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The Initiation (The Secret Circle #1)

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Cassie is initiated into her hometown's coven of witches but her love for the coven leader's boyfriend could prove deadly.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published 1992 by HarperPrism
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Aneesa
Nov 15, 2007 Aneesa rated it it was amazing
I read this trilogy so many times as a teen that I had to buy a whole new set of books since they were so worn out. And then I pretty much wore those out too. I think the novels definitely qualify as guilty pleasures. I hadn't touched the books in years but when I was moving, I happened to come across my tattered copy and decided to open it up again. To my surprise, I tore through them in about a day and a half! At the age of 25, after having read these books about a dozen times, I found myself ...more
Ahmad Sharabiani
The Initiation (1992) (The Secret Circle #1), L.J. Smith
عنوان: شروع؛ نویسنده: ال.جی اسمیت؛
Noralil  Fores
Jun 27, 2007 Noralil Fores rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fans of YA Novels
As a young teen, L.J. Smith was an idol. From Dark Visions to The Vampire Diaries, she crafted dark genre pieces that were both intelligent and gripping. To this day, I reread my well worn copies with childlike glee, running over in my mind the influences her writing had on my imagination: the fact that for years I wanted to be a parapsychologist, that I love overblown fantasy stories with a love twist, that even now I'm wearing a hemitite bracelet.

The first part of the The Secret Circle triolo
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Tara
Oct 16, 2007 Tara rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: YA Dark Readers
Shelves: ya
Ok, confession: I just ADORE books that have anything to do with witches, vampires, werewolves, etc. This series is such a great read! You will enjoy them if you are into YA.
Aly (Fantasy4eva)
I read the series a few years back and now realise just how much I ate it up. I decided to re - read them after watching the first ep of the TV show and deciding that it looked promising. Plus I remember really enjoying the series so thought refreshing my memory might do some good

Unfortunately with reading something years later, you notice a whole lot more.

Cassie' mother has decided that they are to move to Salem Falls after she hears that her estranged mother is ill. But that couldn't be furthe
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Amanda
I picked up this book after seing some of the TV series episodes and I must admite that I am disappointed. I thought it would be as dinamic s the tv series, but NO, and I don't usually say that but I almost gave up reading it.

I hated Cassie. She's childish, insecure and stupid. She keeps dreaming about a boy she has only seen once and talked to for less than an hour. Also, she keeps winning and crying, because she has no friends and she wants Diana to be friends with her.

And that's not the wo
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Rikke Simonsen
Den her bog er dejlig letlæst og herlig, men jeg havde begået den fejl i tidernes morgen at se serien, før jeg fik læst bogen. Jeg kunne godt lide bogen, men jeg tror, at jeg ville have sat mere pris på den, hvis jeg slet ikke vidste, hvad jeg kunne forvente. Den fulgte nemlig ikke serien så meget, som jeg havde set, så jeg var meget forvirret og ventede ofte på 'hvornår sker det der', som aldrig rigtig kom. Når det så er sagt, så er jeg glad for, at jeg endelig er begyndt på serien, og jeg skal ...more
Nikoleta
Jan 29, 2015 Nikoleta rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
Καλούτσικο. Ευχάριστο, απλά γραμμένο... τίποτα σημαντικό αλλά δεν είναι κακό. Είναι μικρό και όλα γίνονται πολύ γρήγορα, αν κ η πλοκή δεν είχε τίποτα ιδιαίτερο. Σε κάποια κριτική διάβασα ότι το πρώτο βιβλίο είναι εισαγωγικό, τώρα που το διάβασα κ εγώ μπορώ να πω ότι αυτό το σχόλιο είναι πολύ εύστοχο... πρέπει να διαβάσω και το δεύτερο για να κρίνω καλύτερα.
Malene
Dec 15, 2015 Malene rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Det var gået op for hende at der var noget langt værre end at blive ydmyget. For første gang denne uge frygtede hun ikke for sin stolthed, men derimod for sit liv."

Jeg så første (og eneste) sæson af 'The Secret Circle' og jeg var så væk i den og ærgrerede mig også en del, da tv-serien kort tid efter blev aflyst. Jeg fandt senere ud af, at serien var baseret på en bog, men tiden gik og andre bøger var mere interessante og sådan kan det jo gå.
Men! Da jeg så, at de søde folk fra Tellerup genudga
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Cindy
My opinion on this book is biased. Very, very biased. Disgustingly so.
First I'll give a very short review on the book then I'll move on to the show.
This book is so flawed but it's impossible for me to give it less than 4 stars.

