- Series: Immortal Game (Book 1)
- Hardcover: 384 pages
- Publisher: Feiwel & Friends (August 5, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250024641
- ISBN-13: 978-1250024640
- Reading Level: Young Adult ages 12-17
- Genre: Fantasy
- Released: August 5th 2014
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, making him 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 head 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 turn 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 . . .
What worked for me:
Instant transformation into the girl she always wanted to be. Edie overnight becomes outwardly beautiful, while maintaining intelligent.She becomes popular at her summer science camp, gets her first boyfriend and gets to try out the new her.
Wish wanted, wish granted. I really enjoyed the fairy tale, genie, grant your three wishes and they will be given aspect. Of course Edie picks up straight away that wishes have consequences, but does not realize the depth to which evil forces will go to make her take her three wishes as quickly as possible. Even with warning from Kian she burns through her wishes in a matter of months when she has up to five years to take each one. I think this really helped the reader understand that she is a child still and does not possess the logic and reasoning that an adult would in this situation. The author did a good job of holding onto Edie's maturity and lack of at the same time.
Revenge and confidence. Edie realized rather quickly that a beautiful outward appearance does not mean you are confident and secure in who you are. You have to work on it. She also realized that when it comes to forming her plot to exact revenge on all those that harmed her an ridiculed her through the years. She quickly comes to realize there is much more than how things appear.
Romance. I am a sucker for it, even when its cliche and predictable its still great to read about and makes for wonderful stories. Two transformed "nerds" become beauties after years of suffering at the hands of bullies to find love with each other. It worked for me.
What did not work for me:
Instant transformation of parents. Her parents do not even question Edie's new look, friends, time away from home, nothing. They blindly accept her transformation as an everyday occurs and on top of that they begin to notice her and now want to bond and be the great parents they had never been.
The overall plot left a hole for me. I am really hoping book 2 helps fill some of that in. There was alot going on with oracles, bag men, etc that left me a little confused, but at the same time gets me pumped up for the 2nd book so I can get clued in more. I am hoping that is what the author was going for here, otherwise I am going to be disappointed.
I really liked this book, although I seem to be in the minority with this one. The book moved fast, kept my interest and focused alot on the inside beauty and happenings than just the outside, although it is not neglected. I personally Iam looking forward to book 2.
So what do you think? Will you be adding this to your pile? What are you dying to read this week?