Series: Jasper Dent #3
Published by Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: September 9th, 2014
Genres: Mystery, Thriller, Young Adult
Also in this series: I Hunt Killers, Game
Also by this author: I Hunt Killers, Game
Jazz Dent has been shot and left to die in New York City. His girlfriend Connie is in the clutches of Jazz's serial killer father, Billy. And his best friend Howie is bleeding to death on the floor of Jazz's own home in tiny Lobo's Nod. Somehow, these three must rise above the horrors their lives have become 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 country is wondering: "Like father, like son?" Who is the true monster?The chase is on, and beyond Billy there lurks something much, much worse. Prepare to meet...the Crow King.
“Want to know the difference between good and evil, Jasper? And then Billy had snapped his fingers. That’s it, kid. That’s the difference. You won’t even know you’ve crossed the line until it’s way back in your rearview mirror.”
I have been in the most epic of book hangovers after reading Blood of My Blood. I’m not sure I have the words to properly convey just how blown my mind is after finishing this series. Without a doubt this is one of those rare series that I would recommend to damn near anyone; my best friend, my boyfriend, my blog friends, everyone. Why? Because as heavy as the content is and how shocking my reactions have been, I can’t see how people wouldn’t be intrigued and awed by how insane this journey is.
“I am way too young, he thought, to have so many dead people in my life.”
Blood of My Blood picks up where Game left off and there is literally not a moment’s pause throughout the whole novel. So much is happening and while it can feel overwhelming at times, every little detail falls into place and it works. While I’m being vague (because I would be spoiling pretty much the whole plot by recounting anything) there are a few things I can mention. 1. The character growth in this is awesome. Jazz is such a complex and fascinating character. You never really know if he’s going to embrace the lessons of his childhood or fight like hell to rise above that and be a better man. Those “what if” scenarios that shape the decisions he ultimately makes really alters a fascinating character into one that I will never forget. I also may have a huge crush on him. 2. The parts of this series I enjoyed the most, was the interaction between Jasper and his hemophiliac side-kick, Howie.
“We’re not trading here. This isn’t I do something for you, you do something for me. This is hard-core friendship. Varsity level. This is me asking you to do something for me without getting anything in return. This is friendship, Howie.”
Over the course of this series the friendship between Jazz and Howie rivals any relationship Jazz has had with his father. You see how their friendship together really does alter Jazz, in good and bad ways. There was a moment in this novel when their friendship was really put to the test and it left tears in my eyes. There is also the relationship between Jazz and Connie. I have been rooting for them since the very beginning and although there was some growth in their relationship, it felt a little lackluster to me. Ultimately between that and an epilogue that sadly left me a little unsatisfied, I had to dock half a star. The past two books were solid 5 star reads for me, and while Blood of My Blood was a book of epic proportions I wish there would have been more of a wrap-up to the end of this series. I guess it’s just hard for me to say goodbye to these characters that have taken residence in my mind for the past few weeks. While I wish there was a more in-depth epilogue/ending to this series I still cannot recommend this enough. It’s disturbing, provocative and just so damn good.