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The Initiation / The Captive Part I (The Secret Circle #1-2)

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THE CIRCLE'S POWER HAS LURED HER HOME...

Forced to move from sunny California to gloomy New England, Cassie longs for her old life. Even so, she feels a strange kinship to a terrifying group of teens who seem to rule her school. Initiated into the coven of witched that's controlled New Salem for hundreds of years, she's drawn into the Secret Circle, a thrill that's both int
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Paperback, 396 pages
Published July 22nd 2008 by HarperTeen
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Shaikha
Feb 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Ah, what can I say? I’m a bias, diehard fan.
Although I have to admit that the TV show was much better, the book isn’t so bad either. It started off lame, but kept getting better & better.
It’s making me miss the TV show even more, I’m still devastated that they cancelled it SIX years ago (I know, I can’t seem to get over it).

The story opens with sixteen-year old Cassie vacationing on Cape Cod. It’s a long way from her home in California. She saves a boy and his dog from four coll
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Darth J
Okay, don't judge me but I did read this when the TV show started and it wasn't horrible. You have your basic tropes of the new girl in school suddenly finding herself interested in a mysterious popular group.


Who discovers, surprise surprise, that she has special powers.


And that her fate was entwined with her new best friend's boyfriend, who says the kind of cheesy things only a fiction character can get away with.


Yes, it's all terribly cliché, but I'll admit that I had fun reading it. Even thou
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Alex Bennett
The Initiation

The Secret Circle is definitely one of, if not my favorite series. It was one of the first young adult series I read, and I could just not get enough. And since a television adaptation of this awesome series is coming soon, I thought now was the perfect time to revisit this series. And what I found was spectacular, but also different than I remember it being the first time I read it.

The Initiation does a good job setting up the story for the next two books in the Secret Circle se
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Hannah
Nov 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: utterly-stupid
Wow. That was…kind of incredibly stupid.

I won't go into it. It was just stupid.

I only read it because I absolutely adore the TV series its based on.

The show is so much better than the book, in my opinion, which is saying something because the show isn't exactly a paragon of excellence.

Okay, I'm going into it. Cassie was dumb. There were plenty of times when she could have stood up for herself and didn't. For example, when that guy on the beach grabbed her wrist, she could have said, "Get the hel
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Sam
Mar 28, 2011 rated it did not like it
why is everyone rating it 3-4 stars? i mean SERIOUSLY?!?!?!
I think this may be the worst book ever. Wana know why?
- it dragged on forever!
- extremely poorly written
- shitty romance
- no real evidence of any kind of effort,just wrote for the sake of it.
- no real story line,could of done better myself and im 15 for crist sakes!!
- i could actually laugh at the cover, did a five year old make this??
- i'm sure i'm not the only one who had to force myself to read it,it took me 2 weeks to read this.. i
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Val
LAMEST.STORY.EVER.

I honestly cannot believe how many good reviews this book has. It was downright pathetic and made me want to hit someone on multiple occations. Really, I don't even wish this on my worst enemy.

SO much was wrong with this one, its boring even to write it. I'll just enumerate stuff:
1) Cassie "I have no personality whatsoever" Blake. She was bullied the entire novel and yet everyone kept going on about how she stood up for herself. Really? I must've missed that. But see, standing
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Justin
Feb 20, 2009 rated it liked it
My favorite characters in this book would have to be Cassie, Diana. Cassie: is a shy and caring person who put others before herself. Diana: is the popular girl that is really sweet and cares about others and just like Cassie she likes helping others. She is the mean girl that everyone is scared of, who likes to try and have all the power over everyone, she’s a control freak. If this book was made into a movie I would have Jessica Alba as Adam, Kirsten Stewart as Cassie, Charlotte Arnold as Dian ...more
Rebecca
Dec 11, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Meh.

Some good ideas here but they don't go anywhere. Sixteen year old Cassie is suddenly forced to move with her single mom to mom's home town -- somewhere Cassie has never been because mom and grandma have been estranged for 16 years.

You think a family issue this major would be addressed in the story but it isn't. Cassie moves into an ancient house filled with antiques but she might as well be living alone with the lack of communication in the house.

