Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Free Stock Images : Be Worry Free

A lot of bloggers are concerned about copyright and using images without permissions. You can find out why here. I want to suggest a few freeware websites for stock images and fonts that can be used for non-commercial purposes.

This is a great site and I've used it for years. It's free to browse and you don't need an account to choose a photo.
Browse through the categories of our huge gallery containing over 350,000 quality stock photos by more than 30,000 photographers! Need a wallpaper for your desktop or illustration for your blog? Need a pic for your commercial website design? Looking for inspiration? Have a look around.

They have so many amazing free downloadable fonts submitted from users located all over the globe.

The fonts . . .  [are]their authors' property, and are either freeware, shareware, demo versions or public domain. The licence mentioned above the download button is just an indication. Please look at the readme-files in the zips or check the indicated author's website for details, and contact him/her if in doubt. If no author/licence is indicated that's because we don't have information, that doesn't mean it's free.

DeviantArt ; Resources & Stock Images section
If you check out the Resource & Stock Images section of DeviantArt you can find fonts, brushes, images etc. Each artist makes it very clear under the image what the rules and regulations are. Many of them just want credit, but not all. You can also contact the artist with any questions. 

I've used these sites to create our features banners!

Bow : Punksafteypin.deviantart.com
Paper Background : Sxc. Hu
Font : Halohandletter

Saturday, July 28, 2012

If These Books Were Judged By Their Cover : The Eyes Have It

Bleh ! For some reason I get really squeamish about eyes. Don't even get me started on the Eye Scream trope. I know I'm not alone in this so I'm suprised that many new YA book covers are keeping an eye on us,

Unravel Me and Shatter Me

While I'm glad they changed the somewhat generic cover of  Shatter Me,  this new one took a while to grow on me. It has and abstract style with an artistic flair.

Between Shades of Gray

A bit more interesting than it's previous cover. This closed eye version gives the book a more youthful appeal while the previous cover looked a more literary.

The Diviners By Libba Bray

An eye seems appropriate in a novel about the  prohibition era. I like how the  illustrated eye peeks through a key hole in this artfully illustrated cover. 

So, what are your favorite eye covers ?

Friday, July 27, 2012

Book Review : Throne of Glass by Sarah J. Maas

  • Release Date : August 7th 2012
  • Genre: Fantasy
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury
  • Pages: 416

Synopsis: After serving out a year of hard labor in the salt mines of Endovier for her crimes, 18-year-old assassin Celaena Sardothien is dragged before the Crown Prince. Prince Dorian offers her her freedom on one condition: she must act as his champion in a competition to find a new royal assassin.

I was very excited to read Throne of Glass after learning the story originally gained a large following as Queen of Glass on fictionpress.com. I think it's great when an author has a built in fandom e.g. Amanda Hocking, Marissa Meyer and Cassandra Clare.  How could you go wrong with a  story and character that enthralled many before it had an official publication ?

The first few pages of the novel throws readers into the salt mine prison of Endovier in the magic stripped land of Ardalan. Here Celaena Sardothien a.k.a Ardalan's Assassin, the country's most dangerous assassin, is being released into the custody of the crown prince to fight for her freedom in a competition to win the title of the King's assassin.

The novel starts off strong, but overall the story feels watered down. It seemed like there was supposed to be this fierce competition but it was just really boring. I mean there was very little action involved  and  the other competitors where throwaway characters.

The real star of this novel is Caelana. I mean come on, she is an eighteen year old assassin and I wished the story would have been more focused on her, than on a competition that was more than a little predictable.

When inside the King's Castle, Celaena must compete in a series of test over the 
course of a few months. This leaves  time in-between  test  for two other mini story lines; including foreign princess staying at court and the ancient queen of Ardalan. Although they seemed more like distractions than storylines

Another character I like in the series was Kaltain. I suppose you could call her an antagonist. She is a young girl at  court who schemes to get the attention of the prince. I sometimes wonder if it's a good thing when I find myself more interested in the antagonist than the protagonist.

From what I understand from interviews, the novel originally featured  flashbacks that were edited out of the finished copy. I think that is where much of the disconnect comes from. Everyone in the novel knows who Celaena is and her past; they know why she is feared; but the readers don't. All we know of Ardalan's Assasin is what we learn from Caelna's POV.

This novel also features a love triangle between Celaena, Prince Dorian and the Captain Of The Guard. I really didn't understand why these two men are smitten with Caelena, I just didn't get the connection. To be honest I had a hard time telling Chaol and Prince Dorian apart.  I mean I guess Dorian was more open than Chaol but when it came to Chaol/Celaena/Prince Dorian it just bored me.

