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The Circle

(The Sidhe #1)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  101 ratings  ·  66 reviews
Calum Ranson is sure of three things: his cousin Finley is alive, Calum will find him, and no one knows Calum and his family are Sidhe. No one until Laurel shows up at his mother’s bookstore wearing a dark clan’s mark.

When Calum learns the details surrounding the disappearance of Laurel’s brother, he suspects the evil Hobayeth clan. Calum and Laurel work together in the Re
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Published June 1st 2013 by Odyssey Books
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May 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Fairies in a Book Store and Pluto is a Fairy Planet

It doesn't get much better than that, folks. OK so this is a Middle Grade book that I enjoy as a lighter read sometimes in between adult reads. I also like to find good books for my son, and this one fits the bill.

The Good

I've always enjoyed fairies or the Sidhe and this book has a different spin on them which I greatly like. I also really found the thought of children as fairies to be a new aspect that I haven't yet read in books. Mostly, I've
Sep 16, 2013 rated it really liked it
Cindy Cipriano The Circle (The Sidhe #1) by Cindy Cipriano

I received this book as an e-Galley from Net Galley and I enjoyed it very much. This is a nice debut for Cindy Cipriano and a good opener for her Sidhe series. I like the original take on a familiar tale -- fairies stealing human children. I also enjoyed the characters: a half-fae boy, Calum, living in the human world with his fae mother and human father. I enjoyed the re-working of Celtic mythology and beliefs Cipriano used, as well as the refreshingly non-angsty family relati
Jan 14, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2020
This is not the first book I have read by Cindy Cipriano, having previously been introduced to her work by her YA Fading series, but this is the first that would technically be classed as "Middle Grade" for the purposes of marketing.

Let me start by saying that even though this is a story based around 6th graders, at no point does it feel like a "young" book. Remember Harry Potter? Well his first book is technically Middle Grade as well. If you want to buy a copy you will still have to venture i
May 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
"He’d known there was something special about Laurel since the day she reached for the faerie book. Like it held the answer to some riddle. He’d known because he’d recognized the look of someone searching desperately for something lost"

If I, who I left behind long time ago the middle grade phase, I liked the book, surely many will love it, and the middle grades ones will certainly have a new series to dream of.

We are accustomed with the feelings and clashes of the 16-17 years old characters tha
Apr 25, 2013 rated it liked it
First, the Horribly Truncated Summary: Young Calum Ranson must convince himself that the new girl is NOT cute while he helps her search for her twin brother.

Middle-Grade delusions are fun!

I was given a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Netgalley, for continuing to indulge my crazy whims. Also, thank you Odyssey Books for using Netgalley.

Before I begin, I must confess that I had no clue this book was Primary/Middle-Grade Fiction when I originally select
Jun 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Originally Reviewed At: Mother/Gamer/Writer
Rating: 5 Controllers
Review Source: NetGalley
Reviewer: Ariel

First of all, this was a great debut novel for Cindy Cipriano. The first few pages were a little slow, but by the end of the first chapter I was hooked. Cipriano introduces an amazing world of magic with the Sidhe and she keeps readers guessing as Calum tries to find out what happened to his cousin Finley.

One of the things that really intrigued me about the novel was the fact that it’s full of
May 12, 2013 rated it really liked it
There are many books out there about fairy’s, magic and such, but few that actually tie the traditional folklore with a story so well. From the very first page to the last period, the story pulled me in and held my interest. A middle school read that didn’t feel juvenile nor underdeveloped.

The story has numerous different characters in it, but the author weaves everything so well that you don’t get confused on who’s who. A mixture of different elements of the fairy world keep the reader riveted
Dorine White
Jun 06, 2013 rated it liked it
The Story-
Upcoming sixth-grader Callum is part Sidhe. He lives with his Sidhe mom and normal dad in the real world. His mom runs a boutique bookstore where Callum has been helping out during the summer. Just before school starts, a young girl named Laurel comes to town, but Callum notices she's wearing a token of the dark Sidhe.

As Callum gets to know Laurel, he discovers that her brother was kidnapped years ago, about the same time that his cousin Finley went missing. Together, they team up to f
Aug 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Wendy by: Goodreads Giveaways
Shelves: adventure, fantasy
"The Circle" book one of The Sidhe which I won from Goodreads Giveaways is an enchanting and magical story that begins in the Siopa Leabharr, the oldest and only bookstore in Wander County. As the story opens Calum Ranson has been thinking about the disappearance of his cousin Finley when he meets Laurel Werner whose brother Daniel has been missing for seven years. The only clue to Daniel's disappearance is the pendant that Laurel wears, a link to the dark and sinister Hobayeth clan. As Calum, h ...more
Kate Ashley
May 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Visit my blog, Plethoric Thoughts, for the entire review (the shenanigans included).

