by Wanda Wiltshire

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Faeries, forbidden love, enchantment, belonging and unforgiveable betrayal. A truly romantic fantasy series set in two worlds, sure to be loved by adults as much as by its young adult readers. Amy Smith has always known she was different. Severe allergies, fragile health and taunts at school have made life an endurance test for the adopted seventeen year old. When Amy starts having strange dreams, everything changes. Night after night, she becomes trapped in a shroud of black - a void of silence but for a male voice calling for a girl named ‘Marla’. One night, the darkness clears, Leif is revealed and Amy discovers that she is the girl he has been searching for. Immediately the two are swept up in a passionate yet forbidden love. Leif isn’t like the other boys Amy knows. Breathtakingly gorgeous, he speaks with her telepathically … not to mention, he can fly … Desperate to find a way to be with her, Leif tells Amy of the terrifying threat to his Fae homeland, the danger to the people, and of an unforgivable betrayal to his King. He urges her to seek her true identity…. But Amy is confused... isn't it all just a dream?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781921997259
Publisher: Pantera Press
Publication date: 07/01/2013
Series: Betrothed Series , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 352
File size: 2 MB
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Wanda Wiltshire has long been a lover of reading and writing. As a child she was often found spellbound with a novel stashed beneath her desk or tucked between the pages of her geography book. Alternatively she could be found sketching or penning poetry during maths and science lessons. Wanda has also always been an incurable dreamer, her school reports a testament to her pastime of staring out of classroom windows. But now she is long grown and finally found her passion for writing novels, Wanda puts her daydreaming to good use, spending many long and satisfying moments gazing across the sea cavorting with fairies and other magical creatures as she develops scenes and storylines for her latest work.

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Betrothed 2.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ShesGoingBookCrazy More than 1 year ago
DNFing at 35% I was a bit hesitant going into this read. I saw that it has been compared to the Twilight series with touches of Harry Potter. While I didn't come across anything similar to Harry Potter, there were definite resemblances to Twilight with the whole "everyone loves the main character" thing. If anything, this book is more similar to A Court of Thorns and Roses in the essence of the purpose and character functionality. Unfortunately, there wasn't really anything that pulled me into this plot. I disliked the main character Amy/Marla from the get-go. She constantly tries to feigned popularity and beauty, when she knows she has both. Not only that, but her subtle-no-so-subtle attraction to her best friend Jack is obvious to the reader, (and to Jack) and comes as no surprise that she beings to consider a romantic relationship with him. "Jack pulled me against him and gave me a hug. It felt nice to be all wrapped up in his arms." In 35% of this book, Amy already had some sort of romantic attachment to three different guys. This isn't over a long span of time either. So, what is the message being portrayed here? It's okay to go from one guy to the next when a more attractive one comes along? Trying people on for size just to see if it'd work towards your benefit doesn't count as being shallow? I think it does. Amy begins to have dreams about a man named Leif, who naturally, turns out to be a prince to the Fae. In her dreams, Leif calls her "Marla" which she finds out later on is her real name. Leif tells Marla that they are betrothed, and destined to be married since before they were born. This is where the similarities to A Court of Thorns and Roses come in. #1 All of the prominent (or, basically all) characters are drop-dead gorgeous. #2 Leif, next in line to the throne, is the most attractive man in the world, just like Tamlin, and Rhysand both were portrayed. Also, he's always shirtless. (You know--it impedes the wings.) "There is only one thing that can distract a female from her betrothed--make her question her commitment to him. Two things actually, one is the prince and the other is a king--particularly her own king. There is not a fae woman born, partnered or single, who, when in his presence, can resist the desires of her king." Why, oh why, must each and every character in a position of power be the most attractive person ever? Or should I dare ask the real question here--why are these characters formulated as objects of lust rather than actual characters with feelings and normal character-y things? #3 Another similarity is the emphasis on "possession" of the female in a relationship. Leif reveals the history of Marla's parents, and how his father--the king--desired her mother for himself. When he discovered that she chose someone else over him, he loses his marbles. Leif also showcases the same idea when Marla admits that she thinks he is a figment of her imagination. His possessiveness over her drives him to find her in the human world to prove that he is not fake and makes it clear that she is his, and his alone. While I know this element seems to ensnare a lot of female YA readers, I just don't see how this is a healthy example of a relationship? Possession of a human shouldn't exist. Possession can literally be translated into domination. I don't agree with this formatting for a relationship as it doesn't call for mutual love and/or respect between both parties. No-star rating as is a DNF.
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BonnyBonBon More than 1 year ago
I found this book in Big W recently and it grabbed my attention immediately, could have been because it was shiny and the light glinted off the cover and got me in the eye but still it got my attention. I liked this book but 3/4 of the way through I wondered how on earth Wanda was going to resolve all of the issues by the end but then I googled and found out it is the first book in a series. Thank god! because if it had have ended the way it did and it was a stand alone i would have cried. Thankfully its only book one and I now know why most of the book was getting us into the relationship and introducing us to faera. So once I found out that out I went from just liking it to REALLY liking it lol Amy thinks she is a regular 17 year old girl except that she is allergic to almost everything, but thats ok because she is used to it. She has 2 best friends, mum, dad and sister that she loves. A popular boy likes her. Amy has been dreaming of a guy calling for a girl named Marla and unknown to Amy she is Marla. Amy/Marla was adopted as an infant and with the advice from this dream stranger Leif whom she is drawn to she tracks down information about her birth parents. She finds out some crazy things (view spoiler) what i loved was that she didn't believe any of it was real at first. In some books the hero/heroine just blindly believes in mystical creatures. Amy/Marla believes it to be just a dream until it is proven. Highly Recommend