Series: Jasper Dent 1
German \ Paperback, 382 pages
Debut: April 3, 2012
Snuck from: Dixie @ Gone Pecan
Read: February 22-23, 2014
Rogue Chronicles Entry No. 110
Damn, I have no idea why I have waited so long to pick this up! Maybe because I wasn't in a thriller mood again, so I guess I have to thank someone to make it a challenge-task over at my German blog. As soon as I got into it, it was very hard to put down again!
When I first heard of this, I was intrigued by the prospect of having a main character who's father is an infamous serial killer. How awesome is that, huh? There's just so much you could make out of that one. And Jasper turned out a really awesome main character, so torn and confusing at times, and -- having been so close to his inner fight -- very sympathetic. But, you know me, I am a sucker for good sidekicks, and the ones here were worth they weight in gold.
Japsers best friend was basically a pushover and a bit of a nerd, but he was as loyal as they come -- he reminded me alot of Simon from The Mortal Instruments. I love his type as a best friend. =) I always have to laugh at their jokes, no matter how inappropriate they may be. My boyfriend is one of those types, he can vouch for me on the always-laughing-my-ass-off part. x)
Moving on to Connie, Japser's girlfriend, who was basically the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. For one, she was black, which I am just noting because I haven't come across an ethically mixed pairing in YA yet (aside from Magnus and Alec in The Mortal Instruments, mind you). But way more important about her was her view on the world which was very rational without kicking aside emotions, thus reminded me very much of myself. She really did and say some extreme things, which I might have said/done just like her, but, most importantly, would've reasoned the same. I dare say I now have a bookish chara twin. 😉
But there's more! Like the investigating department. G. William was everything normal in this read, but managed not the be plain at the same time. However, I am still quite neutral towards him, because he still needs a real shining moment in my opinion. As for Erickson who was on Jazz suspect list, I crossed him off quite quickly again, because it would've been too obvious. While he still remains unlikable as of now, I believe he could still blossom out into an ally for Jazz & Co in the future.
And on the reverse side, the high profile psychos. It still scares me how sick some people (I mean, really, in RL) are, and with that extra step into Jasper's head... *shiver* Since I don't read a lot of thrillers and suspense novels, I can't say much more about them, except that they sure were mad, brutal and creepy enough for me. That includes Jasper's grandma, too. I have no idea why he clings to ther like this, because she on the list with the bad guys for me.
As far as the story and plotline are concerned, I was positively surprised as well. It was obvious that Jazz would be feared and shunned as "the killer's boy", but you have to consider the mob always has a screw lose and is way too superstitious and easily influenced. However, after getting a glimpse into Jazz's head, how alarmingly horrifiying his thought process was, the overall reaction is just a bit more justified. At some point I was actually a bit disappointed that there wasn't even more detail to it, but I guess that would've ruined all kinds of secrets and twists for the future.
What else? The storyline of the Impressionist was very interesting, especially since he wasn't just some kind of copycat, but there actually was a student-teacher-relationship going on (no worries, that wasn't a spoiler). As far as the ending goes, it clicked for me before it clicked for Jasper, and I really facepalmed at his major moment of blindness, but he was so worn out that I am cutting him some slack. But I guessed he learned his lesson. Then the last few epilogue chapters had me grasping for air again. The reader gets a tidbit of information that will most likely turn out very important for the next installment -- and then just The End. I looked right away if the translation of the sequel has already a set release date, and heaved a big sigh that it was released a few days ago, on Feb 17. Hoping to get to this very, very soon -- and then it's wainting on more in book three, like for the rest of the fans.
Area Scan: Flow: 5/5 -- Vocab: 5/5 -- Plot: 4/5 -- Heroes: 4.5/5 -- Sidekicks: 5/5 -- Villains: 4/5 -- Romance: 4/5 -- Drama: 5/5 -- Action: 4/5 -- Suspense: 4.5/5 -- Humor: 4/5 -- Idea: 5/5
Jasper Dent Series:
#1 I Hunt Killers | #2 Game | #3 Blood of my Blood