Publisher: Firetrail Publishing
Release Date: August 1, 2011
Genre: YA, Paranormal
Format: Paperback, 368 pages
Rating: 4/5 (4/5)
Lil has come to terms with her life as a Guardian/demon hunter and the weilder of the Nephilim most powerful weapon. She trains every day to master her growing powers, gets along with her Guardian trainee friends (most of the time) and cherishes her moments with her human friends.Just when she feels she belongs, her nature-bender father contacts her and warns her about a betrayal by someone close to her. Then Bran, the guy she loves, starts to act strange and one of her human friends acquires a supernatural ability. While Lil struggles to find a connection between these three things, she begins to realize that someone is manipulating her and Bran, and will stop at nothing (including hurting those she loves) to lure them to the dark side.
I'll start with the obvious by saying that it's probably a lot easier for people to get into this book if they've read the first in the series, Awakened. Betrayed pretty much kicks off where the first ends, just a little time passes - Lil is training and pretty much being the kick-ass heroine that she was in Awakened, just more knowledgable and a lot more disciplined.
I think I can honestly say that Lil is one of my favorite female leads, with all of the traits that you want a strong female lead to have. She's smart, strong, loyal and doesn't know how to back down. She's also not invincible and has a softer side that we can all relate to. Bran is a little shady in this book, but I have to admit that his actions are what kept me intrigued the most. I was also a fan of Sykes, and enjoyed the interaction with him and Lil in this book.
The action was incredible and I'm glad we got to see a good bit of that in the story. The plot went right along swimmingly well and, even though I thought I was a genius and figured out everything before the end of the book, I was cleverly fooled and left completely shocked. Lots of action, lots of good versus evil and a little bit of romance sprinkled into the mix - Betrayed is pretty much my perfect sequel to a great urban fantasy-type series.
If you've read Awakened, then you definitely want to pick up this book. If you haven't, you definitely want to pick up this book. It's a great read!