Review of Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre

Mortal Danger (Immortal Game, #1)Mortal Danger
By: Ann Aguirre
Release Date: August 5th 2014
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Source: Publisher
Format: Print ARC

A copy of this book was given to me by the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

My Rating:
star

Summary:
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 whoโ€”or what–she can trust. Not even her own mind…

My Thoughts:
I’ve been a fan of Ann Aguirre since I read her Razorland series so was very excited to obtain a copy of Mortal Danger. I found this book to be fairly fast paced and overall an enjoyable and creepy read.

I adored the start of this book and was as intrigued as I was saddened by the despair that our main character, Edie, felt at the hands of bullies at her school. I felt instantly empathetic towards her and wanted to see her find some sort of happiness. It was easy to get wrapped up in her story and be swept up in Aguirre’s writing.

As the book progressed I was a bit less enthused when the story started to become disjointed because of how many elements (paranormal, bullying and a love story) all converged into this one story. I wanted to see less romance and more of the other things. I felt that with the relationship being so prominent it had the feel of insta-love and took away from my overall enjoyment.

That aside the subject of bullying was heartbreaking and I felt so sorry for Edie. As we find out more and more about the things she endured at school it was more and more difficult to not be completely heartbroken for her. I have never been one for revenge or getting back at people but I was able to sympathize and even understand where Edie was coming from and her desire to make them pay.

Edie as a character had a lot of traits that I really liked, she was independent and smart. It was very easy to root for her though I had a few issues with her character as the book progressed. I can’t tell you how without spoilers so beware that I’m about to reveal a plot point…skip ahead if you don’t want to know.

SPOILER:

Edie was able to be granted three wishes from Kian and her first one was beauty. She chose this not for her vanity but so that she could get in with the elite in her school to get back at them for all the horrible things they did to her. I found that she adjusted rather quickly to her drastic change with not only feeling fairly confident but also knowing about make-up and other beauty things that she had zero interest in prior to her change. It’s not a really big deal but it sort of nagged at me as I read.

END SPOILER

Kian was very mysterious and had my attention in the beginning. I was confident I’d be shipping him and Edie and looked forward to learning the details of his past. But, things with Kian felt rushed and I wanted the details of his story and his affections to be held back some. I would have loved for it to have been drawn out and had a much slower burn.

As I mentioned above Mortal Danger has some wonderful horror and paranormal elements. I loved these aspects and felt that Aguirre did a wonderful job in making me creeped out as I read. I look forward to the next book because I feel that these will be even more abundant as the story progresses (I hope so anyway).

Final Thoughts:
I felt that Mortal Danger was overall an enjoyable read that had some beautifully creepy elements that were tampered down by the rushed romantic bits. I felt that the story lost its way here and there and things felt a bit unraveled the further I got but Aguirre managed to pull things together for a pretty wonderful finish that left me wanting to read the next book.

Comments

  1. Melanie (YA Midnight Reads) says

    Hmm..this book has been receiving mixed reviews so I think I’ll have to try this one myself though I am a little hesitant to pick it up because of the instant love ๐Ÿ™ Though the characters sound fantastic!

    Lovely review, Kristen! <33

  2. says

    I read the sampler with the 5 first chapters of the book and was very intrigued, so I really looking forward to continue the book!
    Thanks for a fantastic review and the warnings, glad to hear the book ending was good enough to make you want to read the next book!

  3. says

    I had those exact issues with the book. 1) there was a lot going on and the book took a while to get started, 2) romance was complete insta-love and that weirded me out considerably and 3) when Edie made that first wish, I was shocked and a little disappointed. Then I agree that after that things at her school played out pretty unrealistically.
    Getting my review together — there were things about the book that I liked and enjoyed — but we have a total mind meld on this one ๐Ÿ™‚
    Jen @ YA Romantics

    • says

      Love the mind meld! I wish Aguirre could have stuck with a few less elements so the story flowed smoother. Felt very disjointed to me.

  4. says

    Hmm. I love your review Kristen. <3 Thank you for sharing. I'm glad you mostly enjoyed this book ๐Ÿ˜€ But I'm also a bit worried. I'm still excited to read it, but wonders if I will like it or not. Rushed romance don't sound very good. But I'm glad that there is romance, lol ๐Ÿ™‚

    • says

      I know you were very eager to read this one Carina–I hope you enjoy it to some degree. I’m not thinking you’ll like how the romance develops so quickly but we’ll see. I’ve read worse.

  5. says

    Oh, you were much more generous with your review than I was. (Mine goes up on Tuesday.) I was just expecting so much more from this book, and it feels like all I got was a really sucky romance. I agree with everything you say here, especially with how quickly she adapted after her transformation. At this point, I honestly can’t say whether I’ll continue the series or not. ๐Ÿ™ Breaks my heart because I love Ann Aguirre. And now I’m a bit worried about her NA that’s coming out later this summer. Guess I’d better get that ARC out and prepare myself. ๐Ÿ™

    • says

      I can’t wait to read your review. I expect so much from Aguirre that I think it worked against me for this book. I had too high of expectations. I expected to really love the romance but ugh. I think I’ll continue the series and hope for it to improve. I don’t want to read the NA…let me know though how it goes.

  6. P.E. @ The Sirenic Codex says

    So the rushed romance isn’t a positive, but the story sounds intriguing enough. I’m not usually a reader of revenge stories but this one sounds different. I always do enjoy Faustian twists :p Great review!

    • says

      The romance plays a pretty large role but there are some many elements in the book I don’t know if it really feels like it takes up the majority of the book. I hope you like it Alyssa…can’t wait to hear your thoughts about it.

  7. says

    I am also a fan of the Razorland series, so I am anticipating to read this one as well. I am so glad that it turned out to be an enjoyable read for you. I like some creepiness in books. I look forward to reading about Edie and Kian, too. I think Aguirre’s got a knack for horror. Fantastic review!

    • says

      Thank you Dre! I hope you really enjoy Mortal Danger when you read it. I enjoy a splash of horror in my books so this was a nice addition. I’ll be interested in hearing how you feel about this one ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. says

    I was a beta reader for this book and I was in love with Edie from the start. That poor girl broke my heart. But above all, I loved how very creepy this story was, what with all those creatures and the children! *shudders*
    I’m glad you enjoyed it overall. Great review.

    • says

      That’s so exciting to be a beta reader! Edie broke my heart too. The creepy children were so creepy ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ll be interested in seeing where Aguirre takes the series in the next book.

  9. says

    So, I’m a little surprised that so many feel like the love story was rushed. They are ALWAYS rushed. I didn’t feel like it was any more rushed than any other YA romance. Because of that, I was perfectly fine with it. I absolutely loved Kian and Edie together. I am so glad I got this book as an ARC because I don’t think I would have read it on my own. It just doesn’t sound like something I would like, but I absolutely loved it. I will admit that it was quite convoluted, but I feel like it worked. I am super excited for the next book in the series! I also got totally creeped out quite a bit, which I totally loved, and I could definitely see this becoming a movie! I have a full review of the book (without spoilers) on my blog, too: http://paintitreadbooks.blogspot.com/2014/07/arc-review-ann-aguirres-mortal-danger.html?spref=tw

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