Mortal Danger

384p. (Immortal Game Trilogy). Feiwel & Friends. Aug. 2014. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781250024640.
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
Bullied by classmates, Edie Kramer is on the verge of suicide when a mysterious stranger offers her a chance at revenge--but at what cost? Aguirre builds an intricate world of nightmarish monsters involved in a deadly game with humans as pawns in this paranormal series-starter, but numerous esoteric references and arbitrary rules may frustrate some readers.

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