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Wicked Betrayal

(Darkwater Reformatory #1)

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4.44  ·  Rating details ·  96 ratings  ·  32 reviews
The Hunger Games meets Shadowspell Academy

Captured, Tria's sent to a remote island in the mystical fae world where she must complete a series of dangerous trials to get free.

Framed by the head of the Seeker's Guild, I'm sent to Darkwater, an island in the middle of the forbidding fae sea. Wizards sent there are never heard from again.

The moment I arrive, I'm forced to comp
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Kindle Edition, 271 pages
Published May 2nd 2020 by Amazon Digital Services
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Shelley
*Source* Kindle
*Genre* Young Adult / Fantasy
*Rating* 3-3.5

*Thoughts*

Wicked Betrayal is the first installment in author Marty Mayberry's Darkwater Reformatory series. Apparently, this is a spin-off from the authors Crystal Wing Academy series. Tria is the main protagonist for this series. She is a Seeker trying to track down her father Bastian Spires who stole something from her when she was a baby. Seekers are apparently used to track down lost Wizards. After finding a way into the Seekers Guild
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Nisareen
May 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tria is a Sidhe Fey, who was raised by her stepfather and mother. When she was a baby, her father Bastian Spires, siphoned off part of her power (the core essence of her magic) which has resulted in a diminishment of her full potential. Now Tria wants her power back. Knowing that Seekers are able to track down lost wizards, Tria sets out in search of the elusive Seeker’s Guild in the Icean Mountains, in the hope that the Master Seeker, Ramseff will help her.

Initially Ramseff is impressed by her
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Tanya
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
*I received a gifted copy from the author, all thoughts and opinions are completely my own*

This was a pretty quick (as in 2.5 sittings) read for me. It was extremely engrossing and was very easy to fall into. Marty definitely has a way with words. She's uses descriptive text that paints vivid pictures in your mind.

The characters are fantastic and I'm extremely happy to say this book includes feirce female friendships and a uber hot guy ;-). I can't wait for the next book to come out! 5*****
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Miki
I really loved this first book, it's kind of a spin off as you get hints about the other series ( crystal wings academy) but if you haven't read it yet there is no trouble at all as it's only hints. This is my first book from the author and i got immersed into the story right at the beginning so really no fear at starting with this one.

There are action, humour and magic it's really a page turner i loved it it's dark YA in a sense as there are violence , murder but it's wonderfully written as an
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Kim
May 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
Wicked Betrayal
by Marty Mayberry
Book 1 in the Darkwater Reformatory series
Rating: 4/5
Release date: May 2, 2020

Having never read anything from this author before, I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed this quick read. Although there seems to be some references to her previous Crystal Wing Academy series, this book seems to be an expansion of that world. I was impressed with her world building and after reading this book, I want to read the other series while I wait for the next one to
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Debbie Turk
May 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Oh, This Was So Good!!👍😎 Fleur's 'Seeker' Sister From CrystalWing Academy Is Back!😍😲
(Read using Kindle Unlimited)
Wicked Betrayal: Darkwater Reformatory #1

Tria is an apprentice Seeker, the Police of the supernatural world. She's finally found her half sister & Paternal Grandfather & loves them dearly. 😍 Her Mum & Dad, the man who raised her not the one she's born from, have always been honest, supportive & loving parents.💕 They know her birth Father stole something from her at birth that she nee
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Jess Boaden
Jun 08, 2020 rated it liked it
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Emily Pennington
May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
World-building is an art since to build that world in the imagination, the author has to paint a detailed mind picture that puts the reader right there in the story. This author very obviously has that abililty! And it makes the story so much more an experience when it engages the reader’s senses and emotions. There are many challenges to deal with, so the action remains high and the suspense keeps things moving.

Tria, a Level Five Seeker, enters the deadly world of Darkwater. She was framed by t
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Holly Vincent
Jun 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
** I’m volunteering to review this arc ****

I enjoyed this story and loved the characters. Tria is in search for her father because he took something from her. She goes to see the Master Seeker to find out where her father is located, in doing so in order to get the information she has to do a blood bond in order to get the information. She does the blood bond and finds out that her father is at Darkwater Reformatory and now she has to someone named Brodin and kill him. If she does kill Brodin th
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Aimee Bower
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Tria wanted to find her birth father badly. She was told to see the master seeker. He tells her he will help her, but she has to do a blood promise. When she finds out how she will get to her father, it is the worst way possible. She is held for the death of her professor. She is now being sent to the Darkwater Prison. Right now the only way out is to kill someone named Brodin.
She is being set there with the guy that attacked her, she finds out that he is the professor's son. He decides to give
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Jess Visser
Jun 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is my first read of Marty’s work and I’m excited to read more. It’s a lovely quick and well written read. The world was easy to fall into despite not reading the original series. There were some snippets that I believe related back to the main series but nothing was spoiled nor was it necessary to read the other to enjoy this story.
I enjoyed the characters, who developed nicely. They were well rounded and unique. A little heavy on our protagonist’s frequency of romantic thoughts but that’s
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Joey Paul
Sep 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I picked this up because of the cover and blurb and dived right in, getting lost in the world and the characters. Tria is sentenced to life in prison, but she’s there for a reason, one she’s sold on and another she’s been forced into. I read through this book in one sitting and couldn’t help but be amazed at the world building, and the thought that went into all of it. Overall, a quick read for me, but leaves me wanting more, that ending made me wish there was more to the book, and I’ll have to ...more
Vicki Cawley
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
It is a very fast - paced book with little to no down time. Something dangerous/action - filled is always happening. This is my first book in this world, and I'm guessing if I had read Crystal Wing Academy I would have known more about Tria. I feel that there is a lot to learn about the characters in this book, and hopefully they can be discovered in the next book. ...more
Jennifer Mullins
Apr 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a great start to the series! There’s a lot of mystery and action with an enemies-to-lovers, slow-burn romance budding. I like Tria and her “roommate” Jayce and their cohort of allies/friends they meet along the way. There’s a big cliff hanger and the end and I can’t to see what happens the next book!

