The Forbidden Game: The Hunter; The Chase; The Kill

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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...

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Overview

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….

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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Leah Sparks
The Forbidden Game trilogy was originally published in 1994 as three separate books (The Hunter, The Chase, and The Kill), and is being republished here in a single volume. As "The Hunter" begins, 17-year-old Jenny buys an unusual board game for her boyfriend, Tom, in which the players move paper cutouts of themselves through a cardboard house they construct. Each room in the house contains a nightmare that the players must conquer before they can continue. The game is fun at first, but then Jenny, Tom, and their friends are drawn inside the house and encounter Julian, a dangerous "shadow man" who has obsessed about Jenny for years and is determined to keep her in the Shadow World with him. The remainder of "The Hunter" follows Jenny and the others as they struggle with their nightmares and attempt to escape the house. In "The Chase," Julian reappears to threaten Jenny's friends, and she must try to save them while keeping Julian at bay. In "The Kill," Jenny and her friends have their final confrontation with Julian in an amusement park in the Shadow World, eventually triumphing over him and escaping the Shadow World for good. Reminiscent of a creepier, far more adult version of Jumanji (Scholastic, 2005), The Forbidden Game trilogy will wow fans of roleplaying games, fantasy, and horror, with its unique, colorful plot and fast-paced action. Even those who usually snub fantasy and horror will enjoy author L.J. Smith's likable teen characters and appreciate that she interweaves the ordinary (e.g., school, prom, dating) with the supernatural. Reviewer: Leah Sparks
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416989400
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse
  • Publication date: 6/8/2010
  • Series: Forbidden Game Series
  • Edition description: Bind-Up
  • Pages: 750
  • Sales rank: 207,193
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 2.00 (d)

Meet the Author

L.J. Smith is the bestselling author of the Night World and The Vampire Diaries series, and has written over twenty-five books for young adults. She lives in the Bay Area of California where she enjoys reading, hiking, and traveling. Her favorite place is a cabin in Point Reyes National Park.
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  • Posted June 21, 2010

    Amazing.

    Ok, well, this is my first review, so be easy on me. I haven't read any of L.J. Smith's earlier novels. Not interested in vampires much anymore, so, yeah. But anyways, back to the review. I never expected so much about a game that is forbidden and takes you into the game, but in this trilogy, you not only are in the game, but in a whole other dimension, world. I read all three books in about, maybe, two days and a half. It was so fascinating, alluring, couldn't keep me to stay still. I loved all the characters (except I just couldn't get myself to like Tom), and of course I just loved Julian, the Shadow Man. I am 13, and couldn't go to sleep until 4am when the sun was peeking into my window, because I was scared of the dark. Of darkness. I hysterically laughed at myself, by the way. So, I just want to say that this book was, haunting, creative, and amazing. Ok, well, thanks for reading my first review... have a nice day(:

    17 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 24, 2010

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    Awesome

    This was the first time I have read an L.J. Smith novel. I loved it! Full of suspense and romance. The characters felt real and I just loved Julian--he made a wonderful teen bad boy. The story was fast paced and hard to put down. I read it in about a day. I hope to find more books like it. Now I will have to pick up her other books!

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 8, 2010

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    This adventure is addicting

    I have read the series by L.J. Smith and I must say she is an awesome writer. This book kept me on my seat....it was full of adventure, thrilling. It is scary and tantilizing. I was hooked on this book from the beginning to the end. I devoured the book in two days. I could not put the book down. Jenny and her friends are on quite an adventure, but for some reason I really liked Julian. Even though he was a bad guy, and he put everyone through so much, you could tell that he truely loves Jenny. Jenny loves Tom, and Julian loves Jenny. Which guy is right for her? Who will she finally be with? I definately wasn't expecting the ending to end the way it did. The charcters are well written, and definately are relatable. If you want to curl up with a book that is full of romance, mystery and just thrilling things with unpredictable twists, read this book! You won't be sorry!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 21, 2002

    got hooked!

    i must admit, the title didn'd really get me, i had it on my shelf for a year, until oneday i was so bored and decided to read it. and BANG!! i couldnt put it down. Its the best trilogy i've ever read. i would get told off by my parents because i was always reading it. The way L. J smith writes is amazing..i totally fell in love with julian, the way L. J Smith would describe him. Once i had finish reading the first book, i went straight to the library and borrowed the next two. i was hooked! My favorite one was the last series..it was sad but a really good ending. I was sad when i realised i've finished all three already..but it didnt stop me from reading it again. You just cant get sick of it!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2012

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    I read this series when it was first published in the 90s and I

    I read this series when it was first published in the 90s and I am glad they decided to reprint it since it never gained much recognition. I think it is superior to vampire diaries and the secret circle. Julian is the best and most complex character LJ Smith has ever written and you can't help wishing Jenny would just choose him over Tom even though he is suppose to be the villain. Its such a different concept than most other fantasy/paranormal series yet reminds me of the 80s movie Labyrinth with David Bowie.

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 1, 2012

    I love Julian!

    Julian is what makes this a really good book. He loves Jenny so much. She kind of gets on my nerves how she doesnt want to give into Julian, and I hate how shes so stuck on Tom. I like the other characters except Dee, her character is a bit exaggerated. I really like all the stuff about the shadowmen and the other worlds and the runes. The most exciting parts were whenever Julian and Jenny were together. The ending is not one that I would have chosen!!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 23, 2012

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    NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I love this story , but the reason why i'm mad is that Julian died. Yes, i know he was supposed to be the bad guy, i just can't help but like him and his passion for Jenny is just amazing. i was hoping Jenny would pick him and that he wouldn't have to die.

    also cuz l.j.smith said she was gonna write a squel i hope Julian comes back and Jenny goes with HIM!!!!!!!!!!!!