There's some business with the neighbors, all
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Jessica
3.5 stars. Interesting and captivating series. The characters occasionally were a little juvenile for me, and it drove me crazy how WEAK Cassie was, but she finally came into her own and stood up for herself.
Taylor
Feb 17, 2010 rated it liked it
Did I think this book was the best book ever and that i am totally in love with it? no
but did I think it was horrible and should of never been published? no to that too.
It wasn't a horrible book, but it wasn't completley amazing either. First of all lets go into characters:
Cassie: Now, usually I don't mind the main characters being shy and stuff, but this was absoloutley rediculous! The girl is absoloutley spineless and lets anyone trample over her without even trying to defened herself. That wa
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Maria
Feb 25, 2011 rated it liked it
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Nidhi Thomas
Jan 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I love the plot, I loved every bit of this book! I have read it so many times and love it more each time! but I agree with something..... but I am not gonna ruin it because its in the last book.
Anyway, the story great, characters great. Cassie shy, pretty, confident and just down to earth. Adam strong, bold, confident, funny, loving and etc. Each of the characters are different from the others, Diana being the nice, kind one. Cassie being the confident yet fragile one. Adam being the strong bol
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KJ Shadows
3 stars


Image above is one of the best witch movies ever. Can you tell I'm a sucker for witch stories? I'm not talking about Harry Potter while good is about controlled magic in schools purely for educational purposes and riding a train out to a mysterical castles. I'm talking about bad witches and teenagers who go to a real human school, the good old fashion kind.

I admit that I finally decided to pick up The Secret Circle because the show on CW had already started and I wanted to read the book
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Sandra
1/5 STARS!

I brought the Secret Circle a long while after i finished reading the whole ( nearly) series of The Vampire Diaries. I'm like a HUGE fan of TVD, in fact those books got me into reading for my own pleasure. I thought of buying the Secret Circle book 1 after i watched the tv series. They stopped after season 1, and i was eager to know how it all ends. But, as it turns out, the books in the series are like a completely different planets. There are even some different characters!

Speaking
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Nathaly Alvarez Jimenez

Este es un libro perfecto para pasar un rato.

Debo decir que hace varios meses vi la adaptación a la televisión de esta saga. Me pareció sumamente interesante. Pero perdí el hilo de la serie y no la seguí viendo. Esta madrugada, en medio de una noche de insomnio descubrí el pdf este libro en mi computadora y no me pude resistir a leerlo.

Me encanta la manera en que L.J. Smith escribe. Simple, interesante y asombrosa a la vez. Toda la trama del libro es un poco confusa y te deja con mucha intriga
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Claudia
(It's three minus.)

I admit that the only reason I read this book is because I'd heard that the CW was going to make a TV series out of it and because, even though I can't exactly say that I liked Smith's Vampire Diaries series (the highest rating they ever got was a half-hearted 3, and, to my shame, I read all seven of them), what I can say is that the TV show based on those book is nothing short of fantastic. In fact, I don't think I could survive without my weekly dose of Damon. The guy is jus
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Ravin Maurice
Aug 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I can't figure it out.
I picked up this book with mixed emotions, and it knocked my socks off.
I can't figure out how she did it.
The Secret Circle tells the story of Cassie Blake and all that happens when she moves with her mother back to her mother's hometown of New Salem to tend to her grandmother.
I know what your thinking...sounds pretty unremarkable, right?
Wrong. This book was utterly addictive. When I finished this one I immediately went out and bought the next one (I only bought the one
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Jennifer Wardrip
Dec 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Cassie Beale for TeensReadToo.com

L. J. Smith exceeds herself with the reissue of THE SECRET CIRCLE.

Though some of her older books, especially THE VAMPIRE DIARIES, are a delight to read, THE SECRET CIRCLE is leagues ahead in not only writing skill but in plot and characterization, as well.

The main character, Cassie (who coincidentally shares a first name with this reviewer), is likeable and easy to relate to as a plain, shy, sixteen-year-old girl.

