Thursday, August 21, 2014
Mortal Danger (The Immortal Game #1) by Ann Aguirre
Title: Mortal Danger
Author: Ann Aguirre
Type: Young Adult
Tea: Lipton Raspberry, tries to be different but just ends up the same as some other bland stuff (sorry Lipton)
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars.
So this is my first book by Ann Aguirre and I was excited as I've heard nothing but rave reviews about her other novels. Boy am I sorry that this was my first one. The premise sounds really intriguing: girl on the brink of killing herself due to bullying makes a deal with a demon to get revenge. Sounds very Faustian and interesting. But that is NOT what you get. I had three main problems with this novel: Insta-Love, No Revenge and Weird Random Supernatural Crap.
Insta-Love: As has been said in reviews before this one, Kian (our main hottie) can give Edward Cullen a run for his creeper money. He knows EVERYTHING about Edie (our main character), even stuff from fourth grade. How on earth would he know all this? Especially since he didn't get to be what he is until much later in his life. And Edie instantly has the hots for him, even while she's practically dangling off of a bridge. So long story short: Edie gets three wishes to make her life better, she then has to do three things for this weirdo company Kian works for (more on that later). So BAM! She's beautiful, which is when Kian decides to say he likes her, even though he "did before". Riiight. Anyway, their relationship is weird and very not normal. It is the YA insta-love curse. You even find out he let her get hurt when he could've stopped it and may be responsible for the death of another girl. But y'know, that's cool, he's gorgeous. Blech.
No Revenge: Ugh. That was WHY I wanted to read this book. I love a good payback. The Teflon Crew (the popular kids) tortured Edie throughout school. And supposedly something they did so horrid that it sent her over the deep end. As much as I'd like to know what that was, I can't push myself through the rest of the crap to get there. So all of a sudden Edie is beautiful, and not just on the outside. She magically has a whole change of personality and is brave, flirty and gets everything she wants. Nay good reader, nay, that does not happen. So when she finally decides to "infiltrate" the Teflon Crew, she winds up befriending them?! Uh, no. Also her "revenge" is spreading silly gossip and calling a girl out on her eating disorder. This is not Emily Thorne ladies and gentleman, this is a girl turning into the people she hates, but then being a hypocrite and saying how horrible THEY are.
Weird Random Supernatural Crap: So Kian works for this company, that at first reminded me of Wolfram & Hart from Angel, so I was like "Yeah! Sweet!" But then you find out there's another company and they're fighting over Edie cos she's so super special. Seriously? Really? This is a tale as old as Twilight: plain, overlooked girl; finds a hottie; finds out is super special; everyone loves her. No. Then there's all kinds of other supernatural stuff thrown in there that just doesn't make sense. It's just in there to be there.
There's also a lot of cliches, like "You can't be smart if you're pretty" and crap like that. She tries to make the main character say that's not right, but Edie in fact does act like all of that is true. I just couldn't get past all of that. I get what the author was trying to do, bullying isn't okay, you should never make someone feel like that. But the execution was poor. It goes from being a story about a girl becoming strong and fighting for herself to some weird mystical factions that think she's so special.
Just didn't do it for me.