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L.J. Smith is the NYT Bestselling author of the Night World and The Vampire Diaries series.  She has written over twenty-five books and lives in California.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: The Forbidden Game
  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse; Bind-Up edition (June 8, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416989404
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416989400
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (105 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,119 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lisa Jane Smith is the New York Times #1 Bestselling author of The Vampire Diaries, The Secret Circle, The Forbidden Game, Dark Visions, Wildworld and Night World series. She has written over two dozen books for children and young adults, and has enjoyed writing every one of them. She lives in the Bay Area of California, with a backyard that is full of flowers, which she adores, especially with many different shades of roses.

She loves to visit a friend's little cabin in the Point Reyes National Seashore area, which has lots of trees, lots of animals, lots of beaches to walk on, and lots of places to hike. Once, while hiking, she saw a snow-white buck which allowed her to follow it nearly half a mile. She also likes to collect things: angels (they remind her of her late mother), tiny boxes from different countries or of fanciful shape, nineteenth century children's literature, and books about quantum physics--especially about the mystery of the dark energy in the universe. A militant optimist, she is also part of the Velociraptor Sisterhood (a fancy way of saying that she likes to read, write and discuss books with strong female characters), and she has traveled extensively in Europe and the Far East. The two countries she loves to visit most are Great Britain, with its historic monuments and amazing country landscapes, and Japan, with its bustling urban life and exquisite mountain scenery.

Her favorite current writer is Terry Pratchett, the author of the Discworld series, for its wild and witty satires on life, death, war, love, assassins, coppers, and Australia. Her favorite classical writer is Jane Austen. Her favorite poets are Robert Frost and Emily Dickinson. Her favorite movies are The Seven Samurai and Avatar (analyze that!). She doesn't have a favorite TV show, because she doesn't have time to watch TV (and only owns one for playing movies).

Her favorite people are her readers, each of whom she cherishes with deep and lasting affection.

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Format: Paperback
Well, I do have to thank the Twilight phenomena for one thing at least, and that's that the collected trilogies of Lisa Jane Smith have been pulled out of the Simon and Schuster publishing vault, given brand spanking new covers, and re-released for both a new reading audience, and old-time fans who are ready to fill in the gaps on their bookshelves.

Out of all Smith's body of work, it was "The Forbidden Game" that I was least familiar with. First published as a trilogy, the middle book was on the shelf of my school library, but the preceding and concluding installments were impossible to get hold of. For the last six years or so, all I had experienced was a story with no beginning and no end. As such, it was with immense satisfaction that I settled down with all three books handily bound together in one omnibus volume, previously published separately as The Hunter, The Chase and The Kill.

Jenny Thornton is preparing a party for her boyfriend Tom, and is exploring the neighborhood in search of a game that will entertain her core group of friends. Escaping from a couple of intimidating young men leads her into an unusual shop that seems to have exactly what she's looking for: a unique and unforgettable game: or so the shop owner promises her.
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The book starts off with Jenny wanting a game for her boyfriend tom's birthday party. So she goes to this shop and this blue eyed boy named Julian pursuades her into getting the game. She gets it but little does she know it's a real life game when they get sucked into it. There they meet Julian again he is a shadow man who's in love with Jenny and has been watching over her. Some might consider Julian a "bad guy" but I found him very apealing I was drawn to him like Gabriel in Dark visions. Well the book take on a roller coaster when they enter the shadow world. I don't wan't to spoil anything but Jenny did grow up from beggining to end I was shocked at her choice. Then I was shocked toward the end. Sometimes L.J smith doesn't choose the man I want her too and it actually leaves me in tears. Like another customer said she cried. I cried too because it was not what I was expecting. But anybody who's an L.J smith should read this book it is by far one of her best.
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The Hunt

Rating: 4/5

I know I am a few years late on reading this but I am so excited that I finally did. The Hunter is the first book in L.J. Smith's Forbidden Game series. I was a bit skeptic about reading it but since I am back in my hometown for X-mas, I don't have many unread books available to me and I ended up picking it up and pretty much getting sucked into the Game's world.

The Hunter introduces us to Jenny and her friends. The 7 of them end up starting The Game on Tom's, Jenny's boyfriend, birthday party. Little did they know that The Game is real and that they will get stuck inside it forced to face their worst nightmares. Even worse, the Shadow Man, the guy behind this game, is after Jenny and won't rest until he makes her his.

I loved the idea of kids gettign trapped inside a game and having to play under the rules, kind like Jumanji. The book had a dark and creepy feeling about it. I couldn't wait until we jumped from nightmare to nightmare and see the darksest fears of the players. It was the perfect, fast-paced read to keep me up late at ngiht.

The only reason this book gets 4 stars instead of more is the fact that at times it felt a little shallow. Even though it dealt with everyone's worst fears it still felt shallow at times. Maybe it will be better in the next book books, which I am immediately starting.

The Chase

Rating: 3/5

In the second book of The Forbidden Game Trilogy, Jenny and her friends are trying to get back to their normal lives after the first game. Everyone has changed after what Julian made them go through, especially Jenny, who finds herself without the usual protection of her boyfriend, Tom.
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The Hunter: Jenny Thornton's boyfriend, Tom Locke, is turning seventeen. For his birthday, Jenny has their closest friends over to celebrate. Summer is the sweetest of the group. Zach is the geek. Dee is an ebony huntress. Michael is the huskiest. Audrey has been Jenny's friend the longest and still competes with Dee (the newest member of their group) for Jenny's friendship. While searching for an interesting game they can all play together, Jenny finds herself in a bad part of town with two thugs stalking her. She flees into a strange game store and meets a teen boy with the strangest blue colored eyes and white hair. He convinces Jenny to purchase a special game, promising her that all the players will be treated to mystery, suspense, seduction, temptation, and secrets will be revealed. Once together and the adults out of the house, Jenny and her friends construct a Victorian house and paper dolls to represent themselves as the game instructions dictates. Then they pledge the oath on the box that the game is real and that they understand that by playing the game they put their lives at risk.

But this is no ordinary game. The players soon find themselves actually within the Victorian house they made. The Shadow Man, named Julian, is the boy from the game store. He informs Jenny that her friends have been scattered around the house, with has three stories and a turret on the top. Jenny is the main player. She must locate each friend's room and then help them face their greatest nightmare. If Jenny reaches the top, the door out of the game is there, waiting for them. However, Julian also informs Jenny that not all of her friends may survive and the game has a time limit. It began at nine o'clock in the evening.
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