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Inner Circle (Private #5)

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  7,057 Ratings  ·  175 Reviews
Reed Brennan arrived at Easton Academy expecting to find an idyllic private school experience -- challenging classes, adorably preppy boys, and a chance to create a new life for herself. Instead, she discovered lies, deception, blackmail, and...murder. But, thankfully, the killers were caught and the nightmare is finally over.

Now, with a new school year ahead of her, Reed

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Paperback, 224 pages
Published June 20th 2008 by Simon & Schuster Children's (first published January 1st 2007)
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Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
These are getting a little too ridiculous, even for me. I might stop with this one to relieve my mind of this crap
Zemika White
Oct 03, 2013 Zemika White rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 8th
Spoiler Alert!!
This book was awesome. The suspense kept me on the edge of my seat. The romance made me feel all bubbly inside and the drama? Oh, the drama! I was practically clinging myself to the book. I even snapped (by an accident) at someone for interrupting my focus in the book. I felt I was like Reed, the jealously, the hatred of Cheyenne for being unfair to three of the newcomers and her almost 'Sleeping with my boyfriend!' I was even angry at Josh (Boyfriend) for making me believe he lov
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Cecily Kyle
Oct 13, 2016 Cecily Kyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: wobble
So intense!
Trying to be in a "sorority" sure doesn't seem worth it to me! The stuff these girls are put through are criminal. I find these books such a guilty pleasure with a mix of Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars it is such a rollercoaster of emotion throughout.
I wasn't sure where they were going to go after the last one ended but Kate Brian did a great job of picking up the drama and ended with a gasp!
Great read!
Kari Anderson
Oy Vey! A lot is a changin’ at Easton Academy. Noelle and the “Mean Girls” are gone. Inner Circle picks up at the beginning of Reed’s second year at Easton. The last we’d heard from her was winter break of her first year. And as I said, a lot has changed.

There’s a new headmaster, Reed has a new roommate and there’s a new Billings “Queen B”. Not to mention 6 open spots at Billings and 80 years of tradition that are being thrown out the door.

The “Mean Girls” may have treated Reed horribly, killed
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Merary
Ariana Osgood was finally arrested for the murder of Thomas Pearson.
Now that everything's back to normal, Reed Brennan can finally enjoy a second new year at Easton Academy.

A new headmaster sets new rules for the Billings, destroying the several decades old tradition. Cheyenne Martin finds this an insult, and she will do anything to maintain the traditions--no matter what. Reed isn't happy with this Cheyenne--backstabbing, and willing to steal Josh Hollis from her (view spoiler)
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Emerald
May 04, 2013 Emerald rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-young-adult
***Spoiler Free Summary By Emerald BookWorm***

I didn't know a thing about this series going into it. My boyfriend (now husband) would always go to the library to pick up books for me and he stumbled across this series and brought me the first book, thinking I would enjoy it. /// Well he was right lol. /// I was instantly hooked and reserving the next book within 24 hours. /// This series is definitely not realistic and is pretty dramatic lol , but it's lots of fun and it was the first time I'd e
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Ranya Kassem
Dec 05, 2013 Ranya Kassem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 8th-grade
I enjoyed reading this book. The drama and romance and friendship all at once made the book really interesting. Sometimes I feel like I'm Reed, when reading the book like I'm the one dealing with the situations she has to deal with. I really hated Cheyenne for what she's done to Reed and how she hurt her mentally. Well one the other hand it made the book more interesting and I think that this author is a great author and comes up with creative ideas!
Janelle Dazzlepants
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Holly
Private arc 2 begins! Book 5 begins a little over a year after where the 4th book left off. We learn that Reed's 2nd semester of sophomore year was fairly uneventful, but fun. We pick up at the beginning of Reed's junior year. There's a new headmaster at Easton Academy, and he is here to make changes. One of his first acts is to reform Billings. He says that it's just a dorm and forbids any "sorority-like" behavior. Cheyenne, the new queen bee, is pissed. She also doesn't listen, choosing to go ...more
Ashley
Why did you chose this book?

Honestly because Ive been reading the series, for so long now and its the 5th one; I'm just totally hooked and obsessed with the series. I love it so much, it gets better by each book. Its amazing, and I will read until the end of the series.

In 1-2 sentences only explain the plot of the story.

This book was so intense, from the beginning Reed and Cheyenne are bumping heads, not agreeing on anything. Which obviously ends up causing a problem; how a couple of new girls e
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Paperback Princess
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Elusive
Dec 01, 2015 Elusive rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: review
‘Inner Circle’ is the fifth book in the ‘Private' series. As Noelle, Kiran, Ariana and Taylor are no longer in Easton Academy, Cheyenne takes over as the unofficial leader of Billings. However, she finds herself up against Reed and the new headmaster who has decided that the Billings Girls can’t choose who joins their exclusive circle.

