Game by Barry Lyga

What an ending! I love cliffhangers (and no, that’s not sarcasm. I really, really LOVE cliffhangers). I love that feeling of not knowing what’s going to happen next and all the intensity and drama is left dangling there, so close from your fingertips and yet so far away. That’s the kind of suspense Lyga brings to the table as he ends Game with a bang. Literally.

GameTitle:  Game
Author:  Barry Lyga
SeriesJasper Dent Book 02
Publish Date:  April 16, 2013
Genre:  YA Thriller
Source: Purchased

Publisher’s DescriptionI 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 comes knocking on Jazz’s door asking for help, he can’t say no. The Hat-Dog Killer has the Big Apple–and its police force–running scared. So Jazz and his girlfriend, Connie, hop on a plane to the big city and get swept up in a killer’s murderous game.

Both the stakes and the body count are higher in this suspenseful and unstoppable sequel from acclaimed author Barry Lyga.

Possible spoilers beyond this point.

Kat_Mandu_100Kat Mandu says…

Three different situations left for hell alone. Jazz has been shot by a serial killer and left for dead. Connie’s life is now in the hands of someone very dangerous. And Howie, poor Howie, may have bitten off more than he can chew. So much craziness I was giddy by the end of the book.

Such great characters! Although Connie isn’t a stupid character, she certainly does stupid things in this one. But she does it in the name of love and all things Jazz, so I suppose she can be forgiven. Except she goes against her parents, her boyfriend, and the law all because she’s got this rah-rah teenage spirit that says she can do whatever the hell she wants, damn the consequences. I wasn’t a really big fan of her in this but she drove the story forward in a way that you knew exactly what was going to happen. Not that this story is predictable by any means, but well, in this Connie is one of those bad-horror movie characters that you scream at the tv for but it happens anyway.

And Howie. Goofy, dirty-minded, and always whipped Howie. He gets his own little action in this book as well, falling for Jazz’s Aunt Samantha and trying to woo her with his perverted charm. But that ending scene with him. DAMN.

That goes for Jazz’s ending too. Poor thing just can’t a break.

badge5v4I love this. I love how well researched and realistic it is. I love all the characters. I love the intensity of each scene and how creepy it is. Like a train wreck you can’t look away from. Such a wonderful world and now I’ve only got one more book to read. Sad day.

And maybe a sad ending. Guess we’ll see.

Our reviews in this series…

Other reviews…

If you like this book…

… you might like How to Lead A Life of Crime by Kirsten Miller, The Naturals by Jennifer Lynn Barnes, or Don’t Turn Around by Michelle Gagnon.


About Kat Mandu

I'm an urban fantasy and young-adult paranormal writer. I love to cook, rock out to music, and read as much as I can get my hands on. Always believe in your dreams and pursue them no matter what the cost. If you believe in it, it's worth every chance you take.

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