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The Hunt (The Secret Circle #5)

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The Hunt, from the bestselling author of The Vampire Diaries L. J. Smith, is a dangerously exciting tale of love, witchcraft, and the supernatural, perfect for fans of the Beautiful Creatures series.

Cassie's life is far from ordinary. Her best friends are a coven of witches and her relationship with her boyfriend, Adam, is written in the stars. As the leader of the Secret
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Nook, 171 pages
Published September 11th 2012 by HarperTeen
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Daylighter
Mar 30, 2012 Daylighter rated it did not like it
Shelves: never-ever-reads
I won't read any of the ghostwritten books for The Secret Circle series or The Hunters series. By giving a 1 star to these books, I'm showing my dislike for Alloy Entertainment & HarperCollins for firing L.J. Smith. They are not allowing her to write her books the way she wanted, because they only care about what sells and don't have any respect for story telling at all.

For those who don't know what I'm talking about, here's the letter L.J. Smith wrote herself to her fans regarding the is
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♥  Erika  ♥
Mar 31, 2013 ♥ Erika ♥ rated it really liked it
Before:
I don't know what to say about this I really don't! To put it simply there is no book or series without L.j Smith. If she thinks the series is concluded than it should be finished with, with absolutely no ghost writers. Just because there is a series based on the book, on the actual book that L.j Smith wrote does not mean the series should be continued or touched in any way or form.

All I have to say now is why, why??? As far as I am concerned the series finished when L.J Smith stopped wr
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Gabrielle
Mar 21, 2012 Gabrielle rated it did not like it
Another one? Why can't they just stop? L. J. Smith isn't even writing them anymore and I bet they'll be changed into some sappy-happy love story about over coming all faults blah blah blah. I want the REAL L. J. Smith back!

I can hardly read the new Vampire Diaires books because they no longer capture my interest. I used to buy all of them but I refuse to buy the newest ones.
Ghiz
Oct 12, 2012 Ghiz rated it it was ok
I have just finished reading this book minutes ago. The book was not as I was expecting it to be. I was so excited to read this book and I had been waiting for it for so long. I am so disappointed. This book clearly does not have the same taste as the first two book which were written by L. Smith. The ending was terrible. It felt like the writer just got tired of writing the story and stopped in the middle of the story. Well, Aubrey thought that would make the readers excited for the next book, ...more
Jynx
Oct 06, 2012 Jynx rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Tools. People who have no respect for authors.
I honestly could care less if the books is good. It will always be trash in my eyes. Why? LJ Smith has always been one of my favourite authors. It was her books that got me into fantasy, and gave me some of my best memories reading. I give this book one star because I see this book as distasteful, and an insult to Smith. It deserves negative stars. Poor LJ Smith. :( It would really suck knowing you can't even write your story anymore.
Hayden
Mar 15, 2015 Hayden rated it did not like it
Shelves: how-bout-no
Eww.
Ashley Mayer
Mar 31, 2012 Ashley Mayer rated it did not like it
Shelves: not-read
I can't believe L.J. Smith will not be writing this series anymore! The Secret Circle was my favorite series when I first read it back in the 90's. I would have loved to hear more from the characters but I will not support a ghostwriter that has stolen the series from L.J. Smith!!
Brooke
Apr 13, 2015 Brooke rated it did not like it
What an insult to the original L J Smith series, its as if this new author has wrote down the names of the characters and totally disregarded everything else. The original series is what got me interested in reading, I love them and I am so so sad to see this series ruined. As far as im concerned L J Smith's books are the real secret circle, these are a cheap imitation.
Jade
Oct 06, 2012 Jade rated it liked it
I'm just going to say the exact same thing I said in my review of 'The Divide' - It does upset me that L J Smith lost the rights to write these stories, but that doesn't mean I'm going to rate the book anything less than I think it deserves.

The Temptation - March 12th 2013.
Racquel
Apr 13, 2015 Racquel rated it did not like it
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Theodore
Jan 09, 2013 Theodore rated it really liked it
The book went by pretty quickly actually and in a good way. It was one of those 'finish in one sitting' kind of books and leaves you somewhat wanting more and thinking that it ended well at the same time.

