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Series: The Descendants #1
Publisher: Indie Author - Mayandree Michel
Release Date: April 1, 2011
Welcome to the 3rd tour stop of the Betrayal Blog Tour! When I first found Betrayal in the mail I was stoked! Not only was it going to be my first Indie read but it's also Greek mythology based. All I could look at was the gorgeous cover, but then I freaked a little at the 657 pages. At first I wasn't sure how I could possibly finish it, but the 657 pages skimmed by pretty fast after a while. It was action packed with many twists and turns and complicated relationships.
All Cordelia thought about was graduating high school and escaping the dreaded town of Nickel City. She's just like any high school girl with the average problems. The only difference between Cordelia and the average gal is the fact that she the future empress to rule over an empire full of demigods. The only problem is when she's being pulled back into the past to fulfill the destiny she's been trained for, for her whole life and doesn't remember a single thing. The only memories Cordelia has are of her life in the future.
The life Cordelia is thrown into is just too much for her to handle and accept the role everyone wants her to be. She's on the verge of tears trying to remember the life she once lived when she is transported to 1891. All she knows is that she's a descendant of Zeus and she's the most powerful demigod, which is quite the shoe to fill. Cordelia is stubborn to find answers and is willing to risk her life at every attempt. She's also kind hearted to everyone as well as fair. All the traits need for a great empress is there in Cordelia which made her a very distinct character.
The relationships in the story were sweet and complicated with untold secrets. At first I was thinking that Evan, the boy in Cordelia's dreams, was the only contender. Then slowly Mayandree weaved in another character Victor, whose relationship is complicated. I was thinking that'd be it for the love triangle department but it was a bit more complicated than that. Gerald is also thrown into the, well I guess "love square", in some way. Evan has to be the definition of a gentleman. He's sweet, caring and protective, but not in the abusive or controlling way. Just because he's sweet doesn't mean he's week either. Evan happens to be one of the strongest demigods. Where Evan was strong Victor was stronger, but without surpassing Cordelia. Victor is intense, passionate, lost, and almost the opposite of Evan. Gerald is a different story, where Evan and Victor are demigods Gerald was mortal. He was realistic and someone I'd want as a best friend.
Betrayal is the best way to sum up Mayandree Michel's debut novel. With every chapter came a realization of betrayal. Although there were some grammar issues the plot was great. This was my first Indie read and will not be my last. I'll definitely be checking out more Indie Authors thanks to Mayandree. (Check out my "I support Indie Authors" badge -->)
Overall Rating: 4 out of 5
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