Much like in The Goddess Test what didn't work in the novel was the isolated setting. We hardly ever leave the castle.

There seems to be a running complaint in YA assassin books that the assassins don't get to assassinate enough,I think this is also one of the downfalls of this books. I'm sure the four novellas released add more padding and depth to the story, however as introductory novel this book left me disappointed.

I wish had the opportunity to read  Throne of Glass in its original incarnation.I would  be really interested to see how the two compare.

Throne Of Glass is an epic fantasy with a few good characters and a storyline tilting more towards love and loyalty than assassination and action. If you are going to read this book I would highly suggest reading the four prequel novellas first. A decent debut novel, but a bit to claustrophobic for my liking.

* ARC Received for review from BookExpo America

When You Were Mine by Rebecca Serle

“What if the greatest love story ever told was the wrong one?” 
― Rebecca SerleWhen You Were Mine

  • Release Date: May 1st  2012
  • Genre: Contemporary
  • Pages: 334
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse

Synopsis: What’s in a name, Shakespeare? I’ll tell you: Everything.
Rosaline knows that she and Rob are destined to be together. Rose has been waiting for years for Rob to kiss her—and when he finally does, it’s perfect. But then Juliet moves back to town. Juliet, who used to be Rose’s best friend. Juliet, who now inexplicably hates her. Juliet, who is gorgeous, vindictive, and a little bit crazy… and who has set her sights on Rob. He doesn’t even stand a chance.
So, I love the concept of this novel. A modern re-telling of Romeo and Juliet, but from the perspective of Rosaline. I remember studying Romeo and Juliet in high school and when our teacher was talking about Rosaline I remember thinking, wait what ? There was a girl Romeo liked before Juliet ? Roalisne is an unseen  character in the play so Serle had a lot to play with in developing her.

The character of Rosaline Caplet in this book was a blurry character to me, she didn't seem to have any shape. She just existed, there was nothing special about her and I couldn't get a feel for her personality. She does gain some definition through the book with her relationship with the character Len, but I just could not connect with her.

There seems to be two schools of reviewers who have read this; those who loved Rose's  friends and others who don't. I found Charlie and Olivia to be annoying girls obsessed with boys and popularity. They are also kind of the mean girls I didn't understand why they were friends with Rose, who seems nothing like them. It seems like in real life they would have drifted apart.

Serle does some interesting things throughout the novel to pay homage to the fact that this is a Shakespeare play. For instance, Rose is in stage crew while Rob and Juliet get to play the main parts. So she is never on stage but often watches Rob and Juliet from the lighting booth, when they are acting and when they aren't. I thought this was excellent imagery.

I think this is a very good way to do a retelling; it's more than Romeo and Juliet with a SoCal twist. It has it's own unique flair and I think that is important. It takes just the skeleton from the play it is based on.

Overall, I wish the story had been set up to create more tension between Rosaline and Rob. She talks about how Rob is this great guy and we see how he likes Rose but I don't understand the why. I didn't see enough.

When You Were Mine is a great re-telling about the choices we make and how they can transform our lives forever.

When you were mine is also being optioned for a film. Check out updates at Serle's blog.

* Thanks to Susan from Wastepaper Prose for the ARC

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Lazy Days of Summer Giveaway Hop

It's the last days of summer and there is still so much lounging and reading to be done !  For the Lazy Days Of Summer Giveaway Hop I'll be giving away  3 prizes.

Prize # 1
One Sarah Dessen novel of your choosing !

Books & Sensibility's summerofsarahdessen book montage

Just Listen
Along for the Ride
That Summer
Keeping the Moon
The Truth About Forever
This Lullaby
Lock and Key
Someone Like You

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Prize #2
A Mystery Swag Pack

Prize #3
A Mystery Swag Pack

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Summer of Sarah Dessen : This Lullaby

“Everything, in the end, comes down to timing. One second, one minute, one hour, could make all the difference. So much hanging on just these things, tiny increments that together build a life. Like words build a story, and what had Ted said? One word can change the entire world.” 

― Sarah DessenThis Lullaby

  • Release Date: March 27th 2002
  • Page Number: 345
  • Genre: Contemporary
  • Publisher: Speak
Synopsis: When it comes to relationships, Remy doesn't mess around. After all, she's learned all there is to know from her mother, who's currently working on husband number five. But there's something about Dexter that seems to defy all of Remy's rules. He certainly doesn't seem like Mr. Right. For some reason, however, Remy just can't seem to shake him. Could it be that Remy's starting to understand what those love songs are all about?

