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3.42 of 5 stars 3.42  ·  rating details  ·  3,469 ratings  ·  1,009 reviews
Maisie Danger Brown just wanted to get away from home for a bit, see something new. She never intended to fall in love. And she never imagined stumbling into a frightening plot that kills her friends and just might kill her, too. A plot that is already changing life on Earth as we know it. There's no going back. She is the only thing standing between danger and annihilatio ...more
Hardcover, 405 pages
Published March 4th 2014 by Bloomsbury (first published March 1st 2014)
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Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
He’s dangerous, I reminded myself. And this is not the experience you left home for. You should run away.

I didn’t move.
Let's get one thing straight, the Dangerous title, as far as I'm concerned, refers to a motherfucking romance. Not the ludicrous plot itself.

Am I too harsh? Was I the only teenager ever who had no interest in romance? Am I wrong for thinking that your life, your family's life, the fate of the world, should take priority over the flutterings of a teenaged girl's heart?

You cou
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Pages Read: 113

What in the flying fuck did I just read? Seriously. This book started off fairly good, but quickly went to WTF-ville on a high speed shuttle. (Are there low speed shuttles? Whatever, just roll with it.) I went looking for negative reviews and found one which spoiled the rest of the book. Thank goodness, because my brain is better off without this book in it.


1) Heroine with a disability (missing a hand) is cured with technology, though she was a badass until that point.
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Wow. Shannon goes for broke and delivers an amazing sci fi adventure that is completely different from any of her previous books, and I LOVE IT. Having known Shannon for years, I'm frankly amazed that this isn't the kind of book she always writes. To me there is so much more of her own personality and her own likes and dislikes here! Tons of fun!

And, it's so true: I'd love to be able to say, Danger is my middle name.

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Between that beautiful cover and - hello - SHANNON HALE, Dangerous was one of my most anticipated releases of 2014. Unfortunately I could only make it 147 pages in before throwing up a white flag and quitting. How is this from the same author of Princess Academy and The Goose Girl?? The only explanation I can come up with is that Hale has five books coming out this year. F-I-V-E. Clearly that had something to do with the lack of quality of Dangerous; this is
Brandy Painter
Dec 24, 2014 Brandy Painter marked it as set-aside
Shelves: galleys
This is the first of five books Hale has out this year. FIVE.

I think perhaps she has taken on too much, because the quality of her last couple of books is not what her work once was. This book is a hot mess. The pacing is out of control. Meet hot guy, make out with hot guy, have hot guy dump you in 20 pages! (That take place over the course of a couple weeks I might add.) Fifty pages in I felt as though I was reading the notes from a poorly written TV show. So I skipped to the end to see if sti
Tadiana ✩ Night Owl☽
For a long while this book felt formulaic--it's kind of a teenagers-with-superpowers science fiction plot with a dash of Hunger Games--and I thought Shannon Hale was just phoning it in here, which made me sad because I like most of her other books so well (at least the non-juvenile ones). But as I got closer to the end it started feeling more creative and more real to me.

It does have several weaknesses: Aside from much of the story feeling like it was paint-by-numbers, there was a plot turn mid
Howdy YAL
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Name a character that has dense molecular structure, can’t control your own strength.

If you answered The Hulk, The Thing, or Superman give yourself another pat on the back.

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Catriona (LittleBookOwl)
** I received this book for free from Bookworld in exchange for an honest review. **

I think this book could have benefitted from being a part of a series, or at least a duology. Things were too rushed, and there was a lack of world-building - particularly towards the beginning. There was so much potential to explore the elements of space and aliens more deeply, I feel like I was missing out! The first 100 or so pages could have been a book on its own. There is a pivotal point for the characters
Jenny Rappaport
Wow, ok, there's a huge amount of reviews out there that are overwhelmingly negative...

Let's get things straight: this is a good book. In fact, I'd venture to call it a great book, within its own niche.

This isn't really a YA novel, although it's written as such. It's not middle grade, as others have claimed, because middle grade is WAY below this one in terms of vocabulary, etc.

Then what is it?

