Death will reach for them from every shadowy corner. People will die, love will be tested, and the fate of the world will be decided--one way or the other. No more running. No more hiding. The final battle is here. This series is amazing! I'm totally in love with it, just finished immortal grave. OMG, I'm panicked right now! I need to know what happens! What about the other 3 times she agreed to, what about rolond and Melanie!
Paden and ree!? Ugh, I need more of these series books! I have just finished with this series and it's awesome! Very imaginative! Paden and Ree have been close for a long time. He was her brother Tristan's best friend before he died, and he has taken to watching over Ree since that point. Ree has had feelings for Paden for a while now. I felt for both characters in this situation. I think most girls end up with a crush on a guy who is a little older at least once in life.
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And as someone who has two brothers, I can understand how Paden might feel concerned about what his friend would think if he tried to get together with Ree. It made for some very good conflict and tension. Roland is a great big question-mark. First there is the fact that he has lived for a very long time. Then there is the fact that he is a Dark One. Add to that a history with some very shocking secrets and you can bet that I was totally intrigued. Truth be told? If I was Ree I would choose Roland. I totally loved him. But that doesn't necessarily mean I instantly think they are right for each other.
I liked how different each of these guys personalities were. I liked the fact that both were strong, confident characters and that both were dedicated to both protecting Ree and to encouraging her to be able to protect herself. I cannot get behind romance that encourages a character to become a 'passive heroine'.
I appreciate the fact that although Ree is clearly a vulnerable character, Nichole never makes her a passive one. She is on board and fully thinking from beginning to end, which is part of what made reading the book such a joy and cheering for the romances so much fun. In General: I am very glad to have had the opportunity to read Mortal Obligation. It combined many of the things that I feel create a great story: memorable characters, intelligent detailed world building, a gripping conflict that presents real challenges and consequences for the characters and a romance complete with a hero heroes in this case, which, yet again, is extremely impressive!
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The only thing that is really left to say is that I am eagerly looking forward to reading the rest of this series. Nichole's first book is fabulous and I think it's safe to say that we can expect great things from her. If you're looking to read an interesting urban fantasy with great characters, lots of action and a swoon-worthy love triangle, Mortal Obligation comes highly recommended.
I totally loved it and can't wait to read more. Nichole Chase has created a darkly mesmerizing adventure with Mortal Obligation. Vampires and traditional mythology intertwine to breed a fascinating new take on all things vampire. I absolutely love the world Nichole created for this book. Her characters have chemistry, although they are not all that complex. The third person narrative allows a greater understanding of everyone's successes and failures, pulling you along for the ride. Ree Alastriana - A junior in high school who is charged wit Nichole Chase has created a darkly mesmerizing adventure with Mortal Obligation.
Ree Alastriana - A junior in high school who is charged with the fate of the entire world - when all she really wants to do is enjoy the year, save money for college, and maybe enjoy some one-on-one time with her dearly departed brother's best friend, Paden. Ree is a little odd She cherishes the friends she has because they are few and far between. However, her group of friends will prove to be much more loyal than she could ever imagine. Now all she has to do is survive. Paden - A super-hot gift from the gods Marked with the trident of Poseiden and bearing the necklace of Brigid, he is destined for huge things.
Brigid's insight led to Paden being made of mixed immortal blood. The only of Ree's guardians to be blessed by two god's, Paden is an invaluable part of her team. The question is He was Ree's brother's best friend and made a promise to look after her. Juliette - is a girly-girl with lots of money but she isn't a snob.
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She is always impeccably dressed but she's not afraid to throw down with the guys either. She and Ree share a mutual dislike for Shannon and Michael Juliette is one of the few friends that Ree feels comfortable with. Juliette is descended from the Japanese Sun goddess, Amaterasu. Bryce - Juliette's boyfriend, who she compares to Adam Sandler. The gods have granted Bryce speed, which comes in handy as one of Ree's guardians.
Bryce originates from an African god He was one of the first to foresee the need to provide extra protection to Ree. Bryce wears a ring with The Eye of Horus on it. The symbol is said to provide the wearer protection, royal power, and good health. Weylin - Another of Ree's illustrious guardians, he is the most hesitant to climb aboard. He is also a descendant of Poseidon's. Poseidon's mark is a trident inside Weylin's and Paden's wrist.
Melanie - is polar opposite of Weylin. She is a little too excited to join the ranks of the guardians. She is out for revenge and loving every minute of it. The goddess Hecate is where Melanie's history lies. Shannon and Michael are well on their way to becoming full blown Dark Ones. They kick up the creep factor drastically. Both attend school with the others and Michael plays soccer with Paden.