The Book
“Will you swear to be loyal to the circle? Never to harm anyone who stands inside it? Will you protect and defend those who do, even if it costs you your life?” -pg. 185

Cassie Blake and her mother have moved to New Salem to live with Grandma Howard. She's not too e
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Charissa Sophia de la Rosa
This first book is amazing! No wonder it was made into a TV show! I really love it! Though I must admit, the book is better than the TV adaptation! They changed a lot of things from the number of characters, plots, names and even their appearances! JEEZ! :(
I can't wait to read the other books in this series!
I really feel sympathy towards Cassie! Poor Cassie! Why is it Adam and Diana needs to be together? :'( I always wonder if Cassie's mom never left New Salem, is there a possibility Adam and
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Jennifer
Aug 29, 2011 Jennifer rated it liked it
Shelves: para-witches
I decided to read L.J. Smith's The Secret Circle series when heard it was being produced as a TV series this year. I read her Vampire Diaries series before watching the show and found I enjoyed her writing much more than I did the television version of the story. After having read the first book in The Secret Circle series, The Initiation, I found myself less than impressed and hoping the producers take some liberties with the story line in this book.

The Initiation doesn't do much to endear the
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Kadidja May
I only read this because I started watching the CW series which really drew me into the storyline. However, the TV show is completely different, as the book only seems to function as a basic set-up for it.

My thoughts on the first part of the book series: It's a fast read, quite a page-turner. But its writing style - oh my. Some parts are just repetitive and there's a clear overuse of adjectives. Its tone isn't much better either. I mean some parts were really great, but others - way too over-dra
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Valquiria
Que no. Que de ninguna manera. Que al medio libro yo siga sin saber de qué va es imperdonable. Ella es tonta. Pero tonta del culo. Tiene una dependencia y una necesidad de aceptación que es cuando menos preocupante. Ese instalove del final que aparece por toda la cara y tras haber hablado una vez no me gusta nada. Y es encima es aburrido, repetitivo y tiene poquísima acción o puntos de interés. Un tostonazo, en definitiva.
Reseña próximamente. O no. Depende de si considero que merece la pena rese
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Lazar
Купих книгата преди 7 месеца и идея нямам защо чак сега я чета :D Много ми хареса.Имаше мистерия,романтика,убийство и нямам търпение да разбера как ще продължи историята !
Alex
Jul 20, 2015 Alex rated it it was ok
Shelves: own, 2013, to-review
Perhaps, I was at a bit of a disadvantage going into this book due to having watched the TV series on the CW, prior to reading the first three books of this series.

The book is much more different than the TV series is, with a larger cast of characters to fit the coven. This book is decent for a young adult paranormal book, but I suppose it felt more like a shallow telling of a young teenage girl with equal shallow ideals of popularity and belonging. A main character with a strong desire of belon
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Jocey
Feb 16, 2009 Jocey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Amanda Y., Ashley R.
Recommended to Jocey by: Daniellesof2014
The Initiation, by Lisa J. Smith, is a book about a girl who moves to her grandmother and discovers a huge secret about herself and her family. The main character is Cassie. She is 16 years old, and has blue eyes. Cassie’s main internal struggle is that she’s in love with her friend’s boyfriend. Her main external struggle is with Faye, a girl from the club she’s apart of.