It's a fantastic homage to the great SF pulp novels of the "Golden Age" of science fiction. Sure, it ha
Melissa T
This was such a strike out I hardly know where to begin. Let me start with the fact that I LOVE Shannon Hale. She's written what I consider some of the very best of modern children's literature. I almost felt like aliens invaded HER body to have come up with such a dumb book.

First of all, I couldn't get a feel for the passage of time. They go to this space camp, which feels like days, but is talked about like it lasted all year. It was weird. And choppy.

Then there are the characters. Maisie did
So I know this book isn’t scheduled to come out for awhile. But here’s the thing. I scored a copy of the galley at ALA. And I couldn’t help myself. I read it. And because it was brilliant…I wanted to talk about it. So I am. I will do a little blurb about the amazing plot to begin with and then I will go about telling you why I liked it so much. But here’s the thing. If you are anything like me…you won’t want any Shannon Hale spoilers. Because I like reading Shannon Hale without any clue as to wh ...more
Mar 04, 2014 Ashley marked it as dnf
Shelves: arc, e-arc
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Look out, this is MIDDLE GRADE—not young adult

I thought that Dangerous —a supposed young adult book—sounded intriguing and intense with a hint of romance. I was PSYCHED! Well, it turns out this is so not young adult.

My first impression was: this book is really rushed. All within about 15 pages we have zero plot building and Maisie is already being whisked away to some mysterious astronaut camp. It was all just happening so quickly, it was hard to eve
Jennifer (The Nightly Book Owl)
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

Actual Rating: 2.5

He’s dangerous, I reminded myself.

I was very excited to read this book because way back when, I had read Hale’s The Princess Academy, which I thoroughly liked. I wanted to see how she would handle a futuristic science fiction novel. Unfortunately, I can’t say I like this book anywhere near as much as her other works. My overall opinion of the book is that it’s an okay read. It is pretty much a romance in the g
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Couple things I didn't like: Wilder. Just...Wilder. I don't know if we were supposed to hate him or like him or moderately distrust him or what. I honestly don't know what Shannon was going for. I think she meant for us not to be sure how we felt about him, much like Maisie, and then at the end come to realize he's a trustworthy decent guy.

I still hated him. (view spoiler)
The Library Lady
I am pleasantly surprised to see the number of people out there who agree that this is a crappy book!

It's a mish-mosh. One moment, Maisie seems about 12, next she is clearly a teen. The plot careens from side to side, adding more twists and turns that don't make sense. The romance/love triangle is pathetic and not believable. The love interest isn't a believable character. The added twists involving a parent's past are lame. And the ending is pat and unfortunately seems to leave space for anothe
First Thoughts: 1 star, with the last third increasing marginally to 1.25-1.5 stars. Would have been interesting, but characters felt flat and plot moved along weirdly.

Honestly, I wanted to love Dangerous. I did. After all, it's a book by Shannon Hale, and I've enjoyed her writing before. Sadly, I didn't like it. It was a real disappointment for me, particularly since the concept sounded cool (and the cover looks amazing).

I can tell you the three things that really fell flat for me:

1. Characters
Gretchen Alice
Maisie Danger Brown (named so she can accurately say that Danger is, in fact, her middle name) has always wanted to be an astronaut. So when a space camp opportunity falls in her lap, she jumps at the chance. Maisie and four of her space camp buddies get taken on the trip of a lifetime and accidentally get injected with alien technology. There are spaceships, superheroes, and a simmering romance. Honestly, the whole book is something of a mess.

Dangerous is a departure for Shannon Hale. She’s de
Dangerous felt like a really bad joke. I went into this book knowing very little about it, and that still doesn’t explain how random and confusing it was. The characters lacked depth and personality, and the plot didn’t flow well and felt disorganized. Dangerous attempted to make light of dire situations and ended up being inconsistent and unfocused; the only thing dangerous about it was the heroine’s middle name.

Maisie Danger Brown (yes, that’s her real middle name) wins a sweepst
Tabitha (Pabkins)
Contrary to what I rated Dangerous, with 2 stars, for the right reader I think it would have been a much more enjoyable read.

