BOOK REVIEW: Dangerous Boys – by Abigail Haas

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Title: Dangerous Boys
Author: Abigail Haas
Genre: YA, Thriller, Contemporary
First published: August 14th 2014
Finished reading: February 22nd 2016
Pages: 336
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“Some pieces couldn’t be glued back together. Some people weren’t for fixing.

Sometimes, the only thing to do was burn the whole fucking world down and start again.”

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Dangerous Girls was one of my favorite 2015 reads, so when I was looking for something good to get me out of my beginning reading slump I knew Dangerous Boys was a safe choice. I was right: Abigail Haas did it again! Although slightly less twisted and with a more predictable ending, there is no doubt that this author will mess with your mind  when you read this. There are so many unexpected plot twists that it takes a while to figure out what really happened… The story goes back and forth between past and present, and you slowly start to realize just how twisted the main characters are. Partly unreliable narrator, partly very unlikeable main characters, but with a story this dark and intriguing it didn’t really matter. Dangerous Boys has a fast pace and the prose reads so easily that you are sucked right into the story and you’ll find yourself flying through the pages to find out what on earth happened that day. I won’t go into details to avoid spoilers, but if you can overcome the fact that you might want to hit Chloe for being such an annoying pain in the *** I’m sure you will love this read as much as I did.

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Chloe has been dying to get out of her small town and escape to college, but it seems to turn into a crushed dream more and more every day. Her mother never got over the fact that her husband left her for another woman and cannot even get up in the morning. Chloe doesn’t want to leave her mother all alone, but that does mean she will have to stay in the town she despises, with everyone looking at her differently after the divorce. When new-to-town Ethan shows up in the diner where she works, he becomes a pleasant distraction from it all. Chloe is determined to get her mother’s life back on track so she can go live her own, but she cannot resist Ethan for long. They start dating even though she is supposed to leave in a few weeks, but her mother doesn’t improve and the arrival of Ethan’s brother changes everything. One night the three enter the abandoned Monroe estate, hours later, only two emerge from the burning wreckage. What on earth happened?

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In a way I was a bit afraid to start reading Dangerous Boys since I loved Dangerous Girls so much last year. That one is still my absolute favorite, but Dangerous Boys is a close second. The plot and especially the ending might be slightly more predictable, but that doesn’t take away that Abigail Haas has mastered the art of both creating a dark and twisted story and playing with your mind perfectly. If you like these kind of books, make sure to give both a go! You won’t regret it.

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WWW Wednesdays #79 – February 24th

wwwwednesdaysWWW WEDNESDAYS is a weekly meme hosted by Sam @ Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below.

  • WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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I still haven’t finished All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr… Don’t get me wrong, I love this book so far both because of the prose, setting and characters, but somehow I haven’t been in the mood to read it. I’m fearing a starting reading slump, so I am trying to read quick, ‘easy’ or different reads instead. I’ve just picked up Bestiario by Julio Cortázar as well to start working on my promise to read more Spanish books; I’ve read a lot of his short stories during Uni and it’s nice to revisit them.

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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* The first book I finished was Every Day by David Levithan. I had my reservations and wasn’t sure what to expect, but it turned out to be an excellent read.
* I then read Charm & Strange by Stephanie Kuehn mostly because I needed something short and entertaining to get me to read again. Like the title says, this book is without doubt strange, mysterious and very intriguing! Recommendable.
* I also finished Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas, a book I picked up on a whim after remembering how much I loved Dangerous Girls last year. I still prefer that one, although Dangerous Boys is almost as good. Abigail Haas knows how to play with the reader’s mind!
* The last book I finished is Mr. Kiss And Tell by Rob Thomas, a Veronica Mars sequel that didn’t really live up to expectations. I loved the first book, but the sequel read a bit slow and failed to keep my attention. There was too much focus on the relationship between Veronica and Logan and politics and the actual case they were working on was pushed to the background…

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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I really want to pick up The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton soon; both because I have been looking forward to it for quite some time now and I need it for a challenge as well. I might read Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson first though if I’m in the mood for a light read…. And I also finally want to stick to my promise and start with Outlander by Diana Gabaldon, but that depends on how I feel after finishing my current reads. The Liar’s Chair by Rebecca Whitney is still my newest TBR jar pick.