Initially I’d expected to be bored by this book as the ‘fearsome’ foursome wouldn’t be featured. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised as the whole Reed versus Cheye
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Ale96_CalS Paola
OK, SO WE STILL ARE GOING TOWARDS MYSTERIOUS CIRCUMSTANCES? ALRIGHT, I LIKE IT.

I'm so glad I read this. For a moment, I thought I was watching the crueler+less funnier version of Scream Queens meets book 2, but then I sensed Reed's change and I love it! I mean, she's still quite naive and is definitely no Noelle but she has learned some wayss, so I couldn't feel more proud of this little glass licker! <3 Her!
Ok, so let's go with the plotline. I must admit I really like the new characters. I f
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Rose
Oct 15, 2010 Rose rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Inner Circle" is the fifth novel in Kate Brian's "Private" series. I'll admit this is one of the first novels I've read in the series, and I've read them a bit out of order. However, reading the novel does make me want to read more, as Brian maintains such a fluidly paced, dramatic interpretation of Reed Brennan's return to Easton Academy.

After last year, Reed returns for the new semester looking forward to new changes. She's a regular member of the elite Billings group and meets both new and o
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Nian
Oct 26, 2007 Nian rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Girls
Shelves: 2007
Although I loved the Private series from the very beginning, I thought the latest installment was a bit disappointing.

Last year was about betrayal, lies and murder. But that's all in the past, and Reed Brennan, whose suffered through it all, is ready for a fresh start. And a fresh start means that the old Billings Girls are gone. Now there's a new headmaster who doesn't care about the Billings House being a legacy. And Cheyenne, who's appointed herself as the new Billings Queen, is not taking t
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PurplyCookie
Reed Brennan arrived at Easton Academy expecting to find an idyllic private school experience -- challenging classes, adorably preppy boys, and a chance to create a new life for herself. Instead, she discovered lies, deception, blackmail, and...murder. But, thankfully, the killers were caught and the nightmare is finally over.

Now, with a new school year ahead of her, Reed steps back on Easton's ivy-covered campus ready to start over. Reed is no longer under the fab four's protection, which means
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Adrika Chakraborty
Book numero cinco.... Reed Brennan is now returning to Easton after a somewhat tumultuous sophomore year. The original Billings girls are long gone, (with Ariana in the slammer) and Reed looks forward to a normal, enjoyable year at her prestigious academy with her lovable boyfriend, Josh. However, things are far from normal....the new headmaster announces that Billings is forbidden from holding their traditional initiation, and chooses 6 new girls to live in the Billings Hall. Reed is relieved, ...more
Christine
Jun 08, 2009 Christine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is part of the sequel to the Private series which started as when Reed Brennan arrived at Easton Academy expecting to find an idyllic private school experience -- challenging classes, adorably preppy boys, and a chance to create a new life for herself,but instead, she discovered lies, deception, blackmail, and...murder. But, thankfully, the killers were caught and the nightmare is finally over except now the old billings girls are gone.Now with a new school year ahead of her, Reed step ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Randstostipher "tallnlankyrn" Nguyen for TeensReadToo.com

Previously in PRIVATE:

Josh Hollis, Reed's new boyfriend, was arrested since everyone believed that he was the killer. But the murder of Thomas was finally solved when Ariana had confessed to going back, after the girls had kidnapped him and tied him up, and beating him to death, mainly because Thomas loved Reed more. While Ariana was arrested, so were the other girls, while Reed found her way back home, only to find herself wa
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Andrea
Reed goes back to Easton, which comes as a suprise to some, considering what she went through her first Semester there. She's back though and ready to show that she does deserve to be there, and with her boy friend Josh she knows she can do it. Things seem to be going well until the new head master, Comwrell, tells the girls they do not get to chose who lives in the house. Reed handles it well, but Cheyenne, not so much and she tries to make the girls earn their way in. When Reed stands up to he ...more
Noa Meshorer
Inner Circle is the 5th book of the Private novel series. After a hard very hard year with lots of conflicts and dangerous problems that almost cost Reed’s life, she decides to come back to Easton Academy. Six of the Billing Girls left the school because they were accused for Thomas’s murder. Cheyenne, another Billings girl, becomes the new leader (she also becomes Reed’s enemy). She make 6 other girls, Constance, Missy, Lorna, Kiki, Astrid and Sabine do many tasks to fully belong into Billings ...more
Noemi claudine
This ist he 5th book in the private series. Cheynne is made president of billings. and 6 new members are added to the Billings, Kiki, Astrid, Lorna, Missy, Consatnce, and new comert Sabine. Everything is goignwell except t hat cheynnee hates reed and Reed hates Cheyenne. Secretd are Uncoverd and a schooking ending wants everyone hungry for more.

