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Dangerous Boys – Abigail Haas

Published March 8, 2015 by bibliobeth

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What’s it all about?:

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…

What did I think?:

After reading and loving Abigail Haas’ novel Dangerous Girls, I was really excited to see how her new novel, Dangerous Boys matched up. And yes, I was definitely expecting a bumpy ride, anticipating many mind-bending incidents in the narrative. From the beginning we catch a glimpse of the ending – our main character Chloe helping one brother to safety from a burning building while the other brother remains inside, to burn to death. I love novels like this, where the reader is given an electrifying look at the end of the story with a mystery within just begging to be solved.

Our story then retreats back to the past and introduces Chloe, a teenager excited to be leaving her sleepy little town with little prospects to go to college and begin “living.” Unfortunately for Chloe, her divorced single mother suffers an extreme nervous breakdown which leaves her unable to work, spending the majority of her days in bed deep within a depression funk. Chloe’s father isn’t much help to her, he seems to have moved on and is building a new life with a new family which does not leave much room for her. As a result, Chloe has to give up on her dreams of college and work as many hours as she can in her local coffee shop. She is forced into adulthood and real life quite quickly as she struggles to pay the bills, keep her house clean and look after her mother as if the roles were reversed.

Whilst working one day, Chloe meets Ethan and the two immediately hit it off. He seems to be the perfect boyfriend – charming, sensitive, generous, good-looking (you get the idea) but unlike Chloe, Ethan is perfectly happy within the town and his situation in life whereas Chloe is always looking for something more. Then Chloe meets Ethan’s brother, Oliver who seems to be everything Ethan is not and a bit of a “bad boy.” Despite all her misgivings, Chloe can’t help but feel an attraction to Oliver (and the feeling is definitely mutual). He appeals to all her deepest longings and unleashes a side in her that she never thought she had.

The story shifts from the past to the present where the author teases constantly about the events that precipitated the night of the fire, the characters of the two brothers and the connections between Chloe and the brothers. The result is a messy, complicated and complex set of actions that may even make you question your own dark side. It was a thrilling white-knuckle ride of a novel that I thoroughly enjoyed and kept me on the edge of my seat, feeling that I didn’t have a clue where the author would take it next. Abigail Haas has a fantastic way of reeling you in, making you stay for the duration whilst mourning the end. I can’t wait to see what she’s going to come up with next, if it’s anything like this, it’s going to be riveting and psychologically disturbing – which is great!

Would I recommend it?:

But of course!

Star rating (out of 5):

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October 2014 – Book Bridgr/NetGalley/Kindle month!

Published October 1, 2014 by bibliobeth

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I can’t believe it’s October already, where has the year gone? Okay, so this month I will be attempting to read very specifically, books that I have been sent by Book Bridgr or NetGalley and other books I have had on my Kindle but haven’t got round to yet. Here is the list of books I shall be reading this month, click on the link to get to my review (if I’ve managed to write it yet!) or if not, the link will take you to the book on GoodReads.

 

The Good Children – Roopa Farooki

Station Eleven – Emily St. John Mandel

Little Lies – Liane Moriarty

Ironheart – Allan Boroughs

The Brotherhood – Lawrence Deering

Dangerous Boys – Abigail Haas

The Long Shadow – Mark Mills

Broken Forest – Eliza Tilton

Stay Where You Are And Then Leave – John Boyne

A Discovery Of Witches – Deborah Harkness

The Summer We All Ran Away – Cassandra Parkin

Songs Of Willow Frost – Jamie Ford

I’m really looking forward to starting some of these books which I have heard great things about, especially Big Little Lies, Dangerous Boys and Songs of Willow Frost. Have you read them and what did you think? I’d love to know!

Dangerous Girls – Abigail Haas

Published April 26, 2014 by bibliobeth

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What’s it all about?:

It’s Spring Break of senior year. Anna, her boyfriend Tate, her best friend Elise, and a few other close friends are off to a debaucherous trip to Aruba that promises to be the time of their lives. But when Elise is found brutally murdered, Anna finds herself trapped in a country not her own, fighting against vile and contemptuous accusations. 

