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Clockwork Angel
City of Bones
The Fellowship of the Ring
The Golden Compass
Night World, No. 2
Thirst No. 2: Phantom, Evil Thirst, and Creatures of Forever
Thirst No. 3: The Eternal Dawn
The Iron Daughter
The Iron King
A Discovery of Witches
A Great and Terrible Beauty
The Hunger Games
The Host
City of Glass
Memoirs of a Geisha
The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo

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Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Girl In The Arena

Girl In The Arena
by Lise Haines

It’s a fight to the death—on live TV—when a gladiator’s daughter steps into the arena

Lyn is a neo-gladiator’s daughter, through and through.  Her mother has made a career out of marrying into the high-profile world of televised blood sport, and the rules of the Gladiator Sports Association are second nature to their family. 

Always lend ineffable confidence to the gladiator. Remind him constantly of his victories. And most importantly: Never leave the stadium when your father is dying.

The rules help the family survive, but rules—and the GSA—can also turn against you. When a gifted young fighter kills Lyn’s seventh father, he also captures Lyn’s dowry bracelet, which means she must marry him...

 Lise Haines’ debut novel is a mesmerizing look at a world addicted to violence—a modern world that’s disturbingly easy to imagine.

My Review:
   This book caught my eye right away I love all things ancient Rome including the gladiators. I found this to be an excellent concept, a gladiator society in our modern day world. I found it to be thought provoking it was cool to think of how easy it would be for this to be true since we are a society built on power, social status and a lust for violence. Overall a very cool idea!
  The GSA (Gladiator Sports Association) owned by Ceacar`s Inc. (very cleaver) was summed up nicely for me in one quote:
``Provide a new form of sport slash entertainment slash battle that would capture the American ethos on a scale equal to the NFL``
but like all big companies ceacaers  has their own agenda and their gladiators and families end up basically owned and operated by them.
  Lyn (daughter of seven gladiators) is a great strong and interdependent women, she takes the weight of the world on her shoulders. Things only get worse when Uber(a gladiator) kills her seventh father,who Lyn feels is the only father she ever loved, in the ring and gains her dowery bracelet . How can she be expected to marry the man who killed her father. I feel like all through the book she struggled with her admiration and understand of the only thing she has ever known and her disgust with how things are done. I think she wanted to understand it better but shut it down at the same time I like that pull that she felt and mostly because of her crazy mother and disabled brother that is alot of weight for one person and I think she handled herself well considering,
  I started to feel bad for Uber(what a ridiculous name) he was just trying to survive in the only world he has ever known, he just wants to be the good guy and help Lyn but she would never let him, and he knows that. As much as I love a good strong female I was kinda rooting for her to just marry him and see what happens *Sigh* but I know why she did what she did.
  The ending surprised me and I wish it didnt end so abruptly so i could learn more about the events after the fight, but as the saying goes always leave them wanting more!!! 
  Overall I was very happy with this book good characters, good concept and good writing.
 Now just because I can I will make a shout out to my favorite show...Spartacus since it ties in to the theme nicely!!(Oh and he aint bad on the eyes either lol)

Happy Reading Friends!!