By: Ann Aguirre
Published: August 5, 2014 by Feiwel & Friends
Source: Netgalley ARC from publisher
(Goodreads / Amazon)
Revenge is a dish best served cold.MY REVIEW:
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...
I love when I come across an ARC that's above average and one that I really enjoyed reading! They are like diamonds in the rough. Mortal Danger is a paranormal story that has some creepy scary vibes to it as it deals with some urban legends but it also deals with very real issues of suicide and bullying. Visions of Salem's Lot came floating in my mind among other movies (because no way did I read those books). Enough creepy vibes that it made me tingly on the back of my neck. Don't worry though - if you're like me and don't really dig the scary stuff, this story is also about an unlikely relationship and trust between them is always questionable given their positions.
Edie is a 17 year old below average looking but incredibly smart girl who happens to attend a very elite private school. The problem is that this school is made up of beautiful, rich people who don't take too well to others who they view as beneath them in looks and wealth. They go a step farther than just ignoring Edie and torture her with pranks and meanness. A person can only take so much and Edie finds herself on a bridge ready to jump to end her life. It's then that she meets Kian. A more-than-human gorgeous guy who says he has an offer for her. 3 favors of anything she can think of and in return she's required to repay three times any favor that the bosses want done, all of this within 5 years time.
Edie would love for nothing more than to give those at Blackbriar a taste of their own medicine, and being at the lowest point in her life she decides to take Kian up on his offer. By agreeing to this she is swept up into a world of danger and dark shadows. What she didn't count on though was the connection she would feel towards Kian. The revenge she initially sought out against her enemies isn't as sweet as she thought it would be. Unfortunately too late she realizes the deal she made had strings attached she couldn't conceive of. She's involved in a game that could cost her not only her life, one she's not ready to throw away so easily now, but more importantly the life of those she cares about.
Everyone needs one true thing. I want him to be mine.
"For me, the world would be unbearable without you."
He was the only star in my firmament, shining in darkest night, so I could always find the path.
In every way that matters, you're already my knight in a shiny red car.
You have to learn the rules of the game. And then you have to play better than anyone else.
Final Rating - 4 stars
This post is part of the ARC Thursday feature on Words Fueled by Love.