Series: Immortal Game #1
Genres: Paranormal, Young Adult
Published by Macmillan on August 5th, 2014
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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.
Reviewed by: Sherri
I’m a big fan of Ann Aguirre’s adult books: Sirantha Jax, Corinne Solomon and even her YA series Razorland; but this series Immortal Game just didn’t work for me.
The story centers on Edith Kramer and her journey after accepting a deal to get even with the kids who tormented her to kill herself in exchange for a favor in the future. The plot was intriguing; however the execution lacked restraint as there is just too much going on in this book.
All the common stereotypes just ran rampant through my head as I worked my way through this book:
- Girl gets a second chance and becomes what she disliked about those that she was angry at;
- Girl learns the people she hated are, well actually, just people with flaws and issues of their own;
- When it doubt add some aliens; because that will jazz it up;
- Humans are just meaningless pawns for alien creatures to move around the chessboard;
- and when all else fails have the young human girl outwit the evil protagonist.
Overall, I kept thinking of Sybil meets Kresley Cole’s arcane series. It just didn’t work and I’m not sure if I want to even attempt to continue this series.