Happy release day to Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas!
I was freakishly excited to get onboard with this blitz because a) I loved Dangerous Girls and it messed with my head so badly and of course I need more trauma like that in my life, and b) I definitely want to support this author. Abigail Haas is a genius. SHE IS. Her thrillers absolutely smack my brain around. I still…
Nope. Still can’t even.
I’ll attempt a sensible review, but just warning you fairly: this book was all kinds of freaky awesome. My thoughts are basically still like this:
Oh! And if you haven’t read Dangerous Girls, don’t worry! You don’t need to.
It’s not a sequel really. It’s a completely different and unrelated story. But if you want to read my gushy review for Dangerous Girls, it’s here. Good to go? Okay, let’s party.
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…
You should probably buy this book (just sayin’…) at:
How do I even…where? What? HOW.
I just want to cling to my keyboard and cry basically, because IT HAPPENED AGAIN. Dangerous Girls (book #1) absolutely messed with my brain. I did. not. see. it. coming. So I went into Dangerous Boys completely ready to guess the puzzle early. I was even suspecting that baby, peoples! I WAS PREPARED. The baby was only mentioned once and wasn’t even born. But whatever. It sounded suspicious.
And I still got totally done.
My brain is a mess right now.
This is a thriller that will play with your mind. I promise you that.
What I particularly love about Abigail Haas’ style is that she gives you the end and the beginning. You have to read to figure out the middle. We start the book knowing a) someone is dead, b) it’s murder, and c) there will not be a hug big enough to hold you through this mind-trickery.
I read it in two sittings. I was turning pages ravenously on my kindle. I was screaming (albiet quietly because my family thinks I’m weird enough as is) “NO DON’T DO IT” for everything. Even them eating pie. I was suspicious, okay? Very suspicious of everything and everyone.
It’s hard to review this without spoilers, so I will only lightly mention the characters.
It’s narrated by Chloe who wanted to go to college but…things happen. Her mother has severe crippling depression and Chloe stayed home to help her through this. (Nice, Chloe.) But, of course, Chloe has Little Town Syndrome, wherein she’s terrified of being stuck in a one-horse town foreeeeever.
Bring in Ethan. He’s nice. The kind of boyfriend who smiles at you and gives you a cuddle when things are bad and wants to live in the one-horse town (why the heck do I keep saying horse?! there are no horses in this book, not literally) and have his babies and be Mr. Normal Nobody.
Bring in Oliver. He is Ethan’s brother and, hey, I’m not being judgy her, but he’s probably a sociopath. Brilliant. Charismatic. Dazzling. And dangerous. Ohhh, hold my common sense, while Chloe swoons.
Ah, yah it’s a love-triangle.
But it’s the most warped love triangle in the history of ever, and I guarentee you the outcome is not normal. NOT NORMAL AT ALL.
The writing is absolutely hypnotising and perfectly paced. It’s a thriller. It gives thrills.
I’m suddenly addicted to thrillers. Although, this one is more NA then YA. It’s that iffy time when highschool has finished and college is ready to begun and you’re supposed to be an adult but you still have the brain of a teenager. Awkward. Lots of bad decisions. (Hopefully, though, murder is not the usual decision in most teens lives.)
I’m trying my hardest not to compare this to Dangerous Girls.
To be fair, they’re completely different books and not even related except for the author and the “dangerous” bit. The plot is 100% different. It only reminded me of Dangerous Girls with the way it was written: with the ending first and mixed with the beginning. (I love that, by the way.) But if I had to pick a favourite…it’d be Dangerous Girls. There is more romance and adulting in Dangerous Boys, both of which are not my favourite topics. But both these books completely got into my brain, took my breath away, and simultaneously HORRIFIED and INTRIGUED me.
I loved it. (In case it was hard to tell.) I was going to give it 4.5 because I liked Dangerous Girls better but then…why would I do that?! I loved this book and it deserves every shiny 5-star sticker ever. This is a psychological thrill-ride that’ll make you glare suspiciously at every character and STILL be gob-smacked at the reveal. It’s horrible. Humans are scary.
I would like a third book. Perhaps Dangerous Babies? Or Dangerous Pets?
Cait is in recovery. Well, trying to be. She has the most massive book-hangover of EVER after this. She feels like yelling about this book’s brilliance from the rooftops and flailing and making dangerous cake in celebration or something. It’s okay, it’s okay…she’s calming down now. She’s considering starting GOOD OMENS, which she’s reading purely because she wants to write a review and use Crowley gifs.