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Posted August 26, 2012
If you are looking for an average read about nephilim, this is not the
book for you. Ednah Walters wrote a fast-paced, exciting novel with a
large, but interesting cast of characters. Although I did not read the
first in the series, I was never confused when reading Betrayed. This
book may be the second of the series, but it could definitely be enjoyed
by itself. I won’t give away much of the plot for fear of ruining
the book, but will say that I was never able to predict what would come
next. Lil and Bran’s romance is growing, but secrets keep getting in
the way. Lil’s father is continually trying to draw her to evil and the
Guardians have a new mission. Time will fly as you read. Teens
and young adults will love Betrayed; it has traits of other popular
books in this genre, but a flavor all its own. Every character is
driven and awesome. Lil is passionate, Bran is mysterious, Sykes is
hilarious, etc. I give Betrayed five out of five stars and recommend
this book to everyone out there!
Posted August 13, 2012
Betrayed is an amazing sequel to Awakened. It takes off seven months later after the end battle in book one, between Valafar and the evil queen of the demons, and the Cardinal Guardians.
Now Lil’s life is all about training and perfecting her abilities, while the rest of her team are out and about hunting. This, needless to say, sets a lot of frustration within Lil, she wants to go hunting and killing bad guys just as much as the rest of her team, but she’s not allowed.
When her evil demon of a father starts making an appearance again, calling her and playing tricks with her mind she needs to find the truth behind his words. Is he truly worried about her and her well-being? Is he playing with her head and trying to set her against her friends so she can go with him? But when they find there’s a traitor within their group, how will they deal with it? How to find this traitor that is feeding Valafar with information about her and her life as a Guardian? What will she do if said person is one close to her?
Well, there’s only one way to find out…
Lil is even stronger in this book, both with her abilities and her sense of protection. She will stop at nothing to protect the ones she loves, determined to take whoever down. She’s more knowledgeable in all things Guardian related, she’s more prepared to face whatever challenge life might throw at her this time around, both physically and mentally.
Her relationship with Bran grows, they are more in-tune with each other and so in love! Every time they were together I was swooning. It was incredibly sweet, and why not, pretty hot sometimes too. But not everything is good in their relationship, while at the beginning we see them so very happy and in love, when things start to get ugly and secrets are kept their relationship starts falling apart. As did my heart. It was painful to watch how slowly all they had built together started to scramble down. Bran was keeping secrets from Lil, secrets that could drive them forever apart, but he wasn’t going to back down, not if being apart from her meant she was going to stay, alive and well.
While I understand his need to protect her, I stand up for communication. I know it doesn’t always work, but there’s no way you can resolve your problems by yourself when they are, whether you like it or not, affecting someone else. They were both suffering from their time apart, Bran had secrets he couldn’t tell Lil, and she was too stubborn give in and try to understand. I got angry at them sometimes; ’just talk!’ I wanted to scream.
I was suffering along with them, as they tried to work together with the team of Guardians to discover the traitor and find the reason behind Vlafar’s evil plans.
This book sets you for a lot of heartbreak. The action and suspense is endless. It had me on the edge of my seat all thorough the book.
But other than that, Betrayed was a fast paced, action filled book that you don’t want to miss. It will surprise you more than once, especially when you find out who the traitor is. It was exciting and heartbreaking. I’m looking forward to the next book in the series considering the opening left in this book.
Posted August 3, 2012
Wow. Okay. It was even better than the first one, and I thought that was impossible.
I dreaded reading this book. I didn't want to be disappointed by a Edward-Bella (Norah-Patch, Luce-Daniel, Beth-Xavier etc) scenario where the boy becomes all moody and depressed and yells at the girl and she puts up with it. They always go something like this:
Guy: B*tch F-off, I HATE YOU! I'LL KEEP WHATEVER DAMN SECRETS I WANT.
Girl: *Cries* Fine I'm never talking to you again!
-3 minutes later-
Guy: Hey, wanna make-out?
Girl: Sure babe, come here!
Lather. Rinse. Repeat and VOILA! you have yourself a best-selling YA paranormal-romance novel.
To say I've read a lot of the books with the plot lather/rinse/repeat would be an understatement. I am an avid reader and despite headaches and plots that make me want to vomit, I read on. And read on was exactly what I did with this book.
Walters decided to be creative and realistic and all of those other sinful things authors don't think twice about these days. The Lil-Bran relationship falls out of the loop of cliche, sexist roles.
Lil is amazing. I cannot stress how amazing she is. It's amazing how amazing she is. She's strong, witty, loyal, kind, modest, lovable, independent and at times vulnerable. Bran is caring and protective without over-stepping the fine line between protective and abusive. Not that it really matters, every time he even dares stepping on the line, Lil puts him in his place. She will not be chained down by any man in her life even though she loves them all (her grandpa, Valafar, and Bran) Why can't the world see how awesome she is?
There was heart-stopping, table-gripping, eye-widening action. The plot was rich with information and twists. All the little things in life that add up to the big things. The scent of secrets is in the air!!
I can't wait to read the next book!! This series is a wildfire next to the drab later/rinse/repeat books.
Posted July 21, 2012
This book was brilliant. I have read several books about angels that have been good, but typically, I have not really been drawn to this type of story. After reading the blurb about Betrayed, I was intrigued and interested in the book, and I absolutely loved it. Lil is 16 years old, part Nephilim, part human, part demon..yes...and she is the Chosen, a Guardian in training, and one kick-butt heroine. She and her friends and fellow Guardians go to high school by day, blending in with the humans, while their nights are spent either at the academy training and/or teaching, or out demon hunting. It seems that everybody wants a piece of Lil, and her Grandpa, who she lives with and who is one of the leaders, has forbidden her from leaving the valley for her own protection. Her hot, Hot, HOT boyfriend Bran, begins acting strange and keeping secrets from her to. On top of that her father, who is a demon, contacts her and begins to plant seeds of doubt in her head regarding who she can trust, while her best friend Kylie, who is human, also begins acting strange. With the help of her friends, Remy (swoon), Izzy, Kim, Celeste, and the oh so yummy, melt in your mouth Sykes, she is determined to find out what is going on and determined to do whatever it takes to save the ones she loves. The question is, how far is she willing to go towards the dark side to accomplish this, and will she and those she loves survive?
Betrayed is one of those books that captures your attention from the first page and and keeps it until the last. There are quite a few characters in the book and I loved and felt connected to them all. The were all written well, and in fact, I even loved to hate the bad ones. Ednah Walters has taken the world of mythology and added her own twist to it, which is both exciting and imaginative, and created a world where these mythological characters are also teenagers that you can relate to and enjoy. I loved Sykes, not only is he super hot, he is really funny. I also really liked Celeste, Bran's sister, who was quite unique, and I thought her character added a lot to the story. The romance between Lil and Bran is really hot, and despite their issues, they truly love one another. Then, there is the action. With all the different classes of demons and angels, you are continually awed by the supernatural beings you encounter in the story. There are some intense battle scenes and Bran, Lil, and the others can really kick butt. This novel was fast-paced, creative, and incorporated just the right amount of humor and romance that makes Betrayed one of those books that keeps you turning the pages to see what happens next, with unique twists that keep you guessing. I found myself up to the wee hours of the morning without realizing it. If you love books about angels and demons, or are a fan of mythology, you will definitely love this book. If you love fantasy and romance, then I think this book would be something you would enjoy, and if you haven't read many books of this nature, then Betrayed is definitely one I would recommend. Betrayed is a great book by a great author and I look forward to reading more in this series.