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The Initiation & The Captive Part 1

(The Secret Circle #1)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  14,932 ratings  ·  644 reviews
The Circle's Power has lured her home...

Cassie must confront a shattering challenge: an ordeal that could cost her life or gain her more than she's ever imagined...

Charmed by the Secret Circle, she's initiated into the mysterious "in crowd," a coven of young witches whose power has controlled New Salem for three hundred years.

Hopelessly in love with the coven leader's boyf
Published November 1st 2011 by Hodder Children's Books (first published 1992)
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Ahmad Sharabiani
The Initiation (The Secret Circle #1), L.J. Smith
The Initiation (Originally published: 1992), the first part in a series of works entitled The Secret Circle, is a young adult novel by author Lisa Jane Smith. Smith is famous for her other works such as The Vampire Diaries and the Night World series. The novel follows a young girl, Cassie Blake, who moves to New Salem. She befriends a mysterious group of teenagers who run the high school. She finds out that she's part of a coven of witches, and on
Nov 15, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Allison ☾
Mar 09, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Back home, her friends would probably describe her as "nice, but shy" or "fun, but kind of quiet." But no one here knew that. Maybe this year she'd be Cassie the Extrovert or even Cassie the Party Girl. Maybe she'd even be good enough for the girl with the shining hair."

I started reading this series because I got into the show a few years back, only to find out it was cancelled after one season. I need to know what happens! The book is very different from the show. Both follow Cassie Blake a
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
Oct 16, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 17, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Girl considering herself different + lonely mom + beach + new home + grandma + new school + witches + secrets + best friend becoming 'older' sister + prohibited love + drama = good way to spend a hot day.
Someday I might look back at this series and finish it.
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
Feb 24, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Ši knyga tik dar kartą patvirtino, kad mano sritis fantastinės, bet ne per daug, knygos, kuriose pilna paslaptingų dalykų, romantinės gijos. Skaitant šią knygą, puslapiai tiesiog patys vertėsi, rašymo stilius lengvas, kiekvienas veikėjas savaip patiko, iš pradžių maišėsi visi vardai, bet knygai įpusėjus, išryškėjo visų veikėjų tam tikri charakterio bruožai. Šis kūrinys šiek tiek priminė M.Stranberg,Sara B.Elfgren ,,Ratą", tad jei skaitėte minėtąją knygą. tai manau patiks ir šioji. Rekomenduoju v ...more
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
Jan 26, 2015 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.
I loved the show and wish it never got cancelled.. and yet I never knew this was an actual book series?
I feel so ashamed.
Don't look at me.

The Initiation was an okay introduction to this series. However, I liked Cassie in the show.. hated her in this book. She was just so annoying and I wanted to punch her in the face. Then when she makes her first friend, Diana, ugh.. I just wanted to carve out my eyes guys! I didn't think I could get even more annoyed.. but I did. It's like she
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
Nov 12, 2015 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
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
Mar 07, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
you know what?
nothing happens in over 3/4 of the book. nothing.
Oct 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Total Cliche for a magic book to take place in New Salem….Ironic. Cassie is an interesting character. She doesn’t want to be there. She feels out of place and really just wants to go home. Nobody wants to be her friend and it is making her very upset, she really doesn’t want to be there. Through the beginning of the book there are subtle hints of magic that Cassie keeps seeing but she doesn’t think that it is even possible so she ignores it, that is until the Club approaches her. Then she knows ...more
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ενα νεανικό δροσερό ανάγνωσμα με έναν αέρα μυστηρίου όπου οι τελευταίες 100 σελίδες σε βάζουν στο τρυπάκι (ω ναι έχει ανατροπή!) να θες να διαβάσεις και το #2 σίγουρα !
Mar 14, 2018 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
am i going to kill all my fond memories about this series? maybe

anyway, im going to reread this soon, also full offense, the show was bad and books after #3 don't exist
Well, considering how much my book club members hated this book, I think I rather enjoyed it.

The story is definitely a guilty pleasure reading, but read in context (a YA book written in the early 1990s), it seems pretty typical. Yes, there were some cringe-worthy moments, but they reminded me of being a stupid teenager. So often the characters' actions or reactions in YA books today are too adult. The insta-love feels inauthentic. In this book, however, it felt exactly the way I remember. Excep
Jul 14, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bought-copy, ya, series
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
Aug 22, 2011 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Alexander Stormborn
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
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
Dec 31, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Sylwia (Wish Fulfillment)
Depending On Your Personal Preferences: There is a large cast and I might even say that the novel is character-driven. The characters are easy to attach to if you watched the TV show. It seems like the story is setting us up for an antagonist with a redemption arc (which is a trope that I personally love).

Why You Might Bump This Down On Your TBR: The characters all seem to be white and straight? The trope of girl-hate is glaringly present. The plot is basic YA paranormal from the time it was wri
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
Aug 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 !
Feb 17, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not too bad, but not great. I hoped it got better, but it didn't. Another series I'm never going to finish.
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