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Mortal Obligation

(Dark Betrayal Trilogy #1)

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  3,761 ratings  ·  213 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 282 pages
Published August 3rd 2011 (first published July 29th 2011)
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Tee loves Kyle Jacobson
Jul 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Warning: This book is CONTAGIOUS!

My Cover Thoughts: This cover is awesome! It is of a girl looking at something in the cemetery. She knows something’s there but what it is ..... well you will have to read the book to find out.

My Thoughts/Review: Ree is just your average high school senior just trying to get through school and go on to college. She is in love with her brother’s best friend and wants to tell him but she does not know how. She has bigger problems right now because she has been see
Sarah Elizabeth
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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.

Jul 31, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. I had been following the author's blog for a while prior to the book's release and the premise had intrigued me: a young adult urban fantasy, a character that stands between the certain destruction of the human race, and the promise of a romantic side story. My type of book. It took me about a chapter to really get into it, but after that it just got better and better.

I really liked Ree, I thought she was a spunky, well developed character. And it was great because it wasn't
Nice twist for the ya immortal genre!  Got this book for $.99 and it beats any dollar menu item - hands down.  I've been getting really frustrated lately with love triangles, wimpy plots and lackluster writing.  If you have been too....don't fear this book. 

Ok, truth be told, it may have a potential love triangle lurking in the pages. But the organic feel of the writing style and premise more than make up for this tired tension builder. 

In the first few pages, you'll meet Ree. She's an artistica
Mortal Obligation is quite a unique novel. I thought that it had a really great execution and there was just action from the word go. It was really good to be sucked into the story and then to keep getting pulled into the story so that I could get it read in no time.

I liked Ree as a character and I thought her full name Alastriana, was really cool. It was different, unique and I really liked it. I also liked Paden and Juliette. Actually, come to think of it there wasn't really any of Ree's frien
Maybe even 4 1/2 stars

This first novel of a trilogy, left me hungry for more. It is well-written and very engaging.

The main character, Ree is strong, sometimes stubborn, sometimes weak and vulnerable, and interesting to follow as she learns she has an obligation to the world. The character has depth and it is very easy to build empathy toward this girl who is torn from the life she has known and also torn by her own inner turmoils.

The other characters are distinct and intriguing, with their own
I liked that this book was different than the whole normal supernatural vampire type story. It was pretty cool. Ree was a likable character, her friends were great. I just loved Payden, I was really rooting for him... then their were times I really started to like Roland- whats a girl to do? Looking forward to seeing what happens in the next book!
Kathy Coleman
My Rating: <3 <3 <3 <3

The Plot: (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
Kristin  Aragon
Oct 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mandy (I Read Indie) Anderson
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 ...more
Courtney (Fuzzy.Coffee.Books)
Aug 22, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: romance, adult, paranormal
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
Mireille Chester
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... and it was just as fantastic as the excerpt I remembered.

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.
Oct 03, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: argh-okay-book
The plot was different but I wasn't drawn to the story. 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
Sep 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
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. ...more
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. ...more
Nov 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

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 shad
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
Sep 28, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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. "Mortal Obligation" by Nichole Chase was something totally different - a fresh new paranormal idea which was pure fun to read.

The main character is popular, 17-year-old Ree McKenna, an artsy, strong independent girl
Gabbi  Calabrese
Oct 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Actual rating: 4.5 stars
You can go HERE to see an interview with the author!

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
Sep 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Aug 05, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I gave it 3.5 stars

I love when a new book that incorporates the Gods and their gifts comes out. I don't know why it intrigues me so much but it does and I enjoy reading the interpretations of the different myths that authors have for their characters and stories.

Ree and her friends had a great mix of personalities. They are all extremely loyal to each other from the beginning. MORTAL OBLIGATION had a great pace to it. The action and training of
Celina Ortiz
Oct 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
First things first: I have never ever had the character on the front cover of a book match exactly what my mind creates the person to look as I am reading... *Hats off* to Nichole Chase and her mother-in-law Lisa on the cover creation.. O.k.. so with that being said we all know it's what happened on the pages after the cover that we all want to know about.

With hundreds of new paranormal books being released every year it is really hard for an author to separate herself from the rest with an in
Oct 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I died a little when I got the last page and there wasn't another. I absolutely loved the mixture of the aspects of the fictional world. Gods+Energy Power+ Guardians+VampireAliens+Awesome Characters= A knocked my socks of with intensity book. Dont even try to understand what this book is about from my little equation just read it and if your socks don't fly off your feet. well.. don't tell me because we'll have a problem. I might have a new favorite series.

Speaking of intensity/characters... ;)
C.C. Jackson
I had a lot of trouble getting into this book. I found it overly descriptive which would normally be a good thing but in this book it was kind of annoying. Like- she added ham and cheese to her sandwich. Then decided she wanted pickles and then a pinch of salt, etc. I skimmed over the majority of the writing just to get to a scene that had any relevance to the plot. It also had a lot of weird mistakes. One minute it was midnight on New Years and the next sentence would say "since it was 2am". Th ...more
Aug 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I put my life on hold for two days and used every bit of free time I had to read the book. Could not put it down for the life of me. It is an awesome read and extremely engaging! I loved it, simply put.
It picks up quickly and just keeps going from there never slowing down even at the very end. You can't help but be drawn into the story and characters. I cannot wait for the next book in there series! If you are even just remotely interested in this genre, this book is a MUST READ!
Aug 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: young adults
Mortal Obligation by author Nichole Chase, is an enjoyable young adult paranormal book. The story follows the plight of Ree and her friends coming to terms with their new found powers. Ree and the gang are an interesting and diverse group of characters. This is a good adventure with some twists that I didn't see coming. I thought it was a little bit slow in the begining, but it picks up and is worth the read. I'm looking forward to more of this story.
I enjoyed this book very much. I found the story to be extremely interesting and different. The author brings in several different mythology backgrounds into the story. I absolutely love learning about that stuff. Of course there is the love triangle. The main girl with 2 men. Oh who should I pick. haha! But again, I found this story to be refreshing and can't wait to read the next one in the series.
Donna Dull
Aug 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
From the moment I started this book, it was abundantly clear that Nichole Chase has a true gift for storytelling. From the first word to the last I was enthralled and unable to focus until I knew what was going to happen. When I reached the end, I was a little sad that there wasn't any more. I am certain this book has something in it to appeal to any paranormal lover! ...more
Stephanie Nelson
Aug 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book! I was drawn into the story and found myself flipping page after page to find out what happens. I loved the characters and plot, not to mention the twist at the end. I'm anxiously waiting for the next installment!! ...more
Elizabeth Hunter
Really pleased with this book. I don't read a lot of YA, but I thought the characters in this were very well developed, and I was impressed by the dynamics the author set up. Really looking forward to the second book! ...more
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Author Bio:

Nichole Chase is a daydreamer. No, really, just ask any of the math teachers that had the misfortune of seeing her name appear on their class schedule. For years she has had story lines and characters begging for attention, but she resolutely pushed them aside to focus on more normal (read, boring) jobs. Well, no longer! She is currently heeding the voices in her head and frantically wr

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Dark Betrayal Trilogy (3 books)
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