Friday, November 28, 2014

Book Talk: MORTAL DANGER by Ann Aguirre

My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won't find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could've been better or what worked or didn't work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it's here I probably think it won't injure your brain if you read it.

Edie is the girl that everyone picks on- to the point where she finds herself standing on a bridge, ready to jump. Until she's stopped by the best looking boy she's ever seen who offers a Faustian bargain. He can make her beautiful - devastatingly so - and the timing is perfect. A summer makeover and weight-loss can be explained away when she returns to school. The price seems worth it, when revenge could be at her fingertips.

Suddenly gorgeous and with the power to bring her enemies to heel, Edie returns to school ready to make the It Crowd pay. Except, once she wanders into their circle she discovers some of them aren't the evil caricature she'd thought they were. In fact, they might even become decent friends. But the wheels of her agreement have begun turning, and they're not the only ones paying the price.

With her future and freedom in question, Edie has to figure out exactly what kind of problem the bargain has landed her in. Because the playing board seems to reach far beyond petty high school squabbles, and Kian - the enigmatic boy who gave her the marks on her wrists - was only the messenger, paying his own dues.

As the players tumble and Kian puts himself at risk to shield Edie, she tries to find a way out of a deal with the devil that might possibly save them both.

2 comments:

Sallie Mazzur said...

I really liked this story, but it had so much going on. She was suicidal, then she makes a deal with unknown consequences, then she gets back at her tormentors, develops a crush, loses someone close to her, realizes what she's destined to do, and then decides to fight it. I was actually mad when I finished it and realized it was a series. Waiting over a year for the next one felt like torture. But since there's so many other great reads out there, there's plenty to distract you. My main issue with this book is how she was transformed and that was supposed to cure her from wanting to kill herself. It just felt like a very poor representation of suicide, and it could have been avoided. I didn't feel that she was depressed while reading and it felt like one of those convenient solutions to a problem -what drove her to accept the deal.

Angela V. Cook said...

LOVE Ann Aguirre! Definitely looking forward to checking this one out :)