The conclusion to Lyga’s Jasper Dent trilogy, Blood of My Blood picks up where Game left off. Jasper, his girlfriend Connie and best friend Howie have been separated and are all in grave danger. As the police race to hunt down Billy, Jasper struggles with what he must do to put an end to everything. Even if it means facing what he’s fought against for so long – turning into his father, a killer.
I’ve put off writing this review for a while since finishing it last year because 1) I didn’t want to have so many fangirl reviews all in a row on this series, so I tried to space it out, and 2) I wanted it to sink in so I could do it justice. And..
Wow. What a final book. This is how a trilogy should be done. So often I’ve heard of a series ending in a lackluster fashion but Lyga has managed to keep the high-energy pace and dangerous tension throughout all three books. In a way, I can’t believe I waited this long to read the series, but as Ardo pointed out, she (and other fans from the beginning) had to wait anxiously for this last book to be released.
I loved the exploration into the characters, especially with Jasper. The growth and conflict that he’s faced with not only in this last book but the series as a whole was compelling to witness. There were moments that I thought I figured out where it was headed, only to be jaw-droppingly surprised at the outcome. Throughout the other books, and this one is no different, Lyga doesn’t shy away from the dirty grittiness of the crimes. There are cringe-worthy scenes where he doesn’t hold back on describing the violence.
I also really appreciated the lack of multiple love stories. In a sense, the dynamics between the characters were simple: girlfriend, and best bud. There’s no love triangles, no complications (besides the protagonist’s dad being a wanted killer, of course). The crimes, the mystery – that was the story. I hate labeling books “for girls”, and “for boys” as I’m a female who prefers these kinds of stories over love stories, but this book is definitely one that I wouldn’t hesitate recommending to male readers.
There’s a reason that Barry Lyga and this series topped the majority of my “Best of 2014” survey. Loved Blood of My Blood, loved the whole Jasper Dent series and I’m definitely now a new fan of all that Lyga writes.