Thursday, March 29, 2012

Review of I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga with Giveway

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?

The dark thriller, described as Dexter meets The Silence of the Lambs for teens, tells of a boy who uses his killer instinct, inherited from his serial killer father, to help solve a series of murders.

 ** This book was provided to us by the publisher for an honest review.
We were in no way paid for our opinion **

I wanted to check out I Hunt Killers since the moment I saw the cover. With (what I am assuming is) blood splatter all over the cover, I was already in love. What girl doesn’t have a thing for scary looking covers? That is a rhetorical question. Anyhow, even though I didn’t know much about the book just from cover glances, the title was a dead giveaway: I Hunt Killers. Obviously after reading the synopsis, I was already in love and oh so very eager to begin reading. I will admit and tell you that from the first sentence to the final sentence, the novel was perfect and unforgettable.

Everything about I Hunt Killers invited me in; the cover. The chapters. Even the plot. (I’m pretty sure Edward Cullen said something similar to that before…). Anyways, the point is that I Hunt Killers was amazing. It was like reading a CSI novel for teens. And I absolutely loved getting to live inside of Jazz’s head with him and see the horrible life he has to live. To me, Jazz was a character who seemed both real and sad beyond all belief. Not only were we able to experience all of his memories of living with his Dad the serial killer—Billy, but we also got to see all of the things he learned about the art of murder.

But what really had me going was the mystery of the new serial killer around town who is raising the body count—and in a fashion that imitates Billy Dent. Whoa! Unexpected! Did I forget to mention the part where, just for kicks, the serial killer cuts off a certain amount of victim fingers, but leaves behind the middle finger (I’m sure you all know what that means). Did I also forget to mention how there are a few chapters that felt like real treats because we got to see through this unknown killer’s eyes?

You read heard me correctly. We got to read a few chapters that came from the point of view from the new serial killer, who gave himself the name The Impressionist. From what I could gather, every single Impressionist chapter had me finding connections to two certain villains from pop culture. Those two villains being the Riddler and the Joker (hardy ha-ha, this reviewer is a comic nerd). But honestly! The Impressionist had a level of intellect and insanity that made him the perfect antagonist for me! In fact, after Lord Voldemort and a couple other YA baddies, the Impressionist makes my top ten!

The mystery of the novel and the slight insanity managed to form an equilibrium that managed to make me smile. Not only will you be kept guessing who the killer is until the end, but you’ll also be wondering if maybe just maybe Jazz might not be all that sane. Maybe he is a killer like his father. Maybe he is the serial killer. And of course, there’s always the question of what do Jazz’s dreams mean? I personally thought that, upon the realization of who the Impressionist really is, I wanted that final frontier to be more…climatic. Don’t get me wrong, it already was climatic; I just wanted it to be a longer ending with a few more twists.

However, I do love the fact that I Hunt Killers ends on a high note and left set up for a sequel. I know that if author Barry Lyga does give I Hunt Killers another novel that I’ll be first in line to eat it right up! I would recommend this to fans of the thriller and mystery genre, as well as those of you who just want to read a novel that is unforgettable, well written and an epic tragedy.

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Christina said... Best Blogger Tips

Well, there are a lot of awesome villains out there. At the moment, I'm really wanting to go with a non-literary villain, because I'm pretty sure the ones I grew up with will always be the best: Scar from The Lion King and Ursula from The Little Mermaid.

Chapter by Chapter said... Best Blogger Tips

Fantastic choices! Disney does have some awesome villains!

J.R. said... Best Blogger Tips

Great review! I wasn't going to read this book but after reading your review I added it to my list of books that I want to read.

Arianna said... Best Blogger Tips

Yikes, sounds creepy. I'm not sure if this one is up my ally! Thanks for stopping by!

Arianna @Wandering Librarians

Danielle Smiley said... Best Blogger Tips

I love a well written review and yours was fabulous!!!!
Thanks for sharing!

Proserpine said... Best Blogger Tips

Hi! If I had to choose one from Disney, I'll probably pick Jafar from Aladin, but Ursula from the Little Mermaid is great too! Thanks for this chance!


Lauren Mackesy said... Best Blogger Tips

Deloris(sp?) Umbridge from Harry Potter. I can't even watch that movie because I hate her so much. lol

Lindsay said... Best Blogger Tips

President Snow... HAHAHA! Thought I would keep it recent!

Thanks for the giveaway!
Lindsay @ Turning the Pages

Sayomay said... Best Blogger Tips

Light from Death Note! He's the only villian that i was rooting for the win!

