Blood of My Blood (I Hunt Killers Series #3) [NOOK Book]

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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 ...
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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
*"Lyga's burial of the I Hunt Killers trilogy cements it as one of the most ambitious thriller series in YA history, and the absolute best cliff from which teen readers can dive into the grueling world of adult crime procedurals."—Booklist (starred review)

*"...gory winner with raw appeal."—School Library Journal (starred review)

School Library Journal
★ 11/01/2014
Gr 9 Up—Jasper "Jazz" Dent is locked in a storage locker with two dead bodies, trying to nurse his own bullet wound in the dim light of a fading cellphone. Picking up (without pause) from the cliff-hanger ending in Game (2013), Lyga's series about the 17-year-old who was first introduced in I Hunt Killers (2012) as the son of escaped killer Billy Dent continues as he tries to aid the police in his father's recapture. Unaware that his girlfriend Connie has been lured by Billy to a Brooklyn tenement house and imprisoned with Jazz's mother, and that his hemophiliac friend, Howie, has been attacked, Jazz faces his demons alone—including repressed memories with sexual undertones, and the creepy voice of Billy educating his son on the acumen required to be a good serial killer (appearing in italics). The worrisome genetic factor plagues Jazz yet propels him in the right direction to foil some copycat killers and elude authorities long enough to solve his own life's mysteries. Obstructing the law, the teen follows clues that take him back home to Lobo's Nod for the chilling climax and surprise ending, despite red herrings thrown in the readers' path at every turn. Connie and Howie continue to play major roles in this episode, often providing their own points of view, as do officers Hughes and Tanner as bumbling but likable authorities. As a trilogy wrap-up, this gory winner with raw appeal requires having read the first two titles.—Vicki Reutter, State University of New York at Cortland
Kirkus Reviews
2014-09-18
Jazz Dent continues to hunt serial killers, and this time the hunt is all in the family. Jazz, son of notorious killer Billy Dent, Connie, Jazz's girlfriend, and Howie, his hemophiliac best friend, were all in peril at the end of the previous hunt (Game, 2013). Jazz wakes up with a bullet in his leg at the scene of a deadly shootout with half of the serial-killer duo Hat-Dog. Connie wakes up a captive of Billy, and Howie wakes up in a hospital room waiting for his overprotective parents. Each must escape and work together when they can to find and stop Billy while trying to discover Jazz's Aunt Sam's part in Billy's reign of terror. Can they do so and avoid the cops in New York City and the small town of Lobo's Nod? Will Jazz be the next serial-killer Crow King—or will he die at Billy's hand? And can Jazz find and save his mother? Lyga's gruesome and at-times overwrought conclusion to his I Hunt Killers trilogy telegraphs its big, secret twist far too early. Though Jazz, Connie and Howie are realistic teens, few of the supporting cast act like real people. An incest subplot adds to the ick factor. This conclusion does not stand alone, and it may make readers question their commitment to the trilogy as a whole. (Thriller. 14 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316333498
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
  • Publication date: 9/9/2014
  • Series: I Hunt Killers Series , #3
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 16,678
  • Age range: 15 - 17 Years
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Barry Lyga
Barry Lyga is the author of several acclaimed young adult novels, including I Hunt Killers, its sequel Game, and his debut, The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl. He now knows way too much about how to dispose of a human body. Barry lives and writes in New York City. His website is barrylyga.com.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 18, 2015

    Matthew

    Lol haha puzzy li.cking co.ck sucking fun lol had to sy it

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2014

    Blood and blood

    Blood and blood is a scary mystery book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 3, 2014

    EXCELLENT!!!

    Great series!!! Seriously....... I could NOT stop reading these books. So very good. You MUST treat yourself to this series; just be sure to have plenty of time, it WILL be difficult to put down.
    By, Pamisue

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  • Posted October 26, 2014

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    Author Barry Lyga¿s I Hunt Killers novels have been some of my f

    Author 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.

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  • Posted October 13, 2014

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    Excellent conclusion to the trilogy! 5 Stars! What a conclusio

    Excellent conclusion to the trilogy!

