The Forbidden Game

The Forbidden Game

The Hunter, the Chase, the Kill

Book - 2010
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This spectacular repackaged bind-up of a beloved trilogy begins 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 Shadows. Julian makes their darkest nightmares realities--and he will do anything to claim the beautiful Jenny as his prize. The Game is real, and the only way to win is to face your most secret fears. You cannot quit--to lose the Game is to lose your life. And that is just the beginning....
Publisher: New York : Simon Pulse, 2010.
ISBN: 9781416989400
Branch Call Number: TEEN SMI
Characteristics: 750 pages ;,21 cm

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KatieM_1
Jun 05, 2015

Read it so many times. I am voting for Julian. Loved IT!!!

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cheesecake28
Jul 29, 2014

I didnt like it L.J SMITH could do so much better my fav book that she wrote wasn dark visions it was amazing
but this just sucked big time

meta101 Jul 13, 2013

Love these books, they were so suspenseful and awesome. I think I like them better than the Nightworld series :)

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Kyanite
May 14, 2013

This is my least favourite of Smith's series. It just didn't grab me.

Brunettechic815 May 16, 2012

These three books were honestly the best books I have ever read in my life. They were full of suspense and love, and I would read them all again in a heartbeat.

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Pepsi2
Nov 22, 2011

It was a great read.:) I love it.:) TVD=#1!;)

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jandocr
Nov 09, 2011

A suspenseful book! And I really enjoyed the characters. Like many other commenters, I fell for Julian at the end! I think I enjoyed this series out of the ones I've read by LJ Smith so far - but the Vampire Diaries TV show will always be #1!

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muphasa
Nov 08, 2011

im in love with julian >.<

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foreverisjustaword
Aug 30, 2011

A great series.

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Personality15
Aug 12, 2011

I loved this book. Julian's character was so twisted and confusing a lot of the content was surprising. Overall a great read.

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KatieM_1
Jun 05, 2015

KatieM_1 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

violet_cheetah_1061 Aug 21, 2012

violet_cheetah_1061 thinks this title is suitable for 13 years and over

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jcx16
Aug 06, 2012

jcx16 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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Personality15
Aug 12, 2011

Personality15 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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Mahala
Oct 11, 2010

Mahala thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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juliievo
Oct 02, 2010

juliievo thinks this title is suitable for All Ages

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Personality15
Aug 12, 2011

Coarse Language: This title contains Coarse Language.

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Mahala
Oct 11, 2010

Violence: This title contains Violence.

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Chloe711 Jul 17, 2011

"I am my only master" -Dee to Jenny and Jenny to Julian

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Mahala
Oct 11, 2010

"Whatever else I did, I loved you" - Julian to Jenny

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Mahala
Oct 11, 2010

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. Unnerved by his white hair and intense gaze, Jenny buys the game and hurries home where her friends await: sophisticated Audrey, spunky Dee, introverted Zach, cheerful Mike, winsome Summer, and of course, her football star and ruggedly handsome boyfriend. Though Jenny is having second thoughts, her friends immediately pounce on the mysterious game.

They're going to get more than they bargained for. Though I don't want to give away the specifics of a marvelously twisty plot, the teenagers find themselves sucked into a real-life game in which they are forced to confront their darkest fears, all of which has been planned by the Shadow Man, a mysterious and malignant youth who gets a kick out of tormenting them, but has a particular interest in Jenny...

Divided into three books, each one is based on a particular type of game that the protagonists are forced into: a race, hide-and-seek, and finally a treasure hunt, with the stakes escalating each time. Amazingly, this formula avoids getting repetitive, mainly because the characters grow and change over the course of their adventures, the format of each game is radically different, and the prize at the end of the game changes each time.

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