Friday, July 22, 2016

Review: I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga

Title: I Hunt Killers
Author: Barry Lyga
Series: Book One in the Jasper Dent Trilogy
Published By: Little Brown (April 22, 2012)
Source: Purchased
Genre: YA Thriller
My Rating: 5 Stars!


Book Description:
What if the world's worst serial killer...was your dad?

Jasper "Jazz" Dent is a likable teenager. A charmer, one might say.

But he's also the son of the world's most infamous serial killer, and for Dear Old Dad, Take Your Son to Work Day was year-round. Jazz has witnessed crime scenes the way cops wish they could—from the criminal's point of view.

And now bodies are piling up in Lobo's Nod.


In an effort to clear his name, Jazz joins the police in a hunt for a new serial killer. But Jazz has a secret—could he be more like his father than anyone knows?











There are few YA books not only told in the point of view of a boy, but a boy like Jasper Dent, who's father was a notorious serial killer and since birth, was raised to be one as well. 

I can't even begin to tell you how amazing this book was. From the writing, to the execution, down to the very characters themselves, you never knew what was what. Was Jasper (Jazz) just like his father or was he different? Was he just a boy trying to be good or a killer waiting to break out of his shell and become what he was so lovely trained and conditioned to be?

I loved every heart pounding moment of this story and the very characters themselves. 

If you are looking for something completely off the charts, completely unlike anything in the YA genre, a thriller that will leave you begging for more, your heart pounding and slightly disgusted with just how very much you loved all the horrifying events,  this is a series you must try. 




54 comments:

  1. Usually I avoid YAs told in the perspective of a male protagonist, but this sounds so intriguing, I don't think I'll be able to resist! Wonderful review :)

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    1. This one is worth it, I promise. Especially if you want something darker and different.

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  2. Oh this sounds fantastic. I love a good male MC and a great thriller. Great review!!

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    1. I really do too and this is so worth it to read. ;)

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  3. Oh, yay! Glad you loved this one, Ali. I must admit that I've fallen behind and need to read books 2 and 3. I do have them somewhere...I gave this book 5 stars,too. :)

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    1. You will love the second and third, so darn good and they get creepier and darker too.

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  4. I've had this book for what it feels like forever, Ali. I love how unique the concept sounds and I've got to get to it one of these days, especially since you loved it.
    Wonderful review!

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    1. Definitely read it Nick, I think you'll love it.

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  5. This is the ultimate thriller. Trying to prove your dad ins't a serial killer only to find out you possess dark thought....dang! Nice review Ali!

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    1. He doesn't have to prove he isn't a killer, he is all the way, he just has to prove he isn't becoming just like him. ;)

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  6. I've only read a handful of YA from a male's perspective and I enjoyed them. I have this and the second book so I think I better get reading :D

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    1. Definitely read them, they are so good!

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  7. Wow Kindlemom, Deep very Deep! Thanks!

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  8. I'm so glad to see that you loved this one! I've been wanting to read this and the rest of the series for a long time. It sounds fantastic!!

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    1. I'm so glad I read them all, they were so good!

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  9. I have been wanting to read this book for some time now. Thanks for reminding me! I really need to get this one marked at the library to read. Brilly review.

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    1. Thanks so much Melissa and I really hope you love it as much as I did. :D

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  10. Raised by a serial killer to be a serial killer. Well that's certainly different. Very original too. Thanks for the great review.

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  11. I keep forgetting to check out this book. Thanks for the reminder. I don't get why some people don't want to read male MC's. I saw a pitchwars judge who wanted fantasy YA but not if it was from a male perspective. That made me cringe.

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    1. Wow really? That's sad, I love it, probably because it's so rare to find.

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  12. Great review! I am so glad you loved this; it sounds fantastic!!

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    1. It was so much fun and so different from other YA reads.

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  13. I LOVED this book!!!!! I'm so glad you did as well!!!!

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    1. Yay! Did you read the others as well?

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  14. Ok I reallly need and I want read this book. Because the plot sounds so good! I don´t know I am intrigued by this book. Great review. Goes to my TBR!
    xx

    www.sakuranko.com

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    1. Happy to hear you are going to give it a try!

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  15. I loved this one too, and you just reminded me I need to continue this series!

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  16. I couldn't finish this one! But to be honest, I may not have been in the right mood for mystery at that time...

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  17. Yay! I love that you loved this, Ali! It's one of my favorites too. And the rest of the trilogy does not disappoint. IT definitely adds something to the nature vs. nurture debate. Great review!

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    1. I agree Maja! It was so much, well maybe not fun but so interesting seeing how he struggled throughout the whole series with who he was and wanted to be and who he was raised to be.

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  18. Yep! This is definitely one of the better YA in this genre. I should check to see if the author has anything new coming up.

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    1. I will read anything else he puts out. ;)

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  19. the topic looks really interesting that's true! I want to try! heard a lot about this book

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    1. It is definitely a unique premises.

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  20. I love it when I get a great YA guy's voice to follow and this sounds like something Iwould love. I've seen this around, almost picked it up a time or two, so I'm definitely going to add this to my TBR!!

    Glad you enjoyed it, ALi :)

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    1. Definitely pick it up Kim, it is so good and Jazz has a great voice. ;)

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  21. I'm not a huge fan of YA, but this story has me intrigued. I just requested the audiobook from the library.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Rabid Reads

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    1. Yay! It really doesn't read like YA at all, definitely more mature and hard core.

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  22. Oh, I love how heart pounding this one is. I hope to read it someday. Glad you enjoyed it a lot!

    Yani - Paper Boulevard

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    1. Hopefully you can read it soon and that you like it. :D

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  23. I am a HUGE fan of YA, so I'll pretty much read anything YA ! This does sound like a great read !!
    Glad you enjoyed it :))

    "Book Addict"


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    1. Hopefully you will really like this then. :)

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  24. Oh gosh. I love this series. I recommend the audiobooks. They are fantastic. So glad you are loving it too. Howie is my favorite.

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    1. So good to see you Heidi! <3
      I've read them all, just slowly getting my reviews up for them but I agree, it was a fabulous trilogy. I wish the author would come out with something new.

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  25. Loved this series though I totally had bizarre dreams after reading it though. I'm not a fan of serial killer reads/movies, but this one sucked me in right away. Glad you enjoyed it too!

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    1. Ha ha, yeah, I had some crazy dreams too, especially when I read them before bed. Too funny!

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  26. This has me intrigued! I had never heard of it-that I can remember anyway..by the way the Amazon button isn't working on this page. I think I am going to be asking for this from my library. Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Thanks for letting me know, it hasn't been working lately for some reason.

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  27. Excellent review! I want to read this one for sure. It sounds really fascinating and the POV sounds intriguing too. I'm glad you loved this one!

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    1. It is such a great series and kind of horrifying as well, just try it, you'll see what I mean. ;)

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