Editorial Reviews. About the Author. Lise Haines is Writer in Residence at Emerson College, has held a Briggs-Copeland lectureship at Harvard, and was a . 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.

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The Girl in the Arena

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As a modern gladiator’s daughter, Lyn and her family live by the rules of the Gladiator Sports Association. But those rules can turn against haones.

When Lyn’s seventh father dies in the ring, his opponent, Uber, captures Lyn’s dowry bracelet-and her hand in marriage. To win her freedom, Lyn will do what no girl has done before: Read more Read less. Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. Customers who bought this item also bought. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Girl in the Arena is her first work for young adults.

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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Girl in the Arena fooled me – I thought I would see a lot of Gladiator action involving a girl.

Alas, it was only once and I get to see it in only in the end. The plot was averagely executed when it could have been ruthless.

I still like it though; the premise of a future world adapting the Roman ways is unique. This book is more of a family-oriented story with a slight touch of dystopia. I was excited for the dystopia element! But all I read was family drama.


You see why I felt cheated? I like how Mark and his parents protected and helped Lyn in times of trouble. I like how Uber is considered one of the fiercest Neo-gladiators but usually appeared clumsy and awkward with Lyn.

It’s strange how I like the supporting characters more than Lyn – I just did not see her doing enough to take charge of her mother, to defy the GSA. All the things she did seemed all too late for me. There are instances where I took a sharp intake of breath – moments triggered by man’s cruelty. These are the only times I was reminded that I am reading dystopia.

Girl in the Arena bored me half the time. I won’t say that it’s a waste of time; I’d rather say I should have read another dystopia instead.

Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. Girl in the Arena is an interesting story concept taking place in a society where gladiator-style fights to the death are big business, high-stakes sports.

GIRL IN THE ARENA by Lise Haines | Kirkus Reviews

The lead-in to the story was kind of tough to get through as it is supposed to be an excerpt from a book on the history of how gladiator fighting began, written by a teenaged girl who has grown up in that lifestyle. That intro comes across as a poorly written book report by any random highschooler and is not indictative of the writing style of the rest of the book.

That particular method of introducing the setting was, to me, kind of heavy handed and almost made me put this one down; however, I continued to read on and found the writing style changed to a more tolerable flow. The main character is the teenaged girl and the story deals with her internal conflict at being involved in a lifestyle where human life is not really valued except with regard to fighting skills and what happens when she has to work outside the rules of her society.

The story contains violence with descriptions of bloody arena fights as well as references to suicides and deaths.

It would probably be considered Young Adult genre due to the main character being a teenaged girl. Was not happy about references to animals being used in ring by organization in charge of gladiators. This book has a great premises. The idea is amazing, the writing Very hard to read with all of the run on sentences, and with no quotation marks.

Very disappointed that this is what I choose for our book club this month. Most couldn’t even finish this it was so badly written. Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase. I had high hopes gil this book. I chose to read it because it was on several lists of books that are similar to The Hunger Games and because the five-sentence hainss I had read sounded so great.


As it turns out, the synopsis was better than the book. To start, it is very difficult to read. Hsines are sometimes italicized, but sometimes they aren’t. Sentences containing hyphens are usually dialogue, but sometimes they aren’t. In addition, it is written like a rambling diary.

Then, of course, there is the token sardonic teenage girl. Gilr, for a book free of sardonic teenage girls! Haines has no intriguing plot.

In fact, there is very little plot to the story and it all builds up to an epic fight that turns out to be not so epic. I kept reading because I really hate the idea of starting a book and not finishing it; I always feel as if I’ve wasted my time in so doing.

In this case, finishing the book girk the bigger waste of time. If you are looking for a good gladiator read or something on the level of The Hunger Games, look elsewhere. See all reviews. Amazon Giveaway allows you to run promotional giveaways in order to create buzz, reward your audience, and attract new followers and customers.

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