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The Captive by L.J. Smith
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Aug 29, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: para-witches
Read from August 29 to 30, 2011

The Secret Circle series picks up a bit in its second book, The Captive. The plot thickens, some surprising back story is revealed and Cassie is slightly less irritating. But just slightly.

Halloween has come to New Salem and that means the Club is both going to the high school dance and hanging around in the cemetery. Black John's crystal skull is still wreaking havoc, as is Faye. While Faye is supposed to be the mean girl, and basically Cassie's arch nemesis, I like her. She sees that Cassie is weak and is exploiting that in her own favor. While not a nice move, perhaps Faye will be the catalyst Cassie needs to finally grow a pair and take charge of her life.

The Cassie/Adam forbidden love angle still makes me want to gouge my eyes out, but except for Faye's threats to reveal all to Diana, mentions are mostly kept to a minimum. The Captive seems to focus a good deal on Nick and I'm hoping he and Cassie come together in the final book as opposed to her and Adam.

The Club has a lot of drama to deal with at the moment, between Faye's quest for power and the mounting unsolved deaths. Cassie should be involved with dealing with these things, but she's always more concerned with her love life and how it will effect her friendship with Diana. Cassie missed her many opportunities for honesty in The Initiation and her guilt is overwhelmingly grating. It's gotten to the point where I officially hate Cassie. She remains angsty and useless. Thankfully, I really want to know how the story turns out because Cassie is enough to make we want to throw the book against the wall and never open it again.
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