Monday, October 12, 2009

Introducing Lise Haines and Girl in the Arena

Today through Wednesday quite a few book bloggers and I will be taking a close look at Lise Haines's Girl in the Arena.  You can expect my review tomorrow.

But I thought I'd spend today focusing on the cover and on Lyn, the teenaged protagonist who has grown-up in a neo-gladiator subculture in the United States.

First off, the book cover.  I dislikes it.  I don't think it properly represents the book.  Lyn only spends a small percentage of the book in the role of a gladiator. Plus, the hair of the pictured model is nothing like the hair style (which has some significance throughout the plot) Lyn has for most of the book.  It's just not a cover that'd make me go "Ooh, I wants to read me that!"  Not that I'm big on the cover-judging.  What are your thoughts?

As a character, Lyn faces some difficult decisions throughout Girl in the Arena.  So, I thought I'd present you, my few but dear readers, with some of her choices in a brief poll of Would You Rather.  Just to get you thinking about some of the difficult choices Lyn faces.

Learn more about Girl in the Arena and Lise Haines (who you can follow on Twitter) from the other book bloggers on tour:

The 160 Acre Woods, A Patchwork of Books, All About Children’s Books, Becky’s Book Reviews, Fireside Musings, Homeschool Book Buzz,, Maw Books Blog, My Own Little Corner of the World, Reading is My Superpower, The Hungry Readers

P.S.  I was given a free copy of this book through Bloomsbury USA along with the other tour members.


  1. I too found the cover distracting, you are right it did not represent Lyn's character accurately.

  2. I thought about her hair, too. I didn't think the cover that right at all. I did, however think the cover was pretty gorgeous and compelling. Definitely the kind of cover that would make me pick a book up.

    In other news...I tried to vote in the poll several times but it wouldn't take my vote.

  3. It should work now...possibly.

  4. I loved the cover myself, but you're right, the hair is not right!!

    The poll is super cool! I voted!!



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