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Giveaway Winner and Review of DANGEROUS GIRLS by Abigail Haas

First order of business! The winner of the hardcover copy of SERVANTS OF THE STORM is Heather!

WinnerThank you all for entering, tweeting, sharing and most of all, reading. Not bad for my first giveaway.

So. DANGEROUS GIRLS. This was a book I picked up at DragonCon on whim, along with a few others.

411B21Tad+L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Looking at the cover, I doubt it’s one I would have picked up for myself if not for the recommendation of a friend. A recommendation I apparently hallucinated. I swear on my bookcase this person told me she’d devoured this book, but we know by now my brain isn’t always the most reliable.

It’s been a week since I finished it. I let it sit, exercised my book hangover cures, read something else (that also broke my heart because of course it did) and I think I’ve overcome my deep emotions.

On the surface, DANGEROUS GIRLS is about a group of friends who travel to Aruba on vacation, and one of them ends up murdered. The narrative centers around two best friends: Elise, the one who dies, and Anna, the one they suspect killed her.

This book messed me up, you guys. It’s a total mindfuck.

What I enjoyed most about this book was the structure. It’s a non-linear narrative, shifting from the 911 call after finding the body to the investigation, evidence, and Anna’s time spent in jail to how Anna and Elise met and formed the group involved in this crime. It felt like a realistic portrayal of high school friendship. The two girls have a very intense relationship. Their bond runs deep, which makes it so hard to believe that Anna is even a suspect.

Especially when there’s a jilted lover with no alibi and a spurned native known for break-ins on the list of people Elise pissed off.

The writing is captivating. Haas obviously put a lot of work into establishing the legal world of a non-US trial. I loved the little unknown asides between characters (because there were no names mentioned/no tags, so it could have been anyone speaking), and how I felt that whirlwind friendship between the girls. I felt Anna’s heartache at the loss of her best friend and sister. I wasn’t sure how to handle Elise’s death until the end, but the ride to finding out the truth was a fun one.

It kept me up at night. I couldn’t stop thinking about. I had to get to the end, even though I knew what ending the book would lead to (the hangover.)

From what I’ve seen of other reviews, this is a book people either LOVED or HATED. I get that. For me, I think I read it at a time where I so strongly identified with Anna, the mindfuck of the whole thing slapped me across the face. I had my theories, which were ultimately proven incorrect, but that’s part of the fun of whodunits. I like the guesswork.

The ending destroyed me. I’ve never sobbed and pined over a book as hard as I did this one. The last book that really hurt me was IN THE SHADOW OF BLACKBIRDS by Cat Winters.

I couldn’t even look at the cover without going all achy.

That being said, now that I’ve had time to wind down, I have a LOT of questions about the truth of this book. I just don’t know how it happened the way it did. The evidence doesn’t add up, and maybe that’s the point, but it still leaves an odd taste in my mouth. I still very much enjoyed this book, but it’s off the mark. I can see the why, just not the how. At the time, it didn’t matter, but now it’s an itch I can’t scratch.

Perhaps the narration hindered the killer’s reveal, but I just… don’t see it. And where the hell was the freaking necklace that whole time?

Give it a shot. I still think it’s a worthy book. Maybe you’ll see more evidence than I did. I’m off to heal from my recent bout of heartbreak, thanks to Susan Dennard and the conclusion of her A DARKNESS STRANGE AND DEADLY series. I’m not sure if I’ll write up a review of them or not, so if it’s something you’d like to see, leave a comment below.

Keep creeping, darlings.

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Book Hangover and How to Cure It in 4 Easy Steps*

I finished DANGEROUS GIRLS by Abigail Haas the other night and have basically been a puddle of incoherent screaming and tears since. Seriously, ask anyone I’ve texted in the last 48 hours and they can verify the authenticity of that statement. I picked up a copy at DragonCon back in August on the (apparently hallucinated) recommendation of a good friend with excellent taste. It’s been sitting on my shelf, waiting, staring at me with its pastel cover and pretty promises.

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I can’t even look at the cover without getting all weak in the knees and achy in the chest.

Guys, I have not been this hardcore book hungover in YEARS. Even just thinking about it makes me ache and pine and want to cry. I am blown away by its brilliance. It’s kept me up at night. Expect a full review Sunday when I’ve (hopefully) calmed the hell down.

Which got me thinking of ways to distract myself and discover a cure for the chronic condition we all, inevitably, suffer.

Symptoms include, but are not limited to: angst, depression, uncontrollable weeping, rage, despondency, feelings of inadequacy, inability to think or form coherent sentences, inability to focus, tremors, fever, feeling that nothing will be okay ever again/be as earth-shatteringly perfect, and in rare cases, death (regarding your ability to seek out other books.)

After speaking with a licensed counselor (ie, me, doing everything I can to overcome this feeling), I’ve compiled a handy list of Guaranteed Cure-Alls for your reading-related ailments!**

Cure No 1: Emotional Exploration, Release, and Acceptance

This book has been in your life from 5-72 hours, and yet it has rocked you to the very core of your being. Acknowledging these feelings is healthy. If you feel the urge to weep, weep. You can sob quietly in the corner, rage like a hurricane in your vehicle (preferably when not in motion), or just sprawl out on your bed or the floor and stare at the empty ceiling, matching the oblivion you feel in your chest.

Your feelings for these fictional characters are legitimate. You have every right to feel the way you do. Embrace it. Come to terms with your emotional distress. Release these feelings as normal.

Cure No 2: Re-Read the Book

You’ve forged a bond with these characters. Re-reading may offer clarity, a chance to re-experience the magic, to revisit those turns of phrase and killer one-liners that haunt your waking hours and keep you from sleep.

Note: Re-reading may also cause an increase of symptoms. Please consult Twitter, friends, family, or your local librarian for book recommendations outside your chosen title.

Cure No. 3: Replacement Therapy

Hinging on the adverse affects of Cure No. 2, you may need to seek outside support in the form of an old classic, a beloved childhood favorite, or a completely new book.

This advice is for reading material only and should not be applied to drug use, drinking, or burying your pain by spending too much money at Sephora.

Replacement Therapy may include: binge-watching movies and/or television shows, dancing dramatically around your home, and spending too much money at Sephora.

Cure No. 4: Indoctrination

Turn your den of sorrow and frustration into a party by forcing your friends to join in your pain. Buy them a copy of the book whether there is a calendar mandated gift-giving occasion or not (because your copy is too precious to loan, of course.)

If you can bear it, loan your copy to only the most trusted of bibliophiles. You can rest assure your pages will not be dog-eared or folded.

Some distance might do you good.

Once your chosen companions been properly and similarly consumed, exalt in your mutual anguish. Friends are the best support system, after all.

*Level of ease in executing any of these cures is entirely reliant on the patient and his/her willpower. These are not medically supported cures and can therefore offer no promise of aid in recovery.

**Honestly, if you know anything about medical history, “cure alls” religiously cure nothing.

So far I’ve browbeaten four friends into reading it just so I can have someone to wail with. You just don’t understand my feelings.

But you will.

The one thing I want more than anything is to invite Abigail over for tea so we can be friends because she just seems like my kind of people. That might be creepy given the context of her book, but I let it stand.

I’m off to suppress my emotional trauma by binge-watching Buffy and attempting edits on last year’s NaNoWriMo book.

Don’t forget, there’s still time to enter the giveaway for a copy of SERVANTS OF THE STORM by Delilah S. Dawson!

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