Monday, January 2, 2012

Book Review: I Don't Want to Kill You by Dan Wells

Title: I Don't Want to Kill You by Dan Wells (John Cleaver #3)
Genre:YA Horror/Paranormal
Where I got it: Borrowed from Brooklyn Public Library
Read it in: 4 days
Dan Wells introduced us to John Wayne Cleaver in the chilling novels I Am Not a Serial Killer and Mr. Monster. In I Don't Want to Kill You, Cleaver faces his toughest challenge yet.

John Wayne Cleaver has called a demon---literally called it on the phone---and challenged it to a fight. He’s faced two monsters already, barely escaping with his life, and now he’s done running; he’s taking the fight to them. As he wades through the 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, you are always the mouse. (taken from

The last in the John Cleaver series leaves a little to be desired but is still solid.

I'm a huge fan of teenage psychopath John Cleaver, really I am. So when I finished the first in the series, I moved on to the 2nd hoping to see him grow - and he did. In this one, he did too, but there was just a little bit missing for me. I can't put my finger on it, but I know that I want maybe 2 more books to at least get him out of his teenage years and see if he turns into Dexter or not.

There were a lot of shocking deaths in this one that left me feeling more disappointed than intrigued to continue reading. I feel like this book *should* go on to a 4th given the sort of cliffhanger ending it finished on. Mr. Wells, please continue this series! The world you created is on the verge of bursting off of the page, but if we end here, the reader might end up with a bad taste in their mouth like me!

Bottom line, I love this series too much to say that this book was bad, because it most certainly WAS NOT. I just need more.


  1. Just stopping by to say hello and see what you have been up to!!!! You are busy!!!!


  2. Haven't heard of this series before. Sounds scary!

    Happy New Year and happy reading!


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