Sunday, May 12, 2013

Blog Tour: Wanted by Amanda Lance

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By:  Amanda Lance
Published:  May 1, 2013
Limitless Publishing
Source:  YA Bound

GR's Summary:
Considering she’s a girl who calculates everything, Addie Battes knew the statistical probability of being abducted in her lifetime—too bad she never analyzed the odds of falling in love with her captor.

While stopping at a crowded rest area one summer night, seventeen-year-old Addie accidentally catches a truck hijacking in progress. Desperate to rid the crime of its only witness, one of the thieves kidnaps Addie. Yet surprisingly, when a renegade thief attempts to silence her for good, Addie is saved by the very man who abducted her. Now, forced on board a cargo ship in the middle of the ocean, Addie finds herself surrounded by international smugglers who want nothing more than to throw her overboard.

All except the artistic and intriguing Charlie Hays, whose strange protectiveness convinces Addie to trust him, even when common sense tells her otherwise. Yet, despite her doubt, and his unrelenting temper, their relationship develops into something much more. But, Charlie’s scorned colleague has stowed away, and as he seeks revenge against his coworker, Addie and Charlie are forced to put their new love—and lives—at risk.

Welcome to my stop on the Wanted blog tour hosted by YA Bound.  Click HERE to see the full blog tour schedule!

Wanted, by Amanda Lance was a thrill ride of a story.  It held my attention from start to finish, and was such an action-packed, fast-past story, full of surprises!  The main character, Addie, was abducted at a gas station stop, when she was in the wrong place, at the wrong time!  She ends up getting to know her captors well, and falls in love with the man that actually took her, Charlie.  This was the first story I've ever read where a victim falls in love with her captor.  Therefore, my curiosity was piqued, and I was interested to see how the story would play out, and if it would be believable. Addie, was a well-adjusted person, who came from a loving environment, and a tight-knit family. Her mother died recently of cancer, her brother was being deployed for the second time with the army, and that just left Addie, who took care of her dad.  She was mature for her age, took care of the cooking, cleaning, laundry, and shouldered a great deal of responsibility.  Therefore, at the beginning, I couldn't see how she could possibly fall for her captor, (being of sound body and mind.)  However, as the story progressed, I was able to see how Addie, and Charlie fell for one another.  For one thing, there was a lot more to Charlie than him just being a criminal.  He also became her biggest protector, and defender. Addie brought out a softer, more caring, compassionate, and nurturing side to Charlie.

Wanted was filled with so much action, and suspense, that there was never a dull moment.  I easily pictured all of the characters from the sadistic Wallace, to the angry Reid, to the fun-loving, and developmentally slow Polo, to the well dressed, and controlled Ben.  All of the characters took on a life of their own, and they were like a family, (with the exception of Wallace.)  I was able to picture them from the excellent physical descriptions, and there personalities really came to life for me.  Charlie was a really complex character.  I enjoyed the fact that the author did not make him all bad, or all good.  I was really able to see him for who he really was, as Addie did.  I did think that Addie was a bit naive, gullible, and foolish.  However, she was young, (17) had no experience with guys, and had never been in love before.

I recommend Wanted, by Amanda Lance for a fast paced, action packed, suspense filled, thrill ride of a story!  I enjoyed reading this book, and think it is a great pick for reader's that are looking for a unique, and unconventional, contemporary romance.  I give this story 4 on the edge of your seat, adventurous, non-stop action-packed Stars!

"I wanted to look away, I couldn't manage it.  Briefly, I was reminded of the eyes of road kill or frogs that get dissected in science labs.  Like them, his glare towards me was indifferent and empty.  I'm not embarrassed to say the lack of human acknowledgement in the moment frightened me more than anything else so far."  (EARC, 23)

"Once more our lips collided and sent me gliding across the surf.  It started out simple and tender, but the current took us both within a matter of seconds and we became like two desperate swimmers, reaching out for more."  (EARC, 121)

"I was overwhelmed with Charlie's open fondness for me.  It caused a feeling of warmth in me.  While I had always been a member of a loving family, it had never been an expressive one, and now someone who I cared for immensely brought no hesitation to the table to show those same emotions toward me.  (EARC, 161)

A native of New Jersey and lifelong nerd, Amanda Lance recently completed her Master in Liberal Arts at Thomas Edison State College after her BA in English Literature and AFA in creative writing. As an avid reader of all genres, some of her favorite authors include Hemingway, Marquis de Sade, Stevenson, Bukowski and Radcliffe.

When she isn’t writing or reading, Amanda can found indulging in film noir or hiking with her other half and their extremely spoiled dog. She is obsessively working on her next book and trying to tame her caffeine addiction.

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  1. This is such an intriguing story! I cannot imagine falling in love with a captor, so I'm curious to see if I would buy that scenario. Great review!

    1. Thanks Andrea! I know, I couldn't imagine falling for my captor either. It made for an interesting story though!

  2. I can't imagine falling in love with the person that kidnapped me either, but I know stranger things have been known to happen. I guess since he protected her, I'd kind of understand. I think this would be interesting to read. Lindy your review didn't give anything away. I'm so relieved when that happens. And I love that you said what genre it was at the bottom. I'm just getting into the New Adult and I can never tell what is and what isn't New Adult.


    1. Thanks Heather :) I love new adult. It's usually ages 18-25, and if the main character(s) are in college. Adult is out of college, and late 20's and up.

  3. Great job on this one! I am totally sucked in to this storyline - I've added it to GR and it's on the top of my "Up Next" list on my Kindle. I'm intrigued!

    1. Thanks so much Jennifer :) Let me know what you end up thinking!

  4. Kind of like Stockholm Syndrome, where she develops feelings for the captor. I'm intrigued and glad to hear it was such a page-turner. :)

    ~Sara @ Forever 17 Books

    1. I was pretty intrigued by this concept to, and am looking forward to reading Captove in the Dark, which Nereyda highly recommended, and it has a similar concept. Thanks for stopping by Sara :)

  5. I think this sounds like an amazing read and I so love the cover!


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