Friday, September 12, 2014

Blood of My Blood ~ Barry Lyga (earc) review [@barrylyga @lbkids]

Blood of My Blood (Jasper Dent #3)
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
September 9, 2014
480 pages
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Synopses and my reviews for I Hunt Killers (#1) and Game (#2) - if you want to remain spoiler-free check out those posts, not this one!

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.

What could be worse than having your father, perhaps the most notorious serial killer or the police after you? Having both your father, the serial killer and law enforcement trying to get you. Such is the situation Jasper "Jazz" Dent, son of the infamous Billy Dent, faces in Blood of My Blood

When Game, the second book in the trilogy ended, Jazz, his best friend Howie and girlfriend Connie were all in danger, perhaps mortal danger. Can they save themselves and each other?

Blood of My Blood has (at least if you ask me) a creepier cover than the previous two books and it is a great reflection of the story inside. Both of the other books had blood, murder and some squicky descriptions of both, the trilogy's conclusion pushes things even further. It is definitely an older YA novel.

Yet some of what you may not want to read, those bits that really push things, are also some of what make the book so good. It seems to all be coming together for Jazz - what being raised by a serial killer means for who he is and who Howie and Connie think he's capable of being.

Now with his dad, Billy, back in the picture, not only are they, Connie, especially, in physical danger, Jazz will have to truly confront what being Billy Dent's son means for him.

Not to mention the Crow King.

The more things come together, the clearer it is that none of them can end this on their own.  As unconventional (and unsupported) as their relationships have been, they have always been there for each other. Is that still possible or have things - and Jazz - finally gone too far.

Blood of My Blood is a terrific conclusion to the Jasper Dent trilogy. More of Jasper's past  - things hinted at in the other books - is revealed and a new light shed on some earlier events, as well. The characters, from Jazz and Howie and Connie to G William and Hughes and beyond, really shine. The action and the course the story follows really have them at some of their best.

To keep this spoiler-free, I will just say that how everything came together and was concluded was brilliant. It is not all something you see coming, fits the characters and the series very well and does both justice. Blood of My Blood is a great way to end a series and one you should absolutely read (after reading I Hunt Killers and Game, of course).

Digital copy received for review from publisher through NetGalley - thank you.

1 comment:

  1. SOO excited! I love this series and cannot wait to read the final book! I'm so glad you enjoyed it and felt that it was a great ending to the series!


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