Mortal Danger has a completely different, darker tone than Aguirre’s other YA dystopian series. Edie is also completely different from Deuce, which is refreshing and a bit scary. Readers will enjoy watching her delve into the thought — and the actual — process of revenge. Aguirre has crafted a thought-provoking plot with a compelling central character who learns about the true meaning of beauty while struggling with her own inner torment.
Edie Kramer hates Blackbriar Academy; it’s where beautiful people can be cruel bullies and drive the “lesser” ones to their darkest depths. When Edie makes a Faustian compact with Kian, she decides that her senior year is the year the beautiful people will finally pay. But once the job’s done, bad things start happening and the payback isn’t so sweet. In fact, it’s deadly. (FEIWEL & FRIENDS Aug., 384 pp., $17.99, ISBN: 9781250024640, HC, 12 & Up)