Title: Mortal Danger (Immortal Game #1)
Author: Ann Aguirre
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: August 5, 2014
Summary: 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…
Now if I’m being honest, the only reason I actually read this book was because I heard it was awful. Yes, you heard me right, awful. I was reading a review for this and the girl writing it was so pissed off at this book, that she literally could not calm down enough to get any coherent words out then just decided to rage quit. I was immediately intrigued. And all I can say after finishing this book is that I understand now. Spoilers ahead.
This book was such a big, confusing mess of a story. At least, I think there was a story in there somewhere? In the beginning, Edith Kramer, also known as Edie, fills her pockets with rocks and goes to a bridge where she is planning on jumping and killing herself. But at the last second, the hot hand of a swoony guy stops here, takes her out to coffee, then offers her a deal where she gets three favors in exchange for three favors from her later. Since her life is crap, she obvious accepts and uses this chance to take revenge against the people who drove her to suicide.
That sounds pretty good right? It probably could have been a really interesting book if it wasn’t so boring. This was all about stupid high school drama, a sappy ridiculous love, and lots of random creepy things thrown in. I was so confused by all of these random paranormal and mythological beings that seemed thrown in out of no where, I think I was so bored that I must have skipped an important explanation because my brain did not understand what was going on.
But the absolute worst thing about this book, even worse than the stupid romance which I’ll be addressing next, was just the moral behind this book. So the main character is bullied because she is overweight and apparently ugly, so she tries to kill herself. But when offered a second chance, she chooses to be beautiful. The whole book, all she does is talk about how much she hates pretty people, but then she becomes one and magically she loves herself and all of her problems are solved. It pissed me off beyond words. It’s like this author was basically saying “sucks to suck” to unattractive people. This girl’s life was PERFECT after she turned pretty and she used her looks like a weapon, to an unrealistic degree, people were falling over themselves to do her bidding just because she smiled at them. And the worst thing was that Kian supposedly loved her even when she was ugly, but it doesn’t matter because all we see is them interacting once she is gorgeous and he can say that all he wants but it doesn’t actually matter now that she is a smoking babe. Jesus christ, I’m so mad right now. So sorry to anyone out there that isn’t absolutely gorgeous or has the perfect body, looks like life is going to suck for you.
Then there is stalker guy Kian who was also ugly once so he knows just how tortured Edie is on the inside and watched her through her whole life, but conveniently enough, never approaches her romantically until she is drop dead gorgeous. I can’t imagine what he would have done if she hadn’t chosen a make over as one of her wishes. What a lucky guy. So on top of being gorgeous, he is super deep and complicated and so madly in love with Edie that it makes me feel nauseous.
Also, there is the little matter of Kian’s age. In the beginning, Edie obviously wonders about her age, but later finds out that he is twenty, which is totally acceptable. HOWEVER, let me just point out one thing… We all know that Kian died when he was a teenager but he has been watching Edie for a long time, at least since she was in fourth grade due to the rabbit thing he brings up. So how can he only be twenty? HUH?! That doesn’t seem right, does it? So how exactly does that work?
The one thing that I thought that would save this book was the twisted tale of revenge. Yep. This book was strangely lacking in the revenge department. As in, there was not even a single act of revenge happening at any point in time. Edie turns beautiful, decides to infiltrate the group of pretty people that tortured her, only to discover that most of them are just misunderstood and becomes friends with them. And the few people that she thinks she actually is taking revenge on, she feels so awful and guilty about it that she hates herself. These people roofied her and made her crawl around on a leash and eat dog food, then posted a video of it online for the whole world to see. And she just becomes one of them.
The rest of the plot taking place outside of the high school setting was confusing and weird. Everything to do with Edie’s contract and Kain’s employers and all the weird creature was just freaky and none of it really made sense to me. Edie is supposedly going to create time travel with her father, so her timeline is super important. Kian’s employer (I can’t remember his name) was a cold asshole that threatens her friends, has some creepy Bag Man behead her mother, and tries to have a clown kill her boyfriend. Random students and teachers are supernatural monsters with no belly buttons and lots of people start dying. Edie wastes two of her wishes, so by the end of the book she is totally out, which was literally the one interesting thing about this book. Blah blah blah.
In case you couldn’t tell, I didn’t like this book. Really, there wasn’t a single good thing I can say about this book. I feel like the author could have used this opportunity to create a young girl who doesn’t need beauty to be happy, who is strong enough to challenge all the bullies, to send a good message to young girls and create a much more interesting tale of revenge and character growth. Obviously, she did not and I despise this book for going in the opposite direction, and not even having a good plot on top of weak characters and an awful moral.