Mortal Obligation

Rated 4.67/5 based on 9 reviews
Ree will face the darkest form of betrayal before the year is out.

Set in Savanah, Ga, Mortal Obligation is the first book of the Dark Betrayal Trilogy. More
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About Nichole Chase

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 writing their stories. Nichole resides in South Georgia with her husband, energetic toddler, three dogs, and two cats. When not devouring novels by the dozens, you may find her writing, painting, crafting, or chasing her daughter around the house while making monster noises.

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Also in Series: The Dark Betrayal Trilogy

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Merissa Sheppard reviewed on July 13, 2016

This is a brilliant book and for FREE too!!! Be warned though, that after you've read this, you'll probably have to go and put the other two on your wishlist as I have!!

If you've ever watched an episode of Buffy and enjoyed it, then I think that you will love this book. The Dark Ones are very Buffy-esque which is not a bad thing. And there is a scooby gang of them, instead of just one pair.

Ree is an artistically favoured girl with a small group of friends who has been classed as 'strange' for most of her life. One night changes her outlook on strange and also her friends too.

This book deals with finding out, and dealing with, the legacy to which she and her friends were born. I loved how it wasn't just one set of Gods involved but also ones that are not so well known (Amaterasu, the Japanese Sun Goddess).

Ree as a character is brilliant. She is the one that is the most vulnerable but paradoxically, the one with the most power. I loved how she was not prepared to sit back and let everyone fight for her.

As for the other characters - the friends are brilliant and I loved how they all interacted with each other. They certainly do balance each other out. As for Roland and Paden, be still my beating heart. How is a girl supposed to choose between them? I have no idea but I'm looking forward to reading A LOT more about those two :D

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED for all fans of Buffy and the fantasy/paranormal world.

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(review of free book)
C.M. Brown reviewed on April 15, 2013

Book One, in the Dark Betrayal Trilogy, Mortal Obligation, by Nicole Chase is a fascinating young adult, paranormal read. I was swept into Ree McKenna's very different life, as she and her friends receive powers from the gods, to battle an ancient foe from another world, who threatens the existence of Earth.

Filled with many twists, readers will find the storyline of Mortal Obligation, unpredictable as they follow Ree's path. At the start of the book it would be easy to think that this was a vampire or ghost story, but with an original concept, Chase has created a unique read.
(review of free book)
Sherre Leach reviewed on Jan. 12, 2013

I won Mortal Obligation in a giveaway a few months ago and it took me quite a while to attempt to read it. Based upon the giveaway sponsor's review, I expected the book to be amazing. Although it wasn't quite as great as I'd hoped, it was still pretty good.

Mortal Obligation follows Ree, a high school girl who's brother recently died and who can see darkness everywhere she turns. One day, something strange happens as she's headed to a concert and she learns that she's been gifted by the gods and is a super human destined to save the world from the Dark Ones. In addition, her friends have been placed with her to help protect her and they are immortals. Her life will never be the same again.

The story started out kind of strange in my opinion. We we thrown into the action and then a lot of time was spend in the middle of the story explaining things, only for it to end quickly. Despite being pretty predictable, it was still good to read about.

As with all YA novels, there were 2 love interests, and as usual, Ree picks the one I would never choose. I wont give any hints in case you all want to read it but just know, I'm not pleased.

It was a good book, and although I probably wont be reading it again, I don't wish to have the time back. It was a great storyline and an interesting story on the idea of immortals and vampires. 3 stars.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
C.G. Powell reviewed on Jan. 15, 2012

Although I’m not a YA reader, I absolutely fell in love with the characters of this book and wished they would have been adults in adult situations. None the less the story was fantastic and I can’t wait to read book 2 and get my Paden fix! Great book Ms. Chase!
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)
Jackie B reviewed on Nov. 27, 2011


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.

My Thoughts

This was a book that I won from Judi "Sidhe Viscious" blog in a giveaway and when received it from the author immediately dove in and started reading this YA UF paranormal. 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!
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)
mandy I Read Indie anderson reviewed on Sep. 8, 2011

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 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! The plot is well developed as well as the kickin’ tail characters. 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. Mortal Obligation is definitely a must read book that you’re going to love.
*UPDATE* I did forget to mention there is one
whopper of a twist in the book. I was so shocked!!
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)
Taneesha Freidus reviewed on Sep. 1, 2011

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 seeing things but she is not quite syre if they are real until one day she is out with her friends and she is attacked.

After being attacked she finds out that she is not crazy but in fact has been seeing things and wait there’s more she will find out. Ree will question everything she has known and everybody who is around her. She will have to learn to trust people she would never trust.

The world as she knows it is changing and she has a big part to play in it. What will she do? Will she stay and fight or will she run? Will she be able to stand up to the one person that matters most in her life?

One day Ree is normal with a normal life and the next day she is something she has no idea if she even wants to be.

Memorable Quotes: “Ree?” Paden’s voice was very close to her and warm hands travelled over her head and shoulders. “Are you okay, Ree?”

“I’m okay, but Weylin needs help.” Her voice was dull, and she could barely raise it over a whisper.

“Hurry, Paden,” Roland hollered.

“We have to go, Ree. Hold on,” Paden said. Someone took Weylin out of her lap and Paden lifted her into his arms. She groaned as the world spun and he pressed her head against his chest. “Please don’t leave me, Ree. Please don’t.”

Just before she blacked out she felt his lips on her forehead while he mumbled reassurances.

Advice: Must read! You will not be disappointed!
(reviewed 22 days after purchase)
Genevieve Rule reviewed on Aug. 14, 2011

Nichole Chase's debut novel Mortal Obligation is an AMAZING novel, easily ranking in my top 3 favorite YA books for 2011 so far!

Ree and her friends are just your average high school Seniors in beautiful Southern Georgia, enjoying Christmas break... Until they witness the Dark Ones turning Ree's whole world upside down, and changing her life forever! This book has it all; action, suspense, love, loss and will leave you wanting more! I cannot wait for the second installment in the Dark Betrayal Trilogy, and highly encourage all YA book lovers out there to get your copy of Mortal Obligation!

P.S. Paden and Roland.... YUMMMM!!!!
(reviewed 13 days after purchase)
Stephanie Nelson reviewed on Aug. 2, 2011

Mortal Obligation is by far one of the best YA books i've read, ever! I loved all of the characters, the flirty moments, the action, and the humor. While other teenagers are worrying about mundane problems, Ree is tasked with the job of having to save the world from the Dark Ones, which are bad vampires who want to enslave the humans. I was so intertwined in this story that i couldn't not read it. I had to keep flipping the page to find out what happens. I love the chemistry between Ree, Roland, and Paden and the twist at the end of the story. I can't wait for the next installment in this series!! Highly recommend you read it!
(reviewed 3 days after purchase)
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