Remy Starr is  better, she swears. 

She doesn't sleep around anymore, she doesn't smoke nearly as much and , most importantly  her eyes are set on Stanford in the fall. The only thing standing in her way ?  The summer. This will be the summer the girl who thinks she knows everything gets a lesson in love, the Potato Opus and what one summer can do.

Unlike Dessen's previous novels Remy is not a "good girl". Remy is not a quiet introspective character. She isn't best friends with the  screwed-up rebellious girl, she IS that girl. 

The love interest Dexter, provides a nice foil to the extremely "Type A" Remy. He is the spastic, hyper lead singer in the band, Truth Squad. When this group of essentially "lost boys" rolls into town with nothing but a white van and Dexter's dog, Monkey, things on Remy's side of town is never the same.

After reading Dessen's novels in publication order, I think This Lullaby  is a turning point in Dessen's novels. It combines the friendships, eccentric parents and quirky characters of her first three novels, with the summer time setting of Keeping The Moon. It also plays up romance and love much more than her previous novels

On her website, Dessen says  this is a book about faith.  Remy doesn't like to take a chance on something she can't guarantee. When you think about it this way, it puts the novel into a great perspective. So many of the side characters put their faith in different things and get all kinds of results.

Watching her story as she starts to take her guard down is refreshing and what brings me back to this book again and again. This Lullaby is an emotional, funky and romantic story.

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Book Review: Pushing The Limits by Katie McGarry

  • Release Date: July 31st 2012
  • Genre: Contemporary/ Coming-of-Age
  • Pages: 384
  • Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Synopsis: No one knows what happened the night Echo Emerson went from popular girl with jock boyfriend to gossiped-about outsider with "freaky" scars on her arms. Even Echo can't remember the whole truth of that horrible night. All she knows is that she wants everything to go back to normal. But when Noah Hutchins, the smoking-hot, girl-using loner in the black leather jacket, explodes into her life with his tough attitude and surprising understanding, Echo's world shifts in ways she could never have imagined. They should have nothing in common. And with the secrets they both keep, being together is pretty much impossible.Yet the crazy attraction between them refuses to go away. And Echo has to ask herself just how far they can push the limits and what she'll risk for the one guy who might teach her how to love again.
Yay, my first Harlequin (okay, Harlequin Teen ) novel !

Echo Emerson is trying to honor her dead brother, as she recovers from a violent encounter with her bipolar mother that left her with plenty of scars, but no memory.

Noah Hutchins wants nothing more than to be a family again with the brothers he was separated from in the foster care system, but he just can't seem to stop screwing up.

When their paths cross they form a spitfire relationship and find a sense of closure they never knew they were looking for. Slowly, Noah and Echo learn  to accept the things  in life they can and can't control. The characters in the novel grow and mature, which is so important for coming of age teen fiction

Pushing The Limits delves into several contemporary teen issues including; foster care, emotional abuse, mental illness and survivors of fallen soldiers. The fact that these characters deal with these issues makes them feel very real. While I like that McGarry added these "tough stuff" elements I wish she had delved deeper into them. I wanted more detailed and intricate scenes about how the characters combated their obstacles. Towards the end it felt like a lot of the healing was glossed over.

The narration of this novel switches between Noah and Echo's POV.  Overall, I really don't think it benefited Pushing The Limits.The characters exist within the same space most of the time so, it just didn't add a lot. I think if the book was all from Echo's POV it would have added more intrigue and mystery to Noah and created more overall tension.

The strongest part of this novel  is the relationship between Noah and his foster siblings, Isaiah and Beth. In a panel at Teen Author Carnival last month, Katie McGarry said when she was growing up her friends were her family and I think that reflects very well in Noah's relationship with his foster siblings.

Pushing The Limits is a powerful stand out among contemporary YA novels that will leave readers with a renewed since of hope. Katie McGarry has does an excellent job with hee debut novel, and  I look forward to what she comes up with next. In fact, her next novel is called Dare You To and is Noah's foster sister Beth's story. I can't wait for this book because I did feel like Beth was an interesting secondary character with her own story to tell.

*I received this ARC from Harlequin at Book Expo America. Check back for a giveaway !

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Book Review: Pandemonium by Lauren Oliver (Delirium #2)

“In a world without love, this is what people are too each other: values, benefits, and liabilities, numbers, and data. We weigh, and the soul is ground to dust.” 