After moving to New Salem to live w
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Cameron Chaney
Nov 22, 2015 rated it liked it
Recommended to Cameron by: Darth J
Shelves: ya, series, fantasy
So, I watched the TV show based on this book when it came on The CW a few years ago. I thought it was just okay, but I was kinda curious about the books after I read Darth J.'s review. After reading this first volume, I have to say I quite liked it. No, it's not great literature and yes, there is some bad insta-love, but it's a 90s YA novel. What do you expect? It's just good, cheesy entertainment and I had a lot of fun with it. It's one of those books that you read straight through without feel ...more
Veronica Morfi
May 26, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cassie discovers she is a witch when she moves in with her grandmother. It seems like her new school’s elite are all witches too and she struggles to fit in with them. With a few murders taking place at her high school and the boy she likes being not-avelable her life is getting pretty exciting and dangerous. The first book is about her finding out about her past and the secrets of her new town. Trying to do the right thing and ending up being black-mailed from another member of her coven.
Kirra
Jun 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Cassie and her mother move from their home in sunny California to a gloomy little town in New England called, New Salem. Cassie longs for her old life and friends back on the the west coast, but there is something about this new town that makes her feel connected.

To make matters worse, Cassie’s first few weeks at school are off to a rough start. She witnesses a girl being pushed down a set of stairs. Which she is then blamed for. Then she is targeted by one of the schools, terrifyingly, popular
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Jeanne
Jul 11, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paranormal White Problems.

This was cute, if a bit dated. I would have loved it when I was a preteen. May end up giving it to my preteen niece who loves witches and vampires.
Jennifer Burton
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
I like it and can't wait to get the rest of the series
Erin
Oh wow...this was a rough one. This...is just everything that is terrible about every high school stereotype ever...and I didn't even hate high school. The characters...even the "good" ones were just ridiculous, and plot...I'm not super sure there was even one hidden in there anywhere. Plus Adam...not exactly a swoon-worthy anything. The only one that might have potential is Nick...but I'll never find out.

Exactly everything a good witch story shouldn't be...no villain...no magic...vindictive, j
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Wickedlyunique
Mar 08, 2011 rated it it was ok
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scrillla
Apr 16, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: girly
I read this book only because it was on my shelf from my highschool days (not very long ago, but still), and found myself actually quite enjoying it by the end. By the infamous L.J. Smith, who everyone knows wrote the Vampire Diaries. Starts out pretty slow, but definitely gets into some of that teen romance we all secretly love.

Based in a town called New Salem, run by a coven of ancient witches teenage children. This turns out to be a group of 11, who the main character Cassie turns out to be
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Vanessa
Jan 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf
Oh man. This is embarrassing. I shouldn't even admit to have picked this book up. But, see, there's this show called "The Secret Circle" on the CW about these teen witches and I'm totally wrapped up in it (here, covers face with a pillow and contemplates whether or not to keep some things to herself.) I do understand that it's not exactly Chekhov but it's insanely addictive and surprisingly well acted. And I guess I was kind of curious about the source material for the books since it was the Chr ...more
Gabrielle Gwynn
Oct 25, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Any who is interested in books about witches, love, and murder mysteries.
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Ryan Healy
Nov 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book is a combination of the first book and the first half of the second book in the series although the entire series reads as if it were one giant novel (which is arguably how it should’ve been published in the first place). Telling the story of a young girl who moves to her mother’s hometown and finds herself as a member of a coven of 12 teenage witches, this is a book that is awfully difficult to put down. Set in the early 1990s, it’s funny to read various references that are made at di ...more
Eva-rose
Mar 09, 2013 rated it really liked it

****ACTUAL RATING 3.5****

I love the idea of magic and witches and I love books about them. I got this book as a gift after I read The Vampire Diaries and liked them. To me The Secret Circle was a great idea which some bits let down. First of all the things I liked about it.

1) Faye. She is my favourite character. She is beautiful and sinister. I just thought she was such good relief after all the good-girl bits with Diana and Cassie and Melanie and Laurel that Faye could then come in and make it
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“Sky and sea, keep harm from me. Earth and fire, bring… my desire.” 60 likes
“They'd bitten her the little monsters. And now they were sitting on the floor and composedly licking the blood off their chops. A surge of violent revulsion passed through Cassie.
From the doorway Faye chuckled.
Maybe theyre not getting all their vitamins and minerals from the kitten chow she said.”
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