Betrothed (Betrothed #1) by Wanda Wiltshire
Series: Betrothed #1
Publication Date: July 1st 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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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?
Amy has always felt different than the other kids in her school. She has severe allergies and can hardly eat anything. The kids at school have always taunted her except for a small core group of friends – especially her best friends Jack and Hilary who are always there for her.
For the last few months Amy has been dreaming about being lost in a dark place with a voice calling for a girl named Marla. When she finally meets this man in her dreams she falls in love almost immediately. He says he is a prince of the Fae and that Amy, whose real name is supposedly Marla, is Fae as well. He tells her that she is his betrothed and that they will be together in the Fae kingdom as soon as he physically locates her. Of course there is one glitch…his father, a king, forbade Marla’s parents from having children and she did anyway and then hid her away. The prince, Leif, thinks that he managed to get the decision overturned.
Marla is understandably confused by everything she hears so searches for her true identity. It actually points to the fact that Leif could be telling her the truth. She also believes he’s a figment of her imagination so when he shows up and she finds that he’s actually real she’s blown away. Now that Marla knows who she is she can’t wait to get to the Fae kingdom and be “normal.” Of course there are many things standing in her way. Her human adoptive parents, the whole “I really wasn’t supposed to be born” thing and then of course Leif’s father who hates her who will stop at nothing to keep Marla out of Telophy.
Betrothed had a decent blurb and I was interested in the premise when I read it. Unfortunately there ended up being too many things about this book that just didn’t gel well with me.
My main issue was Amy/Marla – throughout the book. She drove me batty with her indecisions. With Leif is was insta-love. Of course in the Fae the men are born and then send part of their soul out to find their soul mate, or in this instance betrothed, and then she’s born. There is no greater love in their culture. I don’t normally mind insta-love but the fawning and falling all over Leif was ridiculous. Maybe it was her age (17) but whatever it was had me rolling my eyes on a regular basis throughout the book. Leif I didn’t mind so much because he definitely more mature than Marla was.
I also had a huge issue with Leif’s father – one of the more important kings in the Fae land. The author made it so that every woman loved the king and wanted to be with him. They couldn’t refuse, either. What a load of rot. That drove me crazy, especially when the author had the king using his kingly influence against Marla. It was just downright creepy and disgusting and kind of icing on the cake for this book.
I kept thinking that the end would make it all come together in the end but that didn’t happen either – we were left hanging with Leif and Marla completely apart (because of the bastard king). So not only do we get a frustrating story, the author ends it with no HEA. Ugh!
Overall I found the book…frustrating. The writing wasn’t horrible but I really disliked the story a lot, sorry to say.
Rating: 2 out of 5