― Lauren OliverPandemonium

  • Release Date: February 28th 2012
  • Genre: Dystopian
  • Publisher: Harper Teen
  • Pages: 375
Synopsis: I'm pushing aside the memory of my nightmare, pushing aside thoughts of Alex, pushing aside thoughts of Hana and my old school, push, push, push, like Raven taught me to do.The old life is dead.But the old Lena is dead too.I buried her.I left her beyond a fence,behind a wall of smoke and flame.Lauren Oliver delivers an electrifying follow-up to her acclaimed New York Times bestseller, Delirium. This riveting, brilliant novel crackles with the fire of fierce defiance, forbidden romance, and the sparks of a revolution about to ignite.
Sequel reviews are always hard for me but, here we go. It was a bit of a shock going from listening to the audio book of Delirium to reading the print copy of Pandemonium. I was finally seeing names and places on the page instead of just hearing them. I had to remind myself our protagonist was Lay-na and no Lean-a and there are In-val-ids not In-val-eds

That said, Pandemonium is pretty much nothing like Delirium, in fact, it feels like a different series entirely.

Pandemonium is erratic  with a  faster paced and more passionate story than Delirium. Whereas Delirium is a discovery story, Pandemonium is one about a journey.This book embodies the kids in the woods phenomenon seen in a lot of post-apocalyptic/dystopian fiction. This idea where it's mostly the teens and young adults that leave civilization to fight the status quo.

Lena evolves so much as a character between this book and previous one. I adore the reincarnation of her we see in this book. She is fierce and more determined as she learns the true face of resistance and loyalty.

Oliver employs a different narrative set up in the novel as well. While every chapter in Delirium was numbered and began with an epigraph, Pandemonium  uses a Then and Now technique where one chapter is the before and one if the after. I like this technique because it shows the duality in Lena's personality and as the time tables converge you feel a build up. I think by changing how the book was laid out Oliver was drawing attention to how Lena's personality has changed. Things are no longer neat for her, they are all about the Then and the Now.

This series is starting to remind me a lot The Uglies series by Scott Westerfeld  in a way. I will say, I was able to predict most of what was going to happen, but it didn't ruin the journey.

The only thing puzzling me is this book seems to imply (it's never said) that Portland is on the East Coast. This confuses me,is there another Portland or something ? Does anyone get this sense ?

 I am so excited to see what Oliver has planned next in this series

Side note, I really do not like these covers. I mean, what is that plant on the left side of her face. The cover looks like an eye makeup ad or something.

*Thank you so much to Valerie from Stuck in Books, Jess was so happy to win this and let me borrow it !

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Summer of Sarah Dessen : Keeping The Moon

“You should never be surprised when someone treats you with respect, you should expect it.” 
― Sarah DessenKeeping the Moon

  • Release Date : September 1999
  • Publisher : Viking/Penguin
  • Genre : Contemporary
  • Pages : 240
  • School Library Edition : 228

SynopsisColie expects the worst when she's sent to spend the summer with her eccentric aunt Mira while her mother, queen of the television infomercial, tours Europe. Always an outcast -- first for being fat and then for being "easy" -- Colie has no friends at home and doesn't expect to find any in Colby, North Carolina. But then she lands a job at the Last Chance Cafe and meets fellow waitresses Morgan and Isabel, best friends with a loving yet volatile relationship. Wacky yet wise, Morgan and Isabel help Colie see herself in a new way and realize the potential that has been there all along.
Keeping The Moon is a short read that manages to hold its own and pull a at the heart strings. This was the first Sarah Dessen novel  I'd ever read almost ten years ago *cringe* when I was 14-years-old. I remember that as soon as I finished it I sat there for a minute and then started to read it again.

Now 45 pounds lighter, Colie Sparks is no longer the "fat" girl in school.While she could easily shed the pounds, losing her low self-esteem and self consciousnesses is going to take a summer of change.

With bullying a hot topic nowadays this novel is still relevant today. Fifteen year old Colie Sparks has been lled fat, she has been made fun of  and is even called a slut. She is so down in her self that she begins to expect these things even whens she spends the summer in a town where no one knows her.

In the beach town of Colby, NC Colie befriends  a pair of  20 something best friends; Morgan who is a sweet optimist and Isabel, the straight forward brash beauty.As we are introduced to the town of Colby and its residents you really get the feel that you are meeting and getting to know these people for the first time

I did find this novel off plotting wise. It seems as if two plots; the friendship between Colie's and her aunt's young border, Norman, and her friendships with Isabel and Morgan could have been worked together. Instead it felt like they were separated into different sections, as if they weren't apart of the same story.

