Series: Immortal Game #1
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends on August 5, 2014
Reading Challenges: 2014 Netgalley & Edelweiss Challenge, 2014 Review Pile Reading Challenge
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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...
The premise of this novel was really promising when I read the synopsis.
Mortal Danger started off slow and just never picked up for me. It was a really difficult novel to get into because the pacing wasn’t the best. We follow Edie Kramer after she is stopped from committing suicide and offered a deal for three wishes now in return for three favors in the future. Edie’s first wish is to become beautiful so that she can sabotage the high schoolers who made fun of her from the inside. All the setting up in this novel had the ability to be promising but instead it just lacked. I found myself unable to read more than two chapters at a time due to boredom. I really wanted to enjoy this novel but there was just nothing exciting going on in the novel. I DNF’d at 51% and at that point, the novel still felt like it was going nowhere.
Edie’s character wasn’t the best. She really came off as shallow and vengeful to me. Sure, these kids did unspeakable things to her, but it felt like the only thing she was devoted to was getting back at them. She hated them, supposedly. I say supposedly because at random points she would feel intense sympathy for the things that were happening to the people she wanted to destroy. Her waffling made her a slightly shady and unstable character. In addition to that, the way she acted was pretty unrealistic. She went from the ugly nerd to confident beauty queen in about the span of one page. All of the sudden she acquired and held on to a confidence that she utterly lacked before her looks were changed. It came off as very unrealistic.
Kain was the person who was assigned to her to grant her wishes. Kian had a past of his own. I didn’t see all of it unravel, only to the point that it did halfway through the novel, but something about his character just didn’t seem right to me. He seemed, like Edie, to waffle between his actions and desires. It made him an iffy character as well and I felt like I really didn’t see his true character. I didn’t know what to believe and what not to believe.
I didn’t see too much romance in this novel. The attraction between Edie and Kian was pretty instant, possibly because they both had that tortured yet vengeful souls thing going on. However, it kind of went from a stalker-to-infatuation type thing. Kian had been watching Edie for years as she approached Extremis, or approached her suicide attempt. Then all of the sudden they’re falling over each other, making out literally like three days after they met. And Edie had no problem with the fact that Kian could have stopped some of the horrible things that happened to her. This, like Edie’s confidence, was just really unrealistic. On top of that, you really couldn’t tell if the romance was genuine on Kian’s side for the longest time. He just came off as untrustworthy.
The world building had the potential to be great in this novel. There was great set up with the two firms vying for power and the humans being pawns in their game. It was unlike anything I’ve ever heard of or read, which is why I initially picked up this book. Unfortunately, the world building couldn’t make up for the lack of pacing. It was really unfortunate because I was looking forward to seeing more of this fictional world that Aguirre created but I just could not make myself read any further.
Mortal Danger had potential that wasn’t used. The pacing was too slow and the characters were pretty shady and unrealistic. I was hoping to love this one, but unfortunately I just did not.