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Spotlight - Thirst: Blood of my Blood by R P Channing
Thirst: Blood of my Blood - R P Channing

Thirst: Blood of my Blood by R P Channing 

~ Kira Sutherland ~

After a near fatal accident (and getting cheated on by her 'boyfriend'), and beating up the lead cheerleader (with whom the boyfriend cheated...), and being labeled as having 'issues' in her school because she, uhm, sees ghosts, Kira is left with two choices:

1. Continue her 'therapy' (where she's told the ghost is a hallucination and also gets her legs ogled too often...)


2. Go to Starkfield Academy, a boarding school for "Crazies and Convicts" (as the social media sites call them.)

She chooses the latter...

~ Cory Rand ~

Cory Rand has not had an easy life. His mother died in a car accident when he was twelve, and so did his mother's best friend...sort of. You see, Janice made a promise to take care of Cory just before she died, and so she lingers. Undead. A ghost that watches out for him.

Brought up in an abusive home, Cory quickly falls into a life of disreputable behavior. After his third offense (which was prompted by a girl, as usual - he has a weakness) he's left with two choices:

1. Be tried as an adult and share a cell with a guy named Bubba (he thinks...)


2. Go to Starkfield Academy, which Cory is pretty sure is run by vampires. But, hey, at least he'll get an education.

He chooses the latter...

It's at Starkfield that Kira meets Cory Rand, a boy with an insatiable Rage who sees ghosts, too. As well as other things, other things from his past, things that confuse him, things like fire and witches and demons.

Things he's always ignored.

Until now.

Source: beckvalleybooks.blogspot.co.uk/2016/02/thirst-blood-of-my-blood-by-r-p.html
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review 2015-08-10 00:00
Blood Of My Blood
Blood Of My Blood - Barry Lyga I can't even....
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review 2015-04-03 21:30
Blood of my Blood - Review.
Blood of My Blood - Barry Lyga

Publication Date: 7th May


Source: Netgalley


Jasper Dent can’t escape his family. Wherever he goes, whatever he does, his father’s reputation hangs over him.
Because Billy Dent’s not like other dads. He’s a serial killer.
And now he’s got Jasper’s girlfriend in his clutches.


So here we are then, the third in the Jasper Dent trilogy of books, a series I have adored for its adult young adult serial killer thriller vibe with a heck of a lot of heart stopping action and a main protagonist you just cannot help rooting for all the way through.


The end of the last novel left Jasper and cohorts in jeopardy, so to say I was desperate to read this one would be an understatement. Well that cliffhanger is sorted out toote suite in a very exciting opening and then we move on to see whether Jasper can FINALLY bring his serial killing psychopathic father down.


These are such terrific reads because they are, all three, so terribly addictive. Jasper fights his inner demons (is he his Father’s son?) struggles to maintain the two relationships that are sustaining him, with best friend Howie and girlfriend Connie, whilst at the same time dealing with his erstwhile family connections.


The story flows along at a breakneck speed, there is very little let up and the pages practically turn themselves. Violent for a novel involving teenagers for sure, crime fiction and serial killer thriller fans will enjoy this no matter what their age. Considering the subject matter the Jasper Dent novels are WAY more fun than they should be.


Barry Lyga brings the series to a (probable!) conclusion (certainly for the main portion of the plot) in a most terrific way – ok so the big twisty twist isnt so much a twist as it is a confirmation of what most of the avid fans of Jasper have seen coming for a while but it is tremendously satisfying for that very reason and beautifully done.


Overall I thought all of the trilogy, both individually and now seen as a whole were really really great reads. I will miss Jasper. Although hoping that possibly I won’t have to for long. SO much potential here to follow him through adulthood…


Highly Recommended


Happy Reading Folks!

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review SPOILER ALERT! 2014-12-07 02:33
Blood of My Blood Review
Blood of My Blood - Barry Lyga

Release Date: September 9th, 2014 from Little Brown Books

Summary from cover


"Jazz has never been closer to catching his father.


Jazz has been shot and left to die in New York. His girlfriend, Connie, is in the clutches of Jazz's monstrous father, Billy-the world's most notorious serial killer. And his best friend, Howie, is bleeding to death on the floor of Jazz's own home. 


Somehow, these three must rise above the horrors and find a way to come together in pursuit of Billy. 


But then, Jazz crosses a line he's never crossed before, and soon the entire county is wondering: "Like father, like son? Which is the true monster?"


From New York City to the small town of Lobo's Nod, the chase is on, and this time, Jazz is the hunted, not the hunter-while Billy Dent lurks in the shadows. 


And beyond Billy? Something much much worse. Prepare to meet...the Crow King."


I can't write this review without a spoiler. I just can't. This conclusion to I Hunt Killers was amazing. Fantastic. Outstanding. Superb. No words can describe it honestly. I have never loved a conclusion to a trilogy or a series this much in this genre. There were so many twists and turns that I couldn't read as fast as I would have loved to. I wish I could have devoured this book in one sitting, but I had to spread out the reading through a week because of school. Luckily though, taking my time to read the book and stopping off at certain points really helped my love for the characters and story grow stronger.