During my time reading this book I made a text-to-text connection. There was a part in the book where Cassie, was hearing a
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Katie
Jan 02, 2012 Katie rated it it was ok
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Melanie
Apr 02, 2012 Melanie rated it it was ok
I have had two L.J. Smith series on my to-read list for quite some time, but I always postponed reading both because there was always something else I was a little more excited about. However, after becoming a fan of the CW show "based" on The Secret Circle series, I decided to go ahead and give this one a try. I'm not sure I'm glad I did. Generally (with the exception of anything written by Nicholas Sparks), I believe in the adage, "The book is always better," but in this case -- at least with ...more
Γιώτα Παπαδημακοπούλου
Όσοι είστε τακτικοί αναγνώστες, θα γνωρίζετε πολύ καλά την άποψή μου σχετικά με την L.J. Smith και το "Vampire Diaries", το λογοτεχνικό εκείνο έργο της που ίσως της χάρισε και την μεγαλύτερη μερίδα αναγνωρισιμότητας στο σύνολο της καριέρας της. Και μπορεί το τελευταίο βιβλίο της προαναφερόμενης σειράς να μην ήταν αυτό που θα περίμενα και να μην μου έδωσε όλα όσα θα ήθελα ωστόσο, με αποζημίωσε η νέα κυκλοφορία του Ψυχογιού δια χειρός Smith, το πρώτο μέρος της εξίσου επιτυχημένης της σειράς φαντασ ...more
Amanda
Jul 14, 2010 Amanda rated it really liked it
Shelves: bought-copy, series, ya
Cassie Blake is distraught when her mother decides to uproot to the small town of New Salem, in order to take care of a grandmother that Cassie had never even met before. But that is only the start of her problems. Starting a new school, trying to make new friends - and discovering that some of the people she would most like to befriend are all part of some secret Club that Cassie is not permitted to join. Then a girl dies, and Cassie is finally initiated into the Secret Circle, learning that ma ...more
Delitealex
I enjoyed this book. The explanations of magic, crystals, and plants were interesting. I liked Cassie and Diana. One thing that was annoying about Cassie was how obsessed she seemed with Adam after meeting him once. I will continue with at least the next book to see what happens next.
Cristina Boncea
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Scarlet Rose
Jun 21, 2015 Scarlet Rose rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-favorites

"Well then," Faye said. "Now that you've heard our story, we have just one question to ask you." She fixed Cassie with an odd half smile and said in a sweet, false voice, "Are you planning to be a good witch or a bad witch?"


The Initiation is the first book of the The Secret Circle series and is soooooooo good!


Cassie Blake is devastated when her summer vacation in Massachusetts is made permanent when her mother insists they have to move in with her grandmother in small town New Salem. But her d

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Sheryl
Nov 16, 2012 Sheryl rated it it was amazing
Read this whole series back when i was 13-14 and i was BLOWN away by it.... so much so i DESPERATELY wanted to be a witch... hmmm... maybe i just wanted Adam.... :)
B.
Jul 20, 2016 B. rated it really liked it
It's got some flaws, but nostalgia demands four stars. I have read this book a gazillion times since I was a teenager, and I still love it.
Courtney
Jan 26, 2015 Courtney marked it as to-read
Woah, is this where the show The Secret Circle is based off of? I loved the show, don't think I'd like the books. (Tbh)
julieta
wow this took me a lot to read. blame arrow)?
Mara Vladoiu
Aug 19, 2016 Mara Vladoiu rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teens
2.5/5 actually

Cassie este fortata de mama ei, sa se mute din orasul ei de bastina,din California in New Salem. Aici nu este agreata de colectiv din cauza unei tipe, Faye-cea mai populara si mai frumoasa fata din toata scoala. Asta pana intr-o zi, cand Cassie o intalneste pe Diana si devin surori de cruce, iar lumea incepe sa o observe si pe ea si sa o bage in seama. Cu timpul, Diana simte faptul ca fata cea noua, Cassie are ceva mai aparte, mai special. Astfel, intr-o noapte Diana decide sa se i
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Sabrina
Feb 21, 2016 Sabrina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review
Jeg blev positivt overrasket over Indvielsen. Jeg ved ikke helt hvad jeg havde forventet, og jeg kan ikke huske tv serien, udover at den var god.

Skrivestilen er god og medrivende. Ikke den bedste jeg har oplevet, men god alligevel. Historien er bygget godt op, selvom det til tider var en smule forhastet. Selve indvielsesritualet var på nogle måder godt lavet, andre gange faldt det lidt til jorden. Det der generede mig mest var hvor hurtigt Cassie accepterede det hele.

Ud over at Cassie accepter
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L.J. SMITH, Lisa Jane Smith, is the New York Times #1 Bestselling author of The Vampire Diaries, The Secret Circle, The Forbidden Game, Dark Visions, Wildworld and Night World series. She has written over two dozen books for children and young adults, and has enjoyed writing every one of them. She lives in th
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“Well then," Faye said. "Now that you've heard our story, we have just one question to ask you." She fixed Cassie with an odd half smile and said in a sweet, false voice, "Are you planning to be a good witch or a bad witch?” 57 likes
“Listen to me," he said, and to her dismay he stepped closer. "When I first met you," he said, "I had no idea you were one of us. How could I? But I knew that you were different than that phony friend of yours. Not just another pretty girl, but somebody special.” 18 likes
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