by Anna Applegate


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She's the most important person in his entire world, even if she doesn't know it. He'll sacrifice everything to keep her safe.Ariya Adams has no idea she's descended from blood so powerful and rare that her life is infinitely more precious than any ordinary woman's-especially to James Rymer.James enters her life and stirs up feelings she can't explain. He becomes a part of her world almost overnight, but Ariya senses he's hiding something, and she's determined to figure out what it is.When "normal" becomes a thing of the past and fantasy enters Ariya's reality, she's soon faced with dangerous revelations, the least of which is that everyone she loves has been keeping secrets from her. With a paranormal evil she's only beginning to comprehend threatening her and her friends, Ariya will have to choose between duty and love. Through it all, she'll learn to never underestimate the power of blood.If you're a fan of Richelle Mead or L.J. Smith, you won't want to miss reading this thrilling first installment to the trilogy that fans are calling "captivating," "page-turning" and "not your typical vampire story."One-Click now to fall into a new and exciting paranormal world!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781492100393
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 06/09/2014
Series: Ariya Adams trilogy , #1
Pages: 246
Sales rank: 671,996
Product dimensions: 5.06(w) x 7.81(h) x 0.52(d)

About the Author

Anna Applegate is a paranormal romance and urban fantasy author. She started out as an avid reader who kept finding that she wanted an extra scene, or alternate ending in the books she was reading. After being challenged to try to write her own story, the words poured out of her and she has pursued writing ever since.

Anna loves reading, romance of ALL kinds, sappy chick flicks, paranormal literature and nerdy fandoms.

