Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy
Type: Series, this is book one of four in the Betrothed Series.
Recommendation: Yes! I really enjoyed this book!
Price: On the higher side, each book is $4.99 or $19.96 for the entire series.
Summary: + great writing +interesting plot +unique dynamic between main characters -slow moving +/- decent world building +sweet romance -some creepy aspects
Book 1 of the Betrothed Series
Harry Potter’s magic, Twilight’s heartache… with a message that love and confidence make everything possible – a faery fantasy with a reality check.
Faeries, forbidden love, enchantment, belonging and unforgivable betrayal. A truly romantic fantasy series set in two worlds, sure to be loved by adults as much as by its young adult readers.
Amy Smith has always known she was different. Severe allergies, fragile health and taunts at school have made life an endurance test for the adopted seventeen year old.
When Amy starts having strange dreams, everything changes. Night after night, she becomes trapped in a shroud of black – a void of silence but for a male voice calling for a girl named ‘Marla’.
One night, the darkness clears, Leif is revealed and Amy discovers that she is the girl he has been searching for.
Immediately the two are swept up in a passionate yet forbidden love. Leif isn’t like the other boys Amy knows. Breathtakingly gorgeous, he speaks with her telepathically … not to mention, he can fly …
Desperate to find a way to be with her, Leif tells Amy of the terrifying threat to his Fae homeland, the danger to the people, and of an unforgivable betrayal to his King. He urges her to seek her true identity…. But Amy is confused… isn’t it all just a dream?
Oh how I love the way Wanda Wiltshire writes! I don’t know if it is because in my head all the characters have an English accent or if her prose is just that great, but I really dig the way she writes. So much in fact, I will probably read the rest of the series and look for more! Betrothed is a young adult fantasy/romance that follows Amy, an adopted loner that spends her days eating bland food and hanging out with her two best friends. Allergic to EVERYTHING, Amy has been pretty restricted her whole life. Naturally, when her daily routine becomes boring and dull, she retreats to her dreams where she hears the voice of a sad boy, longing for his lost love. Night after night she hears him, until one night she see’s him, and he recognizes her as the love he has spent his days pinning after. Thinking she is half crazy, Amy finds herself falling in love with her dream boy and questioning her own reality. This story follows Amy ( or Marla as he knows her) and Leif. It takes us from meeting in their dreams to their scandalous love affair and back.
The way this book is written is soft, whimsical and romantic. Now, I will mention the pace is much slower than I am used to but waiting for things to happen gave me a small but steady build up of excitement and really set the mood for when the big stuff did occur. I really enjoyed Leif as a love interest. He wasn’t super complex but felt real. Amy (Marla) got on my nerves at times because she is very dependent on Leif and is a huge whiner. The world building is decent, you get an overall picture of how things work but it could honestly use more detail. I enjoyed the way that Leif respects Amy and his dialogue is very sweet. The whole book felt very old-fashioned and I really like that. On to the creepy aspects..this book has a few things that irked me. The idea that the King has all the power and every woman is at his beck and call if wanted disturbs me. It seriously made me throw up in my mouth a bit when the women would just gravel at his feet and beg him. Made me want to crawl through the pages and punch him in the solar plexus.
If you are looking for a series that is sweet and not overly graphic, then this might be for you! I really enjoyed it!
Disclaimer: I obtained a free copy of this book from NetGalley and volunteered to give an honest review.