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Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas

Dangerous Boys by Abigail HaasDangerous Boys by Abigail Haas
Genre: Thriller
Release Date: August 14, 2014
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Source: Publisher
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Rating: three-stars

It all comes down to this. Oliver, Ethan, and I. Three teens venture into an 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 the story together - a story of jealousy, twisted passion and the darkness that lurks behind even the most beautiful faces ...

I went into Dangerous Boys expecting Gillian Flynn, but it didn’t quite hit the mark. As someone who hasn’t read Dangerous Girls, it went against every fibre of my being to read this book first, as I normally prefer to read authors’ works in order of publication, if I plan on reading more than one book before starting. Therefore, I didn’t have much to go with when I started this book, and I wasn’t sure what I was going to get. But it certainly wasn’t Gillian Flynn.

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Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith

Child 44 by Tom Rob SmithChild 44 by Tom Rob Smith
Series: Leo Demidov #1
Genre: Thriller
Release Date: 2008
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Source: Bought
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Rating: four-stars

In Stalin’s Soviet Union, crime does not exist. But still millions live in fear. The mere suspicion to the State, the wrong word at the time, can send an innocent person to his execution.

Officer Leo Demidov, an idealistic war hero, believes he’s building a perfect society. But after witnessing the interrogation of an innocent man, his loyalty begins to waver, and when ordered to investigate his own wife, Raisa, Leo is forced to choose where his heart truly lies.

Then the impossible happens. A murder is on the loose, killing at will, and every belief Leo has ever held is shattered. Denounced by his enemies and exiled from home, with only Raisa by his side, he must risk everything to find criminal that the State won’t admit even exist.

On the run, Leo soon discovers the danger isn’t from the killer he is trying to catch, but from the country he is trying to protect.

Child 44 had been on my shelf for the longest time because I found it for 50p in a charity shop and I thought it sounded good. I had been meaning to pick it up for ages, as I love thrillers and this one came highly recommended by pretty much every single critic that mattered. However, I only picked it up last month because Tom Hardy was in the movie. Yeah.

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Ashes to Ashes by Jenny Han and Siobhan Vivian

Ashes to Ashes by Jenny Han and Siobhan VivianAshes to Ashes by Jenny Han, Siobhan Vivian
Series: Burn For Burn #3
Genre: Paranormal
Release Date: September 16, 2014
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Source: Bought
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Rating: one-star

New Year's Eve ended with a bang and Mary, Kat and Lillia may not be prepared for what is to come. After Rennie's death, Kat and Lillia try to put the pieces together of what happened to her. They both blame themselves. If Lillia hadn't left with Reeve...If Kat had only stayed with Rennie...Things could have been different. Now they will never be the same. Only Mary knows the truth about that night. About what she is. She also knows the truth about Lillia and Reeve falling in love, about Reeve being happy when all he deserves is misery, just like the misery he caused her. Now their childish attempts at revenge are a thing of the past and Mary is out for blood. Will she leave anything in her wake or will all that remain be ashes?

so freaking pissedAfter a fantastic start book and an absolutely epic follow up, I was sure that Ashes to Ashes was going to go out with a bang and cement this series as one of my favourites. I waited (very impatiently) after the cliffhanger in Fire With Fire and I am so fucking mad that THIS is what I got. There will be spoilers in this review but I will hide them under a spoiler tag because everyone needs to know HOW FUCKING ANNOYED I AM. Continue reading

We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach

We All Looked Up by Tommy WallachWe All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach
Genre: Contemporary
Release Date: 26th March, 2015
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Source: Publisher
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Rating: three-stars

Four high school seniors put their hopes, hearts, and humanity on the line as an asteroid hurtles toward Earth in this contemporary novel.

They always say that high school is the best time of your life.

Peter, the star basketball player at his school, is worried “they” might actually be right. Meanwhile Eliza can’t wait to escape Seattle—and her reputation—and perfect-on-paper Anita wonders if admission to Princeton is worth the price of abandoning her real dreams. Andy, for his part, doesn’t understand all the fuss about college and career—the future can wait.

Or can it? Because it turns out the future is hurtling through space with the potential to wipe out life on Earth. As these four seniors—along with the rest of the planet—wait to see what damage an asteroid will cause, they must abandon all thoughts of the future and decide how they’re going to spend what remains of the present.

 Full disclosure, I was intrigued by the premise of this book because 1. it sounded promisingly introspective and 2. it sounded similar to The 100. I am so transparent at times, honestly. Anyway, We All Looked Up is a fairly unique novel that discusses the idea of humanity going the way of the dinosaurs. An asteroid is discovered to be heading toward a direct collision with Earth; its arrival almost certainly means the instant extermination of nearly all life on the planet (or as I like to call it, ‘the beginning of a potentially great apocalyptic novel’). Scientists predict its arrival/the end of the world in two months time; the story follows a group of teenagers in the aftermath of this news as they try to come to terms with their suddenly tiny life span.

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Dangerous Boys by Abigail Haas

Dangerous Boys by Abigail HaasDangerous Boys by Abigail Haas
Genre: Thriller
Release Date: 14th August 2014
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Source: Publisher
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Rating: four-half-stars

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…

So, love triangles. They’re pretty much at the top of just about everyone’s most disliked aspects of books they’ve read and shows they’ve watched, including myself. This is because love triangles are usually used as a cheap way of adding drama to a book and are thus almost always superficially explored. There’s always a girl, a good guy and a bad one. There’s always one question: who will she choose? The love triangle becomes larger than the characters, the story it’s featured in and the girl at the centre of it is lost in all the ridiculous drama. But there’s always an exception to the rule; Dangerous Boys is that one book that takes the concept of a love triangle, turning it inside out, twisting and exploring what it really means for a girl to be caught between two choices.

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