When Jenny buys a game for her boyfriend, Tom, she finds herself inexplicably drawn to the guy behind the counter. There is something mysteriously alluring about Julian’s pale eyes and bleached-blond hair. And when he places the Game into her hands, she knows their connection is something deeper.
But as Jenny and her six friends begin to play the Game at Tom’s birthday celebration, a night of friends and fun quickly turns into a night of terror and obsessive love. Because the Game isn’t just a game – it’s the seven friends’ new reality, where Julian reigns as the Prince of the Shadows.
One by one the friends must confront their phobias to win the Game. To lose the Game is to lose their lives. And that is only the beginning…
I loved this series. I actually picked up the 750 page all-three-books-in-one version, but that was okay. It was great, actually; because I ended up really wanting to have a marathon session of all three books in a row.
As soon as I finished, my thoughts were: WHY THE HECK ISN’T THIS A TV SHOW! I would totally watch it! I can really see it as a really popular tv show.
First of all, L.J. Smith writes really well. I loved her powers of description. When you look at it, the comparisons she draws are things that are so simple, yet give you a clear, piercing image of what she’s trying to portray. That is a talent in and of itself. My only regret is that she didn’t show it off as much as she should’ve. This book is a perfect example of what I was talking about in Jay Kristoff’s Stormdancer review.
I didn’t think much of the Vampire Diaries. If you’ve read some of my reviews, you know that I’m not a fan of paranormal romance. The perfect example: (at least watch until the forty second mark)
Gotta love Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence.
But, if it helps persuade you to read The Forbidden Game because L.J. Smith *cough* was the author of the Vampire Diaries *cough* then you should know, L.J. Smith was the author of the Vampire Diaries! Ha ha, you see what I did there because you know….okay. I’m sorry.
This is a great series with a really sweet, sad relationship. You continually have a love/hate relationship with Julian. At times he’s a real jerk (was going to use a different term but you know, G rated. ¬_¬) but at times he really does love Jenny. Tom, Michael and Audrey were sweet, funny and beautifully written. I had a few problems with Jenny because she’s a bit of a goody-too-shoes and because of some of the things she does, but she’s still a well-made character. I applaude you, L.J. Smith. I’ll be looking out for your other works.
pg count for the 3-in-1 paperback version: 750
Series: The Forbidden Game
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