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The Forbidden Game (The Forbidden Game #1-3)

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It began with a board game. What was supposed to be an evening of celebration with friends, fun, and games becomes a night of danger, drama, and obsessive love. Because when Jenny, her boyfriend, Tom, and their friends begin 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 S ...more
ebook, Omnibus, 768 pages
Published June 8th 2010 by Simon Pulse (first published December 1st 1997)
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Megan You could if you wanted to but personally I love this book and I think that if you skipped the second part you'd miss key parts out and wouldn't…moreYou could if you wanted to but personally I love this book and I think that if you skipped the second part you'd miss key parts out and wouldn't appreciate the full story.(less)

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Apr 30, 2009 Tatiana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, romancelandia
I came across L.J. Smith's name on one of the Twilight forums. Her books were regarded very highly, so I decided to give one of her series a try. My first available book happened to be The Forbidden Game trilogy. A little bit about each of three books.

The Hunter
In a few words, this is a story about Jenny, an ordinary good girl, and Julian, a "Dark Prince" who is in love with her. To lure Jenny in his world, Julian tricks her and 6 of her friends to play The Game, where all of them have to face
Karly *The Vampire Ninja, Luminescent Monster & Wendigo Nerd Goddess of Canada (according to The Hulk)*
I cannot resist an excuse to buddy-read with the oh-so-lovely Heather .... start date TBD December 1.

AND, I do what I want ;)

This is another L.J. Smith 3-in-1, like Dark Visions, and I feel like lump reviewing these books is kind of unfair! Ergo, I will do a 3-in-1 review as I go! Because ......^^.... that's right I do what I want.

The Hunter:

3.5 Stars

Right from the beginning of this series Smith engages me.... opening on a scene of Jenny, our MC, being followed by two men down a dark street
Regan ♥
Jul 02, 2010 Regan ♥ rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
First off, I have to say: L.J Smith is a genius.

I've never read anything like this, or heard anything like this before (well except for Jumanji, but this is different). Its so unique and well thought of!

I liked all the characters. Jenny can be a bit TOO good sometimes though, and with Julian you have a love/hate relationship with. I really think the author did a great job with the whole friendship aspect of it, but I don't think theres many groups like that anymore. Especially seeing as they hav
Feb 06, 2009 Lindsey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read this in 7th grade, in just a few days. I remember sneaking it into school and reading it during English class, feeling like such a nerd rebel. Now that I'm older, it kind of reminds me of Labyrinth, with David Bowie. A chick and all her friends get swept up into a deadly game because some hot evil magic guy has fallen in love with her and wants to make her his "Queen of Shadows" and will do anything to win her. Why that's such a problem is beyond me...

Summary is kind of stupid, but the bo
Jennifer Armentrout

Jeez. I sobbed at the end. When I was 14 years old.
Finally finished the entire trilogy, and overall, 4 STARS. I must say, this is one of the better YA novels that I've read. I would recommend this read for younger teens for optimal enjoyment, but don't let that stop you if you're an adult.

This one volume contains three books, each with its own plot and story. Here my reactions for each book as I finish:

The Hunter

This story begins when Jenny stumbles into a shop to buy a game for her boyfriend's birthday. She is greeted by an inhumanly beautif
Jul 29, 2010 Amber rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ANYONE
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
What is amazing about this series is how easy it would be for L.j .Smith to have given into fans and just let Julian have Jenny and turn her into a prop. Instead, Jenny grew stronger as a character - something that the feminist in me loves. Her friends are not merely props to make Jenny look better, in fact, they have their own subtext and growth. Tom, the boyfriend, isn't made to look like some abusive boyfriend, but learns to appreciate Jenny.

And then, there's Julian, who is evil and yet prov
“Mystery,” he said. His voice caught Jenny halfway across the room. She hesitated in spite of herself. What on earth did he mean?
“Danger. Seduction. Fear.” Jenny turned back to face him, staring. There was something almost mesmerizing about his voice – it was full of elemental music, like water running over rock. “Secrets revealed. Desires unveiled.” He smiled at her and pronounced the last word distinctly: “Temptation.”

