What I'm Reading: Get Even by Gretchen McNeil

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Mortal Obligation by Nichole Chase

Summary from Goodreads: Ree will face the darkest form of betrayal before the year is out.

Seventeen year old Ree McKenna has three goals: get through high school, convince her crush she is more than his best friend’s little sister, and save money for college. Fate, though, has other plans for her. After the untimely death of her older brother, Ree is haunted by dreadful nightmares and terrifying visions. To make matters worse, Ree has started to suspect that something dangerous is stalking her from the shadows.

A night full of frightening surprises leaves Ree with unsettling news. Gifted by the gods with unusual powers, she must devote herself to a battle that could very well lead to not only her death, but the demise of everyone she knows and loves. After all, Ree is the only mortal standing between the Earth and utter darkness.

I was really excited to get into Ree's world after reading the summary of Mortal Obligation. And my excitement was generously rewarded as I was swept up in this great story.

What I liked: 1) The Guardians. How they are...created, or tapped as Guardians is pretty cool. 2) Roland. Okay, I'm majorly crushing on this guy. He seems to be super sweet, but also kinda dangerous at the same time. 3) And then of course there's Paden. Strong, sorta silent type whose nursing an unrequited crush? Let's say it together now, LOVE TRIANGLE! There were some incredibly sweet scenes with Paden that just made me want to sigh. 4) The battle scene. This was one of the best written battle scenes I've read in a while. Seriously, I was holding my breath at one point. 5) I didn't expect the killer twist at the end. Going back and thinking about it, I was like, oh, man. I should have seen that coming! But I didn't. :)

What I didn't like: 1) It's a little slow on the uptick. It took me a bit to get into the story. Of course once I did get into it, I didn't emerge until I was finished.

Overall thoughts: This is a great start to The Dark Betrayal Trilogy. It opens up a new world full of interesting characters, a new twist on paranormal concepts, and a different backdrop. I can't wait to see where the story goes next for Ree and her friends.

My rating: 4 shots

Cheers and Happy Reading!


  1. Great honest review. I've never seen this one before.

  2. Great review! This is the first I've heard of this book. I avoid love triangles when I can, but that's just me.

  3. Hey! I wanted to respond to your comment you left on my review of Bloodlines. You don't really have to have read the Vampire Academy series in order to understand what's going on. You just won't know the whole backstory behind the storyline. It will just tell you point black who this character is, although at the end there is a shocking revelation that you understand lots better if you've read the VA series, but if not, then you just might not fully grasp the intensity of the cliffhanger.

    But for the most part you should be able to read this book and its series fine, Richelle lets you know a bit of what's come to past, but it's just a quick summary, so you miss out on details, but it's not super important to the current storyline.

  4. Hi ladies! Thanks for stopping by and commenting. I do suggest looking into this book. It was definitely fun for me!


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