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Protected (Book 1 in the Ariya Adams trilogy) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
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BookwormBridgetteBlogger More than 1 year ago
 When you begin reading this book you come across Ariya Adams…. A normal college senior coming back from summer break and beginning her emotional senior year… wrapping up things with her friends and dealing with all that it includes to be on the final leg of college… However, we find out that Ariya is no normal girl… Ariya is a very special young lady and being such a special one, she has protectors around to keep her safe. Meeting Caroline was a treat!! Bubbly happy best friend, roommate, and yet... throughout the beginning…. Seems to get weirder and weirder... Nick, her boyfriend is awesome and then we meet James…. Muscular, tall dark and handsome… I will admit that a small part of me was rooting for Riley to be a new paranormal extremity that would come in and be Ariya’s saving grace and *BAM* happily ever after ¿ . James has a very conflicted being with his feelings and his duties getting entangled and there were quite a few times that I wanted to take James by the shirt and kick him… lol. And then when we meet Emma…. I was … *shudders* we shall just say I was most definitely NOT “Team Emma” lol. This was an amazing book where I got to meet the characters in a slow and steady way and then the ending….. *BOOM* I was Sooooo not expecting that!!! Bravo Author Anna Applegate for throwing in such a plot twist!! I will definitely be reading book 2 (releasing November 2013).
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Why would anyone go for that threat? She's human here friends are vampires and there all protectors. Soon as I walked out of that bathroom I would have told James to break Emma's neck.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved it but cant find 2nd book
WLRagan More than 1 year ago
I was introduced to this author during a takeover on a group page on Facebook. Protected was free on Amazon at the time so I decided to download and give it a try. I have read numerous vampire and werewolf books and loved that this one has a different twist. Ariya is a college senior at a small school in a small town in Michigan. She has been rooming with her best friend every year and is excited to get back and spend some quality time together before classes start. Caroline and Ariya immediately pick up with their group and have some back to school get togethers. Caroline introduces Ariya to her new boyfriend who she met over the summer. Nick is thinking of transferring for his senior year. James is also a new transfer for his senior year and is quickly a part of their core group. Ariya is drawn to James and she thinks he is interested in her too but has a strange way of showing it. As they progress through their senior year, Ariya learns that creatures she has always believed to be myth and book characters are real. Book 1 takes us along for the roller coaster ride of events and emotions. I enjoyed the way this book flowed and the characters were well developed. I didn't ever have to go back and try to figure out who someone was. The author did a great job of keeping the story moving and me wanting to know what happens next. I enjoyed the first book and have started the 2nd so recommend you do too.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have never read anything from Anna Applegate before this story. I am glad I was able to read and review this story cause it is a paranormal story with vampires, and werewolves all with a twist threw the whole story. I hope to be able to read book 2 in this series I loved reading this story and highly recommend it to everyone.
MsAddictted More than 1 year ago
Protected (Book 1 in the Ariya Adams Trilogy) by Anna Applegate Four Stars What do you do when the world as you know it changes. Your friends are not what they seem and your best friend loves you. Ariya life was going really well its her senior year of college. She has her best friend Care and the possibility of love. I was not expecting this story to turn out the way it did. I was thinking here is another young adult romance with a paranormal twist. But no the author definitely made this their own story. The author did a great job with the plot and all the details. I wasn’t a big fan of James and after Emma comes along and his tune changes.
Heather_KB More than 1 year ago
Protected, by Anna Applegate, is the first book of the Ariya Adams Trilogy. This paranormal romance has a steady flow from start to finish, for the most part - a few slow parts, but the story as a whole redeems itself. The author has incorporated intriguing characters that garner your interest to follow them upon their journey(s) through this book. The suspense within this book was handled with care to not feel as if it was overdone - but finely timed. The chemistry between the characters was captured well and you could feel it within you in how they chartered their developing relationships through the hills and valleys. I am looking forward to reading the next book of this trilogy to follow not only the story, but to see how the author grows in their second book.
Madi91 More than 1 year ago
Protected Book 1 Ariya Adams Trilogy by Anna Applegate Ariya Adams thinks she is a normal college girl. It’s her senior year and she has a great group of friends. She even has her sights on the new transfer James. All is well until a run in one night with a strange wolf like creature that causes her world to change. Turns out there is more than meets the eye when it comes to her group of friends. Ariya is a strong character and is very emotional this year. She has a loyal group of friends and is an excellent main character. There is a lot of focus introducing the type of person she is for the first half of the book. A lot happens for her all at once before reaching the climax of the novel. I loved her character. I also really liked her beat friends Riley and Caroline. The novel was an easy read and something I could get lost in. There were a few errors involving missing words and occasional misspelled words but nothing that distracted me from the story. That is why I rate the book a 4 star novel and I can’t wait to read the second in this series.
kaitreview More than 1 year ago
Protected- Anna Applegate 5-star review Protected by Anna Applegate is a phenomenal paranormal read! It’s the first book in the Ariya Adams Trilogy and what a great start it is! This story is intense, suspenseful, complex, action packed and truly unexpected. Protected is so different from any other paranormal book I’ve read, from the very beginning I was hooked, I read it in one sitting as I just couldn’t put it down! Anna did a remarkable job with this paranormal story, it was written so well! It had the perfect amount of humour, intrigue, love and drama, plus this story had really well-developed characters. All of the detail made it so easy to connect with Ariya, as I was reading it felt as if I was experiencing the same emotions that she was feeling, from frustration, anger, disappointment, hurt, etc. I felt so invested in her story that I just couldn’t wait to find out how it was all going to play out. I can’t wait to continue with her story in Book 2, I would absolutely recommend this book to anyone looking for their next paranormal read!
rockrchic923 More than 1 year ago
Protected by Anna Applegate is the first book in her new series Ariya Adams Trilogy, and it was a phenomenal read. A thrilling paranormal suspense roller coaster this book will keep you on your toes from page one until the last lines. Following the story of Ariya Adams, who is just entering her senior year of college and just wanting to get done with school while hanging out with her friends. Her life was going according to her plans until she met James Rymer, who her attraction to is so strong that she can’t do anything but think about him and want to be around him as much as possible. There is a pull coming from him that makes her whole body want nothing more than to just be in his presence. But strange things are happening all around her, situations keep happening where she is noticing that there may be something more to her life than she originally thought. Being a smart, independent woman has always survived her well, but now having to depend on James is getting easier and easier, but can she trust her feelings about him? Can he keep her safe? James knows that Ariya is truly someone special, but breaking that news to her won’t be easy for her. As James grows distant then showering her with attention his flipping and flopping keeps Ariya’s head spinning. Will she be able to trust James when she needs it or will the news that he has to tell her be the end of her budding love for him? Applegate is a new to me author, and I am so happy that I picked this book up. I have read other books in this series and I was left feeling like I was missing something until I realized that I hadn’t read book 1 yet. After reading this story all the other books made allot more sense. Applegate has a unique voice that makes her stories really just pull you in. Add to that her amazing character and world building and you have a grade A + book! If you are looking for a great new book by a wonderful author than this is definitely a book that you need to pick up!
