On Revenge: Mortal Danger tour post + giveaway

August 4, 2014 2014, ann aguirre, giveaway, guest post, paranormal, Wendy 71

On Revenge: Mortal Danger tour post + giveawayMortal Danger by Ann Aguirre
Published by Feiwel & Friends on August 5th, 2014
Genres: paranormal
Pages: 384 pages
Format: ARC
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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...

We’ve all been wronged. Maybe even grievously wronged. But how many of us seek justice?

Mortal Danger is the story of a girl who does just that, and as part of the book’s blog tour, we’re pleased to welcome author Ann Aguirre back to The Midnight Garden as she tells us the best revenge story she’s ever heard.  Fact or fiction? You decide!

vine-divider-finalThe Best Revenge Story Ever
by Ann Aguirre

I have a friend. Let’s call her Lucy. In college, Lucy dated around a lot. At one point, she was dating five guys simultaneously. But they all knew she wasn’t exclusive with anyone, so it wasn’t shady. She had been unpopular in high school, so college was a whole new frontier, where none of the labels carried over. So she was having a blast her freshman year and who could blame her?

By her sophomore year, she was tired of playing the field and wanted her first boyfriend. She narrowed it down to two of the five but then she found out her top pick was transferring schools. Sadly that bumped him off the list entirely, as she wasn’t interested in doing a long-distance. Thus, her number two seed became her first serious boyfriend. That was a mistake, as he was number two, all the way. Let’s call number two Steve.

At first things seemed all right. Steve appeared devoted to her, though he was a bit too possessive of her time. He wanted to know who she was hanging out with, why she wanted to go out of with her friends instead of him. Her girlfriends started questioning his behavior, as some of the patterns identified as problematic. But Lucy was inexperienced with relationships, so she ignored the signs. Her boyfriend definitely had a double standard, though, because while she should be at his beck and call, Steve would often do his own thing or cancel plans without warning.

She had been dating Steve for four or five months when his birthday came along. A bunch of his friends from high school threw him a party; this would be her first time meeting most of them. The night started on a rocky note. He was late picking her up and he nitpicked her appearance instead of complimenting her. His best friend, who was driving, tried to smooth things over. Lucy was already wondering if she’d made a mistake, but she sucked down her anger. Steve doesn’t mean to be a jerk, she told herself.

But once they got to the party, Steve disappeared almost immediately, leaving Lucy knowing only the best friend, who we’ll call John. John was very considerate and introduced her around, but everyone thought Lucy was John’s girl, since Steve was nowhere to be found. Lucy eventually started chatting and drinking with John and a few other people. John wasn’t really drinking, though, since he was the DD. Hours later, some girl came running up to tell everyone in the group that Steve was making out in the bathroom with some girl he liked in high school.

That was enough for Lucy. She got up and left, though her apartment was two miles away, there was snow on the ground, and it was quite late. This wasn’t a smart move, so John chased after her and gave her a ride home. Steve didn’t even know she’d left for quite a while, but he eventually turned up at her place around three in the morning. By this point, Lucy was coldly furious. She pretended she wanted to have make up sex, got him to strip down, and then she convinced him it would be hot if they did it on the balcony. As soon as he stepped out, she locked the doors. Then she called the cops to report the naked creeper. As her final revenge, she went upstairs to Steve’s apartment (they were upstairs downstairs neighbors) to cry on John’s shoulder, making sure to nudge the phone off the hook so Steve had to spend the whole night in lockup.

Lucy and Steve did not live happily ever after.

Our sincere thanks to Ann Aguirre– or is it “Lucy?”– for stopping by the blog.


ann aguirreAbout the Author

Ann Aguirre is a New York Times & USA Today bestselling author with a degree in English Literature; before she began writing full time, she was a clown, a clerk, a voice actress, and a savior of stray kittens, not necessarily in that order. She grew up in a yellow house across from a cornfield, but now she lives in sunny Mexico with her husband, children, and various pets. She likes all kinds of books, emo music, action movies and Doctor Who. She writes all kind of fiction in multiple genres, both YA and for adults.

Check out Ann’s website, TwitterFacebook, and Tumblr to keep up with all of her latest news! Her previous post at The Midnight Garden was an examination of the “love triangle” in her bestselling Razorland trilogy.


Win a copy of Mortal Danger!

