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3.83  ·  Rating details ·  1,926 ratings  ·  169 reviews
Eighteen-year-old Ria, a fire elemental and privileged student at the University of Magic, thinks nothing can get in the way of her happiness. Even when she falls for Michael, a boy whose element is different from hers, she is determined to make their forbidden romance work.

But when she starts experiencing the symptoms of magic disease that could rob her of her element, t
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Published by Alycia Linwood (first published August 6th 2011)
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Warning: This book is 'Dangerous' for your sanity*.
(*Dangers include: face-palming, swearing, consumption of large amount of chocolate and a permanent state of confusion.)

To our bad-tempered, stuffed up and dumb as dishwater main protagonist:

I could spend an entire day, standing on a stage, reciting the 101 million reasons why I hated Ria. One of them being her ability to go from wanting to murder someone to talking about ponies. What. The. Hell. She must be on something strong because no one
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
Dangerous follows a unique concept of people born as magic users, with a select few that are infected with magic disease who turn people into killers. This concept drew me into the book and made me want to read more, reminding me of Rogue from Xmen.

I have to admit, the book was a little difficult to get into at the start. It comes off as a very teenage book, focusing mostly on Ria's relationships with her friends and boyfriend instead of the interesting world that has been created. A few parts
Mar 29, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had to sleep on it before I could review this book. The idea of the elements is unique and I enjoyed that aspect of the book. The character of Adrian was fun and dark. He was a great character to love and hate all at the same time. Those are always my favorite characters in a book. The problem for me is that it reads like a teenager’s diary. The words awesome, hot and dangerous were used to describe everything. “We sat on my awesomely soft carpet” comes to mind. It was a bit difficult to make ...more
My feelings about this book were very mixed. I enjoyed reading it, and I liked the story, but I did find that some of the technical skill that writing requires was lacking, and it significantly colored the way I thought about the book.

Let me first say that I teach college composition. I have, over the past few years, become increasingly unable to ignore grammar, usage and mechanics errors in writing. (I still make them, of course, but I am hypersensitive to them in the work of others.) I do feel
Mar 31, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

Ok first of all, I'd like to begin by saying that I really hope this isn't the real ending, and book two is coming out soon! Cuz then this just sucks! Now that that's said, let's go to the review:

First and foremost, Ria is a shallow, selfish, bi*chy brat who thinks that the world revolves around her! And for some very weird reason, it does!!! Michael is a pushover and a doormat, and her best friend whose name I can't remember is an idiot! The only character who is even remotely likable is Adria
MeMe Belikova First lady Ivashkov
I really enjoyed this book all the way till the end! The end left me hanging though! I can't wait till the next installment comes out, I hope it is pretty soon because I can't stand to think about what happened to my Adrian!

Ria lives in a world where everyone 'normal' has an element of Fire,Water,Earth, and Air. Their God has gifted every human on the planet with an element and the only thing he asked was for each element to reproduce with a person of the same element and to never mix. Well gues
Dale Ibitz
I think the first half of this book moved slowly. I felt like a car with its tires spinning in the tries hard, but it's not going anywhere, and no matter how hard you hit the gas, you don't move forward.

There's a lot of mundane college life in the beginning, and there was a little too much internalization followed by repeating the character's thoughts in dialogue. So I felt like I kept reading the same thing twice. And waaaaaay too many exclamation points; it made it seem like everyone
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At first I didn't think I would like the book, but then the story finally drew me in and I am hooked. I want the next book out now!! I really want to know what the heck is going to happen next!

The Story
Magic using is a part of the world in this book and there is also a disease that is taking the magic away, kind of. This disease makes the person feel all of the other magic users and overwhelms them in a way that they want the magic very badly and the person can either control it or they end up k

So just imagine what my face looks like when confronted with error after error after error. Almost every sentence has problems. Mistaken conjugation, poor word order, idioms/set phrases that are not quite right...over and over again.