The Hunt builds pretty well off the previous installments and does well with throwing a couple twists and surprises throughout the series. A number of things did appear a bit (at best) predictable by my tastes but I could probably shrug this off as being due to being accustomed so much to this g
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Laura Calver
Oct 14, 2012 Laura Calver rated it did not like it
Never
Bryn
Oct 07, 2013 Bryn rated it did not like it
Any publisher who steals an author's mental property because they don't like "the direction" that the series is taking is unethical and horrible to boot. If all readers wanted packaged twihard crap we would be reading that. What I wanted was to know where the real author would take these stories not what some ghost writer/fan fic chippy thinks. I am glad that I have yet to be published if this is the direction that the industry is taking. As much as I want to share my vision I don't think I woul ...more
Amanda
Oct 31, 2012 Amanda rated it did not like it
Why?!?! Why do this to a wonderful series that started off so well. First of all I refuse to actually buy this book because I don't support the fact that the publishers decided not to allow L.J. Smith write the series as she intended. Secondly, the book was crap. The new writer has made this book so short, quick and predictable that it was ridiculous. Trusting an evil witch who tried to kill you? Seems like a totally okay idea....
How about not. Then of course to keep the romantic triangle going
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Jessie
Sep 11, 2012 Jessie rated it did not like it


Just finished it... All i can say is that i miss lj smith. Its not the same without her. The story was dissapointing and it lacked the charm the original lj smith secret circle books had.... The originals wer amazing and they had soo much magic to them. These ones now seem to modern for the yr its supposed to take place in (for example in this book they all have cell phones with txt messeges, but in previous books they didnt have cell phones due to the fact that the book takes place in the 90s
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Amanda Masters
Jan 11, 2013 Amanda Masters rated it really liked it
Well I finally got to reading this book...lol...it was a good book all in all although I found Cassie to be really annoying and whiny in this book. The action was really good the scenes played out perfectly but I found they were all on top of one another just when one tragic thing had happened there was no breathing room before the new tragic thing happened.

I found the conflict between the characters to be great in this book however and the magic of course can't be topped! There is a slight twi
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Jessica
Feb 08, 2016 Jessica rated it liked it
In a surprising turn, The Hunt improves on the mess that was The Divide and almost, almost, almost echos the original trilogy in tone and suspense. Not quite, but at least it’s an improvement. Just not enough to save this hot mess before it falls flat once more because honestly, that’s all it did–it will build readers up only to drop them in a pile of boring mush.

In some ways, Aubrey Clark almost resembles L.J. Smith in heart and prose this time around; far more than she did previously.

So origin
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norcalgal
Jul 12, 2015 norcalgal rated it did not like it
I guess this installment of the Secret Circle series is to be the penultimate in plot holes, lapses in logic, and deus ex machinas.

For so long, Cassie's mother had been next to useless when it comes to magic. But miraculously, in this book, not only is she chanting spells, she conveniently helps the Circle with not one, but two key things they need - Black John's Book of Shadows and the secret room in her house. And this secret room just happens to have fairly modern conveniences like a kitchen,
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Erin
Apr 13, 2015 Erin rated it did not like it
I've tried to read this book, but the ghostwriter has basically destroyed the strength, passion, and internal "power" of all of these characters; and everything in it feels completely inaccurate to who the characters are personality and everything else-wise. She's taken their 3-d lives, and pretty much flattened them and made them all about the teenage melodrama. Aubrey Clark wrote it so inaccurate to the original books and the general vibe, since they were written about 20-25 years later - it s ...more
Josephine
Written by a different author like the book before it The Secret Circle: The Hunt continued to stay faithful to the story and its characters despite the writing switch. The book picks up where The Divide left off, which is where Cassie is first discovering what she can do with her father's Book of Shadows (remembering that her father is basically the epitome of evil, this is kind of a big deal). Following this, the rest of the book encircles her father's book, its powers, and ultimately the effe ...more
Brina
Aug 27, 2014 Brina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Lisa J. Smith begleitet mich mit ihren Büchern bereits seit vielen Jahren im Alltag, von daher bin ich immer wieder froh, wenn ein neues Werk von ihr, bzw. ein weiterer Teil einer von ihr entwickelten Reihe, erscheint. Auch wenn "Die Hexenjagd", der fünfte Teil der "Der magische Zirkel"-Reihe nicht mehr aus ihrer Feder, sondern von einer Ghostwriterin stammt, bin ich der Reihe dennoch treu geblieben. Nachdem mir der vierte Band sehr gut gefallen hat, waren meine Erwartungen hoch und ich bin froh ...more
Raphaelsaaaq
Oct 25, 2015 Raphaelsaaaq rated it really liked it
Leider ebenso wie der viertel Teil( oder der erste von dem Ghost Writer) nicht ganz so gut wie die L.J.Smith aber trotz allem interessant. Scarletts Rolle in diesem Buch war sehr cool und alles in allem war es ein gutes Buch
Tereza S.
Celá tahle série patří k těm, které nijak nepřekvapí, přesto jsou ale poměrně čtivé a člověk je zhltne za jediný den. Tenhle díl nebyl výjimkou a já se u jeho čtení docela bavila. Čarodějnice mám ráda v jakémkoli podání, takže z tohohle ohledu mě kniha snad ani zklamat nemohla.

