Oh, man.... Three days ago, my friend lent me the first book (The Hunter)in this trilogy, and I couldn't put it down. The day before yesterday, I swapped it for the second one (The Chase). Yesterday evening I borrowed this one. What can I say, besides "How could Jenny choose Tom over *Julian*? " What a tear-jerker! It tears at your heart-strings! As there's probably not a big chance for a sequel, I can only hope that anything I write could somehow be this good. This enthralling. This masterful. And it being the last book (and Julian 'gone') leaves me with another problem: What do I read now, when anything I could possibly pick up could only be disappointing? (If you've got an idea or want to talk about the book or anything, please email me!)
This book totally rules!!! I have not read a book since that has had such realistic and enjoyable characters. Jenny was *really* stupid for choosing Tom and *not* Julian. The third book, I absolutly won't call it the last, because it cannot be:), was the most realistic to me because I have worked in "Joyland Park" for four years. Congrats Lisa, you've gotten the park down to its immaculate walkways. But really, I think I can speak for all readers when I say, "Bring back Julian, please." This is one book that deserves to be a movie, along with the Secret Circle. There aren't enought teen flicks. Viva Julian!!!
This was the best series ever. I ve had the book for a year and still read it daily ! Oh, and Julian-drool. Talk abou hunk. He can whisk me any day ! I agree with a reader that said Jenny is slightly off target when she chose that wuss tom, instead of gorgeous,worshipping,to die for shadowman, Julian. Oh, I really lived the book.Everything was real. But, I am in love with Julian.This series is the best of lj. A must read. If you dont fall for Julian, you are trully demented. Good on you ,lj ! Am dying to read her books to come. Any body, if you want to talk lj, talk to me !
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5,0 von 5 SternenStop breaking my heart, L.J. Smith!
8. April 2014 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Julian is playing one last game with Jenny and her friends. He has captured Tom and Zach trapped them in the Shadow World. It is up to Jenny, Dee, Audrey, and Michael to find them and bring them back. But, as they previously learned, Julian doesn't like to lose. What will Julian do if Jenny wins? Will he step aside and let everyone go home, or does he still have one more trick up his sleeve?
There is no doubt in my mind that this trilogy was inspired by Labyrinth. At lest a small part of it.
There are two things I can always count on an L.J. Smith book to have. A small amount of pages (250 or less) and male love-interests that will undoubtedly steal my heart.
L.J. Smith, you have managed to make me cry again. Why do you insist on breaking my heart? Why must you make me go through this a second time when I barely managed to get over the figurative blow to the gut you delivered at the end of The Power?
Plot-wise, this was exactly like the previous 2 books. Julian wants Jenny so he makes her play a game. If she wins she's free, if she loses, she's his forever. I liked the previous 2 books, but I felt stronger feelings towards this book because we finally get a conclusion.
This book isn't perfect, it's far from it, but I truly do like it. The story was intriguing and entertaining. The ending was sad, yet satisfying. Ms. Smith is a master at writing teenage angst in a way that makes you identify with the characters.
I really hate the ‘make her his bride’ part. Because it’s less about that now and I think Julian just wants to finally win a game against Jenny. Odds aren’t in his favor here since she’s got two out of three, but points for perseverance.
THE KILL is probably my favorite book out of the whole series. I thought it was the best written, had the most heart, the best character development, and it was certainly the creepiest. An amusement park of nightmares? Yes, please. You had me at amusement park.
I like THE KILL because the characters have real consequences for their actions. People aren’t unscathed as they go through all of this. There are repercussions to things. They’re not just coasting through, trying to hit certain tasks and getting out of tight spots through a series of conveniences. For how unrealistic the story it, this only works to ground it more in reality.
The setting is killer. I love me a good creepy amusement park. I think they’re sinister anyway but to have this mock up of one in the Shadow World is just perfect. I especially liked the museum arcade with all the really old arcade games with creepy clowns and dolls in them that made all these weird clanking, grinding sounds when you used them. There’s a place in San Francisco that it reminded me of, Musee Mecanique, that’s also a penny arcade that doubles as a museum with really creepy dolls that repel and fascinating at the same time.
Jenny’s morphed into total BAMF territory and is so fed up with Julian’s crap that she just barrels through this world with only thoughts of Tom and Zach driving her. She stands firmly on her own two feet and I love how it’s the woman rescuing the men. Michael is actually the only man in the rescue party and he’s effectively worthless (still). So it’s Jenny, leading a charge of angry women into Julian’s world to take back what’s theirs. And Smith’s othering of Dee has been brought back down to a minimum. It’s still there but nowhere near as pervasive and cringe-worthy as it was in the last book.
My recap will be going up on 11/23 over at The Devil’s Elbow so be sure to check that out when it posts! The Forbidden Game is an excellent series that I think with just some small tweaks would stand up in today’s market. It’s creepy and empowering and unlike many series it actually gets better as it progresses. Love that.
4,0 von 5 SternenNice Read, But the Story Feels Repetitive
30. April 2015 - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
In "The Kill", the last book in the The Forbidden Game series by L.J. Smith Julian has kidnapped Jenny's boyfriend Tom and her cousin Zach and taken them with him into the Shadow World. In order to get them back, they have to play one last game with him. If they lose, Jenny is Julian's forever.
I don't know what it is about this series, but I couldn't put this one down either. The structure of all three novels being constructed like games makes it very easy to follow the story line and even easier to just read them in one go. The third one isn't as good as the second, but still a satisfying conclusion to the series.
The Shadow World is modeled after the amusement park Joyland they have visited before. I was slightly disappointed with that, because I was hoping for the Shadow World to be created more like a surreal fantasy world, rather than an imitation of the real world. Amusement parks can be scary, but I was rather bored by the setting than intimidated. Just like the other two novels, "The Kill" isn't really scary. If I'd have to choose, I'd say "The Hunter" is the scariest novel of them all, just because it features human existential fears.
The Same Thing All Over Again
I really enjoyed "The Hunter" and "The Chase", but to be honest all three novels are just repeating the same thing over and over again. Julian wants Jenny, she prefers Tom, so Julian invents crazy games to kill her friends. Or not. The novels all struggle with portraying the characters and simultaneously trying to keep up this weird love triangle that is just poorly executed.
I get why Jenny is fascinated with Julian and vice versa, but they just have NO chemistry. It reminds me a little of the relationship between the Salvatore brothers and Elena in L.J. Smith's Vampire Diaries series.
Julian isn't explored enough as a character to be interesting and appealing, and not for one second I rooted for them coming together and her ditching Tom. Julian always puts emphasis on how she's the light to his darkness, yadayadayada, but doesn't really show that he's in love with her. There are no truly sweet scenes between them, they only kiss when he practically forces her to and therefore the ending of it all doesn't make sense. They just don't click as a couple and he just annoyed me throughout the series. I was hoping for him to change or show some character development the entire time - which he does when he has a slight breakdown towards the end - but it doesn't feel like character development. It just feels like a cheap attempt to make the reader sympathize with this poor little misunderstood demon prince that didn't really mean to kill anyone. Well, he did it out of love, so it's alright.
Overall: Do I Recommend?
The execution of "The Kill" could have been better, but overall it's a quick and alright read. I liked the previous novels better. Having read all three I can say that Smith just should have left it at "The Hunter" and refrained from creating a whole series. Julian and Jenny aren't interesting enough as a couple to warrant an entire series and therefore the ending didn't move and just left me shrugging.
I wish the series had scared me more than it did, because the premise is really promising. All three books are worth reading, but I'm sure they won't stay with me for a long time and I'll have forgotten about it all next week.