts you right at the scene. The plot is complex and the twists are unexpected, which is what makes a fantastic book and worth the purchase. Betrayal met all of my expectations and exceeded them! I thoroughly enjoyed this book and recommend it to everyone even if you don't have a background in Greek mythology. Thank you Mayandree for an incredible YA book! Please keep writing! I'm so excited that this is a trilogy. I can't wait for the second book - Sacrifice!
Phaefox More than 1 year ago
I loved so many things about this book that I don't know where to begin.I was drawn to the beautiful cover and after reading the description I knew that I had to read this book. It's one of those books that you know you'll read more than once just to re-live the imagery and beauty of the story. You feel like your actually watching the story. The author wove the Victorian era with Greek gods and goddesses, vampires, ghosts, werewolves and made it all work so well. It grabs you from the very beginning and doesn't let go until the incredibly SHOCKING ending. The characters were so real, even the villain. The romance between Delia and Evan was sweet because... well I don't want to spoil it for who still haven't read it. All I can say is "What are you waiting for?". This is a must YA read!
candisweet More than 1 year ago
I loved this book from beginning to end. There are points in the book with reflection and it gives you a really good view of the depth of Cordelia and her struggles. She was definately my fav character. Every character was important and well developed. I really enjoyed their interactions with each other in this greek myth inspired story - so different and so good. It is a tragic story and a romantic story with fantasic action scenes. What an ending - Whoa! It had me dying for more. I hope there will be a second book!
heymeghann More than 1 year ago
Gods, Goddesses, shifters, vampires.. Betrayal had it all. Forbidden love, scandal, secrets. Michel paints both beautiful and grotesque imagery in the first installment of her freshman series The Descendants. The beginning drags a bit, not gonna lie, but some disturbing, and life changing events grab you by the shoulders and you realize what a gem you're holding in your hands. There's a wealth if information in this book, and nothing is lacking. From character building to world building, there were no small parts in this book. Everyone had a purpose, every place described was an integral part of the story. No one was simply a prop in this story, and I found myself wanting to know more about the characters described in this book. The fight scenes, which can often end up lame, were beautifully choreographed and gripping. Michel istruly a master of her craft. The must-read of the year, hands down.
WillowP More than 1 year ago
I was lucky enough to be able to read this book before release. The only bad part about that is that I have to wait that much longer for the second book! :) Many books have been written about the descendants of the Greek Gods, but none that I have seen with such an interesting take. I don't want to give too much away, so I won't give any details. To me the book was like a roller coaster. The first few chapters were that slow ascent into the darkness. You don't know when the drop is coming, but the click click click of the track builds the tension til you finally hit that critical point where you plunge into the twists and turns, speeding breathless to the end. Thank you so much Mayandree for letting me read your book. So very looking forward to the next one!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is a good storyline but just really needs some help. There are parts i skipped past because it dragged on so much. The main character is whinny and that doesn't help the drag feeling. I really enjoy the concept though.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is really good, the character development is great, makes for a great rainy day book. The ending is excellent, most of the issues in the book are resolved but it ends where theres a possibility of a sequel. I recommend this book to everyone. :D
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It took a little bit to get into but after that it was really good. Im excited for the next one. I will deffantily be buying book 2.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is now one of my favorite books!! It was exciting, mysterious, romantic and a real page turner! I am hoping for a sequel soon. This book was 406 pages but it felt longer and not in a bad way. It just didnt feel like it ended too soon, it was just right. Must read!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I adored this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and cant wait for the
KatsNook More than 1 year ago
This was a good story but there were some errors in grammar. And it was sometimes long winded (the author went on and on at times when describing feelings or setting up a scene). But I really liked the characters and can't wait to read the next book!
texaslynn More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I love Greek Mythology and having it laid out in a new light in a new century was a fun read. I think the book could have been a bit shorter, as a lot of the information was repeated adnaseum. But I am very much looking forward to the next part of the series.
VysBlog More than 1 year ago
When I first found Betrayal in the mail I was stoked! Not only was it going to be my first Indie read but it's also Greek mythology based. All I could look at was the gorgeous cover, but then I freaked a little at the 657 pages. At first I wasn't sure how I could possibly finish it, but the 657 pages skimmed by pretty fast after a while. It was action packed with many twists and turns and complicated relationships. All Cordelia thought about was graduating high school and escaping the dreaded town of Nickel City. She's just like any high school girl with the average problems. The only difference between Cordelia and the average gal is the fact that she the future empress to rule over an empire full of demigods. The only problem is when she's being pulled back into the past to fulfill the destiny she's been trained for, for her whole life and doesn't remember a single thing. The only memories Cordelia has are of her life in the future. The life Cordelia is thrown into is just too much for her to handle and accept the role everyone wants her to be. She's on the verge of tears trying to remember the life she once lived when she is transported to 1891. All she knows is that she's a descendant of Zeus and she's the most powerful demigod, which is quite the shoe to fill. Cordelia is stubborn to find answers and is willing to risk her life at every attempt. She's also kind hearted to everyone as well as fair. All the traits need for a great empress is there in Cordelia which made her a very distinct character. The relationships in the story were sweet and complicated with untold secrets. At first I was thinking that Evan, the boy in Cordelia's dreams, was the only contender. Then slowly Mayandree weaved in another character Victor, whose relationship is complicated. I was thinking that'd be it for the love triangle department but it was a bit more complicated than that. Gerald is also thrown into the, well I guess "love square", in some way. Evan has to be the definition of a gentleman. He's sweet, caring and protective, but not in the abusive or controlling way. Just because he's sweet doesn't mean he's week either. Evan happens to be one of the strongest demigods. Where Evan was strong Victor was stronger, but without surpassing Cordelia. Victor is intense, passionate, lost, and almost the opposite of Evan. Gerald is a different story, where Evan and Victor are demigods Gerald was mortal. He was realistic and someone I'd want as a best friend. Betrayal is the best way to sum up Mayandree Michel's debut novel. With every chapter came a realization of betrayal. Although there were some grammar issues the plot was great. This was my first Indie read and will not be my last.
Robyn Moore More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book, I thought it told a wonderful story that dragged you along with it and made you feel a variety of emotions. I am really looking foward to the next book.:)
pam58 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! And cannot wait for the next in this series. I fell in love with the characters and twist this book was full of. If you love a romance where the characters are related to the Gods such as Zeus you will not be disappointed. To think it was Great and wasn't full of erotic love scenes, I was totally amazed! I laughed and cried which is saying a lot! I don't want to spoil it by giving you a play by play but do wish you would read and enjoy as I did!
Jenny_Geek More than 1 year ago
An incredibly interesting read, is how I would describe this book. I felt like I had just settled into the story when BAM! she dies! SHE DIES! I think I actually gasped out loud at that part. But that's when the story gets good. Honest. There's tons of gods and goddesses and stuff going on that's so intriguing it's hard to put down. The only thing that detracted from the story was the lack of editing. I found a grammatical error on almost every page that I read. While it wasn't enough to lose my enjoyment in the book, it was enough that I noticed it. That being said, Betrayal is the first in a series. A series I plan on reading and finishing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's crazy how much I got addicted to this book. At first iwas scared because it's a $.99 book that it would be awful, but man was I wrong. I read the first few pages and just had to keep reading. I didn't realize that I was on the last page until I kept trying to turn the page and it wouldn't budge haha. Really was amazing! I cannot wait until the next one cameos out :D