Wednesday, September 11, 2013

review: THE SECRET CIRCLE SERIES by L.J. Smith

THE SECRET CIRCLE SERIES

1. THE INITIATION 
2. THE CAPTIVE 
3. THE POWER

by L.J. Smith
HarperCollins: HarperTeen
Released: 1992/2008
Source: Bookstore

Rating: Liked it





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.

The Initiation (The Secret Circle, #1) The Captive (The Secret Circle, #2) The Power (The Secret Circle, #3)


My Thoughts

The Secret Circle series follows Cassie Blake as she moves to New Salem with her mother, meets her grandmother for the first time, is initiated into a coven of witches, discovers her magical heritage, and is torn away from the boy she loves. It is written very much in the tradition of early 90s overly-dramatic fantasy, but it doesn't quite work because it would have been very easy for Cassie to get out of the bad situation she ends up in by the end of the first book. I liked some parts of the series, but others were just silly because it was so over-dramatized.

I wanted to read this series because the television show is premiering tomorrow night on the CW, and I'm really looking forward to it! Hopefully they won't screw it up too much, like they did with the Vampire Diaries. I am most looking forward to Phoebe Tonkin's performance as Faye - she played Fi in the Tomorrow When the War Began movie. While I enjoyed the books, I found that I did not enjoy this series quite as much as Smith's Vampire Diaries and Night World series. That's not to say that it's not worthwhile; it just wasn't my favorite.

Fans of the series should note: a fourth Secret Circle story is due to be released in March 2012!

2 comments:

  1. I read these books when I was in high school. When I was looking for them years later to reread they were out of print. I'm so happy they are back! This was probably one of my first YA series reads.

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  2. Mrs. Q - I read Smith's Vampire Diaries and Night World series back in middle and high school. I loved those, so I know what you mean! It was the same thing with Cate Tiernan's amazingly awesome Sweep series. I did a very embarrassing happy dance the first time I saw the rereleased versions on the shelves! :)

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