Co se týká děje, ten je docela předvídatelný, ale na druhou stranu oceňuju, že ani jeden z hrdinů není v bezpečí, dokonce si i ušpiní ruce při tom, aby se zachránili. Nemám ráda boje, které se vyhrávají zadarmo, bez ztrát
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Alex Renee
Thoughts:
My god, kill me, please. So, my first thought about this book was: can’t it just be over? I mean, jesus christ. I want to boil my brain. I want to tear my eyes out. I had to wait a few months to read this one, because after the stupidity of The Divide, I just couldn’t do it. I’ve just now decided to finish this series, because fuck, there’s only so much of this stupid bullshit I can take. Now my only motivation is to get this shit over with so I can move on to something better. As alw
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Ashley
Half-Way Mark: Is this story even moving????
Review: Well, it certainly gets better.
Characters: The same as the previous installments. Nothing new there. The 'romance" between Cassie and Adam is lukewarm at best. They make a point of showing each other how much they care, at least Adam does what with his eggshells and movie tickets. We get a ton of inner monologue from Cassie describing her ardent love for Adam. I'm still not buying it. Cassie belongs with Nick. Period.
There. Now that's all clea
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Khalia Hades
Dec 09, 2013 Khalia Hades rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
I starting reading this book and quickly became frustated at the "circle" the secret circle books have become. I am not going into details so I won't spoil it for poeple who do want to read it but as each new installment comes out it seems to me that in each book it is basically a rehash of the same reltionship dramas, the same bad guys (different names but all turn out to be the the principal of the school???), and the same cliff-hangers. Instead of moving forward together and maybe having grow ...more
Sara
Apr 25, 2016 Sara rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
Cassie now owns her father’s book of Shadows and it’s changing her. She is feeling its darkness and the power from it. Her life is also changing too. Cassie confesses to Adam about her book but wants him to keep it a secret until she is ready to tell the Circle. The Witch Hunters have marked Faye and Laurel and to keep them protected Cassie’s mom suggests they stay inside the secret room hidden in their house. Cassie tries to kill Scarlett when she finds out Adam has taken her father’s book of s ...more
Tash
Oct 14, 2012 Tash rated it liked it
Reviewed for Confessions From Romaholics

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This the second book in this series that Smith has not written. Aubrey Clark has taken over the helm of the series, continuing where Smith left off. When the last book finished, The Circle was in trouble on two fronts. Cassie’s half sister, Scarlett, is determined to join and rule The Circle whilst the witch hunters are determined to kill them, marking them one by one for death. With two threats to the group, it is going to take
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Joti
Dec 08, 2012 Joti rated it it was ok
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Robin
May 29, 2013 Robin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
so now cassie and her circle are being hunted by witch hunters. turns out the new principal and his son have come to new salem to kill off the circle and anyone they think are witches. little by little each of them are getting marked as witches by the witch hunter's curse. so one girl's aunt is killed. then some random girl, then one of the circle's very own. all this while, cassie's sister scarlet is trying to off her so she can join the circle because the only way you can join the circle is if ...more
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The Secret Circle (6 books)
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  • The Divide (The Secret Circle, #4)
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