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What Would the Founding Fathers Think: A Young American's guide to understanding the mess our country is in and how we get out
Isabelle Webb: Legend of the Jewel
Captive Heart
Cobble Cavern
Caller ID
Summer of Secrets
On Little Wings
We Lived in Heaven: Spiritual Accounts of Souls Coming to Earth
Christ's gifts to women
A Woman's power: threads that bind us to god
Scary School
Hope's journey
Targets in Ties
Crater Lake: Battle for Wizard Island
With a Name like Love
Sean Griswold's head

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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

My Review of "I Don't Want To Kill You" by Dan Wells and more about the John Cleaver Trilogy

I Don't Want to Kill You (John Cleaver, #3)I Don't Want to Kill You by Dan Wells

My rating:
4 1/2 of 5 stars

Another great book in the trilogy about John Cleaver teenage sociopath. It was as good as the other books, I only wished that John had had more interaction with the demon. It was not quite as intense as the first two books. The big scene where everything comes to a head ended way too fast for me. I wanted more action. This scene also totally floored me. I had no idea that things would end this way!!! I never would have guessed. I really want to read more about John Cleaver and more books written by Dan Wells. I give this book 4 1/2 stars.
If you want to read this series, please realize that it can be disturbing at times. Some of the words that would describe the series would be...

I think you get the picture, but I loved this series. It is fun to read books that make you scared to read them at night.

Here are all of the books in the
series. (BTW, the first two books in the series have won Whitney Awards)

I Am Not a Serial Killer: (John Cleaver #1)

John Wayne Cleaver is dangerous, and he knows it.

He’s spent his life doing his best not to live up to his potential.
He’s obsessed with serial killers, but really doesn’t want to become one. So for his own sake, and the safety of those around him, he lives by rigid rules he’s written for himself, practicing normal life as if it were a private religion that could save him from damnation.

Dead bodies are normal to John. He likes them, actually. They don’t demand or expect the empathy he’s unable to offer. Perhaps that’s what gives him the objectivity to recognize that there’s something differen
t about the body the police have just found behind the Wash-n-Dry Laundromat---and to appreciate what that difference means.

Now, for the first time, John has to confront a danger outside himself, a threat he can’t control, a menace to everything and everyone he would love, if only he could.
Dan Wells’s debut novel is the first volume of a trilogy that will keep you awake and then haunt your dreams.

Mr. Monster: (John Cleaver #2)

"I killed a demon. I don’t know if it was really, technically a demon, but I do know that he was some kind of monster, with fangs and claws and the whole bit, and he killed a lot of people. So I killed him. I think it was the right thing to do. At least the killing stopped.Well, it stopped for a while."

In I Am Not a Serial Killer, John Wayne Cleaver saved his town from a murderer even more appalling than the serial killers he obsessively studies. But it turns out even demons have friends, and the disappearance of one has brought another to Clayton County. Soon there are new victims for John to work on at the mortuary and a new mystery to solve. But John has tasted death, and the dark nature he used as a weapon---the terrifying persona he calls "Mr. Monster"---might now be using him.No one in Clayton is safeunless John can vanquish two nightmarish adversaries: the unknown demon he must hunt and the inner demon he can never escape.In this sequel to his brilliant debut, Dan Wells ups the ante with a thriller that is just as gripping and even more intense. He apologizes in advance for the nightmares.

I Don't Want To Kill You: (John Cleaver #3)

JohnCleaver has called a demon—literally called it, on the phone, and challenged it to a fight. He’s faced two of the monsters already, barely escaping with his life, and now he’s done running; he’s taking the fight to them. But as he wades through his town’s darkest secrets, searching for any sign of who the demon might be, one thing becomes all too clear: in a game of cat and mouse with a supernatural killer, the human is always the mouse.

In I Am Not a Serial Killer we watched a budding sociopath break every rule he had to save his town from evil. In Mr. Monster we held our breath as he fought madly with himself, struggling to stay in control. Now John Cleaver has mastered his twisted talents and embraced his role as a killer of killers. I Don’t Want to Kill You brings his story to a thundering climax of suspicion, mayhem, and death. It’s time to punish the guilty. And in a town full of secrets, everyone is guilty of something.

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  1. Now I'm going to have to go get his books. He didn't have the first one at the writer's conference, so I passed up on them. **kicking myself now!

  2. -chilling

    *nods* Yup. I've got several people around the city where I work reading this series -- including the library director! =D

  3. Despite the words gory and gross, I think I'll have to go and find me some of these.
    Thanks for the review.


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