Title: Mortal Danger
Author: Ann Aguirre
Series: Immortal Game #1
About: Revenge is a dish best served cold.
Edie Kramer has a score to settle with the beautiful people at Blackbriar Academy. Their cruelty drove her to the brink of despair, and four months ago, she couldn’t imagine being strong enough to face her senior year. But thanks to a Faustian compact with the enigmatic Kian, she has the power to make the bullies pay. She’s not supposed to think about Kian once the deal is done, but devastating pain burns behind his unearthly beauty, and he’s impossible to forget.
In one short summer, her entire life changes and she sweeps through Blackbriar, prepped to take the beautiful people down from the inside. A whisper here, a look there, and suddenly . . . bad things are happening. It’s a head rush, seeing her tormentors get what they deserve, but things that seem too good to be true usually are, and soon, the pranks and payback turns from delicious to deadly. Edie is alone in a world teeming with secrets and fiends lurking in the shadows. In this murky morass of devil’s bargains, she isn’t sure who—or what—she can trust. Not even her own mind.
My Thoughts: This sounds like a pretty good concept, until you open the cover. This “Faustian compact” — Edie has Kian make her beautiful. Somehow, that fixes all of her problems. Suddenly she’s no longer a social pariah, and apparently her new look equals a new and improved personality, too. Oh, and she shouldn’t worry about her parents — however drastic the changes to her appearance might be, they won’t be suspicious since she’s spending the summer away. As if parents/adults are completely oblivious idiots. (Sorry, but as a parent, that’s just infuriating to have my peers written off as just the biggest morons ever.) And, no, I’m not just too old to be able to remember life with my parents at that age — my parents were not idiots who were blissfully unaware of just about everything.
And I have apparently turned this review into a mini-rant about how we parents are just totally misrepresented in YA literature. Sorry. Back to the review …
As if teenage girls aren’t (generally speaking) superficial enough, let’s have a book wherein the main character’s social problems are all but completely solved simply because she’s suddenly no longer an ugly girl. Yeah, because that’s how life works … (please note the gigantic amount of sarcasm here)
So, basically, Edie comes across as the most shallow main character I’ve come across in quite awhile. Sure, she gets into big trouble and is in — hee, hee — Mortal Danger, but she’s kinda made her own bed. Shouldn’t she lie in it?
And the insta-love between her and Kian? Hasn’t this been very overdone in YA? Hell, not just YA, but especially YA.
I found this extremely disappointing, and it was slow to start, too. Took me several days of forcing myself to read just a few pages to finally get where I wanted to finish. And, honestly, several times I considering making this my first DNF in quite some time. But, a tiny part of me wanted to see where this was headed.
Will I read this again? Absolutely not. Would I recommend this? Probably not. Will I continue the series? Only if the opportunity presents itself.
Source: ARC sent by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Read It: Mortal Danger is scheduled for release around August 5, 2014. You can pre-order your own copy via Amazon or Book Depository. (These are affiliate links, and purchase through either link will result in my receiving a small commission at no cost to you. Your support is appreciated!)
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