Author: Ann Aguirre
Series: Immortal Game #1
Genre: Young Adult, Romance, Fantasy, Mystery, Horror
Release Date: August 5, 2014
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
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.
First Sentence: I was supposed to die at 5:57 a.m.
I received a copy of the book from the publisher in exchange for a honest review. All opinions are my own and I was not compensated for this review.
It’s a no-brainer that I was more than excited for Ann Aguirre’s Mortal Danger. I absolutely loved her Razorland trilogy (let’s ignore the fact that I still I have to read Horde, the last book in the trilogy) and Mortal Danger sounded like the perfect fit for me. I love, love, love reading about revenge stories and a revenge story written by Ann Aguirre with a deadly twist? Sold. I could ask for nothing better. Even though the negative reviews came pouring in, I knew for sure that I would love Mortal Danger either way. Sadly, Mortal Danger ended up disappointing me again and again and again.
Right from the very start, I found it very hard to connect with Edie. She’s just so aloof and the way she described her life was so info-dumpy, added with a know-it-all vibe that I didn’t like. The thing is, I should have easily connected with Edie since I was in her situation, although not as severe, and could easily relate with her. I couldn’t connect with Edie for the rest of the book either – it was like a wall of brick was around her, preventing me from going in and caring about her.
At this point, I implemented plan B. I had no friends. Nobody would miss me. At best, my parents – oblivious academic types – would see me as a ruined potential. (ARC 3)
I was expecting to like the romance in Mortal Danger since I adored the romance in Ann Aguirre’s Razorland trilogy. However, all I can say about the romance in Mortal Danger was that I just don’t get it. The romance in Mortal Danger is insta-lust at its finest – Edie is very attracted to Kian when she first met him and couldn’t help but think about him ever since then. Why would Edie constantly think about Kian when she doesn’t know Kian at all? you might wonder. The dreaded answer: Edie is constantly thinking about Kian because he’s hot. Cue the facepalms. To make matters even worse, Edie knew from the very beginning that that wasn’t Kian’s true face. How could I cheer for a romance like that? Add the fact that Edie and Kian had absolutely no chemistry and you have a relationship that I definitely don’t ship.
He had the kind of face you saw in magazines, sculpted and air-brushed to perfection. Sharp cheekbones eased into a strong jaw and a kissable mouth…His face was…haunting, unsettling, even. (ARC 5)
To make things even more disappointing (can it really get any worse?), it took a little more than halfway through the book for the revenge part to really start. The first half of the book is basically filled with info-dump about Edie’s situation, her deal with Kian, her road to gaining confidence, and her learning about the people behind her deal and how it works. The pacing for the first half of Mortal Danger was horrible and boring. I had to force myself to read on because I loved Ann Aguirre’s Razorland trilogy that much.
I don’t know if the finished copy of Mortal Danger would have this, but the ARC of Mortal Danger was full of awkward errors including missing propositions in the middle of sentences, misspelled words, and incorrect grammar. Normally, I wouldn’t say anything when things like this happens in an ARC, but the amount of mistakes in the ARC of Mortal Danger was astonishing. Besides those kind of errors, there was also an inconsistency error. For example, one moment it would say that Edie was on the phone, the next moment it says that the person who she’s on the phone with blinked (if you’re on the phone, how can you know that the other person on the line blinked?), and then it says she shuts the phone. I will definitely be picking up a finished copy of Mortal Danger and seeing if all the errors were caught.
“Do you want to hurt her?” he asked.
“No. I mean, I don’t think so. Do I want people to laugh at her? Yeah. I want her to know how feels. But I’m not thinking about carving her up or anything.” (ARC 149)
Overall, I am very sad to say that Mortal Danger is a book filled with missed potential. Mortal Danger had the opportunity to be awesome, epic even, but in the end, it definitely missed its mark.