Series: The Descendants
Author: Mayandree Michel
Release Date: 2011
Format Read: Kindle
“Back of Book” Summary:
Where there is love and power, there is always… betrayal. 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.
Where there is love and power, there is always… Betrayal
Betrayal tells the tale of Cordelia, a teenage girl who goes back in time. Only she actually returned to the present because it was the future that she had been sent to. The problem was she had no memory of her past life and nothing anyone told her about who she was made sense. The book was original in the storyline that Cordelia was the Greek god Zeus’ daughter. Michel created a world of Greek gods and their descendents fighting against the evil minions of Hades. The fate of the empire relied on Cordelia regaining her memory, and along with it her powers.
I liked the story, I really did. However, there are two main reasons why I had to think really hard to give this book either 2 or 3 Feathers. The first was the addition of vampires and werewolves, and several other mythical creatures, was overkill. The ‘everything but the kitchen sink’ storyline started to get annoying each time a werewolf or vampire or ghost got added into the mix. How about just sticking with Greek mythology? It seems that Mayandree Michel was trying to appeal to a wider audience, but it was not successful. When vampires take up about 10 pages of a 600+ page book does not make this a vampire book, it makes the storyline overstretched. Secondly, the amount of content in the book did not equate to its length. It went on and on and on. Mostly in the form of the main character’s thoughts as she constantly over analyzes everything. Not just once, but time and again. Usually this is a technique that is used to make the reader recall an event that happened earlier in the book. However, I do not need a reminder of what just happened 5 pages ago, and then another reminder 15 pages from that. Again, overkill. The author could have probably cut out about 100 pages of the main character constantly reviewing events in her head and discussing her feelings using the same repetitious language.
Generally, due to the reasons why I disliked the book, and all of the elements I can describe best as overkill, I would have rated it 2 Feathers. However, the story was quite original and overall I did enjoy it so I have upgraded it to 3 Feathers. You can see the position this book put me in: I enjoyed it, yet due to its annoyances, I would not recommend it as I do most of my other reviewed books rated as 3 Feathers.
Betrayal is book one of the Descendants series, as of now there are only two books. I will most likely read the sequel, Sacrifice, and hope that Michel’s writing as matured.