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A Second Star for Blood of My Blood

Blood of My BloodI am thrilled to announce that Blood of My Blood has received a second starred review, this time from School Library Journal. (The first one was from Booklist.)

Jasper “Jazz” Dent is locked in a storage locker with two dead bodies, trying to nurse his own bullet wound in the dim light of a fading cellphone. Picking up (without pause) from the cliff-hanger ending in Game (2013), Lyga’s series about the 17-year-old who was first introduced in I Hunt Killers (2012) as the son of escaped killer Billy Dent continues as he tries to aid the police in his father’s recapture. Unaware that his girlfriend Connie has been lured by Billy to a Brooklyn tenement house and imprisoned with Jazz’s mother, and that his hemophiliac friend, Howie, has been attacked, Jazz faces his demons alone—including repressed memories with sexual undertones, and the creepy voice of Billy educating his son on the acumen required to be a good serial killer (appearing in italics). The worrisome genetic factor plagues Jazz yet propels him in the right direction to foil some copycat killers and elude authorities long enough to solve his own life’s mysteries. Obstructing the law, the teen follows clues that take him back home to Lobo’s Nod for the chilling climax and surprise ending, despite red herrings thrown in the readers’ path at every turn. Connie and Howie continue to play major roles in this episode, often providing their own points-of-view, as do officers Hughes and Tanner as bumbling but likable authorities. As a trilogy wrap-up, this gory winner with raw appeal requires having read the first two titles.

Thanks, SLJ!

What About Ugly J?

Big-time spoilers for Blood of My Blood and the entire I Hunt Killers series in this post, so whatever you do, do not read any further if you haven’t read all three books! Seriously! [Read more...]

Interview: Peace, Love, Teen Fiction

Over at Peace, Love, Teen Fiction, I answer some questions about I Hunt Killers. Here’s a sample:

Where do you come up with the names of your serial killers?

BL: Good question! I just started riffing one day, throwing out ideas. I kept the ones that seemed either really eerie or slightly silly. If you think about it, a name like “Son of Sam” is sort of silly, until you know the context. I wanted some of my names to be similar. “Hand-in-Glove” (one of Billy’s aliases) is kind of absurd…until you know it’s the name of a serial killer.

Go check it out!

I Hunt Killers & Game: $1.99 Each on iBooks!

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For the rest of the month, Apple is running a “Spooky Stories” sale through iBooks…and both I Hunt Killers and Game are participating.

Starting today and ending on October 31, you can get these books for just $1.99 each! Let’s be honest, gang — that’s practically outright theft. But I encourage you to go for it anyway!

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I Hunt Killers for Just $2.99!

If you’re looking for a deal on I Hunt Killers, look no further than Kobo! All this week, the book will be on sale for a mere $2.99 in the U.S. and Canada!

If you don’t own a Kobo device, no worries — they offer free apps for iOS, Android, and Windows & Mac!

Here’s the link to the book: linkety-link-link.