Monday, October 29, 2012

Dangerous Boy by Mandy Hubbard

Dangerous Boy by Mandy Hubbard
Release Date: September 4, 2012
Publisher: Razorbill

Harper has never been worried about falling in love, something she is skeptical even exists. But everything changes when Logan moves to town, and to Harper's shock, the two tumble into an intense romance. It's everything she never thought she wanted.  Then she meets Logan's twin brother, Caleb, who was expelled from his last school. True, he's a bad boy, but Harper can't shake the feeling that there's something deeply sinister about him--something dangerous. When Logan starts pulling away, Harper is convinced that Caleb's shadowy past is the wedge being driven between them. But by the time she uncovers the truth, it may be too late.  -

This story wasn't quite what I was expecting.  It would have helped if I'd known at the outset that this was a modern retelling of the story of Jeckyl and Hyde.  I'm not sure how that fact escaped my notice when I was reading the summary, but somehow, by the time I actually starting reading the story, I had no idea what to expect.

The story did surprise me in that aspect, and I felt that the author did a pretty good job of retelling that tale without making it an exact copy or without using scientific or chemical expiraments.  It was more paranormal in nature, but then again, not quite like that either. 

I thought the characters were good... Harper was pretty strong, and it was sad to watch her having to work out the whole Logan/Caleb issue.  The one thing that did surprise me was the ending... then again, maybe it shouldn't have. 

I've always been a big Mandy Hubbard fan, and she delivered again in this book.  It was different than anything I've read from her before, but that was kind of refreshing.  It was quite a serious book, and I really loved where she took it.  Her writing was, as ever, engaging and entertaining.


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