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The Secret Circle: The Initiation and The Captive Part I

The Secret Circle: The Initiation and The Captive Part I



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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 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.

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Publish date: Sep 20, 2011
Added to Scribd: Aug 27, 2013
Copyright:Traditional Copyright: All rights reservedISBN:9780062119018
List Price: $9.99


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sparkleponies reviewed this
Rated 3/5
Girl meets Boy. Girl falls for Boy. Girl finds out she's a witch. Girl finds out boy is witch too but in love with someone else. Pretty basic high school tale with the "in" crowd actually being members of a local coven. Not a horrible way to spend a rainy afternoon.
eburggraf_2 reviewed this
Rated 5/5
Children's LiteratureCassie was counting down to the last day of her summer vacation. She was not having a good time, and Cape Cod was nothing like the travel book had described. The kids her age treated her like an outsider, and she missed her friends back home. She was even hoping of heading home a few days early. Every time she mentioned this to her mother, she responded in a slightly strange way. Finally, the day of departure arrived, and Cassie was looking forward to the sunshine and palm trees of California. She knew something was wrong when her mother did not share in her joy. She was shocked to learn that she and her mom were not returning home at all but were going to live in New Salem with a grandmother she never knew. Her life was turned upside down. She had to deal with the fact that she had a new home, she had to learn to live with someone she had never met, and she had to go to a new school where she did not know anyone. What Cassie did not know was that her mother and grandmother had a secret and that this secret could cost Cassie everything, including her life. This book is suspenseful, mysterious, and a page turner
vinn_6 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
I loved these books from the minute I began reading them, I was quite disappointed though when I learned that they were going to be turning this into a TV series as well, as they didn't follow the story - or character details - in The Vampire Diaries. All-in-all this is definitely a book I would reccomend to any who enjoyed reading books such as Harry Potter, Twilight, The Hunger Games, etc.
ctmsshsm reviewed this
Rated 4/5
 Cassie blake hast to change her whole life around from living in sunny california to gloomy and cloudy new england. To see her grandmother she had never seen before. Onto Crowhaven road she went, all of thehouses old and beatiful. For what she dosent know is that the peolple who live on this small and beatiful road have a secret. That secret she dosent yet know of involves her, and she is the secret.The secret circle by L.J Smith is a wonderful book about whitches in modern day new salem. Their heritage runs deep and so do the relations. This book must of had tons of research put into it. The history is good, and its even more intresting with the deep pasion between charicters Cassie and Adam. The challenanges thease teen whitches have to face.I sugest this book to anyone who likes fiction, history and deep passion.
marcelrochester reviewed this
Rated 2/5
Quite, quite shallow; I preferred the other females to the heroine. I like magic, but the books didn't do anything interesting with it.
anaavu reviewed this
Rated 3/5
For once, I thought it was acceptable to put spoilers, since we're going to watch it all on TV soon anyway ;)Review: Sixteen-year-old Cassie is furious when she is forced to move from sunny California to a dilapidated old house in the middle of nowhere – all for a grandmother she never has never known. After a week of humiliation by the school bully, she meets Diana, who introduces her to the group of friends that “rule” the school. She is drawn to Diana’s beauty and concern and they become fast friends. She often feels like she is part of their group, but is excluded from some secret, which turns out to be that they are all witches, even Cassie. Cassie is quickly initiated.In The Captive, the Circle is beset by dark forces-from the skull Adam dug out.The whole group must cooperate if they want to fight this powerful magic. Meanwhile, Adam and Cassie become very close, and they admit to their mutual love, but decide to keep quiet about it. In the third part of the Secret Circle series, Faye is enraptured by the power of the skull is determined to have it all to herself. She blackmails Cassie into getting it for her, while slowly influencing many of the members to side with her instead of Diana. She thus cheats her way to head of the Circle. With Faye as leader, the Circle breaks into chaos. The spirit in the skull is revealed to have enormous power, but by the end, shy, quiet Cassie leads the group to the defeat of Black Johm.Overall, I liked the first book well enough. It’s the kind of book you would read in one sitting. It definitely drew me inand held my interest, and I couldn’t wait to get the sequel, but I’d probably forget it pretty soon if it weren’t for the coming TV show. I was dissatisfied with a couple of things: 1) The tests to join the Circle are treated as if they were a big deal, but if I recall correctly, all Cassie had to do was not have fear in her heart (LOL!) and step into the Circle with the dagger to her throat. This was the proclaimed “tests”. Not that big a deal.Another thing that seemed incomprehensible is that these two (Adam and Cassie) are teenagers and together for no more than twenty minutes, and they’re in love? That’s a bit ridiculous, don’t you think, even with magic? I say it’s the raging hormones. Lol. I thought the characters were well-developed, but the physical characterization was a little too obvious. White for purity, and black for evil - it’s as if the author is punching you with a great big “DUH”. But it's all good because Faye (the evil one) redeems herself in the end. Woot!Lastly, I am a tiny bit disappointed that it is being made into a TV show. For one, scriptwriters take the book and do crazy things with just to keep it going, which usually degrades the actual thing. And secondly, if you wanted to start yet another paranormal TV show, why this one? Why not Richelle Mead’s series? Why not something by Lauren Kate, Amber Kizer, Melissa de la Cruz, or even Maggie Stiefvater? This book is perfectly average compared to other books of the same genre. Just because one series has produced a hit doesn’t mean you should jump on board with every series produced by that author.
communitybookstop reviewed this
Rated 4/5
