Thursday, June 2, 2011

Betrayal by Mayandree Michel

Where there is love and power, there is always... betrayal.

At seventeen, Cordelia is an ordinary teen with an extraordinary and frightening secret. A secret that induces vivid dreams which she not only experiences true love, but crippling fear while barely escaping with her life each night.

After a life altering event, Cordelia has an unexpected encounter with Evan, the mysterious boy from her dreams, who reveals who and what she is, a descendant of the Greek gods. At that moment everything she knows of her world is a lie, and she must leave the present and go into the past to assume the role she was put on this earth for, safeguarding her ancient empire amidst evil forces that toil hastily to destroy it.

In a race against time, Cordelia must decide if she is truly a part of this dangerous world, or risk defying the gods, and ultimately lose the boy who has put a claim on her heart.

This debut, first in the Descendants series by indie author Mayandree Michel was an intriguing read, but what holds it back from receiving a higher rating for me is the length. This book was incredibly long-winded, but beneath all that was a truly unique plot and storyline that I thoroughly enjoyed. Despite every little detail being described I was still turning pages long into the night to see what would happen next in the incredible world of gods, goddesses and demigods Mayandree lovingly created. This book is filled with time travel, murder, mystery and romance. The characters were interesting , but there were times when I simply did not enjoy Cordelia's friend, Bethany. When they traveled back in time to their true place, Bethany changed into someone that Cordelia had difficulty relating to, Bethany was impatient, bordering on rude, with her and almost seemed to blame her for the memory loss Cordelia suffered.

Cordelia believed herself to be an average teenager, that is until sparks of lightning emerged from her body when a strange man-shaped shadow almost attacked her. Strange dreams fill her nights and things begin to change quickly in her life when a terrible accident interrupts her regular life. Thrust back into the late 1800's, with no memories of ever being there before, with the boy of her dreams, Evan and her friends Nikolas and Bethany, Cordelia must avoid the dangers and betrayal that surround her. All of a sudden gods, goddesses, vampires and shifters are her new reality; and although she feels drawn to Evan Cordelia is still unsure of who she can trust. A young man named Victor works endlessly to see Cordelia dead, and although she doesn't understand why, she knows he must be stopped from destroying her and their world. Evan is consumed with making Cordelia remember him and the love they once shared, but in her confusion she turns to an old acquaintance in regaining her memories and the truth of who she truly is. But in her heart she knows she truly loves Evan, and returns to him. As the truth behind Victor's need for vengeance is revealed, the lives of Cordelia and her friends will be forever changed as they battle to save their lives.

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