Warning: If you haven’t read the first book in the series you probably shouldn’t read this review. There are things that I inevitably need to mention that happened in Book #1, and if you didn’t read it, you might be spoiled. Read at your own risk.
Well, here we go!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, but you know it wouldn’t have made a difference. For obvious reasons.
Anyway. 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.
We meet a few new characters in Betrayed
, like Celeste, Bran’s little sister, who is really sweet and funny. Her relationship with her brother was endearing and heartwarming. Then we have Angelia, a demon child that both inspired protectiveness and weariness in me.
All the other secondary characters made an appearance in Betrayed
. Remy, Sykes, Kim and Izzy were just as awesome as they were in the first book, even more united now as a group than before, and endlessly hilarious. You never fail to laugh with them. Sykes especially.
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.
There were a few things that bugged me, though. I noticed a lot of descriptions being said repeatedly, most of them regarding how Lil felt when Bran kissed her, which you know would have been fine if I hadn’t read them in the first book as well, it kind of lost its power. And there was also the author’s need to explain what each term meant all over again, which might have been for a good purpose, but this is a series you know, whether you put those descriptions in this book or not, there are things from the first book that you will need to know before reading this one. I found myself skimming past a few paragraphs here and there.
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.
“It didn’t matter where I was and what I did, I’d always be his.”
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