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Ryder is now off to school in New York, where 'demi-gods' train. She is anxious but very eager to start a new chapter in her life, leaving behind her old life and the bullying she endured. It doesn't take Ryder long to make some really good friends and they are all learning to find their own way with their own powers in this new world. Her struggle with Ollie and Ari doesn't get any easier, and she battles with how to deal with being in love with two people at once along with working out the visions and dreams she has.
I so loved book 1 and thought book 2 was just as good if not better ! Well written, very descriptive and really captured my imagination again. There is always so much going on in these books, I ended up reading this book in one go and couldn't put it down. Really looking forward to book 3.
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I like the title. Ryder does feel a bit betrayed by her mother and someone else (to tell would be spoilers) in the book.
Like the first book, I'm not a fan of the cover of this book either. It's just too plain for my liking, and for those that do judge a book by its cover (of which I have been guilty before), I think it will put them off reading this AMAZING book!
I enjoyed the world building. It seemed as if a place like the Demi God Academy could really exist. Plus, the world in this book answers most of my questions from the first book. The world building is definitely interesting in this book!
The pacing is spot on! I loved every page and couldn't wait to find out what would happen next. Even in the pages where there was no action, it was still very gripping.
The plot is just as interesting, if not more interesting, as the first book. In this book, we learn more about Ryder, Ryder's elusive mother, and Ari as well as a new cast of characters. We get to see Ryder's first year at Demi God Academy, and let's just say it is anything but uneventful. Ryder is still trying to work out her curse and find out which man is her soul mate. There's also another added danger that I won't go in to due to spoilers.
Miss Lavati does an excellent job of making sure her characters are well written and able to come to life. While I liked Ryder and found her to be a well rounded character, I thought she was being a bit too whiny and selfish with double standards. For example, it's okay for Ryder to flirt with and kiss both Ollie and Ari, but when one of them does it with another girl, Ryder gets insanely jealous. (There's one scene at a restaurant where this is very apparent and a bit over the top). I do feel bad for Ryder though. While some may think it'd be amazing to have two hot guys pine after your affections, Ryder doesn't want to hurt either one of them and hates seeing each one miserable. Plus, her life is in danger thanks to the curse Hades has put on her. I was glad that Ari was featured a lot in this book because I'm definitely Team Ari, and I really want Ryder to pick him. Ari is just a smooth kind of guy. He's funny and witty. Ollie is in the book just not as much as Ari. I do like Ollie also, but just not as much as Ari. Ollie is very caring and everything, but I just feel like Ari would make a better boyfriend. I also liked Kara in this book. She was such an awesome best friend, and I loved the way she really cared about Ryder.
The dialogue fits perfectly for a mature young adult/new adult book. I enjoyed every single scene. There are a few grammatical errors, but it doesn't take away from the book at all. There's also swearing and sexual references, but nothing over the top.
Overall, The Curse of Betrayal by Taylor Lavati is a fantastic read. This book has a great cast of characters, a super interesting plot, and a very immersive world. Miss Lavati is a very talented writer, and I enjoy reading her work. Will I be reading the next book in the series? Most definitely!
I'd recommend this book to those aged 17+ who enjoy reading about Greek mythology, hot guys, and/or great characters.
(I received a paperback of this title for free for an honest and unbiased review. This review can also be found on my blog).
Ryder Mason is about entering The Demi God Academy and learns the real meaning of the word betrayal. Ryder whose real name is Eurydice finds herself deep inside her own mind with fears, nightmares, visions, dreams and doubts about herself that might prevent her from developing her powers. Entering the school she finds here face to face with Ari yet thinking about Ollie her first love in the first chapter of her life titled A Thousand Year Curse. But author Taylor Lavati hits the mark when readers get to learn more about Ryder, her fears about losing Ari but even more her search and goal for acceptance. Ryder was bullied by a girl named Becca and now that she has grown stronger in both body and mind she hopes to combat any fears of being bullied by anyone and hopefully will defend herself. Taking her life back in her own hands she meets Kara her roommate forming a close friendship from the start. Understanding and sensing Ryder’s apprehension with meeting too many people at first and not wanting to befriend everyone at once they take it slow. But, Lisa seems to be the new Becca and influences others against Ryder but she won’t stand for it this time. Learning more about Kara and then meeting Megan she seems to calm her nerves but in the forefront or back of her mind is her past. Remembering her love for Ollie yet finding a new romance with Ari it becomes quite clear that she will have to eventually make a choice.
Ari is now one of her professors and with the aid of his assistant Magdelina who seems bent on getting the good professor into her bed, Ryder uses every ounce of self-control not to punch her out during class every time she comes on to Ari. But, Ryder is young and naïve and often has many missteps and misunderstandings run high. At the end of novel one both Ollie and Ari made a pact to leave her alone until the curse is broken and she decides who her true soul mate is. Ryder although independent and strong has visions of the past and even the future and with the help of Professor Onassis, she hopes to begin to understand these dreams, the nightmare where she revisits with Hermes and Hades and the reoccurring dream too graphic to relate to readers. Ryder learns as strange things begin to happen at this Academy that she cannot hide from her past and she must learn to use her powers to protect not only herself but her new friends too.
