Author: Ann Aguirre
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends, 384 pages
Expected Publication Date: August 5, 2014
*ARC received from publisher via NetGalley
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...
Let me start by telling you that I loved Ann Aguirre's Razorland series, but Mortal Danger just didn't work for me. The premise was fairly interesting, but it just felt like so much was going on, with the author shuffling too many ideas at once, leading to it feeling very disjointed. There's the revenge sub-plot along with the high school drama, all of the different supernatural type groups, and urban legends and monsters. And then there was the romance. Never was feeling the romance, which was rushed. I wanted to, but it was just meh, with no tension between the two. Part of it was due to Kian, who was rather bland. The plot was definitely dark and twisty and I was surprised, with the author killing off people left and right. The book had potential, but the execution was lacking.
Posted by: Pam