Review: Game

Jun •  20 •  2013
Review: GameGame by Barry Lyga
Published by Brown For Young Readers, Little on April 16th 2013
Genres: Young Adult-Adventure/Thriller
Source: Bought
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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 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.

I don’t think its possible for me to put in words how utterly brilliant this author is. Not only did he manage to give me nightmares, but his characters have slithered in my mind to stay. *shudders*

Plot. This plot is so fantastically done that I can not seem to get it out of my mind. Every part of crazy talk  and watching Jasper put  together murders is scary yet exciting every single time.  I was not even half way through the book and went to bed only to have a nightmare about Billy Dent. Barry, you have officially messed with my head. A very good suspenseful plot, once you read this there is not turning back.

Love. There is a love interest that went from good to bad in a matter of minutes. Jasper thought he can keep her safe. He thought he can keep her locked away from dear old daddy. He is wrong. Every step that Connie took to becoming closer to Jasper, I knew it would end bad.  I had a gut feeling that when you try to hide something it will only come out. At this point, I’m desperate for the third book.

Warped Story. If you enjoy psychological thrillers you seriously need to check this book out. I mean, what grasps me as the reader is the messed up life and childhood that Jasper had. Barry Lyga did an amazing  job letting the reader get close enough to know and see what Jasper is feeling. Your able to connect with him and see the crazy, mess up childhood he had with Billy. To see what Billy taught and instilled in Jasper’s head. It’s thrilling to know what Jasper knows, still you get goosebumps of how easy it would be for Jasper to follow the same path as his father. Especially since Jasper is fighting his past and knowledge every single day.

Just a few passages of Game and you are enthralled to read till the end. It’s like some force came over your mind and you can’t stop reading till the last page. Game is a well written, thought provoking story with promise and excitement.  A sensational thriller unlike any other, Game is frighteningly amazing.  R u game to play?

I give it 5 BITES!


Happy Reading!



  1. Jen @ YA Romantics
    Jun 20, 2013

    Definitely thought that the solution to the mystery was ingenious and can’t wait to read the next book!

    • Savannah
      Jun 20, 2013

      YES! I so enjoyed every single part of this story. I want more!

  2. H. Lee
    Jun 20, 2013

    Great review! I listened to the first on audiobook, I have the second one ready to go. After reading your review, I am anticipating it so much more!

    • Savannah
      Jun 20, 2013

      I have not listen to the audiobook but I want too. It may give me a whole new experience listening to it rather than reading it.

  3. Jenny
    Jun 20, 2013

    I really want to read this Savy, but I’m terrified too. I’m good with suspense and thrillers, but I’m not good with gore. I’ve heard these books are fairly gory, do you agree? I got all nervous just reading your review, I don’t want his dad to get Connie!

    • Savannah
      Jun 20, 2013

      Jenny, there are some parts that are gory but to me those are the best parts. I loved reading the crazy thoughts in Jasper’s head.

  4. Smash Attack
    Jun 20, 2013

    UTTERLY BRILLIANT is exactly right. Lyga is off the charts awesome at this serial killer stuff, and I eat it up! I loved this installment so much. I thought the “game” was genius.

  5. I don’t like horror but I do think I can handle it. If it is as you say more a psychological thriller… I’m so there. This looks brilly! I know the review was brilly! 🙂

  6. Amy @ Book Loving Mom
    Jun 22, 2013

    I still need to read the first book, but I think I will love this series. Great review!!