16-year-old Jenny Thornton is throwing a birthday party for her boyfriend
Jun 09, 2011 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Forbidden Game was a whole new experience for me. Not in terms of reading young adult but in terms of young adult with such dark themes. The Forbidden Games is split into three parts the hunter, the chase and the kill and centres on a young girl Jenny who decide's to get a game to bring to a party. But when she finds a place after being chased in a bad neighbourhood she is greeted by the incredibly handsome Julian who recommends a game in a plain white box. What she doesnt know is what is in ...more
Aug 29, 2011 Victoria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Just about anyone
Recommended to Victoria by: Cynthia
I’ll give the reviews for each book individually first then later, sum up everything.

The Hunter

I liked this book a lot. I never once found it dry and the Game was absolutely riveting. I must admit though, there were times at the beginning that I got kinda freaked out. I mean, it was just kinda scary about them facing their worst nightmares. I can’t say too much without giving away the plot of the book, but for me, every page I read just got me more and more engrossed in the book. I especially l
Buddy re-read with the beautiful Karly! Late November-ish December 1.

Julian rules. FYI.


All right, here's the thing. I love this series SO MUCH. I've loved it for at least sixteen years. I will never not love it.

I can't write a proper review for this; it would just be me gushing about how awesome it is (and how much I hate Tom). Although I am sure this series has faults (haha, no it doesn't), I am fully able to ignore them and enjoy the story time and time again. I will always give The For
Jun 22, 2012 Emma rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: terrible-endings
Alright. Here goes. I liked this book, but I also did not like it. I have so much to say about this book. Coming into this book, I expected too much. My friends kept telling me how amazing this book is, and how much I had to read it. I finally caved in, and bought the book. So this book is kind of a bind up of three books in one. All from the same story, just seperated into three other books. the hunter, the chase, the kill. As I was reading the hunter, I was telling myself, "oh hey this is pret ...more
Gabrielle Elise
Jul 08, 2010 Gabrielle Elise rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"The Forbidden Game" by Lisa Jane Smith is a modern fiction book, written with fast-paced, beautiful language. I've read four other of her series (which all seem to be bind-ups) and I definitely think this bests them all.

The main character, Jenny, was likable and courageable (at least, at the end). Throughout the book you could feel her personality developing. From the way it was written, I can say that Jenny was a highly realistic character, believable and someone you could feel emphatic toward
Oh my poor little heart, I love Julian to piece.
(view spoiler) Proper review to come...

Anyway, why you have to read this?
Julian. One word, nuf said.

I originally read this during my L.J. Smith phase when I was a teenager. Rereading books from your childhood is always problematic, and this book emphasized that for me. I remember adoring this, but during my most recent reading? Eh, not so much.

First up, it reminds me strongly (especially Book 1) of David Bowie's Labyrinth...Man with long white hair and blue eyes kidnaps the girl he's obsessed with and takes her into his dream/shadow world where she has a limited amount of time to get out and r
May 21, 2012 Keertana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Keertana by: Inge
Rating: 4.5 Stars

In The Forbidden Game, L.J. Smith has created a world that is not only haunting and real, but also remarkably unique. In the genre of YA Fiction, unique is not a word we hear very often. Words like amazing character development, kick-ass heroine, and paramount themes are also not common words used to describe the majority of novels that have been released in YA in the past couple of years. Yet, these were all phrases that I used while writing my reviews of the individua
HannahCassie (PSIloveThatBook)
MORE? MORE! @ P.S. I love that book!

I have found out about this book from Jen from The Bookavid blog and received my own omnibook copy while I was still in the UK. Therefore, once my bookshelves were up here in Germany it was the first book I picked up to read as it was a Trilogy and I had all three books in my omnibook.

The writing of L.J. Smith is just never disappointing. I did not know up until I started the first page how much I missed it! She is an amazing author!

THE WORLD: This trilogy wa
Apr 28, 2012 Stephanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE
Shelves: favorites
I've been sitting here staring at the screen for over an hour trying to decide how to put how I feel right now in words; I'll try my best.

I have read a lot of books and given 5 stars for several of them... After reading this, I think I need to go back and change all those books to 3 stars. Nothing I've read so far can compare, nothing. Reading all 750 pages in less than 24 hours is proof of that. Yes, I have bags under my eyes from lack of sleep but it was so worth it.

