Author: L.J. Smith
Publisher: Simon Pulse
The Forbidden Game was originally published in 1994 and republished in 2008, with its new and improved funky cover. I first read Dark Visions, another three - in - one book by L.J. Smith; and thoroughly enjoyed it. I went in search for more and found this great book. The Forbidden Game is about a girl, Jenny, who buys a board game from a very creepy shop and whilst playing with her friends they become trapped in the game - pandemonium and adventure ensues.
I love L.J. Smith's writing and the three part style of this series in one easy to read bind up. This allows the story to have a more complicated and in depth plot, but without the waiting for other books and it's always nice when after finishing one section you can go straight onto the next part - Which you will definitely want to do!
My favourite of the three was 'The Hunter', maybe because it introduced the characters and starts the story's ball rolling, showing the beginnings of this big adventure for this group of teenagers. The concept of creating people's nightmares into reality was intriguing even though it scared me at the thought of it, inside of the board game there were many scary scenes that kept me guessing and on the edge of my seat.
The story progressed steadily with this complex intertwining plot - even in the last part it still incorporated previous developments and events from the other two parts. To begin with the characters got on my nerves for falling into the obvious traps – Why play the creepy board game? Have you not seen any horror movies? - but by the last part, after learning more and seeing them suffer through the different trials and tribulations I couldn’t help but admire their bravery and like them.
I also liked how the characters developed when dealing with what they'd learnt and seen within the game, this aspect - the aftermath - is something you don't always see so it was interesting how character grappled with this knowledge, without being able to tell anyone else for they could potentially be seen as insane.
The strangest thing about the book was when L.J. Smith was describing some things, such as how attractive Julian was, it didn't really work for me and other descriptive aspects of the story so I had to repeat, “Imagine you're in 1994” to myself and guys with ponytails and leather pants are the in thing.
Three times the fun with this great easy read.