This isn't your average light summer at the beach novel. This novel begins real turn in Dessen's writing. Plot and message began to flow more evenly in her writing after this. This is one of Dessen's first books about summer and I think she really finds her place there.

I didn't pick up any connections to her previous three novels.

Monday, July 16, 2012

The Sense List Vol. 13

  • It's coming ! The official Mortal Instruments title treatment has been released

Cover Reveals:
Clockwork Princess by Cassandra Clare
Vortex (Tempest  #2) by Julie Cross

Tempest by Julie Cross  (paperback redesign)

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Stacking The Shelves (1)

Check out my first Stacking the Shelves vlog !

We went to the library and I came back with:

Vampire Academy by Richelle Mead
Airborn by Kenneth Oppel
Scarlet by A.C Gaughen
Tempest by Julie Cross
Something, Maybe by Elizabeth Scott

Friday, July 13, 2012

Book Review : Tokyo Heist by Diana Renn

  • Release Date: June 14th 2012
  • Publisher: Viking Juvenile
  • Genre: Contemporary/Mystery
  • Pages: 384
Synopsis: When sixteen-year-old Violet agrees to spend the summer with her father, an up-and-coming artist in Seattle, she has no idea what she's walking into. Her father's newest clients, the Yamada family, are the victims of a high-profile art robbery: van Gogh sketches have been stolen from their home, and, until they can produce the corresponding painting, everyone's lives are in danger--including Violet's and her father's.                                                                                                                                                                                   
Diana Renn's debut novel ,Tokyo Heist, is a van Gogh heist mystery crossing the Pacific Ocean; from the Seattle art scene to Tokyo, Japan. The mystery element is a fun twist on the contemporary genre. It will leave you on the the edge of your seat trying to figure out this whodunit.

Our protagonist, Violet Rossi is  an American teenager who  is a bit of an otaku--a fan of Japanese pop culture. For whatever reason, I went through an anime phase in college so it was fun to see her narrative sprinkled with references to  real manga and otaku culture. The life and blood of most manga fandoms are teenage girls, so, I'm surprised it isn't present in a lot of YA fiction. 

Violet is like most teenagers (and let's face it adults) and doesn't quite know  what she wants or how to express herself. She throws herself into her own original manga, Kimono Girl, to help her deal with life's biggest and littlelst problems. Like most of us she finds fiction to be easier and less messier than reality.

 The supporting characters didn't add as much as I would have liked to the plot. They just sort of seemed to exist without an solid ground to be created around.  I really didn't like Violet's artist dad, he just seemed kind of selfish  to me. I had a hard time relating to his character and feeling sympathy.

Despite the Japanse and van Gogh art centric plot, this is not the Da Vinci Code (er, van Gogh code) for teens. There was so much telling and not enough showing of the mystery. I almost felt like the reader was being hand held and spoon fed through the often muddled story. 

While Renn hits all of the required aspects of writing a book with symbolism, foils and extended metaphors, Forever Young Adult puts it best when they say Renn "writes in a basic, straight up style that reminds me less of YA and more of middle grade".

I do think this is the perfect novel for someone toeing the line between Middle Grade and YA as far as "clean" teen fiction goes. There is a love interest, but not heavily romantic, very little violence and I'm pretty sure there is very little cursing.

This is a solid debut novel despite a few shaky storytelling techniques.  I am excited to see what she comes up with next !

*Won in the YA Amazing Race from Diana Renn. Look at the note she wrote to me ! 

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Summer Of Sarah Dessen : Dreamland

  • Release Date : September 1 2000
  • Publisher : Viking Children's/Penguin
  • Genre : Contemporary
  • Pages : 256

Synopsis: Ever since she started going out with Rogerson Biscoe, Caitlin seems to have fallen into a semiconscious dreamland where nothing is quite real. Rogerson is different from anyone Caitlin has ever known. He's magnetic. He's compelling. He's dangerous. Being with him makes Caitlin forget about everything else-her missing sister, her withdrawn mother, her lackluster life. But what happens when being with Rogerson becomes a larger problem than being without him.

Cassandra "Cass" O'Koren was the perfect high school student; she was homecoming queen, a star soccer player and Yale bound in the fall. That is until she decides to runawway to New York City with her boyfriend; leaving her friends and family behind.

Dreamland isn't Cass' story though; It is the story of her younger sister Caitlin.

