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Girl in the Arena by Lise Haines

December 28, 2009

Lyn lives in a world that is just a little different from ours.  Almost everything is the same, but they have real life gladiators who fight to the death in the arena.  Her seventh father is killed in the arena and now she must marry the guy who killed him.  The cover of the book made me think of Hunger Games and so I was really excited to read it.  I imagined Lyn as this reluctant warrior, fighting to keep her family from the poorhouse.  That is not what the book is about.  It is about a girl trying to make tough decisions to take care of her special needs little brother and her crazy mom.  Instead of a grand battle scene, we get a lot training scenes and teen angst.  I think I would have like the book more if I didn’t have Hunger Games in mind when I read it.  The book was interesting and worth the read.

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