Everyone seems to feel the same way about this couple Tristan - As previously mentioned, was Ree's brother. Drugs and drinking became a significant part of his life before he died in a drunk driving accident. He has trusted Paden with his sister's care, though, that may be Tristan's biggest mistakes yet, in the grand scheme of things. Roland - A reformed Dark One is the best way to describe this immortal being. He irreplaceable as a trainer for Ree's guardians, although, Paden spares no love for him.
I found myself inexplicably drawn to Roland. Probably because he is a reformed bad-boy and we all know how I do love those guys. Sophie - Once a guardian herself, is now in charge of training the new Alastriana. She was given the death-touch by her sister and is now able to harness powers only granted to the Alastriana.
She is tough but also kind and knowledgeable. She tends to keep secrets that could mean life or death for Ree and her friends. I absolutely, positively fell head-over-heals in love with all of the characters and the mythology involved. Each of Nichole's words proved to have meaning as I read Mortal Obligation. I would read a line and then 50 pages later realize that the line had more meaning than I ever imagined. The first chapter was extremely well written giving you insight to each character and providing a perfect amount of mystery to keep you reading.
The premise of the books was fascinating to me. Two sets of gods got together and decided on a set number of battles to decide the fate of the world. Each of the battles consist of a single Alastriana, her guardian, and a Dark One. The set number of fights - Battles already fought - Ree must win or the world is lost to the Dark Ones. Lucky for her, the rules have changed. She has five guardians plus Sophie and Roland behind her. Not so lucky for her Action played a larger part in Mortal Obligation than anything else; however, there was also a great amount of time spent building potential romances.
None of that fall-in-love-at-first-sight-stuff. I am truly interested in seeing where Nichole takes this romance.
The different aspects of different relationships she alludes to, promise to make for an interesting storyline as the series continues. Even though the storyline is rather dark, I was left laughing out loud on quite a few occasions. I really enjoyed this book because it didn't have your typical vampire and immortal elements.
Yeah, the vampires are taking over the world, and there's a girl who has powers she has never known she has, and it's up to her to save everyone. But it had a new twist that the vampires didn't come from Earth, and Ree is being protected by these unique immortal guardians that are descendents of different gods. Pretty cool concepts. I can honestly say I was never bored, from beginning to end. It didn't t I really enjoyed this book because it didn't have your typical vampire and immortal elements. It didn't take long for the action to start. There were traces of romance weaved throughout the book, and there's a twist at the end that really knocks you off your feet.
The reason that I didn't give this five stars was because there were parts that I found myself shaking my head a bit. For example, the part where everyone is finding out what's happening to them and they're all talking at once or the scene with Juliette in the bathroom they're guessing aliens, vampires, etc. I found myself chuckling and saying, "You've got to be kidding me, right? The other reason is because I wasn't happy the way it ended.
Yes, I know it's the first of a trilogy, but it was like the end of a chapter and not the end of a book. It wasn't a cliff hanger ending, but it didn't give me closure either. In non-cliffhangers, books usually end with the end of one adventure and sequel will start the next adventure. This adventure hasn't ended. LOL, I guess I don't know what I'm saying other than I wish I didn't have to wait another year or however it takes for the second book to come out.
I'm looking forward to it though. Ree fears she is being followed by something lurking in the shadows. She is right. While out with friends, Ree is attacked. And the world she thought she knew changes in an instant. No longer a typical teenager, she is now the only hope for mankind against a group of deadly vampires called the Dark Ones. And yeah, these guys don't sparkle. Each of her friends are given special powers and become Guardians in order to protect Ree in the battle against the Dark Ones.
With only a week left before sc Ree fears she is being followed by something lurking in the shadows. With only a week left before school, the group must train to use their talents and prepare themselves. First and foremost this author is one of the sweetest authors I have come across. Just precious! Second, her book totally rocks!
Out of all the characters in the book, I liked Ree the most. Labeled an art geek in school, she really grew into her new role throughout the week the book takes place. The character I wanted to slap upside the head the most? That would be Paden. Why must he be a butthead in the love department? But yeah I still love him too.
I am looking forward to the next book and praying there is as much action, suspense and romance as in this one. I was so shocked!! View 1 comment. Aug 22, Courtney Fuzzy. 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 Okay, I'm majorly crushing on this guy. He seems to be super sweet, but also kinda dangerous at the same time. Strong, sorta silent type whose nursing an unrequited crush? Let's say it I was really excited to get into Ree's world after reading the summary of Mortal Obligation.
There were some incredibly sweet scenes with Paden that just made me want to sigh. This was one of the best written battle scenes I've read in a while. Seriously, I was holding my breath at one point. Going back and thinking about it, I was like, oh, man. I should have seen that coming!
