Saturday, July 2, 2011

The Secret Circle: The Initiation and The Captive Part 1

The Secret Circle: The Initiation and The Captive Part 1 by L.J. Smith

Release Date: August 1, 2008
Publisher: Harper Teen
Pages: Paperback (396pgs)
Age Group: Young Adult
Series: The Secret Circle #1-2
Genre: Fantasy
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Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Description: The circle's power has lured her home
Forced to move from sunny California to gloomy New England, Cassie longs for her old life. Even so, she feels a strange kinship to a terrifying group of teens who seem to rule her school. Initiated into the coven of witches that's controlled New Salem for hundreds of years, she's drawn into the Secret Circle, a thrill that's both intoxicating and deadly. But when she falls for the mysterious and intriguing Adam, Cassie must choose whether to resist temptation or risk dark forces to get what she wants—even if it means that one wrong move could ultimately destroy her.

Review: We meet the main character Cassie on summer vacation in Cape Cod, and then her grandmother that she has never met is ill, so Cassie and her mother move in with her grandmother to take care of her. 

Cassie has a laid back personality, but she finds herself going to a new school, and she wants to make friends, and reinvent herself. All she wants to do is be accepted. Which what teenager going to a new High School, and having to start all over doesn't want to be accepted. She learns about "The Club". She becomes friends with the leader of The Club, and later gets initiated, where she discovers she's a witch.

The Club consisted of 12 people including Cassie, and there are a range of different personalities in this group. To me it seems like they all have secrets that they are not telling. I think I have it figured out while I'm reading, and it turns out to be something different. There is also a love triangle between Cassie, Adam, and Diana. In this love triangle it seems that Cassie and Adam have the potential to get into a lot of trouble if their not careful. 

The only thing that bothered me was that Cassie's mom and grandmother have not played a bigger role in this book. She learns shes a witch, you would think that the mother and grandmother would give Cassie a run down of their family history, but they haven't. At the end of this book it lead into that the grandmother will tell Cassie in due time. I hope she does in the next book because I want to know the deal behind her family. 

Reading Order
The Initiation
The Captive
The Power

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