After Cass's hasty departure, her little sister Caitlin is  left to pick up the pieces. Her attempts at finding life after Cass come tumbling down the night she meet Rogerson Biscoe. He's a dark brooding drug-dealer whose life is constantly in motion and Caitlin wants nothing more than to be in motion with him. Caitlin entwines her life in his moving  farther away from the person everyone wants her to be.

Dreamland takes a hard look at physical  abuse, relationship abuse and it digs in a lot deeper with teen issues than Somone Like You does. We get to experince Caitlin's thoughts, feelings and fears in a deeply intimate and uncliched narration.

What really stands out about this novel is that character of Cass and is one of the reasons I started the review with her. You see, Cass is never actually present in the novel yet she plays such a big part in the readers mind. She becomes the catalyst for the events in the novel and the spirit of her is used as a reason for hope in each of the characters minds.

Through careful plotting and an introspective first person the reader can feel the emotional descent Caitlin takes from the girl next door to the girl crying for help. The friendships and relationships Caitlin forms throughout the novel come full circle and characters become dimensional.


Lakeview, NC
Like That Summer and Someone Like You this novel also takes place in Lakeview.

Jolly Ranchers
Much like Macon in Someone Like You a character in this novel seems to have a fondness for Jolly Ranchers.

The Arbors 
The luxury housing development where Ginny lives in from Someone Like You is home to Rogerson Biscoe

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Book Review: I Hunt Killers

“You won't even know you've crossed the line until it's way back in your rear view mirror.” ― Barry LygaI Hunt Killers

  • Release Date: April 3, 2012
  • Genre: Contemporary/Horror
  • Publisher: Little Brown for Young Readers
  • Pages: 359
Synopsis: What if the world's worst serial killer...was your dad?Jasper (Jazz) Dent is a likable teenager. A charmer, one might say.But he's also the son of the world's most infamous serial killer, and for Dear Old Dad, Take Your Son to Work Day was year-round. ...In an effort to clear his name, Jazz joins the police in a hunt for a new serial killer. But Jazz has a secret--could he be more like his father than anyone knows? 

The tagline on the front of this book pretty much tells you everything you need to know.What if the world's worst serial killer was your dad ? This is the situation for Jasper "Jazz" Dent and guess what ? Bodies are piling up up again. I Hunt Killers is a grotesquely humorous novel that will leave you screaming to the end and then begging for more.

The set up for the novel reminded me a lot of Criminal Minds, so if you are a fan of that show, you will enjoy this novel. As for me ? I stopped watching that show so I could sleep at night. I Hunt Killers is pretty much run on And I Must Scream and High Octane Nightmare Fuel. This is especially evident seeing as most serial killer victims are young women and the people who read YA are well....yeah. To soften the impact there is a healthy dose of black comedy thrown in, but the humor peters out towards the end.

 Jazz Dent is an anti-hero and his self induced loneliness makes his narrative feel isolated and singular. He struggles to know if being a serial killer is his fate or his choice. I loved  Jazz's witty male narration with an ambiguously evil undertone as he struggles to figure which side of evil he falls on. Riding on the impulses his father taught him, Jazz is a master manipulator. I can only imagine what he and Cassel from The Curseworker's series could get up to together.

There are some really interesting side characters added in the mix. I think I am in about 40 books since starting this blog and this is the first book featuring a black girl as the protagonist's (not the sidekick or supporting character's) love interest. I think the story could have been interesting from her POV .Connie is such a solid character, while her story isn't delved into you can see how she is apart of Jazz' existence. I loved this line when she snaps about Jazz brooding about how he could kill her:

"Do it. Stop threatening it and stop whining about it and just do it. But if you don't, then shut the hell up about it and let me be there for you and let me help you. Because if you don't your crazy father has really won...Think carefully Jazz, what are you going to say ? Because it it's more of this 'I'm too dangerous' BS, I might just kill myself to get away from it. And then where would you be ?"

Lyga is a master at infusing tension and emotion in to his writing, I was captivated by the story once it took off. If I ever do get to meet him I will have to side eye him with some of the horrific scenes in this book. I can only imagine the research that went into writing something like this. Additionally, I love a good Title Drop in a book and I really liked this one. It fit into the story perfectly.

 I Hunt Killers is a cerebral thriller that will you have you carrying your mace and hiding the drain cleaner.

I'm excited for the next book, in fact I read the ARC, so I have get my hands on the finished version and  of course can't wait to get my hands on the sequel.

*Thanks to Susan from Wastepaper Prose for ARC


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