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Game (Jasper Dent #2)

4.2 of 5 stars 4.20  ·  rating details  ·  5,302 ratings  ·  918 reviews
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
Hardcover, 520 pages
Published April 16th 2013 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
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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
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!
Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤
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He wondered: When next he saw his father, would he be thrilled or terrified?

Hmm hmm hmmmmm. What a wonderfully demented series. Not often do I pick up thriller books and find such satisfaction. It isn't merely the characters, though, that's about 80% of it, and it isn't wholly the mysteries. I think my love for this series stems from the humor that seeps off of every page. Jazz wouldn't be Jazz without his snarky, asshole-ish attitude I've come to love so deeply, and I don't think I'd enjoy J
Alienor ☠ is stuck on the Jellicoe Road ☠

Book 1 : I Hunt Killers
Book 3 : Blood of my Blood

Actual rating : 4.5 stars

I have to admit it : although I was sure that I Hunt Killers was almost perfect, that was far from the truth. Because I knew nothing. Indeed contrary to many readers, Game was so damn better than the first for me.

I thought I was hooked in I hunt killers

It was nothing compared to what I felt here, my heart bouncing and bouncing, enthralled, captivated, caught in the story from page one, my mood quickly shiftin
*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
Kathe L

"We can make it easier for him," Howie said.
"That's what we do, right? We make it easier for Jazz to be normal."

(Well, this book was AMAZING!)
While in the first book I had some clue on what was going on, I had a gigantic point of interrogation on my forehead for almost this entire book. Who is doing this? Who is the new serial killer? All in all, what the hell was going on? I am a person who loves to try to guess what is happening and loves a deep mystery, although always guessing everything
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
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
Synesthesia (SPIDERS!)

He'll never come out with the sequel to this. Watch. A meteor will fall, everyone in this book is in mortal peril and I won't be able to find out what happens because the WHOLE DAMN WORLD WILL END! THANKS A LOT!


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
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
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
A serial killer is loose in New York City. He has been killing victims for the last eight months and the NYPD is stumped. They can't figure out his patterns and they are nowhere near figuring out his identity: sometimes he carves a hat on his victims and sometimes a dog. So he is called the Hat Dog Killer. Desperate for help, a NYPD detective comes to Jasper (Jazz) Dent for help, hoping he can use his special ability to see inside a serial killer's head from having been raised by the infamous Bi ...more
That was a LOT of fun. Looking forward to Blood of My Blood!!!
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
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
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
Carole's Random Life
This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life

I received an advance reader edition of this book from Little, Brown Books for Young Readers via Net Galley for the purpose of providing an honest review.

4 Stars

I must admit that I am a bit conflicted regarding rating this book. I ended up deciding on my rating based on these points:

Did I enjoy the process of reading this book? I did enjoy reading this book. I liked the characters, the mystery was complex, and there where moments that I could
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
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

Surely in 517 pages, there could have been at least ONE ending, instead of three absolutely egregious cliffhangers and no answers about Jazz's past? That's a lot to pack into one more book. (Unless, of course, I am incorrect in assuming this is a trilogy.)

Also, I am extremely uncomfortable with where Connie's storyline seems to be headed, even if she was TSTL in this book.
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
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
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
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
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
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
4.5 stars.

I read the first book in the Jasper Dent series approximately 18 months before I got round to reading Game and I am sorry it took me so long!
I was able to easily slip right back in to the story and didn't feel that I had forgotten anything which had happened previously nor any of the characters. In fact it was a bit like settling back down with old friends!

I thoroughly enjoyed reading Game and loved the twist/Modus Operandi of the murderer(view spoiler); I thought i
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead

Couldn’t help it. This book inspired me to write a post on cliffhangers

My mini review below..
Mr. Lyga, I can handle women gutted like fish. I can handle serial killers collecting penises because they have manhood issues. I can even handle using a grapefruit spoon to pluck out those juicy eyeballs. I CAN NOT handle THREE cliffhangers in one book. To make matters worse, your next damn book is coming out in 2014. Is this part of your master plan? Are you goi
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Barry Lyga is a recovering comic book geek. According to Kirkus, he's also a "YA rebel-author." Somehow, the two just don't seem to go together to him.

When he was a kid, everyone told him that comic books were garbage and would rot his brain, but he had the last laugh. Raised on a steady diet of comics, he worked in the comic book industry for ten years, but now writes full-time because, well, wou
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