6.06.2011

Book Review: Betrayal by Mayandree Michel and First Giveaway!!!

I'm so excited I got the chance to review Betrayal by Mayandree Michel and be a part of her blog tour! I loved this book by its cover the first time I saw it. Now Mrs. Michel is sponsoring a giveaway for a copy of her book. See giveway rules and enter below.

Betrayal (The Descendants #1) by Mayandree Michel
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.


Overview: I must say I loved this book! Mayandree has an incredibly intricate and detailed writing style. She created world so vivid while reading I almost felt apart of it. In the Capius mansion, the Nevada Sierra, the desolate Tieron Mansion, the amazingly beautiful garden, no aspects was left blank. The clothing of the late 1880's era was described in great detail as well. I would have loved to attend the Masquerade Ball if just to see the costumes. The introduction of the Greek mythological lineage for the main characters was incredible and something I haven't seen very often. The characters were descendants of the Gods given powers that directly correlate with their deity. The powers givien to Cordelia were amazing. It was very entertaining as well as a history lesson in Greek Gods. I had to stop myself many times from skipping to the end of the book. I wanted to know would Cordelia get her memory back and who would betray her. Mrs. Michel was good at building suspense.

Characters: Cordelia's personal growth throughout the book was amazing to watch. In the beginning I didn't see her as a strong person (having amnesia and being told you are a demi-god might cause anyone to be a little weary) but I loved how her strength grew throughout the story. Toward the end I could finally see her as powerful. Nickolas was my second favorite character. He just seemed like the right guy to have on your side, very protective but not overbearing and he seemed like a lot of fun. The three other guys - Victor, Evan and Gerald - played their roles nicely. I found myself rooting for Victor in the end over Evan. Evan just didn't do it for me and Gerald, I just felt a little bad for him. Bethany I was a little leery of as well in the beginning but by the end I understood her. Sacha and Lucas were badass. That's all I can say about them. I would like to have known more about Sun Paw, Night Wind and Moon Rose, they could have a spin off story all of their own.

Plot: Cordelia was definitely someone to root for. Her story wasn't an easy one and I felt everything that she was feeling about what was happening to her. She didn't know who to trust or what to believe. She even had doubts within herself which is something that we can all relate to. In the beginning I had my own speculations about who would betray her. I must say, I'm glad I was wrong!

In the end it was a great debut. However, this isn't a easy one day read. It is well over 650 pages. It takes time and effort but is very enjoyable and worth the time! I really cannot wait to see what happens in the next book due out in December!


For more information about this book and author, please visit:
Author website: http://mayandreemichel.blogspot.com
betrayal website: http://betrayalthedescendants.blogspot.com
Goodreads: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/10915691-betrayal

Where to purchase Betrayal:
Amazon for Kindle & paperback
Barnes & Noble for Nook
Smashwords for all ereaders
On to the giveaway!

Giveaway Deets:

-- One copy of Betrayal (The Descendants #1) by Mayandree Michel
-- Giveaway ends June 30th.
---Winner will be announced on here at Totally Obsessed and recieve an email.
-- Giveaway open to US residents only (sorry)

To win:

--  Must be a follower of this blog!
-- Please click below and fill out form.

Click here to Enter!!

Good luck!!

3 comments:

Coreena McBurnie said...

I can't enter because I live in Canada, but this book sounds great!! I love Greek mythology and enjoy all of the creative ways authors are using it in books these days. Thanks for the review.

Breanne said...

Thanks for the giveaway! I want to read this book very badly.

A Journey in Reading said...

I have always been fascinated with Greek mythology. Love it, love it.... I added this book to my TBR a few wks ago.... can't wait to read it!

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