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The Initiation (The Secret Circle #1)

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  9,108 ratings  ·  409 reviews
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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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
Noralil  Fores
Jun 27, 2007 Noralil Fores rated it 5 of 5 stars
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...more
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...more
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...more
Oct 16, 2007 Tara rated it 4 of 5 stars
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.

My opinion on this book is biased. Very, very biased. Disgustingly so, I'm afraid.
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...more
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...more
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...more
Feb 16, 2009 Jocey rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
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
Kate 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...more
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
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.... :)

This is such a splendidly guilty pleasure! I wish I had found this series when I actually was a pre-teen and could have been properly obsessed with it.

I gravitated to this series after seeing, enjoying, and being shocked when the television show of the same name was cancelled a few years ago. But I wasn't really surprised that the book was so different from the show, I think thats a given when nearly twenty years separate the first publication from the TV airing.

I really liked Cassie, she's sma...more
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...more
the Initiation

The Initiation is about a girl named Cassie Blake, who goes from California to a town called New Salem with her mother to help her grandmother. There she meets a boy named Adam who she falls for, and a group of people, which just so happens that everyone is afraid of. Cassie now finds dark secrets about this group of teenagers and this town. This Secret Circle may help Cassie find what been missing her whole life or it may just as well kill her.

One thing that this book reminds me...more
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While i was watching the pilot of the tv series based upon these book series, I felt like I was a kid again and was watching an afternoon show for kids. Well, like Sabrina. It just had the 90s feeling in it and I love(d) that. And decided I wanted to know more and to my surprise I realized that The Secret Circle was first pulished in 92. I wanted to give a chance to The Initiation. I was not expecting much since I barely could start reading the Vampire Diaries and quit right after a couple of ch...more
Since I'm on my kick of rereading childhood/adolescent books for nostalgic and educational purposes, I've moved on to the other series I read by L.J. Smith. This time, it's witches not vampires. The 3 stars are for nostalgia's sake, not for the writing which suffers the same superficiality of Smith's other books. More time is spent describing the character's outfits than giving them a real history. When I speak of character development (which I often do) I have a very simple means of measurement...more
The Secret Circle has been buried among my books for a very long time, and for some reason I never took the time to look for it but after seeing the TV show I finally decided to bring it back to the surface. For the most part, it wasn’t worth the simple effort of picking it back up, I think the title “The Initiation” says it all, it really is just an introduction to the story and the characters, so there’s not much to expect from this first book. I’m glad the producers of the show didn’t follow...more
4.5 Stars

Círculo Secreto é um dos poucos livros de fantasia que faz com que não tracemos a divisória do real para o imaginário, com traços do paganismo e dos rituais verdadeiramente feitos por grupos seletos ao redor do mundo, a autora fez uma pesquisa extraordinária acerca do natural, do que é vivo, do que é poder, da magia.

Falando de projeto gráfico, eu gostei bastante da capa mística, com os símbolos embutidos atrás das letras do título em relevo, as imagens na parte superior da capa: carta...more
Sarah (Inklings Read)
After seeing the TV show, The Secret Circle, I had to give this series a try. I really enjoyed the characters and tension from the show. Sadly, The Initiation was quite different from the TV series. It was a super quick read for me but I found it lacking substance and plot. I really loved the concept of this book, but it really failed for me in the delivery department. When I look back... not much happened throughout the course of the book. I feel like there were things that could have been expa...more
This was a fairly short read. After reading LJ Smith’s The Vampire Diaries series in preparation for viewing The CW TV series, I was a little hesitant to pick up this series after being left very disappointed with The Vampire Diaries. However, I do not like watching a new book-to-series TV show without being familiar with the characters, their backgrounds and situations beforehand, so I felt the need to pick up this series before watching The CW show based on this book. I’m sorry to say that thi...more
Call me a teenager again, baby, because I'm rereading this series! Can't help myself :D

The TV show is such a terrible 'bad fan moment' for me that I just felt a rereading was necessary. It's incredibly trite and easy to consume these days, but my past self reaches out to my future self to make this shit still awesome!

That said, the characters in the book are so much more real than in the show. The love Cassie and Adam have for each other, for one, just comes across as childish and annoying in t...more
καλα οτι κ να διαβαζα μετα το beautiful disaster θα το βρισκα χαλια
αλλα εδω μιλαμε για epic failure
δεν ξερω αν φταει πουχα δει την σειρα κ δεν εχει καμια απολυτως σχεση
δεν ξερω αν φταει πουμαι 26χρ σχεδον κ αυτο δεν ειναι για πανω απο 16χρ
δεν ξερω βασικα γιατι ψαχνω δικαιολογιες ηταν αθλιο
δεν ειχε καν σωστη συνταξη σε πολλα σημεια!!
λαθος της συγγραφεως?? οσο χαλια κ να γραφει οφειλει νομιζω η μεταφραστρια να γραφει σωστα..
δεν ξερω..... αν κ λιγες σελιδες κ σχετικα καλη-μεγαλη γραμματοσειρα μου...more
I would have to rate this book 4.5 due to a slow beginning and not a whole lot happening in this book, but I know why. This book was just basically an introduction to the whole premise and although I'm not starting the Captive now I'm excited to see what happens and which way this turns.
So as I said this book sorta had a slow beginning we didn't really learn much about the circle until half way through the book and the whole mystery with the boy Cassie met wasn't resolved until around page 200.
I was browsing Netflix one day and saw a CW show - The Secret Circle. It was a nice story - a typical CW teen drama with love, magic. mystery and angst. I added it to my queue and gradually worked my way through the series.

Much later, I was browsing my library's site and discovered that the Secret Circle show was actually based on books. I decided to check them out and opted for the audio.

As an audio, this is a 2 star book. The narration was...odd. Faye was incredibly annoying to listen to. Cas...more
Cristina Boncea
- Cassie îl întâlneşte pe Adam pe o plajă din Cape Cod
- Se mută în New Salem
- Este iniţiată în sabat împrietenindu-se cu Diana
- Află că Adam e iubitul Dianei
- Sabatul încearcă să folosească craniul lui Jack cel Negru eliberând energia întunecată
- Faye află despre ea şi Adam şi o transformă pe Cassie în sclava ei.
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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...more
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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?” 55 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.” 17 likes
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