The points that I believe might have helped find the right readers:

- If the book description for Dangerous were more forthcoming about the content, theme and or plot line of what it actually was about! - Then it would have been better able to appeal to the right readers.
- My opinion on the target audience for this book would be tweens, not teens, because originally I had
Action from the word GO. Adventure. Strong female lead. Strong female lead with a handicap that doesn't stop her. Strong female lead with hormones getting in the way of work. Strong female lead with awesome family members who support her. In short, everything a teenager feels most days twisted with a lot of danger and craziness!

The heroine, Maisie Danger Brown, always thought her middle name was a joke. She wasn't dangerous. She wasn't a person who lived for adventure or the next thrill. She wa
Jenny Schwartzberg
I got an eARC of this book from NetGalley. I felt cautious about reading it since I know Shannon Hale as a children's fantasy writer, and a very fine one. How would she do as a YA science fiction writer? I was happily surprised to find this book a galloping adventure story, mixing disability, relationships with family, friends and first love together with science-fictional technology. The heroine's very good relationship with her parents is contrasted against other characters' dysfunctional fami ...more
You know when you read a few reviews for a book, think 'I'll wait to read this, I trust these people and this doesn't sound like something I will enjoy'. Yeah, I did that and still bought this book. Derp.

Oh well, I got over that. I couldn't get over the simple writing, boring characters and mind numbing plot. Sorry, I need more than pink ghost things to get a real idea of danger. Unfortunately my only other experience with the name Maisie involves a child mouse on kids ABC programming. I wanted

The girl's middle name is DANGER! She's brilliant but people stare at her missing limb! Within 5 minutes of meeting her the hottest guy at space camp wants to make out with her! And they do! Under the stars!

Typically, I enjoy Shannon Hale's works. And okay, I could go along with the romance, fine, whatever. At first, I thought this was going to be like a superpower team of teenagers fighting aliens, which hey, that sounded pretty cool.

But of course it
Electronic ARC provided by NetGalley.

I have heard good things about Shannon Hale but have not actually read any of her books, so when I saw this pop up on NetGalley I thought I'd give it a try. I might still try out some of her fantasy books sometime, but I was not impressed by Dangerous.

In the first chapter of the book we are introduced to Maisie, her parents, and her obligatory best friend with a very obvious crush. With very little explanation or setup Maisie enters and wins a contest that s
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I honestly do not think I've hated a book so much in a long time. I'd almost give it two stars for making me think I would love it and then just totally sucking.
Christina (Ensconced in Lit)
I received this book from the Goodreads First Reads book giveaway, thanks!

Dangerous by Shannon Hale is the first book I've read by her. I've heard great things about her Princess Academy and the Goose Girl books, and this apparently is a pretty big divergence from those books. We are introduced to Maisie Danger Brown who is a genius and is the kid of two very bright scientists and is homeschooled. She wins a prize to go to a smart kid camp with one of the greatest scientists in the world. At th
Bekah AwesomeBookNut
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Many people have read Shannon Hale and I am no exception. I was really interested to read her YA Sci-fi book that even has a hero twist! Plus its sounded fun and just awesome!

What is great about this book is that it's fast paced, and keeps you guessing! I was shocked several times during the book because things happened that I did not see coming and the whole time Shannon Hale had me going, "what??? WHAAAAT?! no....way" I'm series?! it was
Burgandy Ice
Oh… what a bleepity-bleep work of astronomical ART!

Part of me love-LOVEs this story, so many, many things about this story.

The other part about me feels like knocking on wood or not saying something too loudly so that it won’t come true. Because this book is horrifyingly real. It doesn’t just feel possible, it feels like it happened in the news and I just didn’t know what to watch for. Like I saw it, but I didn’t really see it. And frankly… that gives me a healthy dose of the eebie jeebies.

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Shannon Hale is the New York Times best-selling author of six young adult novels: the Newbery Honor book Princess Academy, multiple award winner Book of a Thousand Days, and the highly acclaimed Books of Bayern series. She has written three books for adults, including the upcoming Midnight in Austenland (Jan. 2012), companion book to Austenland. She co-wrote the hit graphic novel Rapunzel's Reveng ...more
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