Everything this book had t
Jun 12, 2010 Maggie rated it really liked it
I recommend reading all three books in this trilogy right after each other in order to fully appreciate the story, which is exciting, creepy, and emotionally-charged. The first two books are very fast-paced (actually all three are) and end with cliffhangers, and the third book finally ties everything together. But it isn't until the third book that you get a better glimpse into the villain, who is juicy but also scary and it's hard to sympathize with him. I might even say that the plot is a bit ...more
Dec 27, 2009 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: A lot of people, L.J. Smith fans especially
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
2 stars.

Well, I really shouldn't be rating this, since I only read the first 2 books and couldn't even get into the third...but here I am.

The idea of the whole "Game" was intriguing - and that's what kept me reading for the entirety of the first book. Unfortunately, the characters were so flat and immature that once I started the second book, I couldn't look past that. The only character that I somewhat liked was, Julian - and I'm not even supposed to like him. Cause he's supposed to be "evil"
harlequin {Stephanie}
This would be a 5 star series if I didn't find all the characters so lame. The story, plot and how it all comes together is great to watch. Unfortunately it goes on and on with the same characters in the next books.

The one exception that got me to read the other two books was Julian. He is a little creepy lurker at times. (& honestly what does he see in Jenny. She annoys me to no end.)

My reaction to this series.

Gif Thanks
Conflicting. Yes I know.
Nov 01, 2010 Hanna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I hate this book so much that I love it. Who in their right mind would make Jenny like Tom and not Julian?!? Julian is fantastic while Tom comes off as a strange chauvinistic pig. I love Julian. He's like a small, cute child who keeps getting caught with his hand in the cookie jar.
Feb 21, 2011 Mary-Beth rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, fiction
A collection of the three books, this one disappointed me for the most part. The first book was fairly interesting, with the premise being that evil spirits tricked Jenny into buying and playing a board game that was real. The game pitted Jenny and her friends against their nightmares, some of which were actually frightening.

However, I quickly grew tired of several things. For one, Jenny's little fingers tingling every time she encountered the supernatural. That's . . . pretty ridiculous. For a
Nov 30, 2010 Aileen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jenny Thornton starts out being the typical YA heroine: magnetic, beautiful, and universally adored. If she giggled more, she might be Cher Horowitz. She has a jock boyfriend and a group of friends that could be models for a Gap ad. She throws a party for her boyfriend and buys a game from a beautiful, alien-like boy named Julian. As you may guess, Julian is a supernatural who is madly, deeply, insanely in love with her and has been since she was a child.

All of this may seem off-putting, but ign
Feb 05, 2011 Shea rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
my life is complete now that i have read this book.
My absolute favorite character was Julian, he brought an essence of scariness but hotness to it all.
Hated tom, and i wanted to slap Jenny every time she thought about him.
I bawled so freaking hard at the end of the book, (my mascara was running)
I wish Julian and Jenny could have been together.
This is my all time favorite book!
4.5 ster. even huilen. JULIAN.
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Finishing this series gave me that satisfied and sad feeling you get when you close an amazing book and think "there's no more". I stumbled upon it completely randomly, and I'm so, so glad I gave it a chance. The premise seemed really intriguing and after seeing a lot of positive reviews, I decided to dive in. And what a journey.

Because that's what this trilogy is: a journey in another world made of shadows, nightmares and secrets. The first book's atmosp
Astrid Reyes
Jan 20, 2011 Astrid Reyes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Astrid by: Tia T.
Shelves: favorites, 2011
Brilliant. Just purely brilliant.

At the beginning I was skeptical about this books because, like many other teenagers, I've read the first 2 books of her other series: Vampire Diaries; and like not that many other teenagers, I thought it was a bunch of codswallop about a silly love triangle, which, pardon me, doesn't entertain me a bit. But then I decided to just get it over with, I mean it couldn't be worst than what I've already read, right? So I open the book, and surprise surprise! I meet m
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L.J. SMITH, 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 th
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The Forbidden Game (3 books)
  • The Hunter (The Forbidden Game, #1)
  • The Chase (The Forbidden Game, #2)
  • The Kill (The Forbidden Game, #3)

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