BOOK REVIEW: Dangerous Girls – by Abigail Haas

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Title: Dangerous Girls
Author: Abigail Haas
Genre: YA, Mystery, Thriller
First published: July 16th 2013
Finished reading: August 12th 2015
Pages: 388
Rating 4,5

“Wouldn’t we all look guilty, if someone searched hard enough?”

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When I first saw Dangerous Girls mentioned somewhere, I thought it was just another contemporary romance novel. I was SO wrong. This novel by Abigail Haas is simply brilliant and will seriously mess with your mind when you read it. Those who have read it already will know what I’m talking about… The main characters maybe aren’t exactly to my liking, but they feel ‘real’ and act according to the story. The focus is on Anna, a senior year teenager who is accused of the murder of her best friend Elise during a Spring Break vacation. We learn about what happened during those days they spent on the island and their past together mostly through her eyes; Abigail Haas uses her prose and various plot twists to keep you on the edge of your seat the whole time. Do you enjoy a good mystery/thriller read with an ending that you definitely didn’t see coming? Then Dangerous Girls is the perfect read for you.

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During Spring Break of their senior year, Anna decides to go on a trip to Aruba with her boyfriend Tate, her best friend Elise and a few other friends. It’s supposed to be the time of their lives, but things suddenly change when they find Elise brutally murdered at the place they were staying. The cops made a mess of the crime scene since they don’t have a lot of experience with murders on the island, and they are struggling to find a good suspect. But soon they decide Anna and her boyfriend Tate are prime suspects, even though they deny everything and have an alibi… And Anna finds herself trapped on a foreign island fighting for her freedom. Will they be able to find out who the killer is? What really happened during the last days Elise was alive?

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Dangerous Girls is a brilliant mystery/thriller read with a fast pace and plot twists that will make you want to keep reading until you’ve finished it. The main characters are well developed and I really enjoyed the prose. And that ending… I remember literally staring at the last page for about five minutes because I couldn’t believe what I had just read. I won’t say anything else to avoid spoilers, just that I would definitely recommend this novel to anyone who likes the genre. You won’t be disappointed!

WWW Wednesdays #53 – August 19th

wwwwednesdaysWWW WEDNESDAYS is hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below.

  • WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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I just started The Death Cure by James Dashner yesterday and I’m not too far into the story yet. I’m not sure what to think of it, but at least I will be closer to finishing one more series… I’m about halfway with Fairest by Marissa Meyer and I still stand by my comment that it’s not as good as the main series. Levana just isn’t a very likeable character! I made some progress with The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt before the read-a-thon started, but I’ve temporarily put it on hold until next Monday.

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

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Wait a minute; I’ve read EIGHT books since last WWW?! I checked twice, but apparently I’ve been reading like a monster for the last seven days haha.
The first book I’ve read is Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas; such a great read and the ending seriously messed with my mind!
I’ve had some start up problems with The Wrath And The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh; it took me a while to get used to the many foreign names and characters but I enjoyed it afterwards.
I had no such luck with Landline by Rainbow Rowell: I love her YA fiction, but I was seriously disappointed by Landline.
I then finally picked up The Kings Of Cool by Don Winslow, a TBR jar pick I have been posponing for the last I-don’t-know-how-many weeks. It was actually really good and I regret now waiting so long!
I’ve also read The Knife Of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness, a book that has been on my TBR for ages and I enjoyed it just as much as I’ve hoped. I really need to get a copy of the sequels soon though!
I continued with Rarity From The Hollow by Robert Eggleton, an ARC I ended up enjoying despite some problems I had with the plot, characters and prose.
I then read Never Never by Colleen Hoover and Tarryn Fisher, a quite short and entertaining read that ends with a very painful cliffhanger! I will have to read part two soon and cross my fingers it won’t have such a big cliffhanger as the first…
The last book I finished was The Martian by Andy Weir, by far one of the best reads so far this month. The main character, plot, prose… It really shows why this book was picked as one of the Goodreads Choice winners.

