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I Belong

Review: Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre

Mortal DangerTitle: Mortal Danger

Author: Ann Aguirre

Genre: YA Paranormal

Series: Immortal Game (Book #1)

Publication Date: August 5, 2014

Format: Hardcover, 372 Pages

ISBN-10: 1250024641 (MacTeen)

ISBN-13: 978-1250024640 (MacTeen)

Reviewed by: Bridget


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 heady 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…

Quick & Dirty: Unique dark story weaved with mystery, romance, and action. To be honest, it took me by surprise on where the story went but I loved every minute of it!

Opening Sentence: I was suppose to die at 5:57 a.m.

Excerpt: Yes

The Review:

Edie Kramer just finished her junior year of high school at the prestigious Blackbriar. She has attended Blackbriar for three miserable years and there is no way she can go through another. She has been bullied to the brink of her sanity, and she decides that the only way to end the torture is to commit suicide. She plans everything out perfectly, but just before she jumps to her death a mysterious boy stops her. His name is Kian and he offers her a deal that she just can’t refuse. Edie will be granted three favors that she has to use within the next five years. These favors can be whatever she wants, but in return she will have to grant three favors to WM&G, the mysterious company that can miraculously change Edie’s life forever.

The first thing Edie asks for is to become one of the beautiful people. She spends her whole summer learning how to become one of them so when school starts she can infiltrate their group and take them down one by one. Revenge never tasted so sweet, but as things start to progress the simple payback Edie was planning turns deadly. There is way more at stake than Edie could have ever imagined and she is just a pawn in a much bigger plan.

Edie was a very unique and interesting character. Given the circumstances it was obviously very easy to sympathize with but surprisingly I actually ended up really loving her as a character. I guess when I originally read the synopsis for the story I was worried that she was going to be a really depressed character and that it would be hard to connect with her. I don’t tend to like characters that are really negative about everything but luckily Edie was nothing like that. She does have many self esteem issues but for the most part she is actually a very positive person. As her confidence grew and she started to strive for what she wanted in life, I found that I could really relate with her on many different levels. No, I have never had to deal with the bullying that she did but I do know what it feels like to be insecure and undesired. I think that most teenagers know how this feels. Edie also has a lot of compassion for others and even though she is out for revenge on her enemies she never truly wanted anything horrible to happen to them. She just wanted them to get a taste of their own medicine. Another great thing about Edie was her intelligence. Yes, she makes some poor decisions throughout the story but she always thinks things through before she acts, and she doesn’t have to rely on others to fill her in, she uses her own brain to figure things out. Pretty much from the very beginning I liked Edie and my fondness for her just continued to grow through the entire story.

Kian was a very mysterious boy that I had mixed feelings for. At first, I really didn’t know what to think of him because you really don’t know anything about him besides the fact that he is drop dead gorgeous and that he offered Edie a chance at a second life. So at first I wasn’t really sold on him, but the more I got to know him the better I liked him. His story is a sad one and in many ways it was very similar to Edie’s. He isn’t a bad guy but he is stuck in a bad situation that really has no good ending. I slowly fell for his quiet charm and good heart. His relationship with Edie was adorable and I loved how good he treated her even before her makeover. They also had really great chemistry which is always a big plus. So, while I didn’t love Kian right off the bat, I eventually fell head over heels for him.

Mortal Danger was very unique and completely different from what I was expecting, but in a good way. There was mystery, suspense, drama, romance, and action all weaved into a very entertaining story. From the first page, I was hooked and I found that I couldn’t put the book down until I was finished. The pacing was done perfectly and the plot was very intriguing. All of the characters were very engaging and easy to connect with. I will say that there were some pretty gruesome moments in the story that freaked me out a little bit, so just a fair warning if you don’t like that kind of thing. I feel like this covered a wide variety of genres and because of that it will be a big hit with a lot of different people. This is actually the very first book I have read by Aguirre, but rest assured it won’t be the last. Her writing is very addictive and she really knows how to create a very intriguing premises. While the ending was very satisfying, I can’t wait to see what happens in the next installment. I would highly recommend this to YA fans across the board, like I mentioned earlier it covers so many different genres I think that most YA fans will love it.

Notable Scene:

Davina was making a joke when Brittany wheezed and then there was a wet sound, a splatter, and I leapt to my feet. No time to think about whether she’s want me to—I yanked open the curtain and even in the gloom, I saw so much blood, blood everywhere, staining her gown, her sheets, pouring from her mouth in a river of red. Jen came to my shoulder and screamed while Davina fumbled for the call button.

Immortal Game Series:

0.5 The Girl in the Gray Sweatshirt

1. Mortal Danger

2. Public Enemies (August 4, 2015)

3. Infinite Risk (September 2016)

FTC Advisory:  Feiwel & Friends/Macmillan provided me with a copy of Mortal Danger.  No goody bags, sponsorships, “material connections,” or bribes were exchanged for my review.

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