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The Hunt

(The Secret Circle #5)

3.88  ·  Rating details ·  4,764 ratings  ·  153 reviews
The Hunt, from the bestselling author of The Vampire Diaries L. J. Smith, is a dangerously exciting tale of love, witchcraft, and the supernatural, perfect for fans of the Beautiful Creatures series.

Cassie's life is far from ordinary. Her best friends are a coven of witches and her relationship with her boyfriend, Adam, is written in the stars. As the leader of the Secret
Nook, 288 pages
Published September 11th 2012 by HarperTeen
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Heather The omnibus was books 1-3. Book 2 was split into two parts. The Hunt is the 2nd book in a new trilogy written by a ghostwriter. The first book in this…moreThe omnibus was books 1-3. Book 2 was split into two parts. The Hunt is the 2nd book in a new trilogy written by a ghostwriter. The first book in this trilogy is called The Divide.(less)

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Mar 27, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: never-ever-reads
I won't read any of the ghostwritten books for The Secret Circle series or The Hunters series. By giving a 1 star to these books, I'm showing my dislike for Alloy Entertainment & HarperCollins for firing L.J. Smith. They are not allowing her to write her books the way she wanted, because they only care about what sells and don't have any respect for story telling at all.

For those who don't know what I'm talking about, here's the letter L.J. Smith wrote herself to her fans regarding the issu
Shaikha Alahmad
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is by far the best book! TEAM NICK.❤️
Mar 21, 2012 rated it did not like it
Another one? Why can't they just stop? L. J. Smith isn't even writing them anymore and I bet they'll be changed into some sappy-happy love story about over coming all faults blah blah blah. I want the REAL L. J. Smith back!

I can hardly read the new Vampire Diaires books because they no longer capture my interest. I used to buy all of them but I refuse to buy the newest ones.
Oct 06, 2012 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: Tools. People who have no respect for authors.
I honestly could care less if the books is good. It will always be trash in my eyes. Why? LJ Smith has always been one of my favourite authors. It was her books that got me into fantasy, and gave me some of my best memories reading. I give this book one star because I see this book as distasteful, and an insult to Smith. It deserves negative stars. Poor LJ Smith. :( It would really suck knowing you can't even write your story anymore. ...more
Sep 14, 2012 rated it it was ok
I have just finished reading this book minutes ago. The book was not as I was expecting it to be. I was so excited to read this book and I had been waiting for it for so long. I am so disappointed. This book clearly does not have the same taste as the first two book which were written by L. Smith. The ending was terrible. It felt like the writer just got tired of writing the story and stopped in the middle of the story. Well, Aubrey thought that would make the readers excited for the next book, ...more
Apr 09, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first half of this book was really boring, but the second half picked up. It was kind of repetitive, but still pretty good. I still hate Cassie's selfishness, and her indecisiveness, and the way she's the strongest witch around even though she had no idea a while ago that she even was a witch. Just rather annoying, how that works. But I was surprised about (view spoiler) Of course (vi ...more
Ashley Mayer
Mar 31, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: not-read
I can't believe L.J. Smith will not be writing this series anymore! The Secret Circle was my favorite series when I first read it back in the 90's. I would have loved to hear more from the characters but I will not support a ghostwriter that has stolen the series from L.J. Smith!! ...more
Mar 03, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: to-not-read
Jan 11, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Whyyyyyyy am I still reading this series? I honestly don't know. I think it's maybe kind of a palate cleanser, because it's pretty quick and brainless to get through it, and it's a nice change from some of the more dense and intellectual books I have to read on a regular basis. But this just isn't good.

I don't really want to comment too much on the whole LJ Smith/Aubrey Clark/Alloy Entertainment fiasco because almost every other review talks about it, but I will note that LJ Smith is
Sep 11, 2012 rated it did not like it
What an insult to the original L J Smith series, its as if this new author has wrote down the names of the characters and totally disregarded everything else. The original series is what got me interested in reading, I love them and I am so so sad to see this series ruined. As far as im concerned L J Smith's books are the real secret circle, these are a cheap imitation. ...more
Oct 05, 2012 rated it liked it
I'm just going to say the exact same thing I said in my review of 'The Divide' - It does upset me that L J Smith lost the rights to write these stories, but that doesn't mean I'm going to rate the book anything less than I think it deserves.

The Temptation - March 12th 2013.
Kate H
Sep 20, 2018 rated it liked it
The Secret Circle series by L.J. Smith was always my favorite series of hers so when I decided to read it again I was worried that it would be awful and ruin my fond memories. While I did find it to be less good than I remembered I still quite enjoyed the characters and story even if the writing style was not exactly to my liking. However, the last three books in this series which L.J. Smith did not write and I had never read were not as good as the original trilogy.
Jan 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Witch Hunters are after Cassie and her Circle. She finds her father’s Book of Shadows, but it brings with it all sorts of new challenges. But the Circle is in the fight of their lives and if they aren’t careful, all of them will be lost.
Written by a different author like the book before it The Secret Circle: The Hunt continued to stay faithful to the story and its characters despite the writing switch. The book picks up where The Divide left off, which is where Cassie is first discovering what she can do with her father's Book of Shadows (remembering that her father is basically the epitome of evil, this is kind of a big deal). Following this, the rest of the book encircles her father's book, its powers, and ultimately the effe ...more
May 10, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Cassie now owns her father’s book of Shadows and it’s changing her. She is feeling its darkness and the power from it. Her life is also changing too. Cassie confesses to Adam about her book but wants him to keep it a secret until she is ready to tell the Circle. The Witch Hunters have marked Faye and Laurel and to keep them protected Cassie’s mom suggests they stay inside the secret room hidden in their house. Cassie tries to kill Scarlett when she finds out Adam has taken her father’s book of s ...more
Khalia Hades
Jun 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2012
I starting reading this book and quickly became frustated at the "circle" the secret circle books have become. I am not going into details so I won't spoil it for poeple who do want to read it but as each new installment comes out it seems to me that in each book it is basically a rehash of the same reltionship dramas, the same bad guys (different names but all turn out to be the the principal of the school???), and the same cliff-hangers. Instead of moving forward together and maybe having grow ...more
Feb 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book was better, but still not as good as the trilogy in the beginning!
Aug 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
The book went by pretty quickly actually and in a good way. It was one of those 'finish in one sitting' kind of books and leaves you somewhat wanting more and thinking that it ended well at the same time.