Maegan Morin said... Best Blogger Tips

Ok well my favorite isn't actually a villian per se. But he's no angel either. I like Raistlin from the Dragonlance series.

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Christina Kit. said... Best Blogger Tips

Voldemort! Definitely!

Thanks for the giveaway!

Carrie said... Best Blogger Tips

Mmm good question! Azazel from Supernatural was interesting :)

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LeDerpyReader said... Best Blogger Tips

Lord Voldie! :D

Lolawid said... Best Blogger Tips

He who should not be named! :o)

FireStarBooks said... Best Blogger Tips

The Joker!!! I hate him but love him! UGH! My emotions are so conflicted!

Megan said... Best Blogger Tips

Jafar from Aladdin! He has the best villain goatee!

Kali Skittles said... Best Blogger Tips

@Maegan Morin Omg, I *love* Raistlin!

My favourite villain is... I was going to say Ursula as soon as I saw the question, but after reading the comments a lot of people picked her too, so I'll go with my favourite villain from a book recently and that would be ..well maybe she isn't really a villain but the step-mom in Cinder. I hated her, but overall I loved her character! I always love when people are saying how much they hate someone from a book (esp. if the person is supposed to be hated) because then the author did just what they set out to do! :D

Thanks for the giveaway, I'm SUPER excited to read this. I realize this novel probably isn't that gorey but I think the blurb about this is fascinating and I've always been interested in serial killers.

MistressMoon said... Best Blogger Tips

My favorite villain would have to be the Joker from Batman. He's just so crazy. And awesome. And crazy. He just wants to watch the world burn,just because. I mean....that's gotta be the worst kind of evil. xD

Thanks for the awesome giveaway!

Doodle said... Best Blogger Tips

My favorite villain is Scar from The Lion King!

Thanks for the giveaway!
(Emily R in rafflecopter)

Stephanie said... Best Blogger Tips

Captain Hook from Peter Pan!

Krista said... Best Blogger Tips

Dracula, the original! I love all the possibilities that he opened for so many other villains out there.

Leannessf said... Best Blogger Tips

Lord Voldemort - not one redeeming quality!

Thanks for the giveaway!

Bonnie Regan said... Best Blogger Tips

Favorite villain?! That's tough.

I'd say...
Ursula. :)

Mariah said... Best Blogger Tips

Adore all the Disney villains!

Julie Witt said... Best Blogger Tips

Awesome review! This book looks and sounds SO creepy, in such a good way! I can't wait to read it! My favorite villain is Lord Voldemort :)

Rachel @ Unforgettable Books said... Best Blogger Tips

Voldemort! Voldy, Voldy, Voldemort! Flight of death!

Hushed Paradox said... Best Blogger Tips

My favourite villian is Caine Soren from the GONE series by Michael Grant.

Janiera said... Best Blogger Tips

voldemort, i mean no one can top that. Thanks for the contest.... i got to read this one!

nicolesender said... Best Blogger Tips

My favorite villain is the Sherrif Of Nottingham in Robin Hood.

Becca H said... Best Blogger Tips

Ohh this is hard, I usually love all the villians to be honest, hahaha. But I'm going to go with Klaus from TVD.

Suz Reads said... Best Blogger Tips

Spike from Buffy the Vampire Slayer. He's a villain but still kind of sweet too!

Na said... Best Blogger Tips

The villain from 100 Dalmation Dogs is fantastic,

Persephone said... Best Blogger Tips

Oh, so difficult to choose just one. I go with Magneto from X-Men

Emily @ Falling For YA said... Best Blogger Tips

Lord Voldemort for sure! He was an evil guy I could really root for lol

G. Donald Cribbs said... Best Blogger Tips

My favorite villain is the devil. C'mon. Who can write this? A fallen angel seeks to overthrow God and gets cast out of heaven. Then, he seeks revenge by taking down as many humans as possible because he knows he can't win. Epic.

Thank you for the great review. I already wanted to read it, but now I want to even more. Thanks for the opportunity! You Rock!

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

favorite villain?

Slade from Teen Titans, he was just so good at being evil and cool at the same time <3

Anonymous said... Best Blogger Tips

it depends, but today I'll go for either Hannibal Lecter or Sauron

Kissed by Ink said... Best Blogger Tips

My favorite villian...the one who cannot be named. Yes, Voldemort is my fav.

Helen said... Best Blogger Tips

darth vader

Kimberly Lim said... Best Blogger Tips

I would go for Disney Villains, because their like classics...
- Maleficent

Denise Z said... Best Blogger Tips

I have to go with Snape! There is just something about his badness that is so good LOL

Shanella said... Best Blogger Tips

I love the villain in the Inkspell trilogy

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