FREE BOOK Review: Mortal Obligation (The Dark Betrayal Trilogy Book 1) by Nichole Chase

Book Blurb

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.

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Toot's Review by Stacy Sabala

Ree is special.  She has been chosen.  She is the mortal who will save humans from the dark ones.  Her friends are slowly changing.  They are becoming immortal and turning into her guardians.  Their job is to protect her.  She finds out she will be learning to control her powers from her boss Sophie and a dark one named Roland.  They are preparing Ree and her friends for battle.  Ree doesn’t understand why she is the only one to remain mortal while everyone else becomes immortal.  She is the one who has to defeat the dark ones’ champion.
This new world Ree is introduced scares her and her new role in it frustrates her.  The responsibility weighing on her shoulders is heavy.  When she comes face to face with the dark ones’ champion she is shocked.  He killed someone close to her and there was nothing she could do to stop it.  Her heart is shattered.
This book had an interesting storyline.  The dark ones are vampires and Ree has been chosen by the gods to enter the last battle to defeat them.  She is given Paden, her crush, as a guardian.  However, unlike the others before her, she gets four more guardians to help protect her.  Her whole group of friends enter the world of vampires with her.

I am really surprised at some of the things that Ree deals with in this book.  She remains mortal and will eventually grow old and die.  Her friends will remain as they are forever.  That seemed like a sucky deal for her.  She gets this unimaginable power but remains human and clearly killable.  She also has to go to battle with vampires.  Her hurt and frustration is palpable.  Paden doesn’t help the situation at all.  He first runs hot then cold, claiming an oath that he gave to her brother.  Then claims he can’t watch her grow old and die.  Are you kidding me?  I was angry for her.  She handled things much better than I would have.  The ending is pretty shocking.  I wasn’t expecting the author to go in that direction.  It really made the next book interesting.  I give it a 3.5 out of 5.

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