Friday, 2 August 2013

Mortal Obligation (Dark Betrayal Trilogy #1) by Nichole Chase

Blurb (from Goodreads):
Mortal Obligation (Dark Betrayal Trilogy, #1)
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. Set in Savannah, Ga, Mortal Obligation is the first book of The Dark Betrayal Trilogy.

Mortal Obligation by Nichole Chase

My rating: 2 of 5 stars

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17-year-old Alastriana (Ree) is going to a concert with a friend (Paden) when she is attacked, and somehow manages to use some sort of green energy to fight off her attackers. When her employer than turns up and tells her that she and her friends are special, and should come visit her island, they are unsure of her intentions, but when they realise that Ree now has glowing eyes, and Paden now has fangs that they need to find out what is going on.

It is then revealed that Ree is the key to surviving an epic battle against the ‘dark ones’ – vampires from another planet, and that she must be trained for the battle ahead.
Can Ree win the coming war? Can she survive a relationship with Paden? And what other surprises lie in store for her?

This book was okay I suppose, but for me it just dragged, and some things were a bit annoying.

The characters were all okay, but none of them really called out to me. I didn’t really have any strong feelings for any of them unfortunately, which obviously isn’t good.

The storyline was okay, but I was just bored. The story just dragged, it felt really immature, and just dull unfortunately. There was a romantic scene between Ree and Paden which I liked, even though I did think it rather fortunate that two such long-term friends both felt more for each other, but there wasn’t enough romance to save the story for me.

I did get annoyed about some aspects of this book. There were a couple of large-ish info dumps which bored me, and a couple of statements that were a little off, such as; “you may be immortal, but if you are injured too severly, you will die.” I’m pretty sure that Immortal means that you can’t die, so this was a bit of an oxymoron, and we then sat through a discussion in which Ree was told that she would win the battle, so therefore they had to keep her safe, and she wasn’t allowed to fight. Excuse me if I’m wrong here, but I fail to see how she will ever be able to win a battle if she isn’t allowed to fight. And if she isn’t allowed to fight, what the hell are you training her for?

I suppose the ending of this one was alright, and there was an interesting surprise appearance. The ending was left very open for the next book though, which I don’t think I’ll be reading.
Overall; Not for me.
4 out of 10.

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