    5 Stars!

    What a conclusion! I LOVED this book. I absolutely LOVED it. Since the previous book in the series left us with a giant cliffhanger, this book started out knee deep in action and the excitement did not stop for even a millisecond. I literally could not put this book down and ended up finishing it while sitting in the rain at a football game. This book wrapped up everything in the trilogy beautifully. As I finished this book, I realized that all of my questions had been answered and I was completely satisfied with the story.

    This book picks up right where Game stopped. I was really not very happy with the cliffhanger ending of the second book of the trilogy, Game. I just don't think books should end with absolutely no resolution - it is just not nice. This book made up for it so all is forgiven at this point. This trilogy really needs to be read in order.

    I liked so much about this book and this trilogy. I loved the characters - Jazz, Howie, Connie, G. William, and even Billy Dent. I loved how these characters grew during the course of the trilogy and stayed true to themselves. I loved the dialog between the characters. Barry Lyga takes a dark subject and injects just enough humor to add to the story without feeling forced. I loved the gore. When I started the first book, I Hunt Killers, I was a little nervous that many details would be glossed over since this is a Young Adult Novel. Boy was I wrong. This book is just as bloody as the many adult novels that I have read and to be honest probably more.

    I am completely impressed by how deeply we get into the characters' minds in this trilogy. The first and third books in this trilogy are strong psychological thrillers. The second book reads more like a mystery novel but after reading this book I realize that it set the stage for the conclusion.

    I highly recommend this trilogy and this book to both adults and older teens. The subject matter may be a little much for younger teens depending on the individual. I will definitely be reading more from Barry Lyga in the future.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2014

    Recommend strongly!

    I read the first 2 books of this series and waited a year for this, the third book, and conclusion. Well worth the wait! A must read!!!

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  • Posted October 2, 2014

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    Oh, how I hated for this trilogy to end, as it has captivated me

    Oh, how I hated for this trilogy to end, as it has captivated me from the beginning and now, the game would end. The title and the cover for this last book is so perfect, Blood of My Blood, which made me fear for the character of Jazz. Jazz is a clever guy and he can thank his father for all the knowledge that he has gained, Billy sure taught him well. Having a notorious serial killer for a father, just think of all the information Jazz’s father taught him growing up. His father held nothing back and would talk about his accomplishments. This knowledge has kept Jazz alive when he’s faced in a difficult situation. It’s his father’s words that come through in a soft voice which only Jazz can hear, those twisted words that Billy imprisoned inside of him. It’s a double-edge sword; his father haunts him yet he saves him. This book is exciting! I loved the whole series and I suggest you read the first book before you dive into this one. I really want to say more about this book but I don’t want to spoil it – it was truly remarkable, exceptional and one that I will remember. I was not expecting things to end the way they did but as things were coming to an end, my jaw was on the floor. I couldn’t believe it but it was great, truly a good ending.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2014

    This book is the conclusion to the "I Hunt Killers" tr

    This book is the conclusion to the "I Hunt Killers" trilogy, and I should first warn readers, that this book reveals some pretty offscreen sexually explicit themes, including sexual abuse. If that is something that makes you dry heave, this isnt the book for you.

    What I must get out the way...I was extremely reluctant to read this series at first. While it'd been suggested to us by Stacy Whitman, and then to my braggart sister Libertad, I just wasnt sure I could get into a story about a teenage white boy, who was the son of a notorious, the MOST notorious serial killer to ever live. Libby bragged about it so much, after suggesting it to our book soul mate Fountain Pen Diva, so I caved in when I'd seen they'd both responded so highly despite the subject matter.

    I think this series will be one of those series' I talk about for years, when mentioning my favorite series'. It had so many things that I now look for in books, that is so needed in books, that I wish anyone who hasn't read it, would consider it immediately.

    Blood of My Blood is the last story in the I Hunt Killers trilogy, and starts where the second book left off. Jasper, or "Jazz" bleeding to death with a gun wound to the leg, in a storage unit and two dead bodies.