Thanks to our friends at Feiwel and Friends, we have a hardcover finished copy to give away to our readers. All you have to do is fill out the Rafflecopter form and leave a thoughtful comment below why you’re specifically interested in reading this book…and/or the best revenge story you’ve ever heard!

Open to U.S. and Canadian residents aged 18 and older, or 13 and older with parental permission. See entry form for complete details. Good luck!

Advance review and giveaway copies are provided by the publisher.

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Check out the rest of the stops on the Mortal Danger blog tour for more fun interviews and guest posts!

Alice Marvels
Magical Urban Fantasy Reads
Wondrous Reads
Chapter By Chapter
Birth of a New Witch
The Bevy Bibliotheque
Rainy Day Ramblings
Macmillan Teen

vine-divider-finalAre you intrigued by the premise of Mortal Danger? What’s the best revenge story you’ve ever heard?

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71 Responses to “On Revenge: Mortal Danger tour post + giveaway”

  1. Melanie

    Wow this cover is beautiful! I couldn’t pass it up – I had to take a look at the blurb and what this book was about. And, VIOLA! It’s a revenge story I cannot wait to read :)

  2. Hunter

    I would love to win this… Sounds incredibly interesting and the cover is beautiful. Thanks!

  3. Teresa Myers

    I think this looks interesting. Horror and dreams gone wrong. Plus, I’ve read some sci-fi by Ann Aguire (Grimspace series) and I really think she has the chops to make this suspenseful. Can’t wait to read it.

  4. Michelle Lee

    I’m interested in reading this book because it’s been on my list to read. I’ve heard great reviews and I just think the cover of this book is absolutely gorgeous! Thank you for this amazing giveaway! :)

  5. Hilary

    I really love the cover. It doesn’t give anything away but there’s a splash of blood here and there to capture readers’ attention.
    I’m not a huge fan of the forbidden love sort of genre because it’s been done so many times often with the same repetitive style of writing. Reading the blurb, though, makes it seem like it’s more a revenge-type of story rather than a romance so I’m definitely interested.
    And who doesn’t love the very end of the blurb on Goodreads? “In this murky morass of devil’s bargains, she isn’t sure who—or what–she can trust. Not even her own mind…”
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  6. Kristen

    *squeals* I have been anxiously awaiting this novel’s release for over a year now. It sounds dark and spooky which might be the perfect lead in to the autumn season :)

  7. starryeyedjen

    Ha, I was kinda hoping that revenge story would end up with “Lucy” and “John” hooking up as the final act of revenge. :) Oh, well. Still a GREAT revenge story.

    I didn’t enjoy Mortal Danger as much as I had hoped but knowing Ann Aguirre’s writing aside from this book, I’m convinced she can make a fan of me with the next installment. Great post!
    starryeyedjen recently posted…Review: The Best Things in Death by Lenore Appelhans

  8. Lyn Kaye

    I suck at revenge. I have two dials on my feelings – 10 or 0. I’m not that smooth about cutting people out. I don’t like to see humiliation, so I just blow up and walk away. Hooray crazy genes.

    However, I did laugh at the story floating around online about the guy who bought all the pies in Burger King because the family behind him were acting like miserable jerks.
    Lyn Kaye recently posted…Book Review: Rain Reign

  9. Carina Olsen

    ACK! I love this story that Ann shared. <3 A bit heartbreaking. Sniffs. But good and a bit fun too. In a weird way. Hmph. I liked it, anyway :D And I cannot wait to read Mortal Danger. <3 It just arrived today, so reading it next ;p Thank you all for sharing. <3 :)
    Carina Olsen recently posted…Review: Mortal Heart by Robin LaFevers

  10. Faiza

    Ahh I love the cover!!! Seriously can not wait to get my hand on this. The story sound so intriguing, I mean who doesn’t love a revenge story. I am not a revenge driven person in real life and I could never come up with anything so smart really but reading about it is just so crazy. I mean just knowing what the whole thought process is and what somebody might have done to you to make you have to seek revenge is just mind blowing to me. I can not wait to read this.

  11. savannah

    LOL! I really anxious to see how the whole “game” thing will play out. This story reminded me of The Cabin in the wood. You know how the people where set up to do stuff and it was a game or sacrifice to something greater. For me, I can’t wait to read the second book. I want to know more.
    savannah recently posted…Review: Lailah

  12. Melissa

    This definitely has me intrigued and that revenge story was awesome.

