on August 14, 2014
Source: Author Review Copy
Genres: Contemporary, Fiction, Psychological Thriller, Romance, Young Adult
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Three teens venture into the abandoned lake house one night; hours later, only two emerge from the burning wreckage. Chloe drags one Reznick brother to safety, unconscious and bleeding; the other is left to burn, dead in the fire. But which brother survives? And is his death a tragic accident? Desperate self-defense?
Chloe is the only one with the answers. As the fire rages, and police and parents demand the truth, she struggles to piece together the story of how they got there-a story of jealousy, twisted passion, and the darkness that lurks behind even the most beautiful of faces…
“Dangerous Boys is a taut, compelling thriller balanced on the razor’s edge of suspense. I could not put it down, and could not stop grinning wickedly as I raced through the pages.” — Leah Raeder, USA Today bestselling author of Unteachable
“Abigail Hass is a master at her craft! This is a special book and a special author. This is the kind of storytelling and writing that stick with you no matter how much time passes.” — The Book Geek Blog
“As with Dangerous Girls, the closing left me with a huge, admittedly rather twisted smile on my face. I don’t know how Haas manages to turn me into such a gleefully evil creature.” — Dahlia Adler, blogger.
“Dangerous Boys was an intense, psychological read which was full of suspense and drama,…Abigail Haas has a way of writing books which reel you in and keep you there, hooked and addicted until the very last page.” — Goodreads.com
You know that sweet, romantic guy who becomes the swoony, perfect love interest in YA contemporary romances? In Dangerous Boys, his name is Ethan, but things don’t go so well for him.
For one thing, he has a creepy brother who lives for sabotaging his life and wants everything that he has, including his girlfriend, Chloe. And that’s where we come in, as Dangerous Boys is told through three perspectives – The End, where something bad has gone down and we don’t know who’s the victim or the perpetrator, Then, where Chloe tells us about her parents divorce, her mum’s depression, and how she met Ethan, and Now, where she’s in hospital and reflecting upon what’s happened. We are given different pieces of the puzzle, and throughout the book there will be drama, twists and turns as we figure out how things fall into place.
Ethan thought I was good. He told me all the time, how kind I was, how sweet. “I’ve got a good one,” he’d say, like I was a prize he’d won at ring-toss at the county fair. The truth was, his compliments just made me feel guilty, like he was blind to the flashes of anger and bitterness that rose to the surface, too often these days.
Chloe is a highly complex character who evolves greatly over the course of the novel. Ethan believes that Chloe is too kind, too sweet, good and innocent, but when they meet Oliver, it all goes to hell. Oliver is charismatic, creepy, and a dark influence on Chloe, and the way the three characters relate to each other was intense. I loved how Dangerous Boys flipped all the usual characters that we knew and turned them around into something that you would never expect. Chloe’s eventual progression to the dark side was intense, thrilling and absolutely mind blowing.
For those of you who loved Dangerous Girls, needn’t worry about whether this one lives up to the psychological thriller aspect of the book. This one delivered enough deliciously dark twists, turns and thrills to stand on its own. I liked how it was a different exploration of dark characters, instead of sticking to the same format. I found the twists to be quite predictable, perhaps after reading it a bit too close to another psychological thriller, Breaking Butterflies. But there’s a way that Abigail Haas writes in such a captivating and gripping manner that makes you just want to devour the whole book in one sitting.
Dangerous Boys is a suspenseful, dark thriller that evolves in a compelling way throughout the book. It will feature deaths, murders, twists and turns that will send your heart racing. While the eventual ending was predictable, I loved the excitement and the thrills that this psychological thriller delivered in a frantic, need to read all the pages now kind of way.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5
Reading about some romance is books is just a definite captivation for me. Anything that’s YA and has romance calls me. But, Dangerous Boys has a risky, hard-felt romance that just gets you afraid. You don’t want to be in this un-sappy relationship (or two).
I’ve always wanted to read Dangerous Girls. The idea of this romantic-mystery is unique, but at the same time, you need to be hard-hearted to read such a psychological thriller that gets you thinking. Arriving on August 14, Dangerous Boys is the first book that you need to pick up for the fall.
This book is written from the female protagonist, Chloe’s point of view, but in two separate occasions. One is from “Then,” or the past, which explains the life that she had before the large incident that changed her life. At the time, Chloe’s life was falling apart. Her mother has recently gone through a divorce with Chloe’s father, and she’s stuck in bed all day, not wanting to go to work. Right before Chloe’s off to college to start a fresh new life aside from the one she had in her small town, she meets Ethan. He’s the boy she’s ever dreamed of–one that loves her for her “sweetness” and beauty. Then, Ethan’s obsessive older brother, Oliver, shows up from college. That’s when the duo begin to fight over Chloe for her love. Things get too carried away, and then the incident occurs, and her whole life is turned around.
The question is–what would you do for love? After reading this powerful novel, it really got me thinking about how daring and crazy love can be. If you truly love somebody, you may be persuaded to do some unbelievable things. I love gorgeous concepts, and this had it.
This book was crazy–psychologically messed up, but in a good way. You are going to be left speechless with the meaning and the whole story won’t leave you until the next week, or two. Murder, abuse, depression, stress; this book basically had everything that can fear you.
My only problem that I had with this was the fact that it was slow-moving. I preferred something faster in pace, but I got something that took me 3+ hours to read, unreal for my reading speed. But either way, the action that was packed was like an illusion and there was no going back. If you’re okay with slow-paced books, then you might be able to give this a 5 star rating.
Chloe was a very mature but independent character. She was easily influenced by the psychos around her, and she can change to somebody different in a snap. She wasn’t the best person to read about, but she was a bearable person.
My favourite out of the brothers had to be… both. I don’t know, Abigail Haas just creates perfect men who are total opposites. Chloe needed the two different influences, I could tell. Oliver was obviously the dark devilish guy with the long story behind his actions, while Ethan was the sweet, caring lover who didn’t notice a thing that was wrong around him. Either way, they were good to have while you’re in the mood.
Dangerous Boys was a daring but beautiful story. The dark characters have a very strong meaning behind them and the events that occurred really got you thinking about life and love. It’s a psychological thriller that you won’t find anywhere else. It basically has everything you’re looking for in a sad book.
When you’re going to go through a gloomy, rainy, fall day, pick this beauty up. You will be left surprised, and wanting more. The ending may have been a teensy predictable, but by the end, it all added up to be something that left me speechless and craving for another thrill ride.
Rating: 4.5 out of 5 (same rating, Jeann!)
Thank you to the author for sending us this book in exchange for an honest review!
About Abigail Haas
Abigail Haas has written two adult novels and four young adult contemporary novels under the name Abby McDonald. Dangerous Girls is her first young adult thriller. She grew up in Sussex, England, and studied Politics, Philosophy & Economics at Oxford University. She lives in Los Angeles.