I cant connect to this bok by a connection. In my old shchool I used to have a enemy, i hated her, and she hated me. We were so mean to eachither just
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Telka
In this book, Reed comes back to Easton in a more positive attitude, because guess what? The blackmailing, lies, deception, and murder are finally over-the killers were caught and everything is finally going normal. Well... almost. This year the old Billings Girls are gone and the new Billings Girls are in. Welcome Constance, Missy, Lorna, Kiki, Astrid, and Sabine. The only problem is that the head of Billings, Cheyenne Martin, doesn't want some of the new girls in Billings, and she will try to ...more
Jessica Lawlor
Oct 09, 2010 Jessica Lawlor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2009
Inner Circle, the fifth installment of the Private series starts a brand new school year at Easton Academy. With the Billings girls gone, Reed is sad, but a little bit excited to have a normal school year. However, Reed is going to get ANYTHING but normal.

Cheyenne, a character who is mentioned in the other books, but who doesn’t really play a prominent role is the new self-proclaimed leader of Billings dorm this year. Reed hates that Cheyenne and some of the other Billings girls want to haze the
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Tiny Pants
Aug 15, 2008 Tiny Pants rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first book I read in the Private series, which I'd previously avoided, figuring it would be just another stupid boarding school series. And indeed yes -- the boarding school milieu, marveling at the beautiful buildings and old-school New England ambiance, the cable-knit cashmere sweaters and the perfectly-worn-in designer jeans -- are getting to be beyond cliche.

That aside though, the fast-paced plot of these books makes them very different from some of their boarding school peers.
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Shonda
May 09, 2009 Shonda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2009
It’s Reed’s junior year at Easton Academy. She has returned to school determined to move forward after the tragic events of last year. Now that the Billings Girls are gone and a new headmaster has been hired, Billings House won’t be the same. The new headmaster assigns six new girls to Billings, against the traditional process. This causes dissension among the current Billings Girls, which will eventually lead to an outcome that none of the girls will see coming.

Inner Circle introduces (and brin
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Amna
this book didn't really live up to my exceptions as the other books did. I guess without Noelle and her crew these books won't be soo great.

Cheyenne takes over and the new headmaster tries to enforce everything and leave billings girls as only a place to live. Cheyenne will not accept this, the new head master sends in 6 girls that none of the billings girls had approved of beforehand. Cheyenne tests them and does cruel things, that's when Reed can't take it and goes against her with the other g
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Tani B
Mar 02, 2013 Tani B rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Originally reviewed - 5/22/08

I was skeptical about continuing to read this series after the events of the fourth book, Confessions. I was worried that the second chapter of the series (books 5 to 8) wouldn't be as great as the first part. But as usual, I was wrong. This book was intense from the first sentence. Reed was the same. I didn't find that she changed that much. The new characters blend in seemlessly. Reed's budding relationship with a previously known character makes me worry about her
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Kelli
Jun 13, 2012 Kelli rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was hard to rate. It was either 4 stars or 5. Since we can only do a solid number, I just chose 4, although I would say a 4.5. Yes, it rounds to 5, but I guess a 4 is more fitting, as it wasn't one of those books that I was absolutely in love with, though it was really good.
There were very few, but still some, grammar errors, but ah well. I'm a grammar freak, so I doubt many other noticed. But one error I did notice that was a slightly important deal to me, however, was how Josh had green e
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Tori
Sep 04, 2012 Tori rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was slightly boring. It didn't have as much dramatic events as the other ones had. But then I got near the middle and things started to get interesting. I don't want to spoil anything for anyone who hasn't read this book yet. It just seems like every book in this series just out-does the last one by a long shot. You think to yourself "No way. This book cannot be better than the last one. It's just impossible." And then BAM! It's better than the last one. The ending to this bo ...more
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Kate Brian is the author of the SHADOWLANDS TRILOGY (SHADOWLANDS, HEREAFTER & ENDLESS), as well as the New York Times bestselling PRIVATE and PRIVILEGE series, and the wildly popular MEGAN MEADE'S GUIDE TO THE MCGOWAN BOYS. She also writes teen fiction under the name Kieran Scott.
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Other Books in the Series

Private (1 - 10 of 14 books)
  • Private (Private, #1)
  • Invitation Only (Private, #2)
  • Untouchable (Private, #3)
  • Confessions (Private, #4)
  • Legacy (Private, #6)
  • Ambition (Private, #7)
  • Revelation (Private, #8)
  • Paradise Lost (Private, #9)
  • Suspicion (Private, #10)
  • Scandal (Private, #11)

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