Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Review: Mortal Danger

Title: Mortal Danger
Author: Ann Aguirre
Series: Immortal Game #1
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: August 5, 2014
Source: I received an advanced copy in exchange for a honest review.

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 the story of Edie, a desperate young woman who makes a deal with a group that she doesn't even begin to understand. This one starts off dark. Really dark. When we first meet Edie, she is en route to jump off a bridge. The beginning of this book focuses a lot on bullying and how devastating it can be to victims. And it's sad because I know this part of Edie's story isn't fiction and so many kids feel hopeless in their lives. So everyone please try to be kind to each other!

The pacing of this one was off for me. I enjoyed the first few pages that set the story up, but then things start to drag a bit after that. But stick with it, as I found the second half to move much faster and be fairly exciting.

Edie is a pretty sympathetic character. She has had some pretty crappy stuff happen to her. However, for being as smart as she was, I think she should have tried to learn more about her situation. I know that's what I would have done.

Then there was the whole thing with Edie and Kian, who was basically her handler in the deal she made. Things went way too fast between them for me and I was actually confused sometimes, because I didn't follow their relationship very well.

That said, the second half of the book was definitely enjoyable for me, even if the first half had some pacing and romance issues. This book actually reminded me of some of Holly Black's books, which is a pretty high compliment from me. So if you get past the few imperfections, I still enjoyed this one quite a bit and am excited to see what happens next.

Also, I'm kind of in love with the creepy cover!

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  1. I felt that the message about bullying was perhaps the most important part of this book. I really appreciated it, and while I hoped that real teens aren't really THAT cruel, I actually knew better. I still do. I also enjoyed how incredibly creepy this was (gosh, those children!)
    All in all, I thought it was a great read. I'm glad you liked it too.

  2. I fell in love with this cover and had to learn more about it. It sounds like a great book, with an important message, and some creepy, but none the less scary situations.

    I loved your review and am glad you mentioned that it picks up in the second half. I don't really like slow paced books, but sometimes you gotta give a book a little longer before you give up (:

  3. It seems a lot of first in series lately have been dragging but it sounds like it is worth it to stick with this one. I am so glad you enjoyed it overall.

  4. This story sounds really good and I like the idea as well as the characters, but that pacing is not something I'm looking forward to. Still I'm going to read this one and finally meet Ms Aguirre's writing! Great review, Megan :)

  5. My review goes up tomorrow for this one and I had some of the same issues, pacing and I didn't like the romance, but overall I thought it was a solid read.

  6. I am so excited to read this one and even more that you said it was Holly Black-ish!
    Missie @ A Flurry of Ponderings

  7. Interesting to see that it gets better after the slow beginning. I've wanted this one for a while since I saw the pretty cover. Glad you ended up enjoying it!

    -P.E. @ The Sirenic Codex

  8. I literally just finished this 15 minutes ago and...you definitely loved it more than me lol! THE ROMANCE KILLED EVERYTHING (for me at least)

  9. Nice review, it was great to hear your thoughts! I've read another review where they reader didn't make it through the first bit, so it's nice to know that it does improve :)

  10. Great review, Megan! It seems like so many books have this setup for me: slow in the beginning, and faster through the second half. It's really getting annoying, and I'm sorry to hear that it went that way for you! I haven't read this book yet, but the cover is so captivating and I love its premise, so I might as well get onto it soon! Shoot, romance issues? I adore romance, so this may either go one way or another for me. :)