But I didn't. 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. 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. Dec 07, Mireille Chester rated it it was amazing. I bought my copy of Mortal Obligation the day it released.
Nichole had put up an excerpt and the instant I read it, I was hooked. It then took me forever to get to reading it. Well, so many months later, I finally got to it The story starts off normally enough. Ree goes out with friends and her brother's friend, Paden, whom she has feelings for.
When she realizes she's left the tickets in the car, the two of them head back to get them. That's when they realize that something isn't right, that what she thought was a figment of her imagination is actually real, and she is being followed. After a few fights, a high speed chase, and well, just one hell of a night, we find out what is really happening to her, the nature of her new found powers, as well as Paden's and the rest of their friends' involvement.
I don't like to give spoilers, so let me just say that the entire story is filled with action, revelations, and ends with a huge kick in the gut for Ree. I can't wait to see what Nichole Chase has in store for Ree and company in the second installment of this trilogy :D I have a feeling it will be fantastic. This novel gets five stars from me. View 2 comments. Oct 03, Daphne rated it liked it Shelves: argh-okay-book. The plot was different but I wasn't drawn to the story.
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Normally I have issues putting a book down and it wasn't the case this time around. Ree a geeky artsy girl in high school; of course doesn't feel she is pretty and no one notices her but she has a crush on her dead brothers best friend Paden. Paden a drop dead gorgeous guy who feels he needs to maintain his promise of protecting Ree as a little sister.
After sometime Ree feels she is being watched and discovers that she and her group of frien The plot was different but I wasn't drawn to the story. After sometime Ree feels she is being watched and discovers that she and her group of friends have special gifts; they are part of a society which the gods have put together to take care of the human race from the Dark One's.
She meets a Dark One who is on their side Roland and well opposite attract right? So she finds him attractive and he is drawn to her because he believes she is his reincarnated soul mate. Toward the end they have a battle, a loss and a surprise. I hope the next book gets more into the characters. I really liked this book. I can't wait for the next one. I liked the way it gave a new twist to vampires and through in a little mythology too. Very good. This was an interesting twist on the typical vampire story and I loved all the mythology elements in the book.
The characters were fun, but when they were first discovering what was happening to them some seemed a little too nonchalant about it. The surprise at the end is something I should have seen coming, but I didn't, and maybe it's not as obvious as I thought it should have been to me. I definitely want to continue with the series. Synopsis Ree will face the darkest form of betrayal before the year is out. To make matters worse, Ree has started to suspect that something dangerous is stalking her from the shadow Synopsis Ree will face the darkest form of betrayal before the year is out.
For a first book in a trilogy this one of course sets up the world and the characters for the storyline, unlike some though there is never an area where the reader feels overwhelmed with information or lost trying to keep track of the multiple characters. Ree is a normal "geeky" high school student whose main goal is just to get through and graduate while attempting to enjoy life along the way with her friends.
There have been times throughout her life when she feels like something is out there watching her in the shadows, sadly when she is proven right it is a much more terrifying presence than what she could have ever imagined. Power comes to Ree to help save her life and that of her friends changing their futures forever. This is a roller coaster ride of a read one that takes one that takes different elements, including modern day happenings, and interweaves them together to create quite an enjoyable addition to the paranormal reading genre that I have loved to immerse myself in for many years now.
The way that the author shapes the characters is unique and interesting. The dynamics between Ree and her friends very carefully thought out and also in keeping with real teenagers actions including all their angst, drama, silliness and even unthinking selflessness when faced with protecting the ones they care about. I am really looking forward to the next book "Mortal Defiance" because when this first part of the story ended it just barely skimmed the surface of revealing what was going to happen next!
Dec 13, Nicole rated it really liked it Shelves: urban-fantasy , modern-mythology , highly-recommended , paranormal-romance. Mortal Obligation was such a surprise. I remember reading the synopsis and review and thinking I knew what it was about, but then realising how very wrong I was. A very unique blend of vampires and demigods, it was refreshing and fun and a really easy read. Things I loved about this book 1. The protagonist, Ree, confides in her friends. So many protagonists who face freaky unexplainable shit tend to hide it from their friends and then act surprised when it explodes in their face.
Not Ree. Ree and Mortal Obligation was such a surprise. Ree and Paden don't hesitate to tell their friends about fangs, weird green goo and people trying to kill them and let their friends decide whether to come with them to get answers or trot them off to a mental aslyum. There are warm, close, platonic relationships between the female protagonist and her male friends. If you've read as many YA books as I have, you might begin to think a boy and girl who are close in age can never be just friends. Mortal Obligation shows they can!