Thank you the author for a free copy in exchange for an honest review!
Scarolet Ellis
May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Wicked Betrayal by Marty Mayberry is an amazing story to read. This is book number one in this amazing series that I have loved reading and am hooked can not wait to read the next book in this amazing series. I highly recommend this story to everyone who loves reading about magic and fantasy.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Mary Lou Hoffman
WICKED BETRAYAL is the first book in the Darkwater Reformatory series. This is a spin-off of the Crystal Wing Academy series, but you do not need to have read the previous series.

This story is full of magic, adventure, and romance. There are mean girls and cliques, but no bullying or sex.

Great characters move the story along with beautifully described scenes and action. I love Tria, Brodin, and Jacey. It is obvious that Tria and Brodin have romantic chemistry, but the three of them quickly devel
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Essiery
Jun 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was blown away by how good this book is. I've had it in my shelf for a while and had forgotten about it until I was reminded recently. I'm sorry it took me so long to pick it up. It was awesome!! Full of action, romance, and everything else. I was at the edge of my seat from the start. It's really good! Can't wait to keep reading this series. ...more
Lindsey
Jun 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How far would you go? When Tria cant move past her absentee father, she strikes a deal with the Master Seeker. The Master Seeker has much more planned for her than she ever expected. Now off to a Fae prison and tasked with murdering someone she has never even heard of, she doesn't see as many obstacles in between her and her goal as there appear to be. Her trial alone couldn't go without a crazy bloodsucker going after her.
When she gets off the boat to reach her new prison home, she will have to
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Fireflake
Nov 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The adventures of Tria and her friends start here. I was captivated by the twists and turns at every chapter and finished the book in less than a day. I would suggest reading the Crystal Wing Academy series before this one. Not because it's necessary to understand this story but because they're also excellent books and they are loosely tied together. ...more
Whitney
May 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A joy to read and the wicked acts that took place are naughty but the heroine keeps you rooting for her. She’s a heroine who doesn’t give up. Her love interests are epic

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Kylie
Jun 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I frigging loved this general fantasy romance read, couldnt put it down, can not wait for more, highly reccommend

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Douglas Taylor
Sep 04, 2020 rated it liked it
I had a hard time getting into this story. The first 45% of the book , overall, seemed a little slow to me. It then picked up some; however, I still wanted to get to the end of it so I could go on to something else.
Pat
May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Exciting book with lots of twists. The storyline was super and it was thrilling to read. Characters were superb
Dawn Milligan
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book has some fantastic characters! Well written and great world building I look forward to more in this series!!😮💕🤯
Siyka
Jul 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
I likedTria and her determination, her choices, and her enemies.
There were fantasy, action, and secrets. There were good guys and bad guys, romantic interests, and inconvenient circumstances.

Emily Pennington
May 16, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
World-building is an art since to build that world in the imagination, the author has to paint a detailed mind picture that puts the reader right there in the story. This author very obviously has that abililty! And it makes the story so much more an experience when it engages the reader’s senses and emotions. There are many challenges to deal with, so the action remains high and the suspense keeps things moving.

Tria, a Level Five Seeker, enters the deadly world of Darkwater. She was framed by t
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Kaye
May 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ONE FAST PACED EXTRAVAGANZA!!!
It's on! If you're looking for a jaw dropping, fast paced, action packed, hard hitting, pulse racing, heart pounding, adrenaline pumping, nailbiting, page flipping, block buster. Congratulations my friends you've hit the motherload. This baby kicks off without a hitch, rolling with the drama, intrigue, turmoil, underlying threats, betrayal, misgivings, danger, spiraling suspense and unnerving situations along with a boatload of determination, you have one mind-blowi
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Nicole
May 18, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*All of my reviews are voluntarily written*

This is the first book in a spin-off of the Dragon Wing Academy (highly recommended!) In this book, we see Tria, a Seeker, trying to track down her father. She finds out he's in a prison and the only way to get to him is to get into said prison.

What she doesn't know is that it will cost her, and cost her more than she may be willing to give.

I loved the world building here, and I can't wait to discover more! Akimi and Kai, especially Kai, were my favor
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Erin
May 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This start to the Darkwater Reformatory series is definitely faced paced and keeps you on the edge. Tria is an interesting character with a story line that has many twists and turns. Looking forward to the next book.
I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Conny
This book was FANTASTIC.
I want to say so much, but I don't know how to begin, it's so good.
It was a rollercoaster ride, I could not stop.
I love Kai and Akimi, please let nothing happen to them.
You must be a great writer if you can write this.
I knew Marty Mayberry is good, but she is the best.
She is by far my favorite author these days, I love everything I read from her.
If you do not know books from her yet, go and read them, they are awesome.


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Marty writes young adult fiction and infuses it with suspense, romance, and a touch of humor. When she’s not dreaming up ways to mess with her character’s lives, she works as an RN. She lives in New England with her husband, three children, three geriatric cats, and a spunky Yorkie pup who keeps her on her toes.

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