Betrayed (The Guardian Legacy #2)
by Ednah Walters
Publisher: Spencer Hill Press
Publication Date: June 5, 2012
Rating: 5/5 Stars
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Lil isn't just an average teenager. She's one of the Nephilim--the descendants of humans and angels--which gives her some serious psi skills and a mission for redemption. Just when Lil thinks she's found a balance between her normal life with human friends and her training to become a Guardian, she's warned that someone close to her will betray her. When the boy she loves starts acting strangely and one of her human friends acquires a supernatural ability, Lil begins to realize that someone is manipulating the people she loves... and won't stop until she's been lured to the dark side.
My Thoughts: This book was brilliant. I have read several books about angels that have been good, but typically, I have not really been drawn to this type of story. After reading the blurb about Betrayed, I was intrigued and interested in the book, and I absolutely loved it. Lil is 16 years old, part Nephilim, part human, part demon..yes...and she is the Chosen, a Guardian in training, and one kick-butt heroine. She and her friends and fellow Guardians go to high school by day, blending in with the humans, while their nights are spent either at the academy training and/or teaching, or out demon hunting. It seems that everybody wants a piece of Lil, and her Grandpa, who she lives with and who is one of the leaders, has forbidden her from leaving the valley for her own protection. Her hot, Hot, HOT boyfriend Bran, begins acting strange and keeping secrets from her to. On top of that her father, who is a demon, contacts her and begins to plant seeds of doubt in her head regarding who she can trust, while her best friend Kylie, who is human, also begins acting strange. With the help of her friends, Remy (swoon), Izzy, Kim, Celeste, and the oh so yummy, melt in your mouth Sykes, she is determined to find out what is going on and determined to do whatever it takes to save the ones she loves. The question is, how far is she willing to go towards the dark side to accomplish this, and will she and those she loves survive?
Betrayed is one of those books that captures your attention from the first page and and keeps it until the last. There are quite a few characters in the book and I loved and felt connected to them all. They were all written well, and in fact, I even loved to hate the bad ones. Ednah Walters has taken the world of mythology and added her own twist to it, which is both exciting and imaginative, and created a world where these mythological characters are also teenagers that you can relate to and enjoy. I loved Sykes, not only is he super hot, he is really funny. I also really liked Celeste, Bran's sister, who was quite unique, and I thought her character added a lot to the story. The romance between Lil and Bran is really hot, and despite their issues, they truly love one another. Then, there is the action. With all the different classes of demons and angels, you are continually awed by the supernatural beings you encounter in the story. There are some intense battle scenes and Bran, Lil, and the others can really kick butt. This novel was fast-paced, creative, and incorporated just the right amount of humor and romance that makes Betrayed one of those books that keeps you turning the pages to see what happens next, with unique twists that keep you guessing. I found myself up to the wee hours of the morning without realizing it. If you love books about angels and demons, or are a fan of mythology, you will definitely love this book. If you love fantasy and romance, then I think this book would be something you would enjoy, and if you haven't read many books of this nature, then Betrayed is definitely one I would recommend. Betrayed is a great book by a great author and I look forward to reading more in this series.
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