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Girl in the Arena

A Novel Containing Intense Prolonged Sequences of Disaster and Peril
Haines, Lise (eBook - 2009 )
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Girl in the Arena


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In Massachusetts, eighteen-year-old Lyn, who has grown up in the public eye as the daughter of seven gladiators, wants nothing less than to follow her mother's path, but her only way of avoiding marriage to the warrior who killed her last stepfather may be to face him in the arena.
Authors: Haines, Lise
Title: Girl in the arena
a novel containing intense prolonged sequences of disaster and peril
[downloadable ebook]
Publisher: New York :, Bloomsbury,, c2009
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Statement of Responsibility: Lise Haines
Summary: In Massachusetts, eighteen-year-old Lyn, who has grown up in the public eye as the daughter of seven gladiators, wants nothing less than to follow her mother's path, but her only way of avoiding marriage to the warrior who killed her last stepfather may be to face him in the arena.
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
Branch Call Number: Downloadable ebook
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“Girl in the Arena” follows Lyn, an eighteen year old girl who has had seven fathers, each of whom have been a modern day gladiator. When Lyn’s seventh father is ruthlessly killed in the arena, Lyn must do the unthinkable: marry a man she does not love, or go into the arena herself. Taking the more obvious (and more radical) choice, Lyn sets off to become a fierce female gladiator. “Girl in the Arena” is a book that failed to deliver. The sheer amount of grammatical errors within the novel cause readers to wonder how it even managed to be published. One example of this would be the fact that there are no quotations within the novel, as dialogue is instead indicated by a hyphen. The characters of the novel are flat, dull, uninteresting with all having the same sort of boring approach to life. Every character acts the same, and basically have the same personalities. While “Girl in the Arena” was an interesting idea, the numerous mistakes that were made has caused it to be an unenjoyable read. “Girl in the Arena” is suitable for ages thirteen and up. It is not recommended for a ‘book talk’ or essay accomplice, as there are no underlying meanings within the novel. It is a pity that this novel was so poorly written, as the idea was unique and interesting.

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  • JewelMcLatchy rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Although I've given this book a decent rating, I have somewhat mixed feelings about it. I felt like the plot was quite original and the concept was really interesting, but that the overall novel didn't quite live up to my expectations after reading the subtitle. Definitely imaginative and interesting, just don't expect it to completely live up to its promises.

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  • magykal16 rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

I expected way more from the book based on the description.

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  • skywalker13 rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Good but paced badly, fast then slow then fast... etc. Good plot, okay characters, not a ton of detail. I still liked it but I wouldn't call it a definite favorite.

Good book, but i thought that it would have more feeling and be a harder read.

Report This Jul 28, 2011
  • Tegan1 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Hope the story continues.

I tried really hard but just couldn't get into this book. The style of prose was hard to follow. Disappointing becuase the story-line looked so promising.

Report This Mar 19, 2011
  • sportsbookspce rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

Good book. I bit boring in parts. It was modern yet had history in it.

A bit futuristic and brutal, but not bad.

Report This May 20, 2010
  • JFrizell rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I found this book to be a very interesting one. It felt a bit futuristic but mostly like an alternate present. the main character is a strong female who makes the decision to go against tradition and take care of herself and her brother, rather than follow in her mother's footsteps and be a wife (and widow). There is also an emerging romance which complicates her plans. An engaging coming of age tale.

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In Massachusetts, eighteen-year-old Lyn, who has grown up in the public eye as the daughter of seven gladiatrors, wants nothing less than to follow her mother's path, but her only way of avoiding marriage to the warrior who killed her last stepfather may be to face him in the arena.

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