The Hunt builds pretty well off the previous installments and does well with throwing a couple twists and surprises throughout the series. A number of things did appear a bit (at best) predictable by my tastes but I could probably shrug this off as being due to being accustomed so much to this g
Apr 01, 2012 rated it did not like it
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Aug 19, 2013 rated it did not like it
Any publisher who steals an author's mental property because they don't like "the direction" that the series is taking is unethical and horrible to boot. If all readers wanted packaged twihard crap we would be reading that. What I wanted was to know where the real author would take these stories not what some ghost writer/fan fic chippy thinks. I am glad that I have yet to be published if this is the direction that the industry is taking. As much as I want to share my vision I don't think I woul ...more
May 21, 2012 rated it did not like it

Just finished it... All i can say is that i miss lj smith. Its not the same without her. The story was dissapointing and it lacked the charm the original lj smith secret circle books had.... The originals wer amazing and they had soo much magic to them. These ones now seem to modern for the yr its supposed to take place in (for example in this book they all have cell phones with txt messeges, but in previous books they didnt have cell phones due to the fact that the book takes place in the 90s
Oct 05, 2012 rated it did not like it
Why?!?! Why do this to a wonderful series that started off so well. First of all I refuse to actually buy this book because I don't support the fact that the publishers decided not to allow L.J. Smith write the series as she intended. Secondly, the book was crap. The new writer has made this book so short, quick and predictable that it was ridiculous. Trusting an evil witch who tried to kill you? Seems like a totally okay idea....
How about not. Then of course to keep the romantic triangle going
Sep 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Feb 27, 2012 rated it liked it
The Hunt is the fifth book in The Secret Circle series, as well as the second book to be written by Aubrey Clark, who took over after L.J. Smith was fired.

The Hunt was great. Despite the ending that saddened and annoyed me, it was really good. Aubrey Clark has managed to stick to a writing style similar to L.J. Smith, yet bringing her own magic into it, as well. The characters are themselves—for instance, Cassie, who is bubbly, caring, and selfless; Adam, who is sensitive, compassionate, and hum
Amanda Shelley-Masters
Well I finally got to reading this was a good book all in all although I found Cassie to be really annoying and whiny in this book. The action was really good the scenes played out perfectly but I found they were all on top of one another just when one tragic thing had happened there was no breathing room before the new tragic thing happened.

I found the conflict between the characters to be great in this book however and the magic of course can't be topped! There is a slight twi
Sep 16, 2013 rated it liked it
This book was as good as the rest but i feel like it was too predictable. Rip Suzan :( Dianna and Max are cute together. But i think Cassie is Better with Nick a then Adam. I wish they couldve found a way to brng suzan back to life. I dont really like Scarlett shes a bit self centered. Faye doesnt seem to be the same as the begining of the series feel like shes a little lame now. But all in a book twist at the end i wonder what will happen. Iam guessing Max will take revenge. And btw why havent ...more
Sep 25, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finished this last night but was too tired to write a review. God I loved this one, Scarlett is by far my favourite villain and her character as a whole is just so intriguing. The twists and turns kept me on edge.

Whoopie, more forbidden love. I felt like there was a lot more romance in this book than there should've been, and I found those parts really boring to read about. Like I get it, silver chord and all but move along please.

I honestly cannot think about how Cassie is going to get herself
Dec 29, 2012 rated it it was amazing
OH MY GOD, I forgot that this was ghost written upon the end of the last book and I feel as if Smith had led Clark to such a graceful pace and familiarity with this already beautiful creation! While I disagree with certain events such as killing in the name of plot development...I still feel there were necessary evils when writing alongside with this style and mindset, and I accept this and am entirely upset that I read all these books in four days just to wait until March for the next one!! :(
Jordan Butler
Mar 26, 2013 rated it liked it
I like how this book was a lot more dark. It was serious, it was full of power and danger. It was much more exciting and I think that is what this series needs more of. I still feel like the characters just aren't all that exciting. I love Cassie and Adam's relationship but I don't feel like we know Adam very well. I really want to a closer relationship with Faye to develop because I can see it being a good story line. Decent book series but I think there is much room for improvement. ...more
V.A. Manning
Jun 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
(Review for the entire series)

This was a wonderfully written series about Witches. I loved the character development, the setting, and the way that magic is done in the world of New Salem. I also love the connection with the Salem Witches in this book - wonderful touch. It shows witches as a force of good, but also shows that darkness can be addictive, and that you should harm none with your powers.

Definitely a series I would recommend for anyone that enjoys books about witches!
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Aubrey Clark is the new official writer of The Secret Circle series, created by L.J. Smith. She is also the author of Unseen, the first book in The Vampire Diaries: The Salvation trilogy.

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