Mortal Danger (Immortal Game #1)
By Ann Aguirre
Published August 5th, 2014
Feiwel & Friends
Young Adult | Urban Fantasy
Source: received from Feiwel & Friends in exchange for an unbiased review (Thank You!)
About the book:
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…
Mortal Danger is my first Ann Aguirre book… that I’ve read. I’ve owned the first book in her sci-fi series, Grimspace, forever but like every other book on my TBR pile, it just sits and sits and sits…. Too many books, not enough clones of myself.
Edith “Edie” Kramer has had a rough time in school. Actually, that’s a slight understatement. She’s been the target of the school’s popular kids, who she has aptly named the Teflon Crew because nothing sticks to them. They bully her, prank her, and have completely shredded her of any happiness in life she could possibly have. Why is she even on their radar? In Edie’s own words, “it wasn’t okay to be ugly, weird or different” at the private school her parents insisted she attend.
So Edie gave up.
And then someone came along at the last minute and proposed her a deal.
Edie had already given up… so why not?
I really want to just sit down with a coffee and tell you all crazy angles to this story but I have to be careful what I say and don’t say or else I’ll get nasty, “you spoiled it!” comments. I will say I got chills on my goosebumps at how realistic the first chapter is written! The story itself has about five different angles (not exactly sub-plots) that make this book an extremely interesting read for me! I read this in about two days and that’s quick for me and young adult fantasy.
The reason I kept coming back to Mortal Danger was because I wanted to see what Edie was going to do next. For a 17 year old intellectual, she was surprisingly somewhat smart in other ways. I wouldn’t say she was street smart but she was logical and she understood the ways of the world for such a young girl. Maybe I expected a wee bit too much from her but I was hoping she would figure out the bad guys’ game and flip it back on them big time in dramatic geekdom style. Eh, you can’t have everything.
I also liked that this book showed that parents, with the best of intentions, make mistakes. And that even with pheromones betraying you (“bad pheromones!”), you can decide now’s not the right time for sex – and that’s what the guy said, boo yah! Somewhere in the U.S., someone might get my joke there.
I’ve got to say, I like Ms. Aguirre’s writing style! She’s clear, concise, and her language is spot on for her characters. After reading Ms. Aguirre’s Author’s Note at the end, I truly appreciate the research, heart, and soul she put into this book. I’m a huge fan of myth and urban legends so I totally got geeked-out on her research!!
I know looking around on Goodreads that some peeps set aside this book because they just weren’t getting into it. I guess I just really liked all the different angles to the story weaving into an ending that, low and behold, had satisfying closure yet still kept the story open for the next book! I love me a smart heroine who can turn her way of looking at the world completely around and appreciate everything and everyone, no matter how crappy they are.
About the author:
Ann Aguirre is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author with a degree in English Literature; before she began writing full time, she was a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband, children, and various pets. She likes books, emo music, and action movies. She writes all kinds of genre fiction for adults and teens.