As Anna sets out to find her friend’s killer; she discovers hard truths about her friendships, the slippery nature of truth, and the ache of young love.

As she awaits the judge’s decree, it becomes clear that everyone around her thinks she is not just guilty, but dangerous. When the truth comes out, it is more shocking than one could ever imagine…

What did I think?:

This book was recommended to me by my sister and fellow blogger Chrissi Reads who claimed that it “messed with her head,” so obviously I had to check it out for myself after such a statement! The author name Abigail Haas is a pseudonym for British writer Abby McDonald who primarily writes Young Adult novels and is the author of titles “Sophomore Switch,” “Boys, Bears and a Serious Pair of Hiking Boots,” “The Anti-Prom,” “Getting Over Garrett Delaney,” and “Jane Austen Goes To Hollywood.”

Dangerous Girls is the authors first YA thriller and is both a compelling and riveting read. The story involves a group of teenagers on a Spring Break trip to Aruba where they plan to drink and dance the night away before completing their senior year at school. Ominously though the novel opens with the news that one of the girls, Elise has been found brutally murdered in her room, and her best friend Anna and her boyfriend Tate find themselves under suspicion as they are unable to provide concrete alibis for the time when Elise was killed. To add to Anna’s troubles, her boyfriends wealthy family are able to post bail for him while Anna herself being slightly less well-off, must remain behind bars while the rest of her group of friends are able to leave the country.

The novel switches between various time frames i.e. pre-Aruba to the days leading up to the murder, and the present day where Anna is suffering in prison. The reader is provided with court transcripts, recordings of police interviews and pieces of inocuous evidence which are presented in court and highlight the ease in which parts of your life that you may label as completely irrelevant or innocent can come back to incriminate you. For example, there is a photo of Anna, Elise and Tate dressed up for a Halloween party where Anna is brandishing a knife against Elises’s neck. When this is dredged up in court, the media have a field day as you can imagine and pull apart Anna’s motive for murder and general character to shreds.

I really enjoyed that the author gave us the complete back story of the friendship between Anna and Elise, from its miserable beginnings where Elise provided a lifeline for Anna who had previously been bullied and classed as a loner. We see how the friendship develops in intensity like so many intimate teenage girl relationships and changes in status when Anna begins a relationship with Tate. Everything about being a typical teenager is wrapped up beautifully for our reading pleasure – hurt, confusion, betrayal and being in love for the first time. There are a number of complex characters in the frame that could have the motive for murder, and the author keeps us guessing right until the deadly and shocking conclusion. This is a fantastic read from a talented writer that fully deserves a five star review.

Would I recommend it?:

But of course!

Star rating (out of 5):

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WWW Wednesday #36

Published April 9, 2014 by bibliobeth

WWW Wednesdays is hosted by MizB at Should Be Reading. Click on the image to get to her blog!

 

Welcome to another WWW Wednesday, and thanks as ever to MizB for hosting. I’ve got a great batch of books this week and can’t wait to tell you all about them!

To join in you need to answer 3 questions..

•What are you currently reading?

•What did you recently finish reading?

•What do you think you’ll read next?

Click on the book covers to take you to a link to find out more!

What are you currently reading?:

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My sister and fellow blogger Chrissi Reads has been begging me to read this one for a while, she said that it “totally messed with her head” and that she needed to talk to me about it. So, here we go!

What did you recently finish reading?

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Philippa Gregory is one of my all-time favourite authors and I’ve just finished reading the latest in her Cousins War series which follows the royal family before the Tudors – the Plantagenets. I loved it, as expected so look out for my review coming soon!

What do you think you’ll read next?

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I’m making my way through all of Jojo Moyes books after loving Me Before You so much that I just had to read her back catalogue. This is her latest novel and I’m super excited to start it.

 

What are you reading this Wednesday? Please leave your link and I’ll come pay you a visit! Happy Reading Everyone!