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(I Hunt Killers #2)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  10,943 ratings  ·  1,484 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 (first published March 26th 2013)
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
Holy crap on a cracker, these books have a bit of an eww factor going on! And stuff.

Mel 🖤🐶🐺🐾
Aj the Ravenous Reader
Jun 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Aj the Ravenous Reader by: Kathe L
Shelves: psycho, young-adult

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
Dec 04, 2012 rated it really liked it

“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.
Sep 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Matt by: Mariah Roze
After making my way through the entire collection of prequel short stories in this series, I continue on the path with this middle novel in the full-length trilogy. Jasper ‘Jazz’ Dent is still coming to terms with a serial killer in town, one who is the apparent protégé of his own father, Billy. After a harrowing escape from prison, Billy is somewhere and killing again. An NYPD Homicide detective arrives in Lobo’s Nod, looking for Jasper’s help on a new and stunning series of murders in the Big ...more
Sep 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Are you kidding me with that ending??? WTH.....
I really liked the first book, but WOW I loved this one!!! Jasper is such an interesting character, how he reads people, and how his father talks to him in his mind,... The constant struggle he has between good and evil, and boy oh boy do you just want him to end up on the side of good....
The game was no joke, I love how it was revealed and how it was played... What in the world is going to happen in the next book??? I have absolutely no idea.....
Mariah Roze
Apr 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
I NEVER read series. I have only read a couple in my lifetime. Normally I like books that only have one book to them or I only read the first book in a series, so I am really proud of myself for reading the second book to a series. Also, on that note... that just shows how good this book is!

Game is the second book in the Jason Dent series. It comes after the first book: I Hunt Killers.

In the first book we are introduced to Jazz, the son of history’s most infamous serial killer, Billy Dent.

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 en
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 mo
Apr 16, 2013 rated it it was ok
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
Jan 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-books
This sequel to I Hunt Killers matched the quality of the first book in the series. This is a fun YA thriller series. There is a good balance between the mystery, suspense, and the action. The plot is engaging enough that is held my attention all the way through the story and the characters are just likeable or interesting enough that I was kept engaged in their stories.

In this second instalment the basic set up of the story did not change. It was Jasper hunting a serial killer. This time the Ha
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
NAT.orious reads ☾
Oct 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Sometimes you forget how awesome a series started out and then you get back to the next book and you're just gripped from page 16 on.

Jazz has just taken part in a serial-killer-hunt that kept him wide awake at night. But still, many other things are still burdening him. Billy is always in his head. Even when it's about to get very sexy with his girlfriend Connie, Billie always whispers to him. Same goes for his mother's funeral. As if this weren't enough already, all of a sudden a NYPD Officer k
Feb 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, ebook
*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
Ashley Marie
Holy wow.

Loved the inclusion of (view spoiler)

Connie seems to have gone off the rails a bit and that was rather irksome, but what exactly happened at the Dent house with Howie and Sam? That whole thing went so fast, I wasn't sure even after I backed it up a couple times. (view spoiler) And the
Jan 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 23, 2018 rated it liked it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.

I will make another graph to go with my review of the first one shortly.
Mlpmom (Book Reviewer)
Jun 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-books
If I thought the first book in this series was something special, something dark, and twisted, and yet oh so addicting, it didn't prepare me for what this installment held. The first book had nothing on this one. This second installment proved to be every bit as delicious, dangerous, horrifying, and yet still humorous enough to make us turn the pages and demand more.

It truly is a series unlike any other that I have read.

Terrifying, creepy, strange, mysterious, captivating, compelling, and abou
Maria (Big City Bookworm)
Oct 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobook, read-2017

Actual rating: 4.5 Stars!


GAH. This series is too good. And um excuse me, that ending? I need book 3, like, yesterday.
Dec 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
"Any man worth having will wait for his woman to be ready."

Warning: This review has spoilers, hidden in the spoiler tag, of both this novel and The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes.

Oh, I should have seen that ending coming. It was so obvious; it was so very, very obvious. I mean, (view spoiler)
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
Oct 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I love it, I am loving this series!!!
I am absolutely in love with Howie. He's hilarious! (view spoiler)
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 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
Jay G
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
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4.5/5 Stars

I loved the first book in this series so was SUPER excited to dive back into this story! The concept of the game was so interesting to me and I loved watching Jasper figure it out. Although I will say that the book is very gory at some points so if you have a weaker stomach, maybe avoid this. I was able to call a few of the things that happened, but I still enjoyed the story
That was a LOT of fun. Looking forward to Blood of My Blood!!!
joey (thoughts and afterthoughts)
This. Fucking. Cliffhanger.

Although the twist/cliffy was what I had guessed early on (ayyyy skepticism!), the depth of mystery re: murders was more layered than in I Hunt Killers. The additional POVs was also a nice bonus that gave a wider perspective into the psyche of all parties to this game that is Jasper Dent's life.

smol howie is still fave.

Kerry *Pale Daughter*
*4.5 stars*
Gah!!!! I wasn't planning on immediately diving into Blood Of My Blood but Barry Lyga left me with little choice. Game ended with three cruel cliffhangers when the author gave Jazz, Connie and Howie their own story thread towards the end of the book and then finished with each of their fates teetering on the balance. I love psychological thrillers about serial killers and this series is crazy good.
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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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