Review. Girl in the Arena. by Lise Haines. Eighteen-year-old Lyn has lived her entire life in the world of gladiators, and this modern-day version. Uber enters the arena first to thundering applause. I’ve read in Sword and Shield that he rubs a quart of Glow on his skin before a match. Lyn is the daughter of seven neo-gladiators, the men her mother married, one after another, until each died in the arena for the pleasure of the.
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And while it may be no surprise that Lyn comes across as a strong young woman who will go to extraordinary lengths to avoid being backed into someone else’s corner, the amazing thing for me is how many other characters I truly cared about.
Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. Lyn decides to go head to head against Uber the young fighter in order not to marry him, to the death. No one will respect them! During the week, Lyn lives in a big house in Cambridge and hangs out with friends in Harvard Square.
It was a novice writer’s move and a lazy editor thinking it might be seen as edgy and futuristic. The world-building is pretty weak in birl places, non-existent in others. Also, the character’s thoughts are written all italics, perfectly normal, and in lowercase. I looked forward to reading the story.
The surprise element to the book that I absolutely loved was Thad, Lyn’s younger brother. I found them all difficult to read, but I was willing to get through it if the writing was good enough. Lyn essentially uses her avatar atena her scapegoat. But the likelihood of the exact setting does not strike me as so important. But I did like the whole history of GSA. Books by Lise Haines.
GIRL IN THE ARENA by Lise Haines | Kirkus Reviews
This is where the whole story breaks down. Lyn rings true, not least in the conflict between areha and her bone-deep allegiance to gladiator culture. This book assumes I know exactly what’s going on in the protagonists world. It was one long information dump, quite similar to a dump a person might take after bad Mexican food.
He got another knife out of the drawer and began to cut up the tomatoes. Things are looking pretty bleak for Lyn as well, due to the hianes that because of gladiator rules, she has to marry her last father’s killer Truthfully, I’m a little xrena creatured out just about now and so this dystopian, neo-gladiator, fight to the death novel seemed made to order.
According tge the rules, Lyn must then marry him. I kept wondering what I could do to insure my girls wouldn’t grow up to be useless human beings like Bella Swan. This was to let us know that she was still regal and attractive, but all it served to do was take me completely out of the ‘story’ because I can’t call it that without some sort of irony and thrust me into memories of a much more compelling film.
And then it was because I realized that the action would be slow-coming.
I especially hated how everyone was eating that piece of creeptastic wish-fulfillment up and begging for more. The entire premise of glad fighting and the fact that everyone was okay with it was just ridiculous to me. And no, it’s not because of some convoluted love story although, yeah, there is the beginnings of a love story but that isn’t a major element of the book.
Secondly, what is the deal with her avoiding the use of quotations? But Arenw did not understand her brother. Maybe if it was a little longer, we could have gotten more depth from the story and also more character development.
I felt like this arens just threw everything together sloppily and then used these stupid rules to cover huge, gaping plot holes in the hopes that we readers wouldn’t notice.