    4 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2013

    The beauty of imganition

    Wow! I accidently bought this on my mom's nook, and now i dont regret it. Detail after detail, my imganition shows me what it looks like!!! One more chapter (i tell my self) mabey another. I cant close this book! * book ends* WOW! What a great book! * i lay in bed looking at the celling. Then i close my eyes and let my imganition take over. Now im 'watching' the book all over again.......

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 16, 2010

    Worth the time.

    This book was pretty good. i enjoyed it mostly up until the end. it was a little scary, not like saw 23 er anything but creepy. thats because it was a game that plays on your worst nightmares. i guess there is a lesson there somewhere like u can conquer anything with teamwork which is incredibly cheesy but still good. i thot l.j. smith did a good job. the only thing i wish i could change is the love triangle. Jenny is obviously meant for Julian but isists on being with tom. the part that really aggrivated me was when tom went all "im gonna lose her anyway so ill just ignore jenny and try to protect her" i wanted to slap him. if i were the writer i would have flpped the storyline and had tom go crazy and like try to attack jenny then have julian save her but like he dies or so she thinks but then one day she looks up and he's there with the new ring that says "i am my own master" like in the book. i hate that Julian dies but overall im glad i read that book it was a good read.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 11, 2010

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    one word........... AMAZING!

    This book was written by a true author. L.J. Smith's books are so good down to the last page! This book kept me going, i really felt like i was in the book! It also kept me on edge with all the action from Julian. This book was real to me, because it was sort of like my own nightmare coming to life. I recomend this book to everyone!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 27, 2010

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    I love L. J. Smith

    These books and many of L. J. Smith's other works were written when I was yonger and I am glad that they are re-printing them. This story is creepy, well written (most of L.J. Smith's are) and very hard to put down.

    If you are in the mood for romance, mystery and unpredictable twists I highly recomend reading this and other books writen by L.J. Smith. The best of her seires are: Night World, Secret Circle, Dark Visions, and Forbidden Game.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    I would recommend this book to anyone who loves a good mystery and a love triangle!

    This book is for mystery lovers. Jenny, Tom, and the rest of their friends go on an epic journey... in another dimension! No one knows how to escape or what to do... except Jenny. She has the only thing the Prince of Shadows wants... her.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2013

    Traumatized

    Okay, so this book put me through an emotional rollercoater and right now I'm just sitting here wondering what to do with my life. This book is so so sooooo good, words cant describe it. I love Julians character and its so obvious how much he loves Ginny. THE SEQUEL NEEDS TO COME OUT SOON!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2013

    Luved this book

    Will there be another?

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2012

    YESYESYESYESYESYESYESYESYES

    This book... I can't even tell you hownin love i am with all of i. JULIAN ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    One of my favorites!

    This book was truely amazing! I defintely recommend it to anyone. It's a highley addictive read to keep you on the edge of your seat. It's packed with suspense and has a very creepy twist. The characters are fantastic and the love story is incredible! There's nothing bad to say about this book :)

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2011

    Beautiful Work

    When I first bought the series, it was purely on a whim. I didn't know a single thing about the book when I got it. Yet the moment I began reading, I couldn't stop. My heart pounded in excitement because of the mystery, the danger. I found myself fearing the dark, and wondering if there was a difference between reality and fantasy (thanks to Julian). I hope that the Forbidden Game series is adapted into 3 movies, and if the director does it well enough, the Forbidden Game could be a true masterpiece on screen. I recommend this book to anybody who is interested in a thrilling novel that makes you cry, and makes you laugh, and keeps you reading all night. The Forbidden Game series has effected me in a way unexplainable by words, but if you have read the book, you would understand what I mean.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2011

    Omg ppl! Samplers are allways bad even i didint like the sampler but i love the book! Just becouse its not some boring old clasic love story dosint mean its not good! Nobody ever understands the fist few padges maybe even chapters! Now READ MY COMENT

    I cant beleve some ppl dont like it just becouse thay hvint made a moovie out of it yet. I thought it was very creative and mind bogeling. I cant stand it that ppl wont even give it a chance just becouse thay think the idea is stoopid. Naw i understand if you dont like that type of fantasticl books or if you thuoght the book to be boring but all i ask is that you give it a chance and dont dis the GAME.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 31, 2011

    Awesome

    Omgi love this book is so addictve!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 13, 2011

    Forbidden or Unreachable?

    I thought this book was a little dry at times, but over all, I thought it was a very exciting story(: Sometimes I thought it wouldn't be possible for them to carry on the story, but I found it interesting how they kept adding new ideas. The twists and turns they put on reality from fantasy was incredible! This book brought so many new ideas to my head and made it so I had to think outside the box in order to understand what they were talking about.
    The authors language was unique... I couldn't see a teenage girl in this setting talking the way she did. It wasn't crude or offending, just a little old for her age. It made her sound intelligent, but it seemed a little odd to me so I got a little sick of the book.
    Most of the things in the book aren't really life changing skills, like how to capture spirits in a closet, but there were a few here and there that made me wonder.... Like when Julian says that the only real difference between fantasy and reality is the way that you look at them. That was a brain teaser for a minute, but when I actually sat down and thought about it, it made sense and actually kinda freaked me out for a little bit.
    I would recommend this book to anyone. It's got a lot of love scenes in it, but that's the whole reason for this book. A forbidden love that is just barely out of reach... By only a couple realms:P A lot of this book is about using your head and finding loop holes out of difficult situations even when you think there are none. And knowing the difference between reality and fantasy. This book gave me a totally new outlook on life!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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