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Mortal Danger (The Immortal Game) Hardcover – August 5, 2014

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Book 1 of 3 in the Immortal Game Series

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Gr 7 Up—High school sophomore Edie Kramer has decided to end her life on a bridge in New York City. Just as she's about to jump, stunning Kian appears and offers her an alternative—his "company" will offer her three favors now, in exchange for three favors later. After accepting his offer, Edie unwittingly becomes a player in a deadly game. Her first wish to be beautiful is granted, and the teen sets off on a quest for revenge on the prep school bullies who have made her life unbearable. However, she soon realizes that the company she's now indebted to will do anything to manipulate the future, ensuring that Edie will give them what they want later. In fact, these immortals have already been to the future via a physics breakthrough the heroine discovers in her adulthood. Meanwhile, another group of immortals is dead set against Edie ever making it alive that far in time, and any number of alternate futures may occur based on how she reacts to their mental and physical attacks. Despite an interesting premise, Mortal Danger falls prey to the danger of predictable plot points. Readers will not be surprised when the devilish nature of Kian's "company" is revealed, nor with Edie's growing romantic feelings for him. The heroine has the expected reaction to her newfound beauty and its effect on her classmates. Despite some stirring vignettes, the jumps in the time line are awkward and the dialogue is uneven. For teens with a penchant for fantasy/horror mash-ups.—Sunnie Lovelace, Wallingford Public Library, CT

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“Bullied and humiliated, Edie is set to exit this life when Kian, a preternaturally attractive stranger, appears with an offer that is more appealing than jumping off a bridge . . . her inner dialogue keeps readers on track with her persisting insecurities, ensuring that readers will be fully on board as she prepares to do battle in the promised sequel.” ―BCCB

“This will be a popular, fun, and fast-read series that can encourage discussion about true beauty, friendship, popularity, loyalty, and choices.” ―VOYA

“Aguirre has crafted a sophisticated novel that combines science, horror, and romance amid the realities of high-school cultures. Readers will eagerly anticipate sequels to this frightening, exciting, and erudite celebration of smart teens.” ―Booklist

“*The story has a freshness and intelligence that puts it at the top of the grenre . . . A standout trilogy opener.” ―Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW

“An interesting premise . . . For teens with a penchant for fantasy/horror mash-ups.” ―School Library Journal

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 - 18 years
  • Lexile Measure: 740L (What's this?)
  • Series: The Immortal Game (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (August 5, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250024641
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250024640
  • Product Dimensions: 5.6 x 1.2 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #345,076 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Ann Aguirre has been a clown, a clerk, a savior of stray kittens, and a voice actress, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in Mexico with her husband and children. She writes all manner of genre fiction for adults and teens.

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Mortal Danger's synopsis is misleading, I think. Edie is on the brink (literally, on the edge of the bridge) of killing herself when a mysterious handsome stranger, Kian, steps in with a bargain. He will give her three favors, anything she'd like, in order to make her happier, and in exchange, she will give the people he works for three favors later. Edie has been mercilessly tormented by the "Teflon crew" all throughout school because she was different and not pretty. She thinks revenge on them will make her happy, so she first wishes to be beautiful. But once Evie is indebted to this faceless corporation, bad things start happening, and she finds out the people she has made a deal with are far more formidable and dangerous than she could have imagined. She's now stuck in a battle for control between powers we thought were only the stuff of stories.

This story is largely not about revenge. Edie is seeking revenge when she makes her first request and it's the seed as to why she accepts Kian's offer, but before long, Edie begins to realize revenge won't give her the happiness she wants. I do find it problematic that she's able to shirk a lifetime of problems rather too quickly, but I also don't think Mortal Danger endorses the idea that being beautiful makes you happier, even though it might feel like it at times. Edie thinks time and time again about how she dislikes how people treat her and how she misses who she was before. Kian expresses the same ideas. Looking good may have offered them temporary relief, but it can't change everything.

So if we're not talking about revenge all the way through, what exactly is happening in Mortal Danger?
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Format: Hardcover
The Description of Mortal Danger drew me in almost instantly. I was so excited to read it. And then I committed the cardinal sin of book reviewers...I glanced at some goodreads reviews. And I saw that people were polarized on this story, they either loved it or they DNF-ed it. And I got nervous. But I am happy to say that I really enjoyed Mortal Dangers and I can't wait to continue the series. Now, it should also be said that I understand why some people did not finish this book. The start of the book does make the main character seem pretty shallow. I felt bad for her but I could see where her single-minded plot for revenge on her classmates could seem off putting. But the book is so much better than that initial impression!

The main character, Edie grows so much in this book. And actually, that first kind of shallow impression is a huge theme in the book. I think the author does a fantastic job of blowing all of those stereotypes out of the water. Watching Edie get to know the people beneath the meanness was a great way to handle the plot, in my opinion. Plus, the world that Ann Aguirre created was so dark and sinister and utterly riveting. I am dying to learn more about the "players" in the "game". The whole book had such a dark and mysterious vibe. I loved it.

I felt so bad for Edie. This girl has had it really rough. I can't believe the lengths that some of these bullies went to, to get to her. It was hard to reconcile some of how they treated her in the past with some of the awful things that happened to them in the later parts of the book. I didn't know whether to be happy or sad about it. But I will say one thing, this book really made me think. What would I have done in Edie's situation? I really am not sure.
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Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre
Book One of the Immortal Game series
Publisher: Feiwel & Friends
Publication Date: August 5, 2014
Rating: 4 stars
Source: ARC sent by the publisher

Summary (from Goodreads):

Revenge is a dish best served cold.

In Ann Aguirre's Mortal Danger, 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 head 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.

What I Liked:

Um. In general? I don't think I was expecting this book to be what it turned out to be. At all. The summary isn't entirely indicative of the book, but in hindsight, this is a GOOD thing. I was a bit surprised when I reached some parts of the book, and discovered some things. Also, I didn't expect this book to be so... dark. Creepy.
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