Mortal Danger is not for the faint of heart…
Book Review: Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre
Title & Author: Mortal Danger (The Immortal Game) by Ann Aguirre
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy – Paranormal
Release Date: August 5, 2014
Series: Immortal Game #1
How I Got the Book: ARC via publisher
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…”
Step Back From That Ledge (My Friend)
If you’re looking for a dark young adult fantasy, then you’ve come to the right book. Mortal Danger is quite dark. It deals with suicide and hardcore revenge and a lot of death.
The premise of the book sets the tone: Edie is about to commit suicide; her life of being bullied and tortured in high school has taken its toll. In the moment right before she jumps off a bridge, a boy named Kian stops time and offers her another option. She chooses a new type of existence, but has no idea just how much it’s going to cost her.
Mortal Danger starts off with a huge surge of action. Edie makes her decision, then she takes steps toward exacting her revenge. Somehow after that – maybe half way through – the whole book sort of fell apart for me.
The mysteries that are revealed are strange and don’t seem to fit into with the story. It seemed forced to me and very out of place, which jarred me out of the world Aguirre built.
There’s so much conflict in this book, and I just wanted Edie to have one ally. She’s really isolated throughout the whole story, and it’s just kind of depressing.
Plus, many plot/character choices seemed way too much. I really wish I could tell you, but it would spoil it all. I just couldn’t get on board with things that happened, which seemed totally over the top.
As for world-building, there are so many holes and questions I had while reading. I understand that everything can’t be explained and that some mystery needs to be maintained for future books, but some essential “who’s really behind this?” type questions aren’t answered and only caused confusion instead of suspense.
This is a book that started strong and then got muddled. Aside from the very heavy material (multiple deaths and suicide), Mortal Danger suffered from weak world-building and a forced plot. I won’t be continuing on in this series, and ask those of you considering Mortal Danger to get some second opinions.