Time Travel Thursday (4): Mortal Danger by Ann Aguirre


Time Travel Thursdays

Hi! It’s been a long time since I last wrote a Time Travel Thursday post. But today, I’m so excited to talk about Mortal Danger, which I reviewed last August 4, 2014.

Let’s travel back to August 4, 2014…here’s what I posted:

Mortal DangerMortal Danger by Ann Aguirre

Publication Date: August 5, 2014 by Feiwel and Friends

Genre: Young Adult Paranormal

[Special thanks to Swoon Reads! I won an ARC of this book from the #10WordLoveStory contest.]

Goodreads Summary:

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…

My modern-day Titanic…

Mortal Danger is the story of Edie, who was on the edge. She wanted to kill herself because she felt like she had no way out of her misery. Then poof–Kian came.

If you have watched Titanic, you’re awesome. If you haven’t watched it yet, you’re awesome, too, but the ones who have watched it already are more awesome because they could relate to what I’m talking about.

So, Titanic peeps, I think you remember this:

“You jump, I jump.”

For the sake of non-Titanic peeps, I won’t spoil anything, even if you probably know what happened. Mortal Danger felt like a modern-day Titanic, with the feels on upgrade, and with the addition of creepy moments that scared the hell out of me. I’m not kidding. Every time I imagine the things that were described on the book, I get freaking scared. But that just means that the book made me feel what it’s supposed to make me feel.

Spotlight on Kian…

Kian is my favorite character because 1) he’s so hot, 2) he’s super cool, 3) he has a good heart. He’s insightful, too.  I love this quote that he said on the first pages of the book:

Misery leaves a mark on the world, Edie. All strong emotions do. Rage, terror, love, longing…they’re powerful forces.

(*A bit of a commercial…* Sorry for being unaware of it, but at least now I know that I shouldn’t have quoted the e-ARCs and printed ARCs that I reviewed here without checking the finished book first. So from this point forward, I’ll just quote those review copies if the quotes were already posted online by the publisher for teasers, etc. There’ll be a post about this and other stuff soon.)

The Kian quote above is already posted as a teaser for the upcoming release of Mortal Danger. 🙂

My thoughts:

Mortal Danger had a very great start. The story got me hooked, and I had a great time reading the first quarter of the book. As I reached the second quarter, I got to know more about the world that Ann was trying to create. Things got more creepy (I told you!) but Kian got hotter (I swoon for him!) and I couldn’t stop myself from reading. The third quarter made things more intense and unpredictable. I found myself looking for Kian every time; seeing him on the pages made me feel safe even if the creatures that I’m reading about aren’t real. There were a lot of SHOOT (I use shoot instead of sh*t) moments–the kind of moments that would make great suspense scenes in a movie. Everything got interesting in the fourth quarter, and the book got me, as in REALLY got me. Edie’s last favor and Kian’s letter, and it was too much. I never thought that it was possible to witness so much love and so much sorrow at the same time.

I didn’t find myself bored, or tired of reading. The writing was spontaneous and well done.

Mortal Danger is a perfect read for those who love paranormal YA. I’d also recommend this book to those who want to try paranormal YA–because I’m so in love with this book.

Ann captured my imagination and I need the sequel, A-S-A-P. (No, I’m not using this as an excuse to meet Kian again, but maybe I am. #FangirlProblems)

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Initial Rating: 5/5

Bonuses: 1

Demerits: None

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FINAL RATING: 6/5

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Final Words:

It’s possible to witness so much love and so much sorrow at the same time.

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Now we’re back in the present, and we’re going to talk about the quotes!

One thing that I really love about Macmillan is that they post quote roundups of their books. However, the quotes that they post may or may not include the quotes that I want to post. If a quote I love is in their roundup, I’ll post the quote image from their site. If a quote I love is not in their roundup, I’ll just type the quote here. 🙂 (Click here if you want to see the full quote roundup!)

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This quote by Kian is one of the deepest quotes in the book. Kian spoke of the truth here.

Remember what I said? I meant it. I’ll never let you down when you need me.
-Kian

A guy who would do his best to always be there for you? Yes, please.

There has to be a way this doesn’t end badly. We’ll find it. You said I have to be with you or cut you loose. I’m ready, I’m not scared anymore.
-Edie

This quote is full of courage. Edie’s fighting spirit for the win!

That’s all I want, you know. For you to be okay.
-Kian

*Kian melts Fay’s heart*

Neither of us is unbreakable. We shattered, but we put the pieces back together, and I love the way your fractures shine.
-Edie

Finding beauty in the imperfections of someone is always a sign of real love.

You’re the only ground I won’t yield, Edie. Everything else is dust, and each time I walk away from you, I’m afraid it’s the last.
-Kian

Kian, stop melting my heart over and over again.

Knowing certain things would make your life worse. This is one of them.
-Kian

Kian’s goal right from the start is to save Edie, and sometimes he says stuff like these to protect her.

Don’t you dare talk like you’re nothing. For me, the world would be unbearable without you.
-Kian

Oh, please. FANGIRL SWOOOONING HERE.

Whatever it takes, we’ll fly.
-Edie

The book ends with a hopeful note, saying that Kian and Edie are ready for what awaits them. This quote by Edie is a quote of hope.

You’re unbelievably, fantastically determined to save me.
-Kian

For a relationship to work, there must be mutual effort, and this quote tells us that Edie wants to save Kian, too, just like he wants to save her.

I wasn’t truly alive until I met you.
-Kian

Kian is the best book boyfriend, isn’t he?

Ice doesn’t care who it burns.
-Edie

Even cold things can burn you. Bad stuff can happen anytime, anywhere. We should always be ready for things that don’t go according to plan.

Kian, you ass. I don’t need a hero. I just need you.
-Edie

Bull’s eye, Edie. Bull’s eye.

Don’t you get how this works? I was supposed to save you.
-Kian

Kian, sometimes your pride is getting in the way. But I love you anyway.

What do you need with an awkward, human boyfriend?
-Kian

Kian, don’t you ever think of yourself as someone who doesn’t deserve what you have.

In case you haven’t figured it out…I love you, too.
-Edie

YIEEEE.

I don’t know what’s coming, but I’ll be there with you.
-Kian

Hold my hand, Kian. Uh, I mean, hold Edie’s hand, haha.

You’re a miracle.
-Kian

‘Nuff said.

If I’ve helped you at all, it’s only because you saved me first.
-Edie

See? Mutual effort. Real love. ❤

As long as we’re still breathing, there’s hope.
-Kian

Stay positive, Kian. I’ll stay with you. 🙂

Favorite Quote:

I have always, always wanted to be your hero.
-Kian

I HAD TO MAKE MY FAVORITE QUOTE LARGER THAN ANY OF MY FAVORITE QUOTES EVER. Not because it’s the most meaningful, of the quote with the deepest or most beautiful meaning, but because IT’S THE MOST BEAUTIFUL THING A GUY HAD EVER SAID TO A GIRL. It’s like saying, “I love you,” but it’s not just that. If you only knew when Kian said that and what situation they are in when he said that, the quote would mean so much more than you can imagine.

When I read this quote, I exploded deep inside. So much love, and so much pain, just in a single sentence. So much feels, so much swooon, and my heart broke real hard because I know what Kian was trying to say when he said that.

That quote is the reason why Kian is the best book boyfriend that I’ve ever had. I’m sure of it now.

I LOVE YOU KIAN RILEY!!! ❤

Yeah, I just said that. And I mean it 100%.

I missed Kian so much, and I can’t wait for Public Enemies! I need to see Kian again, and I’ll be waiting till that time comes. ❤

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