Friday, 17 August 2012

Book Review: The Forbidden Game

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 bought this book soulfully because I loved L.J Smith at the time. I'd just began reading the Vampire Diaries and watching the show (two completely different things) and the Night World Volume 1 when I thought 'let's pick that up too'. So that day I picked up Forbidden Game and Dark Visions.

The Hunter, The Chase and The Kill.

Basically Jenny has to buy a game to play that night at her boyfriend Tom's party. She pretty much thinks the guy behind the counter's hot so she buys the games she picks. As soon as they begins to play that game later on they realise that they are literally in the game. They have to go through each of her friend's biggest fears to get to Julian (the guy behind the counter) who rules as Prince of Shadows in this world. He's been watching Jenny for years and wants her. He makes them a deal that if they win the game they can go home but if not he gets Jenny.

My thoughts while reading it were a love/hate relationship with Julian and a hate of Tom (Jenny's boyfriend). I craved all the little scenes were Julian would appear to Jenny and try and seduce her because they were downright swoon-worthy. The whole way through you could see Jenny's character developing from dependent girl to strong and independent woman.

The ending wasn't just a tear-jerker from me but a downright waterfall but luckily LJ Smith leaves a little hope of a loophole in there.

“Wasn’t it Sartre who said hell was an eternity spent in a room with your friends?”  Michael asked grandly. 
“There is a Shadow World, like our own but different, existing alongside ours but never touching.  Some people call it the world of dreams, but it is as real as anything else.”
“Light to darkness, Jenny.  Darkness to light.  It’s always been this way.”
“Why are you doing this?" she said, her eyes filling again.
He sighed.  “I told you.  I fell in love with you.  I didn't do it on purpose.”


  • WATERFALL JERKER - because it wasn't just a tear jerker
  • HEART-WRENCHING VILLAIN - you're not meant to want her to end up with the villain right?
  • CHARACTER SEED - Jenny's character starts like a seed and casually grows
  • PLOTTED -  I think this book deserves a general award for it's awesome plot and how the  blurb reminded me off Jumanji ;P

  • Paperback: 768 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Childrens Books (8 July 2010)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1847387381
  • ISBN-13: 978-1847387387
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13 x 4.6 cm

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