Want Books: Girl in the Arena

Want Books? is a weekly meme hosted here at Chachic’s Book Nook and features released books that you want but you can’t have for some reason. It can be because it’s not available in your country, in your library or you don’t have the money for it right now. Everyone is free to join, just grab the image above. Leave a comment with a link to your post so I can do a roundup with each post.

It’s Bloggiesta weekend and I wasn’t able to work on my blog because I was out the whole day. I’m trying to catch up so here’s my weekly Want Books post. I’ve been curious about this book ever since I first saw it. I don’t know why but I’m really interested in gladiators. Also, I’m a huge fan of strong female protagonists and this book definitely has that. I know the premise sounds The Hunger Games-esque but I have a feeling it’s different. Unfortunately, the book isn’t available locally so I may need to order it online if I want my own copy. I’m still doing my best NOT to buy any books as long as I can because I still haven’t bought any books in 2011. I’ve been good! I wonder how long I could hold out.

Here’s the summary from Lisa Haines’ website:

During the week, Lyn lives in a big house in Cambridge, and hangs out with friends in Harvard Square. But over the weekends she cheers her father on when he gears up for neo-gladiator competition — a high-profile televised blood sport that rivals the NFL. Lyn’s father is the top player in the league, and the paparazzi that have always swarmed him have started to dog Lyn’s every move. All this fame comes with an even higher price. Lyn’s family lives with the constant presence of violence, uncertainty, and a strict cultural code set by the Gladiator Sports Association. When a skilled young fighter slays Lyn’s father, the GSA imposes an unthinkable sentence — Lyn must marry her father’s murderer. Though her mother has made a career out of marrying into Glad culture, Lyn is prepared to do whatever it takes to claim her independence. Even if it means going into the arena herself….

What about you, what book is in your wishlist?

Want Books roundup:
Tina of One More PageThe Last Dragonslayer by Jasper Fforde

12 thoughts on “Want Books: Girl in the Arena

  1. I read this shortly after I read Catching Fire, and really wasn’t impressed. Maybe if it weren’t being touted as being specifically for Hunger Games fans I would have liked it better, but the similarities are really superficial, so your feeling is right.

    I’m anxiously awaiting getting my hands on Julia Karr’s XVI, which is another horrific dystopia. Very 1984, and from the summary at least I pick up hints of The Handmaid’s Tale. Can not WAIT to get it, and it’s taking my library forever to send it to my local branch for pickup!

    • Thanks for linking your review, I’ll go check it out in a bit. It’s good that the similarities between this one and The Hunger Games are just superficial, I had a feeling they would be.

      Oooh, I haven’t heard of Julia Karr’s book but I’ll look it up.

  2. I saw this post and was reminded of how I wanted this very much when it first came out…and I still do; it just drifted under my radar. Thanks!

    What I want more than books is time to read them…

    • Oh I know what you mean, we tend to forget about books if we don’t mark them somehow. That’s why I keep my wishlist shelf in Goodreads updated.

      Aww are you busy with a lot of things lately? It is sad when you don’t get enough reading time.

    • Hi Lise, thanks for dropping by my blog! I keep checking out if the local bookstores have replenished their stocks of your book but to no avail. I’ll be on the lookout though. 🙂

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