I'd like to give a big thanks to Ms. Michelle Lovi, publisher from Odyssey Books, who was so kind to give me this a copy of the first installment of the Sidhe Series. Thank you!

I've known, even from reading book: The Choice prior to reading this book, that this series will be wonderful. And now that I've got my bearings to the series, I'm downright sure of it. Granted, I already know where the story was heading b
May 20, 2013 rated it liked it

Official Synopsis: Calum Ranson is sure of three things: his cousin Finley is alive, Calum will find him, and no one knows Calum and his family are Sidhe. No one until Laurel shows up at his mother’s bookstore wearing a dark clan’s mark.

When Calum learns the details surrounding the disappearance of Laurel’s brother, he suspects the evil Hobayeth clan. Calum and Laurel work together in the Realm of Man and the Otherworld to rescue her brother – revealing a connection be
Dawn Thomas
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Circle Book One of The Sidhe by Cindy Cipriano

ISBN 9781922200044
186 Pages
Odyssey Books
Children’s Fiction, Sci Fi & Fantasy

I enjoyed this book even though it is considered a children’s book. Calum and his family are Sidhe. Before the book begins Calum’s cousin, Finley, disappeared while they were out playing. He wants to find Finley and bring him home.

His mother owns and runs an old bookstore called Siopa Leabhar which is Gaelic for “shop of books.” The bookstore is unique in many ways. All a
S.A. Larsen
Apr 27, 2013 rated it really liked it
A heartening tale that will sweep young readers into the adventurous world of the Sidhe and the importance of family.

The story opens with a poem, setting up the story perfectly and giving a 'feel' of mischievous play. There is something elfish or fairy-like about it.

Middle grade voices abound through distinct characters. Calum has the typical MG response to a girl of shyness yet intrigue. He's mature enough to face it head on, though. The friends Cipriano has created for Calum support his perso
Kathy Horsman
May 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: nook, ya, fantasy, fairies, r2r
Fairy tales are awesome.

Just thought I'd throw that out there before I tell you about this book and why I liked it. The Circle is more traditional lore than deviating to create it's own, but that doesn't mean it lacks twist and turns that will take you by surprise. The lore combined with all the tragedy, action and intensity make this book truly enjoyable.

There are so many characters that sometimes it's a little overwhelming to keep everyone's story straight. However, the three main characters
Jan 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Circle by Cindy Cipriano is about a seemingly ordinary family from Emerald Lake, however there is more to them than meets the eye as they are not human, but are sidhe. ‘The Circle’ is the first book in ‘The Sidhe’ series and introduces the Ransom and Dunbar family who are sidhe. The story follows the adventures of Calum Ranson and Hagen Dunbar, who are cousins, and their new friend Laurel Werner who is human. As their friendship grows, it becomes harder for Calum to keep his secret of being ...more
Calum and his family live between two worlds. The world of the Sidhe and the world known to the rest of us. So when a new girl arrives in town with a mark of a dark clan, they can’t help but wonder how she fits in. And does she have anything to do with the disappearance of Calum’s cousin?

I’m not the biggest reader of fantasy books, so I’m not always terribly knowledgeable about fantasy creatures and conventions. So, I have to admit that I found the first half of this book quite difficult to read
Rebecca Graf
May 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
A young boy discovers a new friend during the summer before sixth grade and a key to a family mystery. Could the girl be tied to his missing cousin? Why does she know things about his people that no human should? There are too many questions for one boy to answer alone.

This was a very enjoyable read. The story moved along at a relatively fast pace with a plot that had many layers. You start out thinking that the story is about a boy in school, then his missing cousin, then the strange stone, the
Erik This Kid Reviews Books
Jun 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
To the rest of the world Calum Ranson and his family looked like typical Americans living in a small town. Little did the others know Calum and his family were Sidhe fairies. Calum blamed himself for his cousin Finley's disappearance years before when they were visiting the fairy world. When Laurel, a new girl in town, shows up at Siopa Leabhar (Calum's mother's bookshop - pronounced: Shuppa Leb-har) wearing a necklace with the symbol of a notorious fairy clan - the Hobayeth clan (Calum and his ...more
Christina M Condy
Apr 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This Book is FABULOUS for the Middle Graders! I have to say that the world creation is absolutely perfect for the story. I love how the Author used Fae. And I loved how the threat isn't like most paranormal stories where the "creature" worries that humans will discover they are different. Although that is an aspect of course it isn't the main threat, and I felt that was perfect in a paranormal story.

