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The Forbidden Game: The Hunter; The Chase; The Kill (original 1994; udgave 2010)

af L. J. Smith (Forfatter)

Serier: The Forbidden Game (Omnibus 1-3)

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When Jenny Thornton and her six friends open the white box given to her by the mysterious Julian, they discover a strange game and enter a house of horrors full of their worst nightmares, where they must triumph or die.
Medlem:SaraBurnett
Titel:The Forbidden Game: The Hunter; The Chase; The Kill
Forfattere:L. J. Smith (Forfatter)
Info:Simon Pulse (2010), Edition: Bind-Up, 768 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek
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The Forbidden Game af L. J. Smith (1994)

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    Tryllebundet af Marianne Curley (AmethystFaerie)
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    Hunting Julian af Jacquelyn Frank (Mumugrrl)
    Mumugrrl: Similar concepts and plotlines. Be aware that Hunting Julian is NOT a young adult novel and contains graphic sexual descriptions.
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I am a sucker for anti-heroes, and Julian to me is just that. I loved how strong Jenny and her friends were too for the most part. I checked this out at my local library in New Holland, Ohio and have not stopped suggesting it to my friends. I am still unsure what edition to get my own copy. If Smith ever does a sequel I will pounce on it. ( )
  AshleighDJCutler | May 12, 2020 |
This omnibus edition includes all three books in the trilogy. In the first book, Jenny is doing some last minute preparation for her boyfriend Tom's birthday party and stumbles across a mysterious game store, where she buys a game in a blank white box. The game turns out to be a paper house, with paper figures you can draw on to look like the various players, and paper cards on which the players are expected to draw their worst fears. It seems like harmless fun, until the game becomes real, and Jenny, Tom, Zach, Dee, Audrey, Michael, and Summer are all trapped in the house and forced to face their fears if they want to survive. The one putting them through all of this is Julian, an evil but handsome being who wants to make Jenny his.

In the second book, everyone tries to adjust to the consequences of Book 1, and Julian's back for another game. In the third book, Jenny and her friends must travel to the Shadow World for a rescue attempt. They end up in a deadly amusement park, and this time around Julian isn't the only threat they need to worry about.

L.J. Smith was one of my top favorite authors when I was a teen, despite her book's frequently ugly covers (seriously, the original Night World covers were hideous, although they were at least more memorable than the current "face on a black background" omnibus covers). She was my go-to author for YA paranormal romance, and I loved several of her books enough to reread them multiple times.

I don't think I ever reread the Forbidden Game trilogy, though, and all I could remember about it was that it starred a hot evil guy and had a disappointing ending. I can tell you right now that the reason Teen Me was so disappointed was because I approached this trilogy as paranormal romance. In reality, it's more like YA horror with romantic elements, or maybe a YA horror love story. Even though I'd adjusted my expectations for this reread, the trilogy's ending was still a bit disappointing.

Smith's writing was as compulsively readable as I remembered it being, although it felt a bit dated, especially during the first book, and the computer scenes in the second book made me laugh a bit. Jenny was very much an "L.J. Smith trilogy" sort of character: the gorgeous blonde girl who was loved by everyone and viewed by everyone as being very good and kind. It was a bit much, but I suppose it fit with the "Persephone and Hades" vibe that the story was going for.

The horror aspects in the first book were a bit cheesy, but still decent. In Book 2, I liked the creepy moments before the newest game started (Audrey and Dee's experiences were my favorites), but the game itself was largely forgettable. Book 3's horror elements, on the other hand, were fabulous. It's no wonder that the primary thing I remembered about this trilogy was the amusement park. I'm a fan of creepy animatronics, so I considered Leo the Paper-Eating Lion and the stuff in the arcade to be some of the best parts.

The romance aspect... Even with my vague memories of how the trilogy turned out, it was hard not to read it as paranormal romance. After the events of Book 1, I hated myself a little for wanting Jenny to end up with Julian - after all, the guy was responsible for one of her friends ending up dead (granted, the friend didn't have much of a personality) and was trying to force her into a position where she had no choice but to stay with him.

But I also kind of understood it. At the start of the book, Jenny was working her way towards becoming Tom's perfect Stepford wife, wearing clothes and styling her hair primarily to suit his tastes and laying out a future for herself that revolved around him and his plans. Tom's happiness was the most important thing. Then Julian appeared. He considered Jenny the light to his darkness and, unlike Tom, was completely focused on her. He was also way more charismatic and interesting. Tom was barely on-page in the first and third books and spent most of the second book either sulking a bit out of jealousy or acting like he'd already lost her and could only watch her from the shadows. Julian was more appealing than that. And what about a third option? Jenny could have ended up single, but stronger and more self-confident. I'd still have been bummed about Julian, but that outcome would have worked better for me than Jenny ending up with Tom. Boring, boring Tom.


I appreciated aspects of the ending more now than I probably did as a teen - the way all of the characters were forced to face the things they most feared about themselves and how others viewed them, and how they supported each other in the end. But I can't help it, I still read (or reread, I guess) L.J. Smith's books for the romance more than anything else, and this trilogy was just painful in that respect. I can understand why Teen Me never reread it.

(Original review posted on A Library Girl's Familiar Diversions.) ( )
  Familiar_Diversions | Feb 19, 2020 |
The Forbidden Game by LJ Smith is honestly one of my favorite novels of all time! From the very beginning of the novel is very suspenseful and leaves you wondering what could possibly be next! The characters are very in depth and you really get to know them while reading the trilogy. LJ Smith has many great novels and I truly admire her writing! I would recommend this book to anyone I know especially if you love books that captures your imagination and offer thrills at every turn! ( )
  jaydanohea | Jan 3, 2019 |
At first I really couldn't get into the first book. I spent a week going back and forth between this an another book. But once they got into the game I couldn't put it down! I have been a longtime fan of L.J. Smith, and now I remember why. The stories just suck you in and make you antsy to find out how it all ends. I will admit that I really wanted the ending to be different, but we can't all get what we want. ( )
  chaoticbooklover | Dec 26, 2018 |
The fantasy and imagination that went into this one was both clever and intriguing. I simply could not put it down and it was good luck that the series was all together instead of published separate. Wonderful read! ( )
  samjgregory | Jan 11, 2016 |
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[The Hunter] For Peter Clifford
[The Chase] For Joanne Finucan, a true heroine and lifelong inspiration
[The Kill] For the real Sue Carson, the inspiration for her namesake; And for John G. Check III, with love and thanks
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[The Chase] It wasn't so much the hunting.
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