Book Review: Mortal Danger

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Book Review: Mortal DangerMortal Danger by Ann Aguirre
Series: Immortal Game #1
Published by Feiwel & Friends on August 5th 2014
Pages: 372
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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.

thought*Warning: This review may (and probably does) contain some minor spoilers from Mortal Danger. Sorry, it really couldn’t be helped. Please continue reading at your own discretion.*

Ann Aguirre is one of those authors that pretty much anything YA that she comes up with, I will read. No questions. No debate. She is basically an auto-read author for me. When I first heard about Mortal Danger, there was no question. I had to have it. That very moment. I NEEDED it. But once I got it, I was very surprised with what was in its pages.

Let’s me just start by saying Mortal Danger will not be a book for everyone. It deals with some dark stuff. Controversial stuff. For me, it was hard to read at points because of this. Anything dealing with bullying / suicide is hard for me to handle. For some readers, however, the trials that Edie has gone through may hit home hard. It was difficult for me to read Mortal Danger in part because I was bullied growing up. Nothing close to as serious as what Edie goes through, but still enough for part of me to really sympathize with her. It was harder still to read as Edie started making the decision to end her life. Ending your life is never the answer. And part of me as I read all of this was screaming at the book. No.. No.. NO!!

This is the some of the darkness of Mortal Danger. Now, to the controversial stuff.

Again, taking your life is never the answer. But wishing the problems away is not a cure-all.

I am of really mixed thoughts when it comes to how Edie’s bullying issue is “resolved.” There is a really small part of me that was happy for Edie. However, there is a much larger part that is sadden that she was able to just make a wish and make herself a “better” and pretty version of who she already was. I was even more saddened when Edie makes the choice to use this new prettiness to get her revenge. Two wrongs do not make a right.

Kristen and I had previously planned to discuss this book together, but sadly, she ended up leaving Mortal Danger as a DNF. Some of her reasoning, part of which are in reference to the above comments, made sense to me. However, I really wish she had stuck with it because once the ball got rolling, things got really good.

Mortal Danger is really about the choices we make and dealing with the consequences. In Edie’s case, most of her choices are not the best, but that is something she will have to deal with. Mortal Danger, after about the first half, starts taking a look at what some of those consequences will be. But I think there is a lot more coming for Edie.

Verdict:

Mortal Danger will not be a book for everyone. Despite the complaints / issues I have, I really did end up liking this one. The beginning was really hard to get through, but after about the first half, I found myself really liking it. It is never easy to read about some of the issues discussed in Mortal Danger; however, those issues are not the entire focus of the read. This is one of those reads that you will have to try it to see for yourself.

 

 

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3 responses to “Book Review: Mortal Danger

  1. Books on bullying have been overdone and rarely cover new ground. As for books on suicide, I am completeky done with those, esp. since so many attribute the death TO bullying, and so often portray the remaining family and friends as being unable to move in with their grief. No more. Just no more.

  2. Thank you for this review. I am getting ready to read this one and have herd mixed things about it and this is the first review I have read to really pinpoint what is upsetting about the book. I feel a bit more prepared now. Thank you.

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