Game (Jasper Dent #2)
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Game (Jasper Dent #2)

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Billy grinned. “Oh, New York,” he whispered. “We’re gonna have so much fun.”

I Hunt Killers introduced the world to Jazz, the son of history’s most infamous serial killer, Billy Dent.

In an effort to prove murder didn’t run in the family, Jazz teamed with the police in the small town of Lobo’s Nod to solve a deadly case. And now, when a determined New York City detective com...more
Hardcover, 520 pages
Published April 16th 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published April 1st 2013)
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Wendy Darling
3.5 stars I Hunt Killers was one of my favorite books last year, but 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 acr...more
Emily May

“Oh, New York,” he whispered. “We’re gonna have so much fun.”

I think I am once again in the minority here - but for a good reason this time. I actually liked this sequel quite a bit better than the first and I think I might have been willing to go with five stars if it wasn't for that awful non-ending, cliffhanger thing that Lyga felt the need to leave us with. After sitting on the edge of my seat and knawing my nails away for the whole book, I felt somewhat cheated by that lack of closure. It...more
Dec 02, 2013 M marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
The sequel to Barry Lyga's I HUNT KILLERS.
Good riddance! Do you feel the blood lust as much as I do?


Serial Killer addiction on overdrive!
*This review is spoiler free for book 1 and this sequel!*

Before I went into YA my favorite novels were criminal mysteries and serial killer type stories. Then my favorite among them were the ones dealing with profilers. There is just something incredibly fascinating about seeing how these guys can take one small and seemingly insignificant detail of a crime scene, and tell you who the killer is in the most intimate of way. Game brought back the reasons why I loved these types of books; there are...more
Imagine you learned everything you know about serial killers from Wikipedia and watching episodes of Criminal Minds. Then tried to write a book about it with a kid in the lead role. Would it be comparable to the many standout crime thrillers that dominate the genre? Unfortunately with Game, I don’t think so.

The problem I have with this is the same problem I had with I Hunt Killers but on a larger scale, psychological and crime thrillers are inherently adult genres; these books try to play with t...more
Jazz, Connie and Howie in New York

UPDATE: So I guess I read too deep into the blurb thingy and Howie does not tag a long to New York ): However he still plays a prominent character in the story *inserts cheering sound effect*. Just as I suspected this novel was intense, and action packed keeping you on your toes. BUT HOLY MOTHER OF ALL THINGS GREAT THIS WAS THE WORST CLIFFHANGER EVER! AND NOW I HAVE TO WAIT ONE MORE WHOLE YEAR TILL I CAN READ WHAT HAPPENS NEXT! This was literally the definition...more

I will make another graph to go with my review of the first one shortly.
Sarah (YA Love)
Review originally posted at YA Love

I need to start off by saying that I enjoyed Game even more than I enjoyed I Hunt Killers. Barry Lyga has done an excellent job building Jazz’s character and creating an intense and thoroughly enjoyable story. It’s still gory like I Hunt Killers, so be prepared.

What I liked about Game by Barry Lyga:

**The mystery and thrill. The third person narrative switches from Jazz to other characters, but the best is when it focuses on the killer. I love it when murder mys...more
Experiment BL626
CAUTION: major spoilers

I really thought book 2, Game, would surpass its predecessor, but alas my feelings were virtually the same. In other words, for both book 1 and 2, I was entertained but I was not particularly wowed.

In book 2, too many little things tugged my suspension of my disbelief. Also, the ending disappointed me, and it was not because all the plot lines ended on a cliffhanger, although that sucked too.

The Characters

+ Jasper, the protagonist

Book 2 constantly told the reader how much...more

I was tempted to rate this one star because the characters fucked me off that much but I decided to be generous because the writing and plot weren't actually half bad.
I enjoyed the first book, I Hunt Killers, but this one was hard to get through. Though I do have to admit that the ending was pretty great… I'm not a fan of cliffhangers but I didn't mind it in this case.

What's what:

-Teenager Jasper 'Jazz' Dent is the son of the world's most notorious serial killer, Billy Dent. For some rea...more
First off... Let me just warn you, this book ends in a big cliffhanger. I mean we don't now what's going to happen to several of our favorite characters and it honestly sucks. Thus the 4 star rating instead of 5... Consider yourself warned.

