Review: Betrayal

Mar •  17 •  2014
Review: BetrayalBetrayal by Gillian Shields
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on August 3rd 2010
Genres: Young Adult- Supernatural/Paranormal
Source: Bought
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There are the small betrayals: the unkind word, the petty lies. And there are the betrayals that break hearts, destroy worlds, and turn the strong sweet light of day into bitter dust.

When Evie Johnson started at Wyldcliffe Abbey School for Young Ladies, her life changed in ways she couldn't possibly have envisioned: the discovery of her link with Lady Agnes, her special bond with Helen and Sarah, and their sisterhood in the astonishing secrets of the Mystic Way. Above all, Evie's love for Sebastian has turned her world upside down.

Now Evie returns to Wyldcliffe for another term and more danger. Surrounded by enemies, she lives every day in fear that Sebastian will fall into the darkness of servitude to the Unconquered Lords. The Wyldcliffe coven is plotting to destroy Evie and use Sebastian to secure their own immortality. Evie and her sisters must master the power of the Talisman before it is too late. But could it be Sebastian himself who will ultimately betray Evie?

In this companion to Gillian Shields's dazzling Immortal, magic and sweeping romance cross the bounds of time to deliver heart-stopping emotion and suspense.

I read the first book a lllloooonnnngggg time ago, way before I was a blogger. I liked it and when Waldenbooks (AKA Borders) went out of business, I end up picking up this book. I hoped that since the first book fell a little flat for me, the sequel will pick up.

Plot: This plot remains the same as the first with a few differences. Evie is back at the border school, picking up what is left of her life. We all know that in a border school no secrets stay hidden. And before you know it, Evie is back into the same mess she was before, this time alone. I think the plot follows what most people will enjoy. It has that border school feel, with drama and lots of mystery. The beginning felt a bit slow since Evie was recapping what happened in the first book but once you hit mid-middle, things starts to pick up.

Love: I found this love to be really…strange. He is supposedly dead but not quite. Not sure if that makes any sense, but he gives her clues and helps Evie gain the tools she needs to fight evil at the school. The story also switches pov of both Evie and Sebastian. I found Sebastions pov kind of pointless. He pretty much said the same things over and over. I do however, like that his love for Evie help me stay strong.

End: The ending has a bittersweet moment in which Evie has to face loss all over again. There are  few minor characters that peaked my interest and I’m anxious to see what roles they will play in the next book.

Overall, indeed this book did pick up some. This story does give the reader a bit more meat to chew. We learn more history on the school and why the evil resides there.  Betrayal brings more emotions to the readers and more depth to the story. Betrayal is good.

I give it 3 BITES!

Happy Reading!


  1. I’m going to have to check out that first book. Hopefully the next book will even be better.

    I miss Borders! 🙂

  2. Hmm haven’t heard of this series before. Seems like something I normally wouldn’t read.

    I’m with you and Melissa! I miss Borders! It was the closest book store to my house and was how I used to find the next up and coming new books before they actually hit it big. The staff there must be like us reviewers because their staff picks were phenomenal. That’s how I ended up finding out about DIVERGENT way back when. And now look where that series is today!

    • Savannah
      Mar 18, 2014

      I had a Borders in my city as well. Shut down. My closest books tore is about 30 minutes away. Bad cause of the distance. And good cause it’s a indie bookstore that supports local authors.

  3. Jenny
    Mar 18, 2014

    Hm. Not sure I would rush out to buy this series Savy, it seems like this sequel didn’t impress you as much as you hoped it would given you’re okay start with book one. The ending makes me nervous too with Evie facing loss, but it doesn’t seem like it was too traumatic which is good:)

    • Savannah
      Mar 18, 2014

      Hi Jenny! Yeah, I think I may pick up the last book only cause the OCD in me, needs to complete the series and see’s how it ends.

  4. Candace
    Mar 23, 2014

    It does sound kind of different. I guess I’ll skip this series.