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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You’ve successfully reported this review. If you have something else you’d rather read, go forth and do so. Nov 26, Clare rated it did not like it Shelves: Ratings and Reviews 4 9 star ratings 4 reviews. Part of the reason why grammar nerds get so upset is that a message is clearer when it follows simple grammatical rules. Lyn rings true, not least in the conflict between arenq and her bone-deep allegiance to gladiator culture.

It’s just about a girl trying to do the “right” thing, whatever that may be, and not lose herself in the process.

I can see how some hainds hate it, some people love it. Girl in the Arena takes place in an alternate world where basically everything is the same, only gladiator fighting is a thing.

Okay, I wish I could hhe this book less than a one-star rating. But I wanted more there.


The Girl in the Arena

He can look at anyone on the street and predict their future, when he wants to, and he makes enigmatic pronouncements at random, which Lyn is only just coming to understand are somehow real.

I blocked this crap out.

There is no close to the quotation ‘dash. Lisf in the Arena is a horrible, muddled attempt at riding on Suzanne Collins’ wave. The storyline and general theme was very cool, hanies were lots of inventive futuristic ideas that helped paint an image of the world the characters were living in; however the dialogue was always very monotone, you never feel like you truly get the know the characters and the book just needed more detail.

Thoughts on “Girl in the Arena” by Lise Haines

Nov 04, jesse rated it liked it Shelves: It was one long information dump, quite similar to a dump a person might take after bad Mexican food. Was the government involved?

I felt bad for the teens who thought Edward and Bella were the epitome of twu wuv –The ideal. The writing was not good enough here. Gone Gonebook 1 Michael Grant. And being disappointed when they aren’t? I got bored in some places, but I was overall absorbed. Why doesn’t she take her chances with him? In a dystopian future, blood sport streams live on global TV. It’s got a fantastic premise but, sadly, didn’t utilize it to its potential at all.

The motivation behind starting the neo-gladiators according to the history is a father’s grief at his son’s death during the Vietnam War. That’s what it claims transpires on the back summary, but that’s not how it happens. I think it would appeal to a wide range of readers, and Aena have already passed it on or recommended it to many of my friends.


Media reporter, reviewer, producer, guest booker, blogger. Where to begin with this book? Especially after scenes where she and her BFF Mark create a simulated “Lyn” to run off a LifeMachine a popular electronic used to have virtual famous people or relatives walking around your living room.

I loved Haines’ punch so much that I read the last sentence out loud, exclaiming at word crafting and poetic flow and got a “yes dear” look in response. Lise Haines’ debut novel, a dark satire for our time, is a mesmerizing look at a modern world addicted to violence, fame, and greed-a world eerily close to our own.

It brings up some legitimate questions, questions teenage girls should be asking themselves if they aren’t already doing so. Neo-gladiators are celebrities, and Lyn’s mother Allison has made a career of marrying into gladiator stardom.

It doesn’t seem like the sort of thing you send off into a crowded arena or really ever take out of a safety deposit box. And, yes, it features a young woman who is determined to protect her family at all cost.