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Game (Jasper Dent #2)

4.21 of 5 stars 4.21  ·  rating details  ·  6,266 ratings  ·  1,024 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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Aj the Ravenous Reader

I thought I won’t be able to read this right away because of its glaring 520 pages (which relatively isn’t really long but which IS long for me at the moment) but I’m really impressed because it didn’t feel long at all.

I was completely gripped from beginning to end without a single attempt at skimming any part (which I guiltily admit I do in some reads) :/

Ask me to tell you the significant events of the first half of the book and I would probably just give you this look.

But what’s unbelievable
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 ✘ French frowner ✘

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

I will make another graph to go with my review of the first one shortly.
Spider the Doof Warrior

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 love it, I am loving this series!!!
I am absolutely in love with Howie. He's hilarious! (view spoiler)

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
My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

I Hunt Killers introduced us to Jasper Dent, son of Billy Dent who is well known for being a notorious serial killer. Attempting to prove that he’s nothing like his father, he decides to track an apparent serial killer in his hometown. His success in bringing down the killer is noticed and in this second installment, Jasper is asked by the NYPD to come to New York City to help them catch another serial killer. Unsure of himself, but wanting to do what he can to help, Jaz
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
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!!!
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
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

I'm literally writing down notes!!! How effed up is it to be inside a serial killer's mind?! But I would like to know... ;)

A sequel done very good!
Carole (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
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
Momof3-in an Ash and Cael sandwich
That ending!?

Could you have made a bigger cliffy than that?!


There were more things in this one that bothered me than the first, but I liked the progression of Jazz...I liked that while he is so certain of his understanding, at the end of the day, he's a kid and he doesn't always get it right.

I was pissed at Connie...a few times....seriously, it's like she got beat with the stupid stick.

and my love for Howie knows no bounds..

Picking up the next one
David Estes
Wow! Brilliantly executed! There's a nasty cliffhanger but I loved it anyway. This series is seriously awesome and so different than any other YA out there. I highly recommend reading I Hunt Killers (Jasper Dent, #1) by Barry Lyga and then this book.

And if you're interested in chatting with the awesome author, Barry Lyga, head on over to my fan group on September 13, 2013, where he'll be answering questions about his books and his life as a successful author. Here's the link:
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.
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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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