Game is the second installment for the Jasper Dent Series, if you haven't read I Hunt Killers then you need to rush out and get it. This series is classified as young adult because Jasper is a 17 year old high school student, but the content is very mature. B...more
Connie is SO freaking stupid.

I'd like to start this review by stating that 'Game', the second entry in the Jasper Dent series, is a good book. I read it in two sittings and was never bored. I also have to point out though, that it just really isn't up to the standard of 'I Hunt Killers', which was disappointing.

This entry picks up not long after the events of the first novel, with Japer Dent in his home town and Billy Dent on the loose after escaping from prison. I won't go into spoilers but j...more
Steven R. McEvoy
Last year I read 176 books and I Hunt Killers was my number one pick. Game is even better! A quick comparison: when I finished IHK it felt like base jumping. I was falling but excited about where things were going. The end of Game was like being thrown off a mountain, while screaming on the way down, no idea where or how we're going to stop. An amazing book! Barry Lyga has a skill and craft in his writing that gets better with each offering. And Game is a thriller that races from start to finish...more
Jenni Arndt
Upon finishing GAME the first thing that popped into my mind was “do I really have to write a review for this? I don’t want to!” The novel is chalk full of twists and turns and you are never sure who you can trust. Like its predecessor, GAME has a much more adult feel with its intensely gory scenes and the players who take the stage. But thrown in the middle is our core group of teens, Jazz, Connie & Howie, so YA it is.

One of my favorite things about this series (besides the awesome gore) i...more
Game: The Sequel to "I Hunt Killers" Barry Lyga, what have you done to my brain??

Game, like I Hunt Killers before it, kept me constantly on edge. Jazz's character is unlike anyone else. You feel the line that Jazz walks between being what his father brought him up to be and being a normal human being--or as normal as Jazz can be.It's an eerie line to walk and part of why this series is so addictive.

With book 2, we get to see the world from both Connie's and Howie's perspectives. It adds an extra...more
Seen at my blog, Scott Reads It
I Hunt Killers was one of my favorite books last year and so I wasn't quite sure what to expect with Game. I had heard that it wasn't as good as I Hunt Killers so I was a bit hesitant in picking up this book. Game, in my opinion is a stronger book than I Hunt Killers and I couldn't stop reading it no matter what.

Barry Lyga is truly a superb writer because he knows how to "hit all the right notes". He knows how to create a believable, but effective plot while stil...more
the golden witch.
It's no secret that I loved "I Hunt Killers", and it was one of my favorite releases of last year. I'm happy to say that "Game" doesn't suffer from middle book syndrome, though I did have a few issues for it. But for the most part? This is an insane ride of a book that will start you from page one and carry you on a crazy tsunami until the very last page. I'm positively drooling for book three now. If you read and liked "I Hunt Killers", I think you'll like "Game", too.

The biggest issues in this...more
Rating 4.5: This is the second book in the Jasper Dent trilogy. You must read
I Hunt Killers first for this one to make sense.

I would love to give this five stars, but for two reasons I couldn't. 1) This is a trilogy and I hold back a perfect rating because I may hate how the entirety of the series ends. 2) CONNIE - Jasper Dent's girlfriend. Wow did the author create a character that just felt like nails on a chalk board scratching every time she entered onto the page. In the first book, I Hunt...more
What is the reason the author has written such a stupid and immature female character?
It annoyed me very much because Connie acted like an idiot but she gave herself all the excuses. The killer contacted her and she did all the things the killer asked her to do without using a single brain cell. She walked straight into the lion's den. She has all the evidences but didn't tell the police or Jasper. No, she's the superhero and the detective in the story. I will give a round of appl...more
"Game" is so good, it practically renders me incoherent! It starts where "I Hunt Killers" left off, with Billy on the loose and Jazz determined to hunt him down. But there's a gruesome serial killer haunting New York and detectives want his help - Jazz is willing, but doesn't want to be distracted from his father's path - could he be closer than he realizes? A bloody, macabre read that ends with a gut-wrenching cliffhanger - I can't wait for the third book!
Suzanne Rooyen
Love the cover. Not so keen on the title though - seems trite considering the subject material but I'll definitely be reading :)
Maja (The Nocturnal Library)
Okay, time to fess up, people! Did someone steal the last hour of my audiobook? If it was you, please give it back. I like my books to have an actual ending, thank you very much.