    The pacing in this story is friggin' amazing. I think because every time you'd get far with one narrative, they'd snatch you back to another person's narrative, leaving you in a fit of suspense. It always revealed just enough information, where you thought you knew what the hell was going on, so much, that at times even Jasper was dumbfounded like the reader.

    The story purposely tried to make the reader keep their eye off the prize, and I was guilty of falling victim to that, because my mind just doesn't work like Billy Dent, Jasper's father, or the scariest white man on the planet.

    I just couldn't imagine waking up to seeing Billy's face in front of mine, evil and twisted, and enjoying my fear no less. But even with his big balls of crazy, a sick part of me was glad he gave many moments to breath from his evil. Im a little ashamed to admit, and come on? You have to admit, the notorious Billy Dent mastering the Ipad is pretty damn hilarious.

    But back to subject, the world building aspect, is still pretty cool, if you consider it to be what it's like to be in the mind of a serial killer. I always enjoyed the references to famous serial killers, because truth be told, I'd never heard of them or bothered to research them before hand. It's crazy how many thing sickos have gotten away with, and for as long as they did. A subject matter to address? You will never look at social networking the same as with this book.

    I so wanted to predict the outcome so BAD, but I couldn't have predicted the ending until the last minute, and I was very afraid for the main character.

    This was the first book out of the series, where I found Jasper humanly relatable. In the first two books, I had a love hate relationship with Jazz, because of his capabilities to manipulate, but resisting the power to always use it. This book gave some info to his backstory. I wont spoil it for readers, but sadly, I think Jazz was doomed before he was even born.

    He never stood a chance to be 100 % normal, and for that, I don't know how to hate him completely. He nearly lost himself several times in this book, and a part of me was glad that he didn't, but another part was disappointed on what that outcome gave.

    As a Supernatural fan, and the constant use of the phrase "The Family Business?" This book took that to a whole other level. Jazz took the "Aang" from The Last Avatar route(fans of the series will have a better idea what that means) but it wasn't without consequence.

    There was just so much going on with this book. My only complaint is how long it took for it to come out!

    The writing style is signature Barry Lyga. Clear and organized. I have no complaints about the style of it. The book is third person, but it actually had multiple POVs, that included bigger roles for Connie, Howie, Weathers, G.William, Hughes, and sadly, even Billy himself.

    But they were all amazingly clear, and I wasn't lost for one second. The editing fits an industry standard, and blended dialogue and beats well enough for me to want more. And more. And more.

    This is why the I Hunt Killers trilogy will stay with me. It's diversity. Barry Lyga even stated, that he will miss this series, because it's his most successful, and that should trump any bums claiming that including marginalized groups make the sales of a book go down.

    True lovers of diversity in books, are parts of the reason this book was so successful. People want to see themselves in books, and not just to help an aid the "default" main character.

    Jazz and his long term girlfriend Conscience aka "Connie" were what made me purchase the book, seeing how interracial couples in books, rarely get to just "be" a couple. They're often an "interracial" one. I loved Connie. I think the predicament she put herself in was a bit naive, and she paid for it, but doesn't every teenager make mistakes for people they care about? I only hope that their story isn't over.

    I've said this before in my reviews, but the authors HAD to have dated a black girl some time in his life. I chuckle just a little bit, every time I saw the words "hair bonnet" when it come to Connie, mainly because, since I often read this book at night, I was ironically always wearing one. I want to know this dude's in. Why the hell is Lyga being so progressive? How dare he research my experience and actually get it right, instead of make me a stereotype. How dare he!

    Howie, that dude is my homie for life. I loved Howie, because he was just such a good freaking friend. He put his life in danger, but did so for the love of friends, and had gotten himself tangled in this craziness, and had a snarky remark to go along with it. So little time or effort is given to make strong, well thought out characters with disabilities. 

