The Betrayed Experience: My Thoughts on Betrayed by Morrigan Michele & Misty Carmony + Giveaway
Hello! Today I am participating in the blog tour for Betrayed, the first book in a new fantasy series. For my post, I will be sharing my thoughts on the story and giving away an e-copy of the book. :)
Genre: YA Paranormal
Ages: 15 and up
I received an e-copy from The Experience Blog Tours as part of a blog tour.
Love. Lies. Magick. Betrayal.
Alexis Allcroft is used to being different, but nothing could have prepared her for the buried secrets about to be revealed.
With her seventeenth birthday approaching the only thing on Alexis Allcroft's mind other than her birthday party is Sebastian Valto, the hot new guy in school.
Things suddenly take a strange twist, and in an effort to take the spotlight off herself, a spell backfires and her secrets are revealed as well; secrets she didn't know existed.
With her world quickly spinning out of control, Alexis realizes no one is what they appear to be, not even herself! Alexis will soon learn that family secrets run deep, blood deep....
This story was rather different than what I expected. I thought that it would be a fairly predictable YA romance. I was wrong. There is a touch of lovely romance, but it is not the focus of the story. The focus of the story is firmly Alexis and her family.
Having grown up without a father and with a Wiccan as a mother, Alexis is a bit unusual as far as heroines go. When not matter-of-factly castings spells she doesn't really expect to work, she is hanging out with her one friend (the daughter of the Baptist preacher) and studying for school. At least, until she meets Sebastian and turns 17. Then her life goes to heck in a handbasket.
The mystery and family history in this story was pretty good...or at least, the beginning of pretty good. A lot was left to be explained in the next book. At 99 pages, this book could have been a bit longer. Some things seemed rushed and the pace was a little hectic at times. Plus, I wished that Alexis' powers had gone in a different direction (mild spoiler) because I don't like vampire stories. (end of mild spoiler) Still, the characters were fun and there were some really good plot twists. Plus, I didn't see Alexis' decision at the end coming. I do love a good surprise. :)
I found this story to be a fun, quick read. I would recommend it to lovers of paranormal fantasy and dark secrets.
I rate it a 4.10 for multiple instances of mid-level profanity.
I give it a 2.10 for some mild references, hints and innuendos.
I rate it a 5.10 for some bloodiness, death and near murder.
I have an e-copy of Betrayed to give to one lucky commenter. To enter, all you have to do is leave a meaningful comment on this post with your e-mail address. For an extra entry, spread the word and leave a link. Following is not required but it makes my smile. This giveaway ends on Nov. 25. Good Luck!