Friday, October 3, 2014

Reading Review - Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre

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...
Rating - 4 Stars
Major Pros - Unique Narration and Protagonist, Tone
Major Cons - Some Character Development, Melodramatic
Continuing on with the series? yes
How I Read It - Purchased

Today's review is on a book that was the first I'd finished in two months... Yes, it's sad but the book itself is really interesting and unique! Mortal Danger is a story that combines intrigue and suspense in an expertly written narration of a protagonist who isn't entirely reliable or good. I really appreciated the depth that went into the characters and the story, especially as things continued on.

In terms of characters, the narrator is one who tells the story well, and usually remained interesting. There were definitely times when she acted melodramatic about certain aspects that weren't as pressing as other issues in the story, but overall Edie was a unique narrator that told the story well. Kian was a character who generally avoided the mysterious bad boy trope, and his story is one that develops over the course of the story alongside Edie's. Edie's family was another aspect that was really well written and developed throughout the story. In addition, the supporting characters gained some development as well, and throughout the story there were many good and bad characteristics to each individual.

The story was intense and interesting, even if it lacked cohesion at parts. Sometimes, while reading, I would feel as if we were diverging from the story and plot line, although these moments were brief and very rare. The story itself was dramatic, suspenseful, and tragic at times. In general, the story itself avoided the first book tendency to rely too much on exposition, and instead brought action, intrigue, and danger into the story.

I think this is a YA different from others I've read. If you're looking for an intense and mysterious story with secrets and tragedy throughout, then this would be a book you might want to read more about!

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