Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre


Title:  Mortal Danger
Author:  Ann Aguirre
Published:  August 5, 2014
Series:  Immortal Game #1
Genre:  Paranormal, Fantasy
Format:  Kindle
Source:  Purchased

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 starts off at the height of emotional tension. A nice change from the stereotypical doesn’t-know-she’s-beautiful heroine or the plain-Jane-but-oddly-worshipped Mary Sue, Edie Kramer is intelligent, but unattractive, overweight, and on the verge of suicide after being bullied pretty much all year. Introduce: romantic cliché. Just when she’s prepping herself to jump off of a bridge, Edie is interrupted by an absolutely gorgeous stranger who offers her a chance to turn her life around. Kian can give her any three things she wants—as long as she returns the favors.

Obviously, Edie wishes to get back at everyone who made her life miserable by becoming beautiful. What teenager wouldn’t? But the way the plot panned out, it just felt like a paranormal version of the movie Mean Girls, and it got kind of old. She becomes mind-blowingly beautiful, obsessed with her looks, and takes down the popular kids (referred to as the Teflon crewa ripoff of the Plastics?) one by one. But then she realizes that *gasp* the Teflon crew is actually human? With human emotions? Well, except a few of them…

And then of course, there’s Kian, who extended Edie the deal that saved her life. Gorgeous, but tangled up with the wrong people, so Edie’s never sure if she can trust him. But even if he might be evil, she keeps dating him anyways because he’s just sooo dreamy. *excuse me while I vomit*

Then I got to the end, and just…no. Take a cheese whiz romance, and throw in some dry humping. Literally, there was dry humping. If you have to fulfill sexual tension, please don’t go into detail about that. If I wasn’t so close to the end, I would have closed the book.

Needless to say, I was really disappointed by Mortal Danger. The opening pages were so filled with emotional turmoil, and there was so much that could have been done differently with the plot. Quite frankly, I can’t believe that the same author that wrote the Razorland Trilogy wrote this book. I can only give Mortal Danger two out of five stars, and that’s pretty generous considering that I will not be continuing with this series.

2 star review


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