Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Review: Dangerous Boys

: Dangerous Boys
Author:  Abigail Haas
Release Date: August 14, 2014
Pages: 228
Format: eARC
Publisher: Self/Simon and Schuster UK
Rating: 4 Cows

Goodreads Description:

Three teens venture into the abandoned Monroe estate 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? Or murder?

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...

Last year, I was on the blog tour for Dangerous Girls by Abigail Haas and absolutely LOVED it!  I had no idea that Dangerous Boys existed until a few weeks ago but once I found out I knew that I had to read it! While my love for Dangerous Girls will always be just a little bit more, I definitely have plenty of love for Dangerous Boys.

Dangerous Boys and Dangerous Girls are alike but also very different. There are some similarities in the plot elements (i.e. suspense, a possible unreliable narrator, and  of course the shock factor). However, that being said the plot is very different and Dangerous Boys has a completely new cast of characters.

Dangerous Boys focuses on two brothers: Ethan and Oliver, and Chloe. The book begins at the ending which I loved! I thought it added even more mystery and suspense. You know how the story ends but you don't know how it got there. I think that this draws you even more. This book is a very character driven book and focuses a lot on character development. A lot of the mystery of the book is figuring out how three seemingly normal people get to that end point. Why does one of them end up dead? Which one of the brothers dies? It's a mystery and the outcome wasn't one that I could have predicted.

The thing I love about Haas's books is her ability to make you question everything. Most of the time, I trust my narrators. I know that the way they see things may sometimes be a little off but that for the most part they are doing their to tell the story how it happened or is happening. With Haas's books, that goes out the window, you can never be sure if what you are being told is completely true, half true or untrue. This is what I experienced with Chloe. I couldn't ever figure out if she could be trusted or not and it wasn't until the very end that everything made sense and pulled together.

The one thing that held me back from giving Dangerous Boys a 5 out of 5 review is that it didn't shock me as much as I had hoped. This is partly due to just how shocked I was with Dangerous Girls. Honestly, there's no topping that one! Still, I enjoyed Dangerous Boys very much and highly recommned it. Also, if you haven't for whatever reason read Dangerous Girls, you need to. It will blow your mind. Seriously!


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