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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I will probably try to read The Kill Order by James Dashner so I can finish yet another series… Although it will probably depend on how much I enjoy The Death Cure. I’m also looking forward to both My Heart And Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga and The Girl On The Train by Paula Hawkins. I guess it will depend on my mood which one I decide to read first. The last one on this list is my new TBR jar pick: The Geography Of You And Me by Jennifer E. Smith. I’m normally not a big fan of romance, but this title has been recommended to me various times so I will give it a try very soon.

WWW Wednesdays #52 – August 12th

wwwwednesdaysWWW WEDNESDAYS is hosted by Sam at Taking On A World Of Words and is all about answering the three questions below. This week I’m trying out a slightly different format! 😀

  • WHAT ARE YOU CURRENTLY READING?

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I started Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas on a whim yesterday because I wasn’t happy with my other current reads. So far I’m definitely enjoying it better than the rest of the titles… It’s actually the second time I’ve started The Wrath And The Dawn by Renee Ahdieh, and somehow I cannot seem to get a proper feel for the story. It’s not that I don’t like it, so maybe I’m just not in the mood for it right now. I’ve also started The Knife Of Never Letting Go by Patrick Ness, a book I’ve been wanting to read for ages. I’m not sure what to think of the prose, but the plot is interesting so far. And as far as The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt goes… No progress at all this week. I really have to stop starting new books and read at least a few chapters! Currently I’ve only read about a third and I really want to finish it this month.

  • WHAT DID YOU RECENTLY FINISH READING?

recentreadsaugust12th2015 I managed to read no less than 6! books since my last WWW post. I guess the fact that it has been raining for about every day means I have been having a lot of free time to read…
I first finished Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher, a ‘heavy’ read with a very original dialogue between the main character and the girl on the tapes.
I then couldn’t resist any longer and read Blood Of My Blood by Barry Lyga. It’s the third book of the Jasper Dent series and I absolutely loved it! So many plot twists, awesome characters and brilliant prose! Barry Lyga is definitely one of my new favorite authors.
I started Seriously Wicked by Tina Connolly on a whim afterwards, looking for a light read. I was mostly disappointed by it; boring characters, mediocre prose and a not so credible plot.
Dash & Lily’s Book Of Dares by Rachel Cohn and David Levithan was a lot better, although I have a feeling I would have enjoyed it even better during the Holiday season. But since it was a book club read, I didn’t have much choice picking the date. 😉
I’ve also read The Perks Of Being A Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. Finally! I’ve had this one on my TBR for ages… I enjoyed this read, especially the prose, but not as much as some others might have.
The last book I’ve managed to finish this week is You Are My Sunshine by Roberta Kagan. I wanted a proper historical fiction read after being disappointed by Masquerade a while back, but I wasn’t a fan of this novel either. Bland characters, a weak plot and the prose was not so great either. Such a shame, because I normally love WWII historical fiction!

  • WHAT DO YOU THINK YOU’LL READ NEXT?

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I have Rarity From The Hollow, an ARC sent by the author Robert Eggleton, next on the list to read as soon as I finish my current reads. I also want to try and read The Death Cure by James Dashner so I can finish one more series (although I have a copy of The Kill Order as well)… And I’m looking forward to start The Martian by Andy Weir soon since I’ve heard great things about it. And I REALLY should read The Kings Of Cool by Don Winslow soon, because it was my TBR jar pick ages ago and I still haven’t picked it up…