Oh, Barry Lyga, whatever did we do to you? Apparently one cliffhanger wasn’t bad enough so Lyga decided to leave us with three – one on Jazz’s side of things, one on Connie’s and one on Howie’s – just to be on the safe side. While that might work for most people (book three will probably break some record in number of pr...more
Dang it, Barry Lyga, that is one Grand Canyon of a cliff hanger. And because I read an ARC, I have to wait even longer than those who buy it on publication day. Dang. If you liked I Hunt Killers, you'll love this second, larger helping: the characters are richer, the plot as suspenseful, the murders graphic (who knew that there's a word for having one's eyes removed? Enucleated.) and frequent. Nothing here that will REALLY shock older teens, at least not those raised on a steady stream of CSI an...more
Fair warning: This may be the goriest novel I've ever read, adult or YA. If you have a weak stomach, steer clear of this one.

Dear Jasper,

You weren't as stupid as your friends in this book, so I'll give some of the stupid things you did in this book a pass. You at least comprehended some of the possible outcomes and, y'know, looked before you leaped, at least marginally. I still love you.

Dear Connie,

WTF. Just. Seriously. What the fuck? I thought you had some brains, and your handling of your rela...more
Holy. Shit. What just happened? I feel like I just stepped out of a horror movie. OH WAIT. I kinda did, but it was a BOOK, not a movie. Dear lawd, what an insane ride of awesome this book was. It was 10 times more gruesome and intense than I Hunt Killers, with double the nail-biting moments. I cannot express how friggin great Barry Lyga is at writing a serial killer. It is both ridiculously eerie and insanely awesome. Mad skillz, yo.

So this installment in the series has Jazz still questioning hi...more
What really appeals to me about this series is how Jasper really can get into the serial killer mindset, but then again it is hard to imagine him not to with how he was raised. I feel sorry for him being stuck with a father like that, one who didn’t see anything wrong with teaching his kid the tools of his trade. It is because of this that it seems somewhat odd that Jasper is so normal. I know that he worries that he will become Billy and takes steps to avoid it, but those are the reasons why I...more
Damn you Barry Lyga! How can you do this to me??? You're the literary version of Billy Dent, leaving all these cryptic clues, leaving me hanging, killing me with prose and characters whom I'm emotionally invested in. I care about Jazz, Connie and Howie. And you've left me hanging with my heart in my throat and I don't know if the next book is even available. You took me on a wild, unexpected ride and I don't read about serial killers. Yes, this one was a little more gruesome, but not gratuitousl...more


I finally have the book.It's literally 3 ft away from me. It keeps taunting me.I think it might want to kill me with its precious revealing words...


Final rating: 3.5 stars
So...this is kind of awkward considering that I really loved "I hunt Killers",but unfortunately I find myself with mixed feelings about "Game". The mystery was still there, but the suspense was really missing. This time when I found out who the Hat Dog Killer was it was like oh didn't have...more
To say this was amazing is to not have a good enough adjective!

this was addicting. It was mind-stumbling, clue bumbling, OMG NO! amazing!

Jasper is just as always so incredibly well written. I always feel his struggle & sympathize for him when I should be totally shocked and horrified by his impulses. But he balances that line so well, that I always just love him.

The added treat in this book is Connie and Howie. We get their perspectives too!
Howie added much needed laughing moments when th...more
*shivers* That was seriously messed up. Why did I read that?

Because I like Barry Lyga for posing difficult questions about what is good or right or moral - except that I can't really say that about Game.

Oh, it's plenty gruesome, and dark, and disturbing (props to you and your crazy mind, Lyga), but the people themselves didn't have any substance to them, y'know? More than that, I was bored. Tired of that "people matter" business (you got your problems, Jazz, but you don't need to remind me ever...more
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