First off, I can't believe that Jazz ran away from the FBI. He literally punched out two or three officers and pretended to be an officer just to escape from a hospital. Like what?! I have never loved a male character as much as I love Jazz. He is literally perfect, despite the constant running away from the police and FBI, and having an inner conflict with himself involving him being a murder or not. Other than that, perfection. 


Back on track, Emily. Blood of My Blood really does deserve 5/5 stars. It was beautifully written and the flow of the reading was very smooth. Out of all three of the books, I feel like this one was the best. I don't know, I just feel like there was just so much more action in this book than the others. There was more than one story within the plot and all three friends had their moments in the spot light, (Especially Howie. I mean, how couldn't you love him?)


Unlike Game, this story had length but didn't contain too much fluff. Every book, regardless of genre, is bound to have some fluff to get the story moving along a rough patch to capture the reader when something unexpected is bound to happen. Let me tell you though, BoMB has a lot of unexpected events happening.


For one, Weathers death. I never expected Billy to kill him himself. I imagined Billy having someone else do the job for him as a test like in Game. I never imagined that Weathers would have died in general. I thought that he would have lived to report one last time on the Dent case and made it big. I don't know, I guess I just pictured a happier ending for him since he lived a crummy life, despite being overly corrupt. 


Also, I never expected Jazz's mother to be the Crow King! Like what was that? I genuinely thought that Billy kidnapped her and was keeping her to draw Jazz toward him before he killed his wife in front of Jazz's face. But she's a serial killer who taught Billy Freakin' Dent everything he knows? Jesus. I almost died at that part I was so shocked. Although, I was not as shocked at what I found out about Jazz's constant sexual dream. I'm sorry, but what the Dent's did was out of line, regardless of their motives. (Their actions will be left from the review to keep some surprise to the plot)


The ending. Oh my gosh, that ending gave me the chills. The fact that Jazz paralyzed his father and left his mother as a vegetable on life support shows that he finally has control over his life. When he told his mother, "I could kill you anytime I want".....I just couldn't. That was the second to last line of the book. The second to last line in the entire trilogy. I applaud you, Barry Lyga, despite the fact that I know that you will probably not see this. 


There is one complaint about this book though that I have to address. I wish it was longer. Yes, I said it. I wish it was longer. I didn't want to leave Howie and Jazz, and I really didn't want to leave their friendship behind. I hope that in the realm of Lobo's Nod, Jazz and Howie are still friends. I hope Jazz is still getting outrageous tattoos for Howie and not even minding that each one of them is out-of-the-blue. Just, this book was the best thing in the world to me and I recommend it to everyone.

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review 2014-11-20 17:48
Blood of my Blood by Barry Lyga
Blood of My Blood - Barry Lyga

This is like my happy time right now. I feel like I've been able to read really great books, one after the other! Not only are some of my favorite series coming out with new installments, guaranteed to be awesome, but the 2 picks I chose at random were also pretty spectacular! October is a great reading month!

She knew all about the cops and their trigger fingers and their predilection for dealing with those who would attack their brethren. Her father had drummed such stories into her from a young age; more so into Whiz, who bore the burden of being a black boy about to grow into a black teen. If the police even look at you funny, Dad had said, you hit the ground and put your hands over your head. Don't talk back. Don't try to run. Don't try to explain. They're just looking for an excuse to shoot you. Don't give it to them.
The same would apply to Jazz, she knew, despite his white skin. He'd assaulted cops; bad enough. But he was also suspiciously tied to the death of an FBI agent, and that made Jazz the functional equivalent of a black teenager in a hoodie in a white neighborhood.

I have been waiting for Blood of my Blood for what feels like forever! In a way, in only this way, it reminds me of the wait for MOBY (Diana Gabaldon) because the previous book had multiple cliffhangers. The cliffhangers were so cliffhangery that I would randomly think of it and fret because I just HAD to know what happened.

Well it's here, I read it, and it was a really great ending to a really great dark series. Absolutely nobody can complain that allllll the buildup led to an ending that was a let down. The final showdown was epic. Jasper Dent is badASS. And, also he's a little bit scary.

Sure, some of the twists at the end were predictable but I think that most people who were predicting it were also thinking that it wouldn't happen. It's a YA book, right? It won't go there.... Well, I can say that lines were crossed, bodies were mutilated, minds were shattered, and horrible shitty things happened to people you love.

Hats off to Barry Lyga for writing a story about serial killers with what felt like completely chilling accuracy. Billy, Ugly J, and even Jasper himself, were all scary. Every scene with Billy Dent or Ugly J made me shudder.

Brilliant series, and hey! It's Halloween time! Looking for a scary creepy thriller? Look no further then this fictional story about a notorious serial killer and his son. Read it!

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