(Immortal Game #1)
by Ann Aguirre
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Publication Date: August 5th 2014
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Genre: Young Adult | Fantasy
Source: From Publisher for Review
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Revenge is a dish best served cold.
In Ann Aguirre's Mortal Danger, 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.(Goodreads)
When we first meet Edie in the story, she’s absolutely had enough, she can’t take anymore of the torture that her classmates put her through on a daily basis. Not being beautiful or rich makes you a target for bullies at her exclusive private school. And the torture that her classmates put her through was brutal. So when she meets Kian and he proposes an opportunity to change all that, she jumps at his offer. Little does she know that while things might get better, they can also get much worse.
I found parts of Edie’s ‘transformation’ into a popular girl to be a little unrealistic. Mostly that while she never had confidence and was super insecure before, she was instantly able to overcome that one she changed. It would have been nice to see her grow into her new confidence a little more. I liked that she didn’t really turn into a ‘mean girl’ once she changed, especially since that was pretty much her plan all along. While she wanted revenge on the people that had humiliated and tortured her in the past, she never actually did anything bad to them, and when things did start to happen to them, she felt really bad. I felt really bad for Edie for the things that had happened not only in her past, but for the things that happened after her change as well.
Kian was a very mysterious character. I was curious about him throughout the whole book, and I was on the fence on if he was trustworthy or not, especially knowing that he could have helped Edie SO many times in the past but didn’t. That made me feel a bit leery of him, and it bothered me that Edie was able to overlook it so easily. However, he definitely does have the swoon-worthy factor going on, and that is always a plus.
The storyline for the book was interesting, but also a bit confusing. There were a lot of characters to have to keep up with, and also some information in the book that just left me hanging. I had a lot of questions when I finished reading the book, as I felt a lot of things were left undone, but I’m hoping that we will get answers to those questions in the next book. I did enjoy the creepiness of the novel, and that it constantly kept me guessing on what would happen next.
Overall, while I didn’t love this book, I did think that it was pretty interesting read, and the series definitely has potential. I’m curious to see what is going to happen in the rest of the series for these characters.