CousinMaura More than 1 year ago
PROTECTED is book 1 in a trilogy and I'm so glad that as I read, the trilogy has been completed. While this is not one of my favorite reads of all time, I am interested enough to gladly continue with this series. There is a lot of world building at the start of this story. The first half is very descriptive with who is who and how they are connected. The story and plot reveals itself slowly so there is never any doubt who someone is - It is very well mapped out. As the characters are being described and events take place, it becomes clear what is actually going on. While this is very similar to other y/a books in the genre, there is enough of a twist to make it different. I found the story to flow with ease, and while it was a bit slow and very detailed at times, I was able to skim along and still know what was going on (being a y/a, I think it's important for the descriptions to be what they are - I am not a young adult, so - well you know...). The characters are easily likeable and the villains are easily despised. While some of the reactions are not exactly what I think they would be in real life, I appreciate that this is a fictional story and things aren't always the way I would react (no spoilers here so I can't tell you HOW I would react). I would recommend it to my young cousins to read as they like another series of books about a similar topic.
EALANGE More than 1 year ago
Protected by Anna Applegate is book one in the Ariya Adams trilogy. So definitely start with this book as it starts the whole story. I enjoyed this book and enjoyed the characters. Ariya is a college senior and even though she’s not good at makeup and outfits she can kick some butt at kickboxing. Several of the lead males were smokin hot too. I generally love books about vampires and werewolves and really liked reading this one. I think the writing was good and would definitely read the rest of the series. 4 star rating.
whitley97 More than 1 year ago
I was given this book in exchange for a honest review (LOP) I have to admit that this started out slow but in a good way, you got a lot of the character dynamic which made me want to keep reading. Ariya is staring her senior year and feeling very emotional, her best friend Caroline, came back to school with a new boyfriend that wants to transfer to be close to her and Riley drops a bomb on her about his true feelings. She meets and is very attracted to James who has big secrets he is unwilling to share yet. Ariya's life is put in danger from Devon and now the truth must come out, vampires and werewolves are real!! James, Caroline and Nick must protect Ariya with their lives. I am very glad I have the second book because the wait to read it would have driven me crazy!
CiannaElizabeth More than 1 year ago
Grade: A- Generally, I can take or leave vampire/werewolf tales. I am not a giant fan of them, because usually they are overdone. Anna Applegate does a great job of interesting me in a mixed vampire/werewolf novel. Her characters are lively, they have a bit of mystery, and this isn’t your typical vampire/werewolf tale. The main character is a typical tomgirl, except for her soft side. She can play sports, kick butt in kickboxing, and generally run circles around you, but she doesn’t plan outfits well, or have the master touch for makeup, but she does love a happy ending. Ariya Adams is hopeful, romantic, and general sheltered. She loves her small home town, and her small college town and her small group of friends. There are quite a few swoon-worthy men in this novel as well. James, the secretive protector, Riley, the comedic best friend, Nick, the best friend’s boyfriend, all happen to be major hunks with a soft side.  Each man has a way with words, and there is no question why these hunks feature prominently in these novels. (I hear a rumor that Anna is supposed to be setting up and interview with James shortly on her site, I cannot wait for that!) James is such a great character in this novel, and the emotional connection that seems to be building between him and Ariya feels realistic, and relatable. The plot of this first novel was pretty spot on, though it stretched over a whole college semester, the pace was quick, the writing was good, and the story was interesting. I called werewolf story pretty early on (I don’t always read blurbs before reading, think it gives more excitement) but I did not see the vampires coming. I enjoy this representation of vampires quite a bit honestly; it’s refreshing to see vampires protecting humanity (though they do have a self serving goal a bit in Ariya). The back story to Ariya and how she relates to these vampires is actually very well written and falls on the logical side of fantasy. This is something that you could see happening, if  you were inclined to believe in these things. The werewolves weren’t so prominent in this one, besides Devon who, if he didn’t want to kill Ariya so much, could be quite a sexy man  himself. His presence resonated as creepy and definitely left an icky vibe with every appearance. I called him as the wolf early on, but I think that was intended because he really is the main villain throughout, or at least the main one everyone knows about. I really was pulling for Ariya/James from the moment we meet them, partly because we learn Ariya’s been hurt before and we’d like to see her with a nice guy for once, and partly because their character descriptions fit together well, which is something a good writer can manage.  There were twists I didn’t see coming both in the middle of this book, and of course the end, and I love that. I love not knowing how  the book is going to end, and also not having a pretty little bow put on life, because nothing is that simple for humans, let alone vampires and werewolves! Anna’s style is spot on, her technique is impressive, I have high hopes for this book, and believe that if you enjoy a GOOD vampire/werewolf novel, then you don’t need to look any further the Protected, by Anna Applegate!  ** I was given a copy in exchange for a review, honest, and all opinons are my own, not influenced.
ondreea More than 1 year ago
This is the first book in the Ariya Adams Trilogy. Anna Applegate really recreated that feeling of college life. It's been almost 20 years since undergrad but this book took me back. I really connected with the main character too, Ariya Adams. What's up with all the hot guys though -- loved it and can't wait to find out more about them (James and Nick) as well as Caroline (best friend). In Ariya's world, vampires are good and werewolves are crazy and bad. There are hints to other types of supernatural beings, but nothing concrete is revealed. Plus, there are "plot thickening" revelations throughout the book. It makes you anxious for the next book of the series. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. When I read this book it made me feel the same as when I read Chloe Neill's Chicagoland Vampire series which I love. I'm not saying its a copy cat of her books but the flavor and writing style are similar to me. If you enjoy that series, I think you'll enjoy this one as well.
peacnik More than 1 year ago
Aside from some editing errors, this is a great story that captures the essence of true friendship in a small town with a group of tight knit friends.  There is a big secret being kept from Ariya that includes love, betrayal and a bit of obsession.  Protected was easy to get into and kept a steady pace throughout the book, though I admit there were a few time I had to stop myself from scrolling ahead to see what was going to happen next, instead of reading through the suspense., as danger comes from an unexpected source.  This story that shows love and loyalty is more important than species.  I recommend this as a great summer read and look forward to the next installment.