    Hemophilia isnt exactly the best genetic disorder to have when you're chasing serial killers. At 6'6"- 6'7", is freakishly huge height should have made him a threat, but he was still a boy, trying to fit in, and keep his friends alive. If it hadn't been for him, making Jazz human, who knows where Jazz would've ended up. I especially loved his relationship with Connie. I nearly cried when he and Connie saw each other after weeks, and cried together. It was so emotional, and I was glad to see boys crying, in a society that labels men as weak for showing such emotion.

    The title is what creeps me out the most. I thought it was plain and obvious, but when it was referenced, I swear, chills were sent down my spine, and I sat for a good 30 seconds, like WOW. There goes my sanity. Before reading this book, I figured I wouldn't give on the title, but now that Im free, free to wander aimlessly with no real purpose, but to think about this book, I cant do Lyga like that.

    The cover also suits to book 100%, I hate crows. Never looking at them the same again(even though, my superstitions made me never like them in the first place. You see one at your window, someone's totally dying in your house. Just saying).

    The character names and descriptions are all repeats, if you dont know them already. This is the third and final book, so it gets it by default, because by now you already know what they look like.

    My hat tips to Lyga. Im so messed up, and happy to be finally free. I LOVED this series. I dont know how many times I have to say it, but I LOVED this series. This is the first book in a really long time, if ever, that I've given a full five stars to.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 16, 2014

    LEFT ME SPEECHLESS!

    What an amazing end to an amazing trilogy! Completely worth the agonizing wait! Mr. Lyga has wrapped everything up in an edge of your seat ride that starts from page one and doesn't stop till the last page. There were several times I had to remind myself to breath because I found myself holding my breath during some particularly intense moments! Lots of twists and turns and told in a way only Mr. Lyga can.

    If you have not read any in this trilogy, please do not start here. You would be completely lost. Start with "I Hunt Killers" then "Game" then this one. I promise you will not be disappointed. This series will have you thinking a lot about nature versus nuture and what really makes us who we are. This is not a read for the youngsters, I would say AT LEAST 14-15. There is no sex, but there is discussion of such things, and the subject matter of the murders occurring can get pretty graphic, so please be aware of this. There is some cursing also, so if that bothers you, please be aware of this also.

    Thank you so much Mr. Lyga for this amazing read. I couldn't have asked for any better than this. MAN WHAT A RIDE !!!!

    -- SPeeD :~)

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  • Posted September 16, 2014

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    Read from September 07 to 08, 2014 Book Info  ebook, 464 pag

    Read from September 07 to 08, 2014




    Book Info 
    ebook, 464 pages
    Expected publication: September 9th 2014 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
    ISBN 0316333492 (ISBN13: 9780316333498)
    series Jasper Dent #3
    other editions (5)
    Source:Netgalley EARC




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    BOOK SYNOPSIS








    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.




    My Thoughts








    As with all good things this is the end of the trilogy but in no way does that detract from the powerful emotions you will be forced to experience once again when reading this hair raising tale of blood, death and revelations that will cement the authors ability to present a dark story without overdoing it and scaring potential fans from reading future works.




    Jasper faces more than his own mortality in this book as do Connie and Howie, what really impressed me the most is how each one stood up to their tests and came out stronger for it!




    The book picks up where the last one ended and this time there is no doubt that the lines Jazz Dent has kept from crossing in the past are going to blur, the only real question is when all is said and done will he manage to stay alive long enough to explain the reasons the why of his actions to the authorities who are questioning whether he has finally become his father’s son.




    The other question from the beginning has always been will Billy win? When you read this last book in the trilogy my answer would be no one wins but you have to experience it and make up your own mind, keep in mind though your brain will not find this one easy to wrap around as it has some pretty startling and horrific revelations!




    [EArc from Netgalley in exchange for honest review]

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 13, 2014

    Great

    Excellent book! I have been waiting so long and it is finally here and it was even better then I imagined! I absolutely loved this book! The plot was perfectly suspenseful and the characters were all perfect in their own right! I loved the ending! This is a fantastic series! I have read most of Lyga's books and am a big fan! Can't wait for more works of suspense! Loved it!

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