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Thursday, July 23, 2009

Secret Circle: The Initiation and The Captive Part I

L.J. Smith
Published 2008
416 pages
Rating: A-


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.

My review

Lisa Jane Smith does it again! I absolutely love this author! I've loved every single book of hers. I'm never dissapointed.

When Cassie Blake is forced to move to New England, she absolutely hates it. She misses her old house, her old friends, the sunny weather. At her new school, Cassie has a rude welcoming by the "in crowd", a group of beautiful teenagers that all live on her street. Twelve teenagers. After a while Cassie hears weird things about the group and questions who or what they really are. Soon though she befriends Diana, the "leader" of the group and is even invited to eat lunch with them. When something awful happens in the "group", Diana and the gang decide to initiate Cassie.... in their secret coven of witches.

She can't believe she's a witch! Cassie finally feels excited to be in the "Circle" especially since it means getting closer to Adam, her secret crush. But Adam and Diana are together.... and she can't let anybody know what happened between her and Adam that fateful night on the beach.

As Cassie starts to manipulate magic, bad things are happening in New Salem and it's up to the Circle to find out who is behind it and who could be using such dark magic. Cassie is in for a surprise as she fights to choose good over bad, which is not always an easy choice. Soon members of the Circle are splitting up and taking sides. Who knows?? The killer could be one of them......

Yay for magic!! I loved this new spin on "witches". It was great. Awesome spells, runes, plants and more. Also lots of romance too. Forbidden love. Everything you could ever want in a book! I could also definitely relate to Cassie in a lot of situations and I fell in love with both Adam and Nick. I was immediately hooked on the book and there was never a dull moment. I can't wait to reread this series!! I recommend this to anyone who loves the supernatural, magic, ghosts, creepy things, love squares, suspense and much more.



  1. Ahhh, L. J. Smith. One of my favorite authors growing up. I read all of her books when they were first published in the early-mid 90's I'm so glad to see her books being reprinted and more people today getting to enjoy the stories I loved so much :-) This was quite possibly my all-time favorite series of hers, though I definitely enjoyed her Night World books, as well. I'm still waiting with bated breath for Strange Fate to be published :-)

    Anyway, great review and I'm so glad you enjoyed it!!

  2. Yes L.J. Smith is one of my favorite authors. I'm trying to read all of her books but I can't find some of them since they're too old. I definitely love The Secret Circle, Night World and The Vampire Diaries. I'm also anxiously waiting for Strange Fate to come out. Apparently it's over 1000 pages long! Thanks so much for reading and commenting :)


  3. I liked this book too ..hope ya like the second one!

  4. Haven't read this series yet, but I have the books in my bookshelf. What's better, this series or The Vampire Diaries? :)


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