Mortal Danger Mortal Danger (Immortal Game #1)
Published by on Aug. 5, 2014
Genres: ,
Format: Advance Reader Copy
Pages: 384

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... (Goodreads)

You know crap is about to go down when the antagonist says, in all seriousness, “bring in the clown.” The creepy, creepy clown.

Creepy is the overarching feeling in Ann Aguirre’s pulse-pounding Mortal Danger, along with a generous helping of “ew.” Aguirre doesn’t shy away from some pretty visceral scenes, and that ick-factor heightens the tension and keeps it ratcheted until the final page. No one is safe in main character Edie Kramer’s world.

Edie is the outcast, the pariah at her posh private school in Boston. But after she’s given a supernatural second chance, she’s determined to get her revenge. Except the concept of revenge is a lot nicer than the actual blood and guts reality of revenge, and soon things are spinning out of her control. She’s a pawn in an immortal game, and the players don’t have much regard for humanity.

I loved the way Aguirre created a shadow world populated with the legends and fairytales imagined into being throughout history. It’s not just the standard vampires and werewolves, but the gods and boogeymen who have been revered or reviled across cultures. (Fun fact: I don’t want to live in whatever culture came up with the scary-as-hell bag man. No, thank you.) Edie—a genius and science nerd who really feels like a true outsider, not the “take off the glasses and suddenly she’s hot” nerd—tries to wrap her sizable brain around the notion of immortals and monsters toying with her future for fun (and profit!) and figure out how to beat the system.

The one part of the novel I didn’t love was the romance, but it was interspersed enough in the rest of the action that I didn’t mind. Mortal Danger is the first in a series, and I can’t wait to see what Edie does next to out-smart and out-maneuver her opponents both human and hellish.

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4 Stars

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