Blood of My Blood Review

Blood of My Blood - Barry Lyga

Release Date: September 9th, 2014 from Little Brown Books

Summary from cover


"Jazz has never been closer to catching his father.


Jazz has been shot and left to die in New York. His girlfriend, Connie, is in the clutches of Jazz's monstrous father, Billy-the world's most notorious serial killer. And his best friend, Howie, is bleeding to death on the floor of Jazz's own home. 


Somehow, these three must rise above the horrors and find a way to come together in pursuit of Billy. 


But then, Jazz crosses a line he's never crossed before, and soon the entire county is wondering: "Like father, like son? Which is the true monster?"


From New York City to the small town of Lobo's Nod, the chase is on, and this time, Jazz is the hunted, not the hunter-while Billy Dent lurks in the shadows. 


And beyond Billy? Something much much worse. Prepare to meet...the Crow King."


I can't write this review without a spoiler. I just can't. This conclusion to I Hunt Killers was amazing. Fantastic. Outstanding. Superb. No words can describe it honestly. I have never loved a conclusion to a trilogy or a series this much in this genre. There were so many twists and turns that I couldn't read as fast as I would have loved to. I wish I could have devoured this book in one sitting, but I had to spread out the reading through a week because of school. Luckily though, taking my time to read the book and stopping off at certain points really helped my love for the characters and story grow stronger.


First off, I can't believe that Jazz ran away from the FBI. He literally punched out two or three officers and pretended to be an officer just to escape from a hospital. Like what?! I have never loved a male character as much as I love Jazz. He is literally perfect, despite the constant running away from the police and FBI, and having an inner conflict with himself involving him being a murder or not. Other than that, perfection. 


Back on track, Emily. Blood of My Blood really does deserve 5/5 stars. It was beautifully written and the flow of the reading was very smooth. Out of all three of the books, I feel like this one was the best. I don't know, I just feel like there was just so much more action in this book than the others. There was more than one story within the plot and all three friends had their moments in the spot light, (Especially Howie. I mean, how couldn't you love him?)


Unlike Game, this story had length but didn't contain too much fluff. Every book, regardless of genre, is bound to have some fluff to get the story moving along a rough patch to capture the reader when something unexpected is bound to happen. Let me tell you though, BoMB has a lot of unexpected events happening.


For one, Weathers death. I never expected Billy to kill him himself. I imagined Billy having someone else do the job for him as a test like in Game. I never imagined that Weathers would have died in general. I thought that he would have lived to report one last time on the Dent case and made it big. I don't know, I guess I just pictured a happier ending for him since he lived a crummy life, despite being overly corrupt. 


Also, I never expected Jazz's mother to be the Crow King! Like what was that? I genuinely thought that Billy kidnapped her and was keeping her to draw Jazz toward him before he killed his wife in front of Jazz's face. But she's a serial killer who taught Billy Freakin' Dent everything he knows? Jesus. I almost died at that part I was so shocked. Although, I was not as shocked at what I found out about Jazz's constant sexual dream. I'm sorry, but what the Dent's did was out of line, regardless of their motives. (Their actions will be left from the review to keep some surprise to the plot)


The ending. Oh my gosh, that ending gave me the chills. The fact that Jazz paralyzed his father and left his mother as a vegetable on life support shows that he finally has control over his life. When he told his mother, "I could kill you anytime I want".....I just couldn't. That was the second to last line of the book. The second to last line in the entire trilogy. I applaud you, Barry Lyga, despite the fact that I know that you will probably not see this. 


There is one complaint about this book though that I have to address. I wish it was longer. Yes, I said it. I wish it was longer. I didn't want to leave Howie and Jazz, and I really didn't want to leave their friendship behind. I hope that in the realm of Lobo's Nod, Jazz and Howie are still friends. I hope Jazz is still getting outrageous tattoos for Howie and not even minding that each one of them is out-of-the-blue. Just, this book was the best thing in the world to me and I recommend it to everyone.