By: Celine | August 13, 2014 | (21) Comments

Discussion Review: Dangerous Boys by Abigail HaasDangerous Boys by Abigail Haas
Release Date: August 14th, 2014
Pages: 336
Source: Received in exchange for review
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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?

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…

Discussion by Melanie and Celine

*This review is spoiler-free*

Melanie: Abigail Haas doesn’t fail us yet again. This is a piece of perfection. YES YES YES. *flails* It was everything I expected plus more.

Celine: I have to admit, my expectations were sky high after the masterpiece that was Dangerous Girls. I was a bit worried, because high expectations usually lead to disappointment. But of course I shouldn’t have worried. This is Abigail Haas, after all. Dangerous Boys blew me away.

Melanie: Yeah, I had this little niggling feeling that this wouldn’t be anywhere as amazing as Dangerous Girls but both of these thrillers are both equally as brilliant, in my opinion. Each stand out in their own way.

Celine: I definitely agree with that! It’s funny because they’re both so similar yet so different, in my opinion. But Dangerous Girls and Dangerous Boys were most alike in how brilliant they are. Haas definitely knows how to open with a bang, though. The first page was SO INTENSE already and immediately had me hooked!

Melanie: YES. I love how she gave us the ending first, it worked well by making me want to continue and see what the heck had just happened. I mean, I wanted to know which brother made it out of the fire with the MC. Why there was a fire in the first place and what the hell happened between this trio.

Celine: Yes! I was so curious and couldn’t read fast enough. I just HAD to know! I also love the many twists and the way Haas keeps playing with your feelings. Which brother will you root for? Who is the real villain here? When the book starts off we only know one of the brothers, but we slowly get insight into both’s characters – and damm, some characters it were. I thought Haas created such complex characters, and I was really amazed by her skill.

Melanie: I love her characters. All of them, every time. Like I know I’m not making any sense when I say this but I despise her characters so much that I love them. I mean, some of them are so twisted and just nuts which makes me feel disgusted but I cannot help but be like ERHMAGERD YOU ARE SO FULL OF DEPTH LET ME LOVE YOU

Celine: I know EXACTLY what you mean. I hated all of them, ALL of them, but they were so skilfully crafted and so layered, I HAD to love them. Especially Oliver. He’s my favourite person to love/hate. And I also loved the way these characters influence each other! Often, characters just exist alongside each other, but each character imoacted the other in both subtle amd noticeable ways. I was just so amazed by it all. How does Abigail Haas DO this!?

Melanie: It’s absolutely crazy but everything is so realistically developed- like you said, especially under Oliver’s influence. If you had to make me say who the most twisted character here was, I wouldn’t be able to have an answer even if you gave me forever. Like seriously, I loved it. It was twisted, in all the brilliant ways.

Celine: Making me pick the most twisted character is like making me pick my favourite book – I just can’t do it. And it was all just so gloriously brilliant. Seriously, I am awed.

Basically, I love everything about this book. The atmosphere, the characters, the plot. And I also loved how besides the obvious problems – the fire, the brothers – there were also more relatable, everyday ones. Chloe, for example, has always wanted to go to college and get out of her little town but her mother has her own problems and needs Chloe to care for her. Though you could argue that this, too, was part of the bigger plot (let’s face it, EVERYTHING was), I just really loved how Haas included something closer to the problems most people go through, something that could be relatable for the reader amd still influence the bigger plot.

Melanie: Right? It’s not just a mystery thriller, there’s still quite a lot about coming to understand and finding out who you are in this novel too.

Also, Oliver was a manipulative baaastard. (Excuzes-moi French)

Celine: Oh, Oliver was SO manipulative. And yet, I loved him so much. He was just so complex and unique, he’s actually my favourite of them all. He’s a massive jerk, though.

Melanie: I think I didn’t love him as much as you did because he got on my nerves like nearly all the time but he was such a well fleshed out character.

Ooh, did you have any critisms towards this book? Because I have none. Zilch.

Celine: Critisms? *thinks long and hard* Err… Well, I thought it was slightly more predictable than Dangerous Girls but that’s not much of a critism at all. So… No. Which makes sense, because this book is brilliant, mind blowing and everything I hoped for.

SO EVERYONE BETETR RUN OFF TO BUY THIS RIGHT NOW.

Melanie: I SECOND THIS.

~Thank you, Abigail Haas, for the review copies!~

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5 Stars
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Celine is 17 years old and from the Netherlands. Quite obviously, she loves books! She has been a reader for as long as she can remember, and she believes she will be a reader forever. Celine is also obsessed with food, and loves singing along to music as loud as possible, dancing and doodling on nearly everything.

