What does summer mean to me? It means a lot more reading for this lady! I always do the adult summer reading program from our local library. Do you participate in a summer reading program? You should! So I started my summer reading list off with a bang, I have a fantastic novel for you to dive right into to help you finish up your summer reading! The Betrayed by Deborah Andreasen. Deborah was so kind to give me a copy of her newest book to read. I loved it so much I had to write about it and let you know all about it. And yes, these are my honest opinions. There…legal FTC disclosure stuff done. Let’s get onto the fun stuff of talking about the Betrayed!
A look into The Betrayed
The Betrayed is the sequel to The Gifted which I wrote about last year. I have been pining away for this book for a very long time. And now it is here!
I can’t say too much about the synopsis without giving key plot twists away. But it was a fantastic read. Let’s just say it is about a human who discovers she is Gifted and became the Fae Queen (from book 1 -The Gifted). This story picks up with Hunter, the “bad guy” coercing the Queen into an adventure to see an oracle. And what takes place during the travels. It has a lot of twists to the characters and story and is quite an enjoyable novel.
The Betrayed Synopsis:
In this sequel to The Gifted, Hunter has a chance to finally claim revenge. ** Life went from strange to surreal for Pyper once she stepped into her destined role as Queen of All Fae. For once, she finally feels like she belongs. But for Hunter, the Winter Fae who nearly succeeded in killing Pyper, life has not been the same. Shunned by his court, Hunter returns to demand revenge. The laws are clear, and Pyper must pay. They begin a journey that will change everything Hunter thought he knew. When war threatens her people, Pyper must plunge into a dark and dangerous world in order to save thousands of innocent lives. With an unexpected ally, she must rid the Otherworld of an enemy and protect everything she holds dear. But at what cost?
At first I started reading and it was hard to get into. I had a lot on my plate, and I wasn’t really giving it the attention the book deserved. So I set it aside for a few weeks until I had a few days of less stress.
Then I had a sick day. So I picked it back up. Without any distractions I easily got sucked into the storyline. The first few chapters helped to recap a little of what happened in the first book, The Gifted. I found this helpful as it has been a bit over a year since that book was released, so I needed a little refresher course. But those first few chapters aren’t pure back stories. So don’t worry, if you start The Betrayed immediately after finishing The Gifted, you won’t be bored.
As I mentioned I was sucked right into the story. It was well paced. I didn’t get the feeling like it was dragging at all. I mean goodness, I had it read in two days! No dragging for me! I just couldn’t put it down. I had to see what happened on the journey. I had to learn more about Hunter. I just had to discover his hidden back story.
My Review of The Betrayed
I love how Deborah writes. It’s as though I am in her shoes, discovering and learning about the Fae and their world at the same time as the Queen. It is easy to relate to Pyper, the lead character. Not that I had the same growing up experience, but that she and I are in a new world discovering new things all the time. Things she never dreamed could be real and discovering that they are.
There were moments of excitement, and moments of worry, moments when I just kept saying to Deborah, “No! You can’t do that to me!” She’s lucky most of those moments were after 10pm, otherwise I might have just texted her an earful. (The benefits of knowing the author personally) Lol!
But I read on and loved the plot twists. There is action, adventure, mystery and even unexpected romance! As well as traditional romance that gives you butterflies like a teenaged girl who just had her boy crush say “hi” to her with a smile.
I quite literally couldn’t focus on any other chores while I read The Betrayed. Lucky for my kids, most of my reading was after they were in bed, and that I breezed through the book, so they could have my attention back.
As soon as I finished The Betrayed, that sense of despair set in. “What do I do now?” It overwhelmed me with how fast I went through the story. I wasn’t ready for it to be over. It doesn’t leave a lot unresolved. Just enough to lead into the next book. I immediately texted Deborah asking for a publish date for the next book. I’m dying to know what happens next.
What good is being friends with the author if they won’t leak a little story for you right? But here’s the problem! Even she doesn’t know all that will happen yet. These stories take a life of their own as she writes and sometimes even she is surprised where it takes her.
Deborah is currently working on book three. And I may or may not be
stalking checking her Facebook page Deborah Andreason waiting for updates on the progress.
If you like clean and entertaining Young Adult Fantasy stories, then this is a series for you. It is a great read for young girls, especially teenagers, and those Moms who are young at heart. Not to exclude the guys though. If they enjoy fantasy they will probably enjoy it as well.
Just FYI: the story is also clean of blood, gore, and no adult content, sex or offensive language. It’s a great book for younger audiences and is quite clean with a hint of proper romance. I really appreciate that.
Want to win the awesome books? Come enter The Gifted Series Book Giveaway from 7/30/2013- 8/13/2013. We are offering one of our readers the opportunity to win both books in The GIFTED Series!! The giveaway will be open to USA. And a quick hint; the first entry is to comment on this post, so be sure to leave a comment before heading over there so you don’t have to return. (Saying, “thanks for the giveaway” is not a valid comment entry for the giveaway).
Who in your family would want to read The Betrayed first?