As Ryder begins to settle into a routine things start to happen that create friction between her and Ari bring Ollie back to her side and test friendships and loyalties. All the while hoping that somehow she would be able to connect with her mother who when she does appear tells her it is not time yet, confusing her and trying to forewarn her of what happens next. With the help of a kindly 500-year-old professor named Onassis together they research the history of the curse trying to learn more about it and hopefully break it. But, when an unknown attacker kills two students and then the campus is under siege Kara and Ryder along with Ollie and Ari fend off the demons but the end result will change things drastically. As Kara and Ryder are hurt and Kara had been attacked before, things point to the fact the presence just might have something to do with what is happening. Fear strikes and her feelings are conflicted as she realizes the time might come or has come to decide between Ari and Ollie. A dream or vision enrages her and the art of meditation taught to her by Onassis helps control her emotions, allows her to see the dream in a different light sending her in a different direction. But, although the school was under siege, Hades and Hermes were present we learn more about Ryder’s insecurities, fears, distrust and hate for Magdelina and her hope that someday she and Ari would be together. There is much more to this story besides the jealousies, daring dares, games that are played, strength class that tests more than just strength, the insecurities and the bonds that are made or fostered between Kara and Ryder and even Junior and Ollie. But, in the back of her mind Ryder realizes that much of what is happening at the school is related to the curse, feels it’s her fault. With the professors on her side and understanding that she needs support, will the fear that is ingrained and instilled in her go away? Will more students or teachers be attacked? When Professor Nike questions the assailant he learns nothing from them? Just who else is behind this and what will Ryder do in order to protect her friends and those she loves?
Author Taylor Lavati takes readers inside the mind of a young girl whose insecurities get the best of her. Whose loyalties to her friends are undeniable and whose fear that a thousand year curse might cause more people to be injured or die. Why did Hades choose her? Why was she the recipient of this curse? What does it mean to be Eurydice and how will being her affect the lives of others? But, this story is far from over as Ryder finds herself in a dream along with her dream self and her mother. Finding out what she thinks is the truth about why her mother is missing, who she thinks is the reason creates more than just a mental breakdown for Ryder. A retreat that would cost someone their life as the demons come back and try to finish what the know Hermes and Hades started. Just what does Ryder think is the reason she is being sought after by the underworld. When you are curses you need to find out the reason why and then find out what the end result is supposed to be and you must end it! But, when the truth comes out and the final body count is tallied just who stands in her way and who needs to get out of her line of fire? Throughout the novel the author allows readers to understand the tense relationship between Ryder and her father. When he reveals his knowledge and the untold truths are finally out in the open will she be able to bond with the only person she might be able to trust?
A school that has become too dangerous and had to be closed and an ending that you just won’t expect. The clever twist at the end will alert readers that you just might not know who or what really betrayed Ryder. Listen to the voice of someone who claims to care for her and you decide whether it’s a lie. Violence, deaths, pranks, games and only one person who hopes to gain from it all. Will Ryder be able to break the curse? Who is behind this and Why? Listen to the startling message she receives and learn that the story is far from over and we need to wait I might add impatiently until our creative and talented author pens the final chapter in this trilogy. What will the fate of Ari, Ollie and Ryder be? Who is her true soul mate? Who can she trust? Explosive, riveting, fast paced and frightening: The Curse of Betrayal: A great story of friendship, deceit, lies, betrayals, trust, insecurities and hope. Ryder: A teen whose emotions are so bottled up that when she explodes more than just her emotions are involved. A character that is quite realistic as the author allows her to react in a way that most teens would not always as a grown-up, temper tantrums and often not thinking about the outcome. This is one book for all YA’s to read to learn the true meaning of what it is to be a friend and what is the definition of trust.
The more blood of a god you have in your body or system, the more effective the curse will be. Think about that. Hades did the curse for a reasonWhat will Ryder have to do to stop the curse and get her life and mother back? Lisa, Megan, Mikey, Kara, Junior, Ollie, Ari and Cristos: Who will be left to cast the next spell and break the curse? Who pays for what someone else wants do dearly? . Find out in Volume three the reason why and the outcome that Hades wants to happen that he has written down when the author pens the next chapter in the life of Ryder and the rest of the Demi Gods.
Ryder decides to take charge of her own life and destiny. Ollie and Ari make a pact and decide to let Ryder decide who she is going to choose. She goes to school at Demi God Academy where she has quite the reputation before she even starts. Ari is a teacher there and makes things confusing at times. My favorite quote from the synopsis is Ryder discovers what it really means to be Eurydice. It just sums up this book so perfectly.
Now I really liked the first book of this series. I began reading this book right away. I was blown away. The story developed nicely and believable. This book blew the first book out of the water. We get a closer look at Ari (who is my favorite) and new friends. I'm in love with the style of writing of this author. I absolutely devoured this book. I couldn't put it down. I stayed up far too late several nights in a row reading. I couldn't get enough of Ryder and Ari.
I want to talk about a few new characters that I really enjoyed. Lisa is a sarcastic girl who you love to hate. She is rude and preppy but you end up liking her. Megan is an early friend who is sweet and kind. She is understanding and considerate. I adored Megan. Megan deserved every tear I cried for her. Kara who is by far my favorite is her roommate. She comes across a little too eager at first but you learn to trust and love her. I really liked the addition of these characters.
Overall I loved it and will never forget this story.
To be inside Ryder, feeling all of her emotions, just makes your heart wrench with all of the confusion, love for two totally different men, and finding her "gifts". I cried along with her. This book absolutely draws you in!
Be sure to read book one before reading this one. I am anxious to read the next book in the series. Great job, Taylor!!
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