  13. Debbie

    Oh I love revenge stories :) they help me purge my angry emotions sometimes! I’m also curious about what happened to John. He was so kind to Lucy

  14. Natalie

    Revenge stories are always great. Sometimes you can even take away a good idea should you ever need to extract revenge on someone. Not that I would ever dream of doing that. Nope. Not me.

    • Wendy Darling

      Oh yeah, good question–what DID happen to John? Hopefully he found a nice girl who appreciated him.

      I’m glad you enjoyed the book, and the post!

      • Ann Aguirre

        Lucy tells me that John had a thing for her for a while but dating your ex’s best friend never works. So John moved on, found someone else, married her after college and has two adorable sons.

    • Wendy Darling

      I’m the stew silently type. Usually I get over things pretty quickly if I think people are truly contrite (and won’t do whatever again), but the longer things go wrong/unacknowledged, the worse my mutterings and dire scheming get. I rarely blow up, but when I do, it’s pretty atomic.

  15. Rashika


    I’ll admit I can be a blood thirsty person at times..so there are times when I REALLY do believe in revenge. It can be hard to take the high road when you’ve been horribly wronged and sometimes cooling down doesn’t help because that anger festers and grows until you cannot even see straight. So I am totally cheering Lucy on right now! STEVE HAD IT COMING. No one likes cheaters anyway..

    Thanks for sharing this with us, Ann & Wendy!! :)

    • Wendy Darling

      I’m pretty blood thirsty in my head, although I’ve yet to actually ACT upon it. I’m not ruling it out, though. And I’m totally cheering Lucy on, too! Dumb old Steve.

  16. Katie F

    The premise sounds interesting – especially with school starting back up!

    • Wendy Darling

      Man, school is tough at any age, isn’t it? Grade school, high school, college are all challenging in different ways. The author’s written about her experiences with bullying on other stops of this tour, you might find those interesting.

    • Wendy Darling

      Oh Jessica, did you get married? I see a “Meyer” behind your name now!

      I have read it, but I haven’t had a chance to post a review yet. I think die hard paranormal romance readers might like this, though.

      • Jessica Cooley

        I’ve actually been married but when I was teaching didn’t want the kids to be able to easily find my online footprint so I go by Cooley more often than Meyer, my actual last name. Good eye Wendy!

        Thanks, I think I’ll have to read your review and maybe read it before I order…we don’t have a ton of die hard pr readers, more action with little to no romance readers.
        Jessica Cooley recently posted…Magic Breaks Review

  17. Kara

    I’m interested in the horror & romance concept. You don’t see a lot of that in YA. High hopes & plan to read soon!

    • Wendy Darling

      YES. I’ve really enjoyed some of the horror/romance hybrids I’ve read, too, and you don’t see enough of it. I mean, you don’t see much horror, period, let alone stuff that balances the two in an enjoyable way. I don’t know if you’ve read Kristy McKay’s UNFED series or ANNA DRESSED IN BLOOD or HOLD ME CLOSER, NECROMANCER, but those series are some of my favorites for combining horror + swoon! (plus humor, too.)

    • Wendy Darling

      I think we could all use a friend like Lucy in our lives–that must have been SO fun to witness/talk about in college. Whew!

  18. Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings

    Woah, that’s certainly a unique guest post! I don’t think I’d have thought of what to do if I was in the situation Lucy was in–she’s certainly quick on her feet!–so I usually leave revenge up to fate/karma. I truly believe that if you perform a bad action then that negative energy will come back to, in some way, eventually. So I satisfy myself with that brand of revenge, if you will. I really enjoyed this, though, so thanks for sharing! :D
    Keertana @ Ivy Book Bindings recently posted…ARC Review: Gates of Thread and Stone by Lori M. Lee

    • Wendy Darling

      I’m a “leave it up to karma” person myself, too. I might run through a dozen horrific revenge scenarios in my head, but I can’t see myself actually acting upon them…even if I’m resigned to the fact that the evil-doers so rarely seem to get what’s coming to them. But maybe I just haven’t gotten to watch it. *sigh*

      I’m glad you enjoyed the post!