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21 Responses to Discussion Review: Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas

  1. I can’t wait to read this after loving Dangerous Girls and I’m thrilled you ladies enjoyed this one! I’ve already pre-ordered a copy and cannot wait to dive into it–I’m sure I’ll be just as blown away. Fantastic discussion, ladies! 🙂
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  2. AH!! I’m so excited about this review. I loved Dangerous Girls and I’m just dying to read this one. I really hope to get a copy ASAP.
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  3. I think this is the third positive review I’m seeing of this book today. YES, THREE GOOD REVIEWS IN A DAY. Must be some kind of record! And I’m beginning to sound like a broken tape-recorder, but — I really do want this book now, despite not being the biggest fan of YA mysteries.

    Wow, the book starts off with the ending? I don’t think I’ve read something like that before, but it sounds like it worked really well! Just a bit concerned that it might take away some of the suspense, since I’ll know how things turned out, sort of. But all of the reviews I’ve seen seem to be saying the same thing: they couldn’t turn the pages fast enough. Always a mark of a good book.

    I’ve heard lots about the characters, too. I love it when evil characters are just as complex as the good ones — I might not like them exactly, but it’s still SO easy to sympathize with them at the same time, kind of like what happened with Oliver for you guys. And also, twisted stories are my favorites. Like, those that just make you question everything (in a good way) and make you squirm.

    Haven’t read Dangerous Girls yet, but I’ll definitely be getting Dangerous Boys! YOU GUYS ARE JUST TOO CONVINCING. Awesome review, you two!
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    • Celine says:

      Trust me, YOU DO WANT THIS, broken tape-recorder or no. The book does start off with the ending, but trust me when I say that you still don’t know nearly enough. SO MANY QUESTIONS. There is still a whole lot of suspense, haha. You do sort of know how some things turn out, but it’s really the way you get there and the bit after the end that you truly want to know.

      The characters were amazing! They were all very complex and layered and basically I can’t wait for you to read this 😀 Oh, and Dangerous Girls is just as good, so I hope you’ll read that one too.

      Thanks, Megan <33

  4. Zoe N. says:

    YEESS! I absolutely loved this one too Mel and Celine, and I am SO glad you girls liked it too! The characters were just so dark and complex; and even if you knew they were bad, you still couldn’t help but fall for them, which is no easy task on Haas’ part! The way she incorporated such complex psychology into this was absolutely remarkable and really sets it apart from other mysteries and thrillers in YA (Chloe’s mom’s depression, the way Oliver was able to manipulate Chloe, etc). Thanks for sharing girls, and, as always, BRILLIANT review! <3 GAH! I just love this book so much, and am jumping for joy that you both do too!
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  5. THIS BOOK. ERMAGERD. THIS BOOK. I have to admit I just didn’t like Oliver the moment he walked in. But he was so perfectly written…he was, wow. I could just see so much about him. I had kind of labelled him a sociopath the second he entered the room, because a) everyone said they were happy to see him, but at the same time b) they were terrified. Plus having him always sent away. I knew there was something wrong from day dot. Ethan was adorable, but…needy? I don’t know. >_< I just liked his intro with Chloe. XD Omg, though, THAT ENDING. FAJDFSKLAFD IT WAS SO FREAKING CLEVER.
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    • Celine says:

      Haha, I loved Oliver’s character, but not Oliver himself (does that make sense?). I get what you mean by immediately labelling him a sociopath – I definitely thought “something’s wrong here” . But what can I say, I like sociopaths a lot. (IN FICTION. Let’s clarify that for a second.) I kinda disliked Ethan because he was, liek you said, sort of needy. But I did like beginning-Ethan. It was clingy-Ethan that worked on my nerves.

      THE ENDIIIINGGGG. ASDFJKL; ENOUGH SAID.

  6. Bennari says:

    Ooh you girls make this one sound so good! I haven’t seen Dangerous Boys OR DG around before but I really want to read them now! Adding them to my to be read list. Awesome review, Celine and Melanie 😀

  7. Amelia K says:

    Okay I am so curious to see what happens in this one! I cannot believe it’s just published and I didn’t know! Now i have to wait till tmrw before I can run to the bookshop and buy it laaaaame. I cannot wait to meet Chloe and especially Oliver! They all sound so twisted.

    Great review girls!

  8. Kelly says:

    Goodness, I think I’m the last person to read this one, I’m so slack that I haven’t even read the original yet. It sounds brilliant and loved the discussion. How often do you both completely agree on the same book? LOVED IT! Makes me want the series even more so now. Brilliant break down girls, now I’m rushing off to buy them online <3
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    • Melanie says:

      Well Celine and I actually agree on quite a few books but it’s not every day when we both give a book 5 stars 😀 YOU ARE. Read it before I disown you as a friend. 😛

  9. I really really love Abigail Haas now. Her thrillers are awesome. This one is more character-driven, darker, but I was looking for the thrill. But STILL, she didn’t fail us!!
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  10. I even think 5 stars isn’t enough for this golden book. It needs all the stars and more. I was very surprised to find out that Dangerous Girls didn’t get that much sales. With how good it was, I assumed it skyrocketed to a million books 🙁 Hopefully with all the hype we’re giving it her name gets around more! 😀
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