The Characters in this story are extremely well defined, and very realistic. Cindy Cipriano used
Linda Estridge
Mar 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I read this after meeting Cindy Cipriano at our SCASL Conference this year and I was not disappointed. I read it in one evening because I did not want to put it down. I have always loved fairies and this is a great mixture of mystery, fairies, magic and friendship that I think all people can enjoy. Calum and Laurel are very believable as middle school students facing the problems they all face. Calum, in addition has the problem of having a family that is slightly different and having to keep se ...more
Carol King
Apr 18, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Circle by Cindy Cipriano is a fantasy steeped in faerie mythology. The faeries, in this case, are a couple of middle school boys and their families. They are living seemingly normal, quiet lives in the mountains of North Carolina, but their life with the faerie clans adds secrets and mysteries, including the sad disappearance of a beloved cousin/brother. Their secrets collide with the human world as they meet a new girl in town whose brother has also strangely disappeared. The story moves be ...more
Vacen Taylor
May 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Firstly, I love the combination of folklore and fantasy. I didn't know anything about the Sidhe prior to reading The Circle so I've learned something new from reading this book. The opening provides a sense of mystery with Finley's disappearance. I liked the talent of mind reading all adult Sidhe possessed and how Calum was yet to develop this ability.

Secondly, I like how they work together and the whole friendship and bonding that goes on throughout the book. I also like the good friends theme
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is the first of a trilogy geared towards the young adult crowd. I have confidently passed this novel on to my 10 year old daughter to read.

The characters are easy to like and all seem to have a secret. The main character, Calum, has a strong tie to his family and their history. As a reader, it is refreshing to read a young adult novel with no family drama. The strength and unity that this family portrays is heartwarming. The whole family is a great cast of characters.

The Cipriano created
Dena (Batch of Books)
This is a fun and rather unique approach to a middle grade fantasy. It is a light, quick read that I think most kids would enjoy. The characters are likable and generally easy to relate to.

I liked the way the human world and the magical world are separate, yet entwined. The ending was nice because it wrapped up without a cliffhanger, yet it wasn't completely resolved. The unresolved parts of the story will carry us into the next book in the series. I really hope to learn more about the Sidhe, th
Oct 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was wonderfully magical. I picked it up as a possibility to present a new book for my students to read in their spare time. I was truly amazed at how much I didn't want to put this book down once I started reading it. The first chapter is set up which leads us into a journey of fairies, magic, mysteries, and secrets (everything and anything a young reader could really ask for). This was a quick and very satisfying read, I am confident that I will have no problem getting any of my stude ...more
May 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed reading this book about the fairies known as the Sidhe (pronounced "she"). I learned a lot about the mythology of the fae realm and I found that part quite interesting. The story was okay but I could have done with some more suspenseful pacing. I don't know if this is targeted at mid-grade readers or YA but it seemed a bit more mid-grade than YA in my opinion. I loved the interaction between the characters and the character selection was interesting and compelling. I wish that Riley ga ...more
Sarah Belcher
Mar 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Delightful book! I loved the magical world Cipriano created, and especially loved that it was integrated into the "real" world as a parallel-existing world. She does a great job of recreating the "feel" of a woodsy North Carolina town and adds magic to the everyday. The characters are fairly well developed, and likable. The middle school component was also well done- she got that awkward but not-really-as-bad-as-it-seems feel down perfectly. There were a few loose ends, but they may well be tied ...more
Apr 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book follows the Ranson family - they run their own bookstore, the son calls his parents by their first names instead of mom & dad and oh yeah - they just happen to be Sidhe and have magical powers too! This was a fantastic read that was hard to put down once I started. I think the author did a great job of defining the characters and keeping you hooked with everything that's happening. The way that she weaves the storyline of Calum Ranson's missing cousin Finley with the tale of his new to ...more
Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
I enjoyed reading "The Circle". It deals with middle grade students who are dealing with fairy mischief or mayhem. Two of the boys are fairies whose cousin disappeared and the third child is a girl whose brother was taken by fairies. The children learn to work together and to trust the adults in their lives.

The book is written in a language that is just right for the middle grade reader. Cindy Cipriano uses enough description to interest, but not too much to confuse the younger reader. The book
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Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Cindy Cipriano's book The Circle is a great read for students in the tween/middle school years. It does a great job of touching on the lives and experiences of typical middle school students, and I particularly enjoyed that part of it because it is quite indicative of what I see everyday as a teacher! Readers who are fans of fantasy/science fiction will especially love this book, but any young reader can easily relate to the joys and trials of middle school life. Adults will simply love the book ...more
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Cindy Cipriano lives in North Carolina with her husband, son and their 27 pets.

Not really.

Just two dogs who think they are children and three cats who think they are raccoons. It only seems as if they make 27. When Cindy isn't writing, she enjoys spending time with her family and the avoidance of cooking.

Cindy's YA series, The Fading Series, released in 2018 with Fading, Book One. Look for Sear

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