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Game (Jasper Dent #2): review

Game (Jasper Dent #2): review

Title: Game(Jasper Dent #2)Author: Barry LygaRating:  3.5 out of 5 starsRelease Date:April 16, 2013Publisher: Little BrownAge Group: YASource: ARC from publisher I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga was one of my favorite books last year. Between the graveyard humor and the taut plotting and the excellent character sketch of a boy who fears he may become a serial killer like his father, I was both intrigued and excited by the story. I have more…mixed feelings about the sequel. While it’s certainly still well-researched and well-executed, the focus has changed from suspense–albeit with gory underpinnings–to a more typical thriller. Since it’s written like adult crime fiction with a teenager suddenly in the middle, it’s a little harder to suspend disbelief that the authorities would rely so heavily on a 17-year-old’s input (to the point of taking him across state lines), no matter what his parentage. Things I liked: it’s still fun to… Read more »

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event recap: Barry Lyga at Mysterious Galaxy!

event recap: Barry Lyga at Mysterious Galaxy!

See the smiling, congenial man on the left? He writes about serial killers. Specifically, he wrote I Hunt Killers, a book I absolutely loved, so it was great fun to attend a hilarious booksigning event last night. Barry Lyga discussed his dad’s reaction to the book (“Sick.”), his upcoming projects, and lots more. Please keep in mind that I’m paraphrasing most of the discussion, since I was so busy listening I forgot to take notes! About the Book The author said he did about 3 months of exhaustive research for his novel. Barry said he is fascinated by what pushes people to extremes, and he wrote the book in part because “Serial killers are our last boogeymen. We know that vampires aren’t real–” at this point, someone gasped, “WHAT?” and everyone laughed “–and science has proven many of the things we used to be scared of don’t exist. Serial killers are… Read more »

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Spring YA Suspense ARC Bundle Giveaway!

Spring YA Suspense ARC Bundle Giveaway!

We love a good mystery, don’t you? There have been some great YA titles released this spring, so we’re celebrating by giving you a chance to win some of the books that are getting lots of buzz! The Prizes: I Hunt Killers by Barry LygaMiles from Ordinary by Carol Lynch WilliamsThe Night She Disappeared by April Henry We did a mini-tour for The Night She Disappeared, by the way, so check out Rachel’s, Arlene’s, Crystal’s reviews if you’d like to see their reactions. We’ll have a review round-up for the mini-tour we did for I Hunt Killers soon, too. Enter the Giveaway! All you have to do is use the Rafflecopter form to leave your email address AND leave us a comment below telling us what your favorite mystery/suspense novel is. You’ll also get extra entries for sharing the post on Facebook, pinning it on Pinterest, etc. And yes, this… Read more »

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I Hunt Killers: review

I Hunt Killers: review

I Hunt Killersby Barry Lyga Do you believe violent offenders are the product of nature or nurture? In the case of 17-year-old Jasper “Jazz” Dent, he’s got both factors working against him. Not only is he the son of the country’s most notorious serial killer, but dear old daddy even forced him to watch those grisly crimes and sometimes…more. I’ve always been interested in how human beings cope with extreme circumstances, and the way children in particular can demonstrate remarkable resilience. I Hunt Killers sets up a fascinating scenario showing how both environment and biology can contribute to certain conditioned responses and behaviors—and how an innate sense of human decency might be strong enough to overcome even the worst of upbringings. At least that’s what Jazz keeps telling himself. Because now that he suspects that a new serial killer is at work in his small town, he’s flashing back to… Read more »

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