Wednesday, 14 July 2010

TEEN: The Forbidden Game - LJ Smith


It all started with a board game. But what was supposed to be an evening of friends, fun, and games, becomes a night of danger, drama, and obsessive love. Because when Jenny and her friends try to play the Game, it comes to life. Suddenly they are in a dark world where Julian, the gorgeous guy who sold Jenny the game, rules as Prince of the Shadows. Julian is in charge, making their darkest nightmares reality. And he will do anything to claim the beautiful Jenny as his prize. The Game is real, and these friends must play through - and the only way to win is to face their most secret fears. To lose the Game is to lose your life. And that is only the beginning...


In the modern market, its always a hardship when you start a series and have to wait for the next novel in order to continue your adventure. In my own youth I remember how hard it was to wait for your favourite authors next title and by the time you’ve gotten around to it, you may well have forgotten what’s come before.

What you have here in the latest release from Simon and Schuster is the compendium of the Forbidden Game series (The Hunter, The Chase and The Kill) and you know that you’ve gotten value for money to start with. Whilst many know LJ more for her Vampire Diary series this one is just as eerie, just as spooky and above all else just as gripping. You have a great cast of characters, some reasonable dialogue and quite a few twists and turns that you’re not expecting. This is definitely one of the series to set the standards in the Young Adult realm and one that will help a great many progress to the Adult Urban Fantasy genre. A real joy to read.

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