The Queen's Betrayal (Bloodtruth #2) (Volume 2) Paperback – December 12, 2013
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I won't go into details but I just love Connor!!! He could be my right hand man anyday! This is a YA series that will keep you on your toes, there is lots going on and the mystery will keep you on the edge of your seat, just when you think you have it all figured out Ms. Cege Smith will throw a wrench in the mix and have you rushing to the next page to see what happens next.
Bravo for a great new series and fun characters to read about. I love the strength in the female lead, and feel for her at the same time with all that is getting thrown her way! I recommend this series to anyone who enjoys a mysterious, slightly romantic, vampire story! Definately read the 1st book in the series first, this is not a stand alone book... Warning you will be left on a cliff hanger that has you speaking out loud....Nooooo!!! I wasn't ready for it to end!!!!
I loved the first book in The Bloodtruth Series, Heiress of Lies, and you can find my review of it here.
I really enjoy period pieces, even if this is more of a fantasy of a different world sort, I would still consider it a historical fantasy fiction. I know that is a handfull but it is what it is.
Let's look at the cover first: I love the drawing of the Queen on the cover with her long black hair. I think it represents Angeline perfectly. This cover is very nice!
The Queen's Betrayal has a lot of different paranormal creatures involved including, vampires, witches, and even a few shifters too. We even get to see a horror aspect to this story especially with the sick and twisted ways of some of the vampires in it. But it isn't very gory; it is more the idea behind it.
I do like our female heroine, Angeline, very much. She is strong, smart, and loyal especially to her kingdom. She is the perfect example of what a queen should be, but she also knows how to ask for help when things get entirely too rough. Sure she has her failings, but if you was carrying the burdens she has, you would have failings too.
I love our fellow gentlemen vampire, Connor. He is one serious heartthrob in this book and I find myself praying for the cure he seems to hold out for. I like the fact he wants to be good but he seems to have this inner struggle to find out what good really is. He wants to protect Angeline but realizes he must make sacrifices to obtain this. He is completely up front about how he is dedicated to Angeline yet there are times he tends to get a little sappy for my tastes.
The other lesser characters are helpful to get the plot twists underway. Malin is still a puzzlement to me. On one hand I want to like him but on the other he continuously ticks me off. I think he crosses the ultimate line in this book and I don't see how he can come back from it this time.
The story and plot lines were creatively crafted to ensure we didn't get bored with the different twists and turns it took.
I did. however, have a problem with some scenes tending to be repeated often. For example, the telepathy scene was replayed from Angeline telling the story and Connor's side too. There were other examples as well.
It also seemed there was a lot of repeating the background information. Which is fine to do that but lets' just do it once and not over and over again. Sometimes I felt like I was reading a recap of the last book in a few pages each chapter.
I also noticed many grammatical errors through out the story. I did get a little confused at some of these mistakes but I was still able to enjoy the novel anyways.
I think if you like the stories with Kings and Queens in them as well as vampires mixed in for added excitement you should give the Bloodtruth series a try. There is a little bit of everything in it to make you happy.
I give it four hearts!