  19. Valerie

    YES. THAT STORY WAS INCREDIBLY ENTERTAINING! I do have to say it’s one of the best revenge stories I’ve read this year! And ha, I’m pretty sure it could’ve happened, to Ann (aka Lucy).

    Well, until I read Mortal Danger of course. I’m not exactly sure what to expect from it (awesome revenge without consequences….or probably with consequences, or revenge gone wrong). Either way, I love sweet revenge, and seeing people get humiliated, as long as it isn’t the main character (because I suffer from second hand embarrassment).
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    • Wendy Darling

      Wellll, I’m just speculating, you know. I’m not saying that “Lucy” doesn’t exist, or that she maybe is someone else. But a number of different scenarios are possible, hee hee.

      Since this is three books in a series (I think? Definitely a series, though), I think it’s safe to say you will probably run into revenge of all three of the kinds you mentioned. It is rather delicious to see someone get served, right? Just so long as he/she deserves it, of course.

  20. Markella

    I loved Enclave so I’m really intrigued by Ann’s new book! Seems pretty different than her previous. I liked revenge stories when the protagonist either ends up realizing that they are too good to care for revenge or they go completely to the dark side! Lucy sure was a woman I wouldn’t mess with.

    • Wendy Darling

      I think it’s safe to say that both Lucy and Edie Kramer both went to the dark side. ;) Which is the more entertaining of the two options for sure!

    • Wendy Darling

      The beauty of books is that we get to live out all these scenarios that would never happen in real life–run away with a sexy vampire, go on a road trip without a dollar in our pockets, and yes, plot a perfectly awful revenge. I’m with you, I can’t imagine myself taking revenge on someone (as cathartic as it is to think about it) and I’m usually not even a fan of hearing about someone else doing it in real life–but in books, this scenario can be so much fun.

    • Wendy Darling

      Unusual, right? But so intriguing/funny.

      I see you’ve read SERVANTS OF THE STORM–I will have to stop by to see what you thought! I don’t think I’ve seen any reviews yet.

    • Wendy Darling

      Oh good, you’ve read the sampler! I like that Macmillan and a few other publishers do that, it’s such a great way to let readers decide whether they like the writing style.

      Douchebags OUGHT to get their comeuppances. But they so rarely do.

  21. Nikki

    Between Ann’s story from college and the blurb about the book, it sounds wickedly delicious and I’m totally sold!

  22. Kristy Petree

    I love the cover and that it’s paranormal. I’m also intrigued by a revenge/justice-seeking story, as I’m not a revenge-seeker myself. Thanks!

    • Wendy Darling

      I really like revenge stories, too–maybe it’s because we all understand what it’s like to have our feelings hurt, and maybe even fantasize about how to get our own back, but never actually do? It’s one of the best fantasies, hah.

  23. Miranda Lewis

    Cover is intriguing. The synopsis sounds crazy? Not the term I’m looking for but I’m sorta on the outs of what I should be thinking about it though I will say I really love Ann Auguirre’s books normally so I know I’ll some how most likely read this and fall under her spell again. :)

    • Wendy Darling

      I think I know what you’re getting at–the premise is definitely unusual. I liked the Razorland trilogy too, and it’s nice to see her starting another YA series outside of that world. I hear good things about her adult scifi books, too!

  24. Brenda

    That cover is creepy and yet still intriguing and dark. Love the script of the title too.

    • Wendy Darling

      I adore the scripty title treatment and how the infinity symbol might be dripping in blood. It’s pretty eye-catching.

  25. Holly U

    Oh my gosh, I loved the revenge story! All of these guest posts and interviews are making me even more excited to read this book! It sounds dark and twisty, which I love. And that cover is simple but makes a statement. And I’ve heard great things about Mortal Danger. I’m so excited to read it! :)
    Holly U recently posted…Magic and Knights: Review of Legendary

    • Wendy Darling

      The guest posts and interviews have been great, haven’t they? When the publicist sent this one to me, she said, “be prepared–this one’s a doozy!” And she was right.

  26. Lia

    The cover is intriguing. The synopsis sounds as if it should be for a contemporary story and yet it’s shelved under “paranormal” . . . Should I take “unearthly beauty” literally? Is she the angel of revenge? I’m guessing I’m totally in left field.

    • Wendy Darling

      It actually does feel a lot like a contemporary story, the way it’s written, Lia.

      Should I take “unearthly beauty” literally?

      But yes. :)