Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Waiting on Wednesday (17)

Girl in the Arena by Lisa Haines

It’s a fight to the death—on live TV—when a gladiator’s daughter steps into the arena.

Lyn is a neo-gladiator’s daughter, through and through. Her mother has made a career out of marrying into the high-profile world of televised blood sport, and the rules of the Gladiator Sports Association are second nature to their family. Always lend ineffable confidence to the gladiator. Remind him constantly of his victories. And most importantly: Never leave the stadium when your father is dying. The rules help the family survive, but rules—and the GSA—can also turn against you. When a gifted young fighter kills Lyn’s seventh father, he also captures Lyn’s dowry bracelet, which means she must marry him...

For fans of The Hunger Games and Fight Club, Lise Haines’ debut novel is a mesmerizing look at a world addicted to violence—a modern world that’s disturbingly easy to imagine.

I stumbled upon this when I was browsing Bloomsbury's website, and I am so glad I did. For fans of The Hunger Games? Um, that's me! I'm actually reading Battle Royale right now, which is a more gruesome version of The Hunger Games and which makes my stomach upset, but I'm still looking forward to seeing how Lisa Haines manages to spin the violence hook in a world that is, truly, addicted to violence.

Girl in the Arena will be released by Bloomsbury USA on October 13, 2009.


  1. I've been waiting for this also! I love the cover!

  2. I've never heard of this before, but I'll definitely be looking out for it!

  3. I've never heard of this book either before, but if it's recommended for fans of the Hunger Games, then count me in! Although whenever I think of GSA, it will always be gay-straight alliance, not Gladiator Sports Association. XD

    Great pick!

    - Alex

  4. Woah sounds dark and dangerous. I'll look out for this book. Great choice Steph!

  5. I actually got this at BEA. I had never heard of it but the Bloomsbury rep told me that I'd love it. I cant decide if I want to read it now or something else.

  6. I also got this at BEA, but haven't read it yet.

  7. I've never heard of this book before but fans of "The Hunger Games", I'm in! I want this book badly, it sounds so good. Great WoW post :)

  8. I haven't heard of it before either so thanks Steph for bringing it to my attention!! Very keen to read it.

  9. Interesting. I may need to read up some more on this title. Thanks for bringing this one into the light.

  10. P.S.

    You have some blog awards:

  11. Wow! Definitely sounds like an interesting, different read. I'll look forward to seeing it sometime, too! :)

  12. Steph,

    Have you read Mitali's post/discussion on Hunger Games?

    When this title releases, I'll check it out. Might be something to add to our library.


Hello! I'm so excited to read what you have to say. Due to high amounts of spam, I'm forced to disabled anonymous comments for the time being. Sorry for any inconvenience this causes, and I hope you can understand and still appreciate the content here!


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...