I love a good soul mate story. And Mortal Obligation has that. Roland mentions resurrection and hints at the fact that Ree has many of his dead gf, Tria's traits. Ree finds Roland familiar and has all these weird dreams where she speaks a language she's never heard before. There is also a lot of talk about soul mates, and I can't help but think that Roland and Ree are going to be my new Russell and Evie Premonition Series.
No insta love! There is a lot of romantic tension between Ree and two other characters, but Ree has been attracted to one of them forever and the other may be her soul mate. Notwithstanding this she doesn't just fall into either of their arms. Or pants. Things that pissed me off 1. She's supposed to be 18 and she always complains that everyone treats her like a kid, but she DOES act like a child.
She bawls her eyes out or throws furniture when she doesn't like something.
Apart from her tantrums she plays two guys against each other and yet blushes at every single sexual innuendo or compliment. I thought she was max The secondary characters feel more like fillers. I love their banter and they support of Ree but they only seem to appear in the story when it helps the story develop. They're kind of one-dimensional to me.
Overall though a very easy, enjoyable read. If you want some fun and flirty YA pnr, this books is for you. But if you're looking for something deeper and more mature, go for Inescapable by Amy A Bartol. Sep 28, Kerri rated it really liked it Shelves: favourite-books. First I have to say that I love the dark and mysterious, yet beautiful cover. Okay so I downloaded this book off Amazon for only 99 cents and trust me you never know what you will get when you download one of these types of books.
Let me just say that I was very pleasantly surprised. The main character is popular, year-old Ree McKenna, an artsy, strong independent girl First I have to say that I love the dark and mysterious, yet beautiful cover.
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The main character is popular, year-old Ree McKenna, an artsy, strong independent girl who is still dealing with the death of her older brother Tristan. Ree has three main goals: finish high school, convince her crush Paden that she is more than his best-friend's little sister, and save money for college.
When Ree finds out that she has been gifted by the gods with unusual powers she is shocked, but nothing prepares her for the news that she is to lead the battle to save the Earth from utter darkness. Of course what is a good action-packed adventure story without a little romance? Paden is Ree's secret crush and he is her friend, protector and confidante.
Enter Roland to complete the love triangle, who is a mysterious bad boy turned good. Come on admit it This storyline could so easily come off reading as totally ridiculous but Nichole Chase's writing style is so engaging that it grabs the reader quickly and instantly takes you on a fast-paced, mysterious, at times romantic, thrilling ride right up to it's twisty 'turny,' surprise ending. So why did I give it 4 stars and not 5? I just found I was a bit frustrated with the final big fight scene. I don't want to give away anything but basically I just wanted to see Ree use her powers a little more.
Also I found myself frustrated with Paden's character. I want to hit him over the head and say wake up already. Finally there is Roland - I love his character and I wanted him to play a bigger role. His disappearance at one part in the story seemed odd. But overall I really enjoyed reading this book and would highly recommend it. Actual rating: 4. Uh, wow. This book stunned me! Heart-pounding action, exciting characters, and shocking secrets ensnared me in the world of Mortal Obligation. Nichole Chase has a writing style that demanded my attention from the very beginning. After the first sentence, I was completely hooked!
She has a way of creating a fitting atmosphere for every scene. I could feel the danger that lurked, feel when the mood tensed and lightened. And Actual rating: 4. And I could see everything in my head as if I was watching a movie. This story is different than the everyday discovering-your-destiny-and-finding-out-you-have-mad-powers story.
For starters, Ree is a human. Her friends are immortal, but she is human. She is the "weak" one in the group. She isn't as fast as her friends, can't hear as well, not as strong as them, and she has to constantly have people looking out for her. Even with those limitations, she is incredibly powerful and crucial to the survival of This book had an interesting premise with a unique back story, and there are obviously even better things to come in the next novel!
The characters were all great. Ree gets upset really easily, but she is loyal and kind and, even though she cries and whatnot, she is really strong. I loved her. She's funny and isn't afraid to say what's on her mind. And Paden. Mmmm mmm mmmm. Hello hott stuff! He doesn't have the bad boy thing going on, which is totally awesome for Ree. He's protective and can get moody, but he is definitely a sweetheart. The rest of the group was great to! They each brought distinct traits to the story that really boosted the greatness by one hundred percent!
They each made me laugh and groan and roll my eyes and smirk. I didn't really like Roland or Sophie though. I guess I just didn't feel all that connected to Sophie. And Roland This was a great read that I had issues turning away from. I can't wait for the next book in the series! Apr 22, Hira rated it it was amazing. Let's play 10 Questions, shall we? So Hira