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Killer Instinct by Jennifer Lynn Barnes Review 11/13/14

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Killer Instinct (The Naturals #2) by Jennifer Lynn Barnes
November 4, 2014
Disney-Hyperion
Hardcover, 386 pgs

What it’s about:

This sequel to The Naturals, which introduced readers to an elite FBI program for teams with innate crime-solving skills, picks up shortly after the end of the first book. Cassie, who is a profiler, longs for some calm and time to focus on cold cases. FBI higher-ups have the same idea, but when a serial killer hits the scene all eyes are on the teens. The reason? The killer is copying Dean’s incarcerated father. Despite being ordered to stay away, the Naturals are drawn into another dangerous active case. As they delve into the twisted mind of a killer they put not only themselves, but their entire program in jeopardy. In their minds the risks are worth it if they can help their friend.

Why you might like it:

Are you a fan of shows like Criminal Minds or Dexter? You might enjoy the FBI procedural aspects and/or the serial killer elements of this series. Do you like a story with crazy twists and turns? Killer Instinct will keep you guessing until the end (the same goes for The Naturals…I did not see that ending coming!) Do you like smart, sassy, and often tense team dynamics? The members of this elite group are so different from each other and they all work hard to keep their pasts a secret. So, plenty of intrigue in the house alone! Throw in disturbing crime scenes and you have one exciting book!

Want more like this?

You might also enjoy How to Lead a Life of Crime by Kirsten Miller, Also Known as by Robin Benway,  I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga, or The Rules for Disappearing by Ashly Elston.

Happy Reading!

∼Megan

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Waiting on Wednesday-Dear Killer 3/19/14

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

This week I am so excited about this one:

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Dear Killer by Katherine Ewell
April 1, 2014

From Goodreads.com:

“Rule One—Nothing is right, nothing is wrong.
Rule Two—Be careful.
Rule Three—Fight using your legs whenever possible, because they’re the strongest part of your body. Your arms are the weakest.
Rule Four—Hit to kill. The first blow should be the last, if at all possible.
Rule Five—The letters are the law.

Kit takes her role as London’s notorious “Perfect Killer” seriously. The letters and cash that come to her via a secret mailbox are not a game; choosing who to kill is not an impulse decision. Every letter she receives begins with “Dear Killer,” and every time Kit murders, she leaves a letter with the dead body. Her moral nihilism and thus her murders are a way of life—the only way of life she has ever known.

But when a letter appears in the mailbox that will have the power to topple Kit’s convictions as perfectly as she commits her murders, she must make a decision: follow the only rules she has ever known, or challenge Rule One, and go from there.

Katherine Ewell’s Dear Killer is a sinister psychological thriller that explores the thin line between good and evil, and the messiness of that inevitable moment when life contradicts everything you believe.”

Um? Yes please! It’s like a female Dexter! Also, the author is a college freshman. I think that’s pretty cool.

What are you waiting for?

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

Waiting on Wednesday-Blood of My Blood 2/19/14

“Waiting On” Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

I have been trying to select books that are actually coming soon, but couldn’t resist this one.

This week’s pre-publication “can’t-wait-to-read” selection is:

blood of my blood

Blood of My Blood, Jasper Dent #3 by Barry Lyga. September 9, 2014.

I am really enjoying the Jasper Dent series and the second book ended with a heart-racing cliffhanger. Jazz is a great character, as are his two companions, Connie and Howie. I can’t wait to find out how things end for these three. Haven’t read I Hunt Killers and Game? There is plenty of time to get started!

From Goodreads:

Jazz Dent has ***spoiler removed***. His girlfriend Connie is ***spoiler removed***. And his best friend Howie is ***spoiler removed*** in tiny Lobo’s Nod. Somehow, these three must rise above the horrors their lives have become and find a way to come together ***spoiler removed***. 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.

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

Top Ten Tuesday: My Reading Wishlist 1/21/14

toptentuesdayThis week, The Broke and the Bookish are asking about all the fun things we want to read about or things we want authors to write about. These things can be a specific type of character, an issue tackled, a time period, a certain plot, etc. A number of things jump to mind…and make me pause and think hmmm, what does this say about me?

1. Serial Killers-Lucky me, there are a few new serial killer books coming out this year!

dear killer killer instinct blood of my blood

2. Oz retellings-And more Oz books! I love the world of Oz and can’t wait for the new Dorothy books coming out. Below is the only one with a cover image right now. Still waiting on Prophecy of Oz by Megan Shan to get a cover.

dorothy

3. Male point of view-I feel like I read so many books with awesome heroines. Male POV is always a welcome change of pace for me.

grasshopper jungle avalon sunrise

4. Road trips-My favs!

open road summer let's get lost

5. Time travel-I am way behind on my time travel books!

river of no return timeriders map of time

6. Ghosts-Even though I am a big baby, I do love a good ghost story! I just finished this one and I really need The Shadow Cabinet by Maureen Johnson!

breath of frost

7. Misfits-I love a story with quirky characters who haven’t yet discovered their place in the world. Because, let’s be honest. Who hasn’t felt out-of-place and unsure of themselves at some point? Current misfit read:

roomies

8. Con artists-I want more books like How to Lead a Life of Crime by Kirsten Miller and The Curse Workers by Holly Black!

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9. Aliens-there is such a wide range of alien fare out there. So far I have been enjoying these:

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10. Sassy heroines-A sure-fire way to get me interested in a book is to describe the heroine as smart, sassy, or snarky. I do love a mouthy leading lady!

heartsatstake paranormalcy i'd tell you bloody jack

What are your go-to topics/characters/settings?

Happy Reading!

˜Megan

 

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga Review

I Hunt Killers by Barry Lyga
Little Brown and Company
2012
361 pages

Jasper “Jazz” Dent is a charming, handsome teen with a dark past. Dear Old Dad, has Jazz refers to his father, is a notorious serial killer serving 30 life sentences for the murder of over 124 people. Being a teen is hard enough, but when you live in a small town like Lobo’s Nod, everyone knows your business and everyone is just a bit wary of the local murder’s son. When the police find a body in a field Jazz knows in his gut that the woman was the victim of a serial killer, but the police aren’t convinced (and some of them even suspect him). So, with the help of his best friend Howie and his girlfriend Connie, (normal people have best friends and girlfriends) Jazz takes what he learned about murder from Dear Old Dad and sets out to find the real killer. The race is on and the body count is climbing and all the while Jazz struggles with his past and worries about his future. An inner battle rages and he can’t help but wonder which will win out, nature or nurture?

I could not put this book down-except for at bed time. It was too creepy to read before bed. I have read a few reviews that stated that there was too much of Jazz’s introspective turmoil, but for me, that was the best part of the book. In fact, I would have been suspicious of a character who had grown up the way Jazz did and was completely normal. Yes, Jazz is surprisingly well-adjusted considering his childhood, but he is still damaged and he is highly aware of and frightened by that damage. That is what makes him likeable. That is what makes me want to see him succeed. But the damage is also what could lead him astray. The mystery is incredibly well written, full of red herrings, and kept me guessing until the end. Great attention is paid to forensic details and the descriptions of crime scenes are detailed and vivid, which can be disturbing for some readers. Great character development, inner turmoil, bloody crimes, a riveting mystery, and a hint of much-needed comic relief blend to make this a dark and devilishly delightful read. I highly recommend it with extreme caution. Please be aware that there are graphic scenes of violence, references to sexual assault, and harm to an animal. This book is certainly not for everyone, but fans of Dexter will certainly enjoy this one.

Readalikes: White Cat by Holly Black and Anna Dressed in Blood by Kendare Blake

Happy Reading!

˜Megan