"So, did you and Adrian have a fight or you just wanted to hear what had happened with my parents?”
"Problems in the paradise?"
"I wasn’t sure would your professor remember to tell you."
"Does name Oliver Milanez mean something to you?"
"Are you going to tell me how did
Amy McGuire
I recently read Alycia Linwood's young adult novel entitled Dangerous. I found the storyline different from others I've read, which was a definite plus. One thing I think Ms. Linwood could use though, is a professional editor or even proofreader. While the grammar was nearly flawless (kudos by the way on having very few typos) the dialogue was unbelievable at times and I found myself wondering if the characters were in high school instead of university simply in the way they were portrayed. They ...more
Mar 21, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012

Alycia's Element Preservers is a refreshingly unique new take on YHA paranormal fantasy. She has created interesting characters with depth and intensity. Dangerous follows the life of Ria as she enters the University for Magic with all its trials and tribulations, study, horrible teachers, boys, love and lust, best friends, people wanting to kill you. Ria lives in a world where long ago people were gifted with elemental magic, all human-kind had to do was follow a few simple rules, most importan
Ryan Sand
Apr 06, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very unique concept. Rather than a Harry Potter'ish world of dark secrets with a very gloomy undertone, this was on a much lighter level. With more romance and less action, I found myself wanting a bit more. Much like the Twilight was somewhat anti-climatic for my tastes but I do enjoy Ken Follett's and George R.R. Martin's styles of writing. However, it was a fun and enjoyable read which for me is what I am looking for. I enjoyed this book enough to want to read the next ...more
Apr 01, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Dangerous is a fantasy novel that takes place in a world of Magic where elements are a part of everyone's lives and is it forbidden for people to be with someone of a different element; nonetheless people defy this rule and the results are disastrous. The idea of the story is original but the author's writing is something like listening to a teenager's rambling anecdote. I was not really interested in the characters nor their plight. The book was not what I expected but I applaud the effort in c ...more
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This book has made me so happy!! I ended up reading it in about 4-5 hours because it was well written and captured me from the first page. I'm still recovering from the Ecstasy of this book and therefore cannot form my sentences very well. SECOND BOOK< WHERE ARE YOUUUUUU!

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*Received e-book through Read It and Reap program from the Shut Up and Read! Goodreads group from author for an honest review
**also posted on under Leanne

Dangerous is told by the point-of-view of Ria Milanez, a privileged university student, who holds the element of fire. In this alternate world, magic has always been present, with people being gifted by the God of Magic with one element. The only caveat for this gift was that the elements remain “pure” and unmixed by not breeding wi
Keren Hughes
Sep 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I guess I should start off with the reason I gave this book 4 stars out of 5. Well it is nothing major, that I can assure you.
I found there to be a few spelling mistakes, misuse of a word here and there, and also missing words in a sentence. Also, maybe I would have worded a couple of sentences here and there differently, as I struggled to make them make sense at first. But that is just a personal thing, but because of these slight flaws, I felt I couldn't award it the full 5 stars.
However, ba
For this review, I am going to talk about the sections differently

The concept
A world where everyone has an element and not having an element is a disease? That is a really cool and unique idea. It's kind of the opposite of most fantasy books with magic involved. There were a couple of plot holes within the world but I was willing to overlook them, because I was too intrigued. This MAY be due to the fact that I would really really like to have magic. Really.