This book follows the story of Cassie Blake who lives with her mom. They had been living in California but after taking a vacation to Cape Cod, they end up moving in with Cassie's grandmother who's getting older and in need of assistance.Cassie starts school and ends up on the wrong side of everyone. Finally Diana helps Cassie to belong and invites her to sit with "the cool kids" Cassie finally feels like she is gaining control. When a fellow student Kori dies under unnatural consequences Cassie gets invited to join The Secret Circle. A group of witches who are part of a long ancestry of witches. Cassie also meets up with Adam a boy she had met on the beach of Cape Cod she felt a strong attachment to Adam. When she meets up with him in New Salem he's dating Diana and Cassie would do anything to keep the truth from coming out. Faye the "bad girl" of the group finds devasting information about a kiss between Adam and Cassie and holds it against her as blackmail. Now Cassie is stuck being a toy to Faye doing things she wouldn't normally do. How far will Cassie go?What a great book, definitely alot different then The Vampire Diaries. I love reading about the witch aspect and how the circle deals with things. Just started The Captive hope it's just as good.
fivezenses_1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
The story starts off with meeting young Cassie Blake. She is just fifteen years old and on vacation in Cape Cod for the summer with her mother. She is described of having brunette hair, wavy, and petite too. Over time the read comes to find out that plans change and Cassie is forced to move with her mother to the town of New Salem, Massachusetts for both of them to live with her grandmother, who she has never met till they show up at her front door. The story continues with her meeting students, having a rocky start her first week of school, and learning something peculiar about a group of students; which either half the students are afraid of or worship the group they walk on. But for reasons Cassie has no clue about.So no more spoiling the book, because it's awesome! For most people, they only know of this because of the show and watched the show instead. But I think for the most part, the show lacks a certain quality that the book has: magic! I'm not talking spells or doing cool things with incantations, but I'm talking that quality that book has that makes you enjoy every second you read the book.There is something about the way that Cassie meets everyone and how she learns of the "secret". My favorite part was that is was set in Massachusetts. The show doesn't have that. My big complaint about the show. Reason for this is the witch trials happened in Salem Mass. and that reference/story is brought up in the book too. It's one of the huge elements that is played on the last half of the book as well.I simply enjoyed how there was a part in the beginning when Cassie sees Diana for the first time. She is described as this tall girl, with hair so long and beautifully blonde, "that is woven with the sun and the moon". She is also described as being this unbelievably nice girl and how everyone LOVES her in school. All the girls can't get enough of her and every single guy she passes in the hall asks her out on a date.Then you have the complete opposite to her: Faye. Faye is a this tall girl too. Dark black hair that is long and raven black. Red fire painted nails and the body of something 'exotic'. She is always wearing clothing that is too sexy for her and doesn't give a care in the world that she goes after the boys that are never single or just flat out a challenge.Those two characters added such a dynamic, that it was intriguing to know what they were capable of doing to anyone or to each other in their "circle".This book is a great read for those wanting something deeper than the show can offer, while also knowing maybe how it came about as a book. The one thing I can give away is that in the books that didn't happen on the show: Cassie's mother never died and her father wasn't a witch either. Something I didn't enjoy they doing for the show. Took away too much about the original story at hand.Anyway, this is something to really check out if you have the time, especially if you haven't seen the show.
graceschumann reviewed this
Rated 4/5
I could kick myself for how long I let this book sit on my shelf unread! I read The Vampire Diaries by L.J. Smith quite a while ago...I believe 2 years ago to be exact and when I bought those books, I also bought this series by her but I have sadly neglected this particular one and it has been sitting on my shelf the entire time. Last week when I looked at it, I said why not and picked it up. I read it in less than 4 hours...and this was while I was camping and immersed in a vast amount of other activities. However, I just couldn't tear myself away from the book long enough to let it grow cold and I tore through the pages desperate to find out what happened next.I love books about witches and the Wicca religion in general. I love the Sweep series and I was swept off my feet by this book just like I was when I read that series! I feel the young adult paranormal community has gone off on a tangent of vampires, werewolves, and time travel (more sci-fi than paranormal but you get my point). I've just been getting easily bored with what I pick up because I feel like I've read it before. Two guys, one girl love triangles are getting old and I'm sick and tired of those whiny girl main characters who act like they can't live life without a certain boy. Grow up! I was pleasantly surprised though when none of these specific qualities manifested themselves in this book. There is a love triangle but it's between two girls and a boy...slightly refreshing and rarely done in my opinion and it's done so well that I had to applaud Smith for not persuading me in one direction or the other. Both girls are great, caring girls and either of them could deserve the guy.The main character, Cassie, starts off in the book as kind of a weak character. I anticipated being disappointed with the series, I'm not going to lie. She just seemed like the girl who would whine and complain about not being accepted throughout the book. But a little bit into the first book, The Initiation, things started to look up and her will and presence definitely got a lot stronger. Throughout the first two books, her character slowly gained its momentum up to a character of serious and severe substance in a pleasing way. I liked getting to know her and watching her grow and mature into who she really was. It's true that Adam is the guy she's got feelings for and he does sound like a perfect gentleman, however I found myself taking a liking to Nick who's dark and mysterious with a hint of bad boy....oh those bad boys ;) I would really love to see him more developed in the next two books and there are moments when I thought maybe Cassie would start to look at him instead of Adam. Fingers crossed that this happens. The secondary characters were all really well done and the reader easily becomes familiar with each. There are a lot of characters in this book but they all have something special they add to the story.I can't wait to see where this story continues to go and who knows, maybe Smith will work on adding more books to the series now. She did it for Vampire Diaries!
writersherry reviewed this
Rated 4/5
Great book and well-written. I liked the main character and the witchy-aspects of the plot. A must-read for fans of paranormal, witchcraft, and romance!

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