Sarah DNF.... Mortal Danger

By Ann Aguirre
Published on August 5, 2014
Published by Feiwel & Friends
Source: Publisher
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...
So here's a book I was really looking forward to. I think Ann Aguirre's a great writer, knows her way around a creepy story, can write tension and strong characters and horror very well. So when I saw that this was both a revenge story and a deal with the devil, basically, I was sold.

Unfortunately, things fell apart pretty quickly for me. After Kian saves Edie's life, she gets three favors, and her first one is basically to be super hot so she can get back at all the cool kids who wronged her. Like, okay, I get it, if I could be super hot, I'd probably do it, too, but Edie also gets a complete personality transplant and overnight goes from shy and scared to uber-confident and manipulative. There is so much focus on looks and appearance and while I'm sure the message is supposed to be "looks don't matter, it's what's inside that counts", that's not the message that played out for as long as I read.

I got almost halfway in and just realized I didn't care, and reviews from other bloggers didn't make it seem like I was going to be missing much. I think Ann Aguirre is a great writer, this book just wasn't for me. For reviews from some bloggers who loved this one, check out Tandielion or Paint It Re(a)d.

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