I just didn't find that I lik
Feb 05, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-magic
Aside from some of the grammatical errors (missing words, extra words, etc.), the story is pretty interesting...instead of making some people "special" with affinities everyone starts out that way and their choices determine if that changes. However, as is typical, some characters are very likeable whereas others are not. Ria, the main female character, is NOT likeable. She is extremely biased. In part, due to her upbringing and the fact that her parents are extremely bigoted against "magic dise ...more
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Mar 22, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA Paranormal, YA Fantasy
Shelves: march-2012-reads
Preserve one’s own element, stick to it, don’t intermarry between elements: sounds a simple enough rule, doesn’t it? Maybe in an ideal world, people would have continued to heeded this small stricture of the God of Magic, who provided the elements initially. But any society is hardly ever ideal-and when people forget, or turn to science, or embrace the concept that such rules are simply legend and myth-then people forget, and intermarry, and elements mix. So offspring were born who possessed an ...more
Apr 04, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2012
Dangerous is an interesting new idea as it's a completely different story line than any other book I've read. The main character is Ria who has just started as a student of the University of Magic. The story takes place in a society where people have one of four elements (earth, air, fire & water) & these elements are not supposed to mix - i.e. marry & procreate. Eventually people crossed the line with regards to the no mixing of elements rule & a terrible illness was the result. ...more
Apr 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: :D
Recommended to Holly by: Read it and Reap
Oh. My. God!!! :D I feel so happy right now. I read that book in 2 days. Linwood's book grabbed my attention right from the first page. I looovvvee Adrian, don't ask me why. Sometimes I thought he mean and arrogant and an idiot, but I just loved him! Maybe it's because it's just a book and I don't have to worry about all of the troubles going on about the magic disease. And Adrian better not leave Ria again or I might just have to jump in to the story and slap him across the face! Alright, enoug ...more
I read this book within an hour while on my break at work, now I did like the start. It just goes a bit weird. I like the book but I don't think I love it.

I think I hate feeling bad when reading a book but I do like authors that can make you feel something when reading a book. Its just because of what happens - and i won't spoil it - you just feel bad most of the time.

I do not like the love interest, got a bad vibe from him for no reason. I also didn't see the point of her being with a water el
Gloria Hansen
Apr 02, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Heather Boustead
By Alycia Linwood

The God of Magic gave every human control over one of the four main elements with one condition, the elements should never mix. But as is a human nature person began to break that rule. Over the years through the mixing of all of the elements a powerful disease was create making the one with the “Magic Disease” have no element and an insatiable urge to kill someone for theirs. This book is the story of Ria, a young woman in her freshman year of college, who finds out th
Rachel "Rai29"
Sep 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dangerous is about Ria, an 18 year old girl who has just started going to the University Of Magic, which is a special university for those who have one of the four elements (fire, water earth or air).
At the University Of Magic she meets Michael, a boy whose element is different from hers, which makes their romantic involvement seem impossible because mixing of elements can have horrible consequences. Like Magic Disease.
She also feels threatened by Adrian, a very dangerous magic disease carrier.
Apr 01, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok first of all, I'd like to begin by saying great ending. I was in shock when her brother admitted to the only unforgivable crime in my mind “killing someone just because”. I did not like Ria. She was a selfish dim-witted child. I am hoping that there is an explanation for the brother killing because I was set to like him for the sole purpose that he and Ria were not close. I figured anyone smart enough to not be close to her is worth me rooting for them.
As for the other characters I felt tha
Maan Ivashkov
I was a bit skeptical at first about reading this book because I simply could not stand the photoshop edit of the title in the book cover ("don't judge a book by its cover" yeah yeah I know) but finally I decided to read it and..

I actually kind of liked it, I think? I mean, I did get to finish it up until the end. (The are some books that I seriously cannot finish because they're THAT bad) I really liked the concept about magic - how people have elements and some don't and all that shiznit.

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Mar 25, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great book. It was a quick read but was interesting enough that I finished it in one go.

Ria goes to University of Magic and her element is fire. She likes Michael who is a perfect caring boy but has element different from her and its not advisable for people of different element to date. Then there is Adrian who has magic disease whom Ria dislikes very much but her best friend likes him. When Ria starts showing symptoms of the magic disease she seeks out Adrian and discovers some family secret
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I enjoyed reading Dangerous. I haven't read many books about people who posses the abilities to posess elements, but I still didn't find the plot the most unique.
At first I liked Ria's attitude, and how she didn't immediately become obsessed with Adrian. She didn't let anyone tell her what to do, either. But after a while, I got tired of hearing her talk.She was annoying sometimes. She seemed...cold. So maybe Adrian was trouble, but at least he was
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