Published by Feiwel & Friends on August 5th, 2014
Pages: 384 pages
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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!
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 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, Twitter, Facebook, 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.
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