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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 2014-12-04 21:30
Game Review
Game - Barry Lyga

Release Date: April 16th, 2013 from Little Brown Books

Summary from cover


"Several months have passed since Jazz helped the Lobo's Nod police force catch the serial killer known as the Impressionist. Every day since then, Jazz has dealt with the guilt of knowing he was responsible for his father's escape from prison. But when a determined New York City detective comes knocking on Jazz's door asking for help with a new case, Jazz can't say no.


The Hat-Dog Killer has the Big Apple in a panic, and the police are running scared. Is the Hat-Dog Killer Jazz's means of redemption? Or will he get caught up in a killer's murderous game? 


And somewhere out there, Dear Old Dad is watching...and waiting."


I'm not going to lie about this book. When I first started reading, the beginning set me off....but in a good way. I adore Barry Lyga's writing style, and the way he started this sequel had me hooked instantly. Everything that Lyga writes has such a smooth continuous flow that I forget that I'm reading and imagine myself actually watching the events on a television screen or a movie theater. 


This sequel is not like I Hunt Killers. The first book does not compare in gore factor. Lyga must have been watching the Saw movies or something, because this was the goriest and most disturbing plot line that I have every had the pleasure of reading. Yes, I said pleasure. I do not recommend this book to someone who can't handle gore or explicit content, because that content shows up in a good portion of the whole piece.


The plot was different as well. I liked the idea of Jasper branching out and leaving Lobo's Nod to help the NYPD with their investigation. What intrigued me the most was the mystery behind the Hat-Dog Killer and I found myself searching for clues in the piece that would've given me a hint. Luckily, I did not find any clues to spoil the end result, but what happened was situationally ironic. 


The one complaint that I have about this sequel is the length of it. I feel as if there was too much "fluff" between the important scenes and I found myself skimming passages just to get to the interesting scenes. Nonetheless, that was the only thing that I found upsetting about Barry Lyga's work thus far. 


The psychological aspect becomes more prevalent as the plot moves forward. Not only is Jazz expressing the Nature vs. Nurture debate, but he is having difficult with his subconscious throughout the entirety. He relationship with his loved ones becomes tense as he tries to sort out what is "wrong" with him, when in fact, the only thing that is wrong with him is not his DNA like he thinks, but with his own personal being. 

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