05/09/2014

Mini Reviews: Dangerous Girls & Dangerous Boys {Abigail Haas}



Written by Abigail Haas

Elise is dead. And someone must pay. When Anna's debaucherous trip to Aruba turns into a living nightmare as her friend is brutally murdered, she finds herself trapped in a foreign country and fighting for her freedom. As she awaits the judge's decree, it becomes clear that everyone is questioning her innocence. To the rest of the world Anna isn't just guilty, but dangerous. When the court case unfolds and the truth struggles to come out, it's more shocking than you could ever imagine.
Anna's relationship with Elise was intense. They were close friends, but it always seemed like something more; an attraction neither of them could sort through. Even with Anna's boyfriend hovering in the foreground, there seemed to be an untouchable nature to her relationship with Elise. An obsessive friendship beyond compare. It made for some emotional flashbacks.

It's hard not to feel for Anna. Despite her close friendship with Elise, she becomes the prime suspect in a witch hunt by local police. The whole world thinks she's guilty, even her friends. She's betrayed by everyone around her, scrutinised by the media, and left to rot in prison while her fate is argued. 

The evidence against her is patchy, but the way the prosecutors attack Anna's character, weaving through her life and selectively picking parts that prove their theories was frustratingly brilliant and made for an interesting question: wouldn't we all look guilty, if someone searched hard enough?

Sandwiched between the intense trial scenes, we flashback to the night Elise was murdered and the events leading up to it. It made for some nail-biting storytelling, which had me flicking the pages as fast as I could to see what happened.

This book was fast and addictive, with a distinct eerie cloud over every page. I was suspicious of every character and time again, my theories were proven wrong. I flitted between suspects, all the while never committing to one. Nobody felt trustworthy. But with all the twists and turns lacing each page, it was no wonder! 

"Any one of us could be made to look like a monster, with selective readings of our history."





Written by Abigail Haas

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, while the other is left to burn in the fire. But which brother survives? And is his death a tragic accident? Or murder? Chloe is the only one with the answers. As the fire rages and the police 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.

This was one creepy story: eerie and completely savage. Again, I didn't predict the book ending how it did, so I have to tip my hat to Abigail Haas, for managing to keep the mystery in her novels. Even with the story slowly unfolding over each page, giving us snippets of what was to come – flashfowards mixed with flashbacks – the way everything tied up in the end was a big surprise.

Saying that, I didn't like this book as much as Dangerous Girls. I felt like in Dangerous Girls I cared more about the characters and the story, whereas here, I really didn't like any one. So it made it hard for me to be as invested.

Of course, I don't think I was meant to like any of the characters, because none of them were particularly good people. Each had their own agenda and sinister motives. But I didn't dislike like them because they were malicious or twisted; I disliked them because they kind of bored me. With a plot so riveting and intense, I felt let down by the people. I wanted more from them. Ethan was too clingy and one-dimensional, Oliver a bit of a caricature and our heroine a little too all-over-the-place.

That being said, the ending more than made up for any gripes I had with the characters. It was perfectly evil and every bit as twisted as I wanted. I finished the book in one sitting, with a sly grin on my face.

"What would you do if nobody was watching? If nobody would ever know?"

 
  
Allie is a Pimm's-obsessed reader, who dreams of road tripping over America, learning to surf & becoming fluent in all the languages of her heritage (which, sadly, does not include Elvish). If she's not reading or blogging, you can find her catching up on Teen Wolf, or reigning supreme with Scrabble/Mario Kart
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24 comments:

  1. Awesome reviews Allie, I am so glad you finally read both of these books because I loved both of them! Dangerous Girls was so twisty and amazing and you wouldn't have seen the ending coming. It definitely had that frantic, addictive quality about it you know?

    I do agree Ethan was kind of one-dimensional and the "sweet good guy", but with everything going on with the other 2 characters in the book you kind of needed that balance.

    Great reviews Allie!

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    1. Definitely addicting! I mean, I read them both in a day each, so that's saying something good!

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  2. Great reviews! I agree that in some ways, Dangerous Girls was kinda better than Dangerous Boys, especially when it comes to the shock and suspense factor (they really were well-placed in that book), but I guess I just liked the darker aspect of Dangerous Boys more. It was Chloe's spiralling down to the abyss of darkness that made it the better of the two books for me!

    Faye at The Social Potato

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    1. Dangerous Boys was a lot darker . . . but I think what I liked about Dangerous Girls was that it was also dark, but surprisingly so. Like, I didn't expect it to be so dark, whereas with Boys, the whole story was consistently twisted. I suppose I just liked the surprise of Girls more!

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  3. There have been so many great reviews for both of these. I am excited to start them for sure. A little sad you didn't like the second book as much but that seems to be the consensus on them.

