October 17, 2014

Review: Blood Of My Blood by Barry Lyga

Blood of my blood

Jazz Dent has been shot and left to die in New York City. His girlfriend Connie is in the clutches of Jazz’s serial killer father, Billy. And his best friend Howie is bleeding to death on the floor of Jazz’s own home in tiny Lobo’s Nod. Somehow, these three must rise above the horrors their lives have become 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 country is wondering: “Like father, like son?” Who is the true monster?

The chase is on, and beyond Billy there lurks something much, much worse. Prepare to meet…the Crow King.

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Blood Of My Blood (Jasper Dent #3) by Barry Lyga
Publication Date:  September 9, 2014
Publisher:  Little, Brown

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You can check out our reviews of the first 2 books here:

Gabby-2013Author Barry Lyga’s I Hunt Killers novels have been some of my favorite reads over the past few years. I’ve absolutely loved the thrilling mysteries that both I Hunt Killers and Game contained and getting to read Blood of my Blood (the last novel in the trilogy!!) was the icing on the cake. The only thing I knew before going into Blood of my Blood was that it was going to surpass the novels that came before it. It had to. With how Game went down with cliff-hanger endings for the three main characters of the series and Jazz left to die—something crazy was going to happen and I had no clue what.

Blood of my Blood picks up where Game left off. Connie is in Billy Dent’s clutches, Howie is facing his own mortality and the fact that he might have killed Jazz’s grandmother and Jazz is dying inside of a storage locker. However a turn of events bring the trio together with ground-breaking new information. Jazz’s mother isn’t only alive and well but she’s closer than any of them think. And when Jazz reaches his breaking point every mystery surrounding him and his childhood is brought to light. There’s something far more dangerous than Billy Dent out there in the world. There are the Crows and their leader: the Crow King.

 I wasn’t surprised by the fast pace in Blood of my Blood but I wasn’t at all expecting to finish the novel as fast as I did. There’s so much going on in Blood of my Blood. Readers are going to be left on the edge of their seat while they flip through the pages of the crazy final installment in the series. Everything about it is crazy. While there isn’t the same feel as the last two novels (hunting killers whose identities are completely secret), hunting down Billy Dent is intense.

The biggest question while reading Blood of my Blood is what the ending outcome will be. Will everybody get a happy ending? Who will live? Who will die? And will Jazz end up just like his father? All these questions and I wanted answers dammit! Luckily, there are answers. Lots and lots of answers. Every question and plot twist set up since the first novel is given an explanation (though some vary from ‘okay’ to ‘holy crap what’).

The writing in Blood of my Blood has the same feel as the last two novels. Perfect descriptions, crazy plot twists and crazier characters. Everything about Blood of my Blood is sound and (more importantly) incredibly shocking. The character development in Blood of my Blood is very well-done and leads readers to wonder just what will become of Jazz and if there’s a sociopath lingering inside of him somewhere. I don’t think a novel has ever made me cringe at events that conspire more than Blood of my Blood has.

What readers should keep in mind before going into Blood of my Blood is that it does get pretty disturbing. From new murders to Billy Dent and his antics to uncovering the Crow King’s identity and just what they’ve done. I’m someone who can stomach quite a bit when reading and considering some of the stuff that’s gone down in the I Hunt Killers series I didn’t expect to be nearly as bothered by some of the information that is given out to Dent and the reader. This novel isn’t just the most intense out of the series thus far but it is also very, very messed-up which should be expected before going into it.

All in all, Blood of my Blood was a great end to the series.

I would recommend the I Hunt Killers series to readers who are looking for a mystery/thriller that will keep them on the edge of their seats, to any readers who want a novel with wicked serial killers and to any readers who just want a series that leaves so much food for thought and offers some crazy murders.



Barry Lyga is a recovering comic book geek. According to Kirkus, he’s also a “YA rebel-author.” Somehow, the two just don’t seem to go together to him.

When he was a kid, everyone told him that comic books were garbage and would rot his brain, but he had the last laugh. Raised on a steady diet of comics, he worked in the comic book industry for ten years, but now writes full-time because, well, wouldn’t you?

The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy & Goth Girl is his first novel. Unsoul’d is his latest. There are a whole bunch in between, featuring everything from the aftermath of child abuse to pre-teens with superpowers to serial killers. He clearly does not know how to stick to one subject.

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