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    1. I think I may be the odd one out with that! Everyone else seems to be preferring Boys, but I just thought Girls was much more suspenseful

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  4. Fast and addictive sounds good. I haven't heard much about either of these

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    1. Oh really? They've been clogging up my feed for AGES now (well, weeks anyway). The main reason I read them was because I was seeing them both every where and had to know what the fuss was about!

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  5. Everyone has been going on, and on and on about these books, and I still haven't started it! The biggest flaw I have with mystery books is that I'm continuously attempting to solve the mystery, thus forfeiting the enjoyment of the ride. I need to stop doing that, I know. I have a copy of Dangerous Girls, and I think I might just start it today because I really, really want to know what all the hype is! Wonderful reviews, sorry Dangerous Boys wasn't as amazing!

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    1. I know! I only read them the other week, because everyone kept raving about them.

      Let me know what you think of Dangerous Girls. I'm curious as to who your suspects will be!

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  6. Ah, I felt the same way about Dangerous Girls! I kept trying to figure it out myself, and I waffled a lot, and failed every time. And I was MAD. Like, downright mad at Aruba as a country. The thing is, I have always had that odd feeling about the media in relation to guilt and innocence, so this scared me extra.

    Dangerous Boys is one I must read ASAP. I won it in a giveaway, so I am waiting for it to get here because of course I need it! Though I am concerned about not liking the characters, the fact that it was twisted sounds kind of fun! Great reviews!

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    1. Aruba sucked. And the police officer (whose name I can't remember) was an ARSE. I couldn't believe how convoluted everything he said was!

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  7. WHAT HAS HAPPENED HERE, MAY I ASK? YOUR WHOLE BLOG HAS CHANGED AND IT'S VERY PRETTY. I LIKE IT. BUT I GOT A BIG SHOCK. (Yes, yes, I can stop yelling now...though it's hard...allcaps are addictive.)

    Anyway...yes I agree that Dangerous Girls was better, but I kind of accidentally rated them both 5-stars because I was so sucked into both I just could NOT put them down. I was really guarded with Dangerous Boys though because I was NOT going to be taken in again. But that ending?! So so clever. XD And by clever I mean totally twisted....

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    1. YESSSS! NEW DESIGN, COURTESY OF THE LOVELY HAZEL. Isn't it pretty? I keep stroking my screen and getting odd looks from people haha. Sorry I nearly gave you a heart attack, but I did mention the redesign on twitter so it's your fault for disappearing from the Internet!!! YOUR FAULT, DUDE!

      Dangerous Boys ending definitely shocked me. Because I did NOT see that coming (mainly how Oliver's story wrapped up with Chloe). Loved the line at the end about seeing her dad haha. BRILLIANT.

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  8. Great reviews :) I love Haas and really enjoyed both these books. Like you, I preferred Dangerous Girls to Dangerous Boys, for the exact same reason. I just didn't connect to the characters very much, and didn't care about them very much. I had my theories for both, my main theory proved to be true about Girls - still shocked me though. I love her thrillers, will definitely be picking up any more that she releases.

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    1. See with Girls, I considered what turned out to be what happened. But never seriously. I was too suspicious of everyone to even properly think!

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  9. Fantastic reviews - I've heard nothing but positive things about the two, and am very excited to finally be able to read Dangerous Girls very shortly.

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    1. I hope you like it! And I hope your brain doesn't hurt too much when you try to figure out how it all happened lol

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  10. I still haven't read Dangerous Girls but I loved Dangerous Boys so now i'm pretty excited to fet my hands on DG since everyone says DG is way more addicted and crazy and mind blowing than DB!

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    1. It's definitely more crazy, in that you just can't nail down a suspect. With Boys you kind of know to some extend what will happen, but with Girls I never knew!

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  11. Both books sound dark and enticing. I love stories that keep me guessing and even when I think I know the answer bam I'm thrown for a loop. Are they a part of a series or are the names just similar? I'm checking these out! Great reviews Allie :D

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    1. It's not a series per say, as in they're not related or marketed as a series. It just seems to be a collection of murder mystery / thriller books Abigail Haas is doing, so I think the similar names are to link the similar themes in the stories and give some consistency to this particular set of tales she's telling.

      She also writes adult fiction, so maybe it's also a way of differentiating? Either way, you don't have to read Girls to understand Boys, or vice versa – they're completely unrelated :)

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  12. YES! I completely agree with everything you've said here Allie. :) Abigail Haas is such a talented author and her stories are so mind-boggling and full of twists. I love that she doesn't just focus on the mystery aspect, but on the psychological aspect as well; which is something not very common in the genre.

    SOOO glad you liked them both! Thanks for sharing and, as always, BRILLIANT review! <3

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    1. The psychological approach was great – we really got into the twisted minds of every character in both books and saw how the events affected them all mentally. It was so well done and definitely not something often seen. Most books (particularly YA) focus too much on plot and forget about the effects the plot has on the characters emotionally and mentally!

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