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Inner Circle

(Private #5)

4.04  ·  Rating details ·  7,502 ratings  ·  188 reviews
Reed Brennan arrived at Easton Academy expecting to find an idyllic private school experience -- challenging classes, adorably preppy boys, and a chance to create a new life for herself. Instead, she discovered lies, deception, blackmail, and...murder. But, thankfully, the killers were caught and the nightmare is finally over.

Now, with a new school year ahead of her, Ree
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Published August 28th 2007 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2007)
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This was a YA contemporary story about students at an elite boarding school.

Reed really stood up for herself in this book and fought for what she believed was right, even when it meant going up against the self-appointed house leader Cheyenne.

The storyline in this book was about a new headmaster starting at Easton, and setting new rules in place, including rules about how the girls in Billings house chose new housemates. Cheyenne was generally being awful towards the new students whilst Reed was
Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)
These are getting a little too ridiculous, even for me. I might stop with this one to relieve my mind of this crap
Cecily Kyle
Oct 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: wobble
So intense!
Trying to be in a "sorority" sure doesn't seem worth it to me! The stuff these girls are put through are criminal. I find these books such a guilty pleasure with a mix of Gossip Girl and Pretty Little Liars it is such a rollercoaster of emotion throughout.
I wasn't sure where they were going to go after the last one ended but Kate Brian did a great job of picking up the drama and ended with a gasp!
Great read!
May 16, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Hoooooooly that book! A whole lot happened in this doozy! I was super confused at the start of the book, when it said that (view spoiler) I honestly thought I'd missed a book or something, but I did some research and found out it was normal. So I just took it in stride. I was finally proud of Reed when she (view spoiler) ...more
Nikk the Sapphired Book Dragon
I accidentally read a major spoiler for an event at the ending of this book by accidantally reading the blurb on the back of a later book of this series prior to reading this book, which lessened my enjoyment of this read and I spent a good portion of this book waiting for this spoiler to happen and wondering how it would come about.

What I did find especially amusing in this book was Reed, who finally seems to be developing a wee bit of back bone, kept getting frustrated at other characters for
Jacquelyn Simon
Aug 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: boarding-schools
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Zemika White
Oct 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 8th
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This book was awesome. The suspense kept me on the edge of my seat. The romance made me feel all bubbly inside and the drama? Oh, the drama! I was practically clinging myself to the book. I even snapped (by an accident) at someone for interrupting my focus in the book. I felt I was like Reed, the jealously, the hatred of Cheyenne for being unfair to three of the newcomers and her almost 'Sleeping with my boyfriend!' I was even angry at Josh (Boyfriend) for making me believe he lov
Mar 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2019
Love this series, and this one had some crazy twists and turns. Even though this is a reread, I still really enjoyed it. The girls all have different personalities and it’s easy to tell them apart. This one had less of a mystery plot and more of a hazing plot, but it ended with a bang. On to the next one!
Shae Petersen
Aug 29, 2018 rated it liked it
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✨ Ljubica ✨
Mar 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, own
such a guilty pleasure although it took me a while to get through it, the drama was intense and it ended again on a cliff hanger i just need to know what happens next
Kari Anderson
Apr 03, 2010 rated it it was ok
Oy Vey! A lot is a changin’ at Easton Academy. Noelle and the “Mean Girls” are gone. Inner Circle picks up at the beginning of Reed’s second year at Easton. The last we’d heard from her was winter break of her first year. And as I said, a lot has changed.

There’s a new headmaster, Reed has a new roommate and there’s a new Billings “Queen B”. Not to mention 6 open spots at Billings and 80 years of tradition that are being thrown out the door.

The “Mean Girls” may have treated Reed horribly, killed
Ariana Osgood was finally arrested for the murder of Thomas Pearson.
Now that everything's back to normal, Reed Brennan can finally enjoy a second new year at Easton Academy.

A new headmaster sets new rules for the Billings, destroying the several decades old tradition. Cheyenne Martin finds this an insult, and she will do anything to maintain the traditions--no matter what. Reed isn't happy with this Cheyenne--backstabbing, and willing to steal Josh Hollis from her (view spoiler)
Emerald Sue
May 04, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
***Spoiler Free Summary By Emerald BookWorm***

I didn't know a thing about this series going into it. My boyfriend (now husband) would always go to the library to pick up books for me and he stumbled across this series and brought me the first book, thinking I would enjoy it. /// Well he was right lol. /// I was instantly hooked and reserving the next book within 24 hours. /// This series is definitely not realistic and is pretty dramatic lol , but it's lots of fun and it was the first time I'd e
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
OH MY GOD! I’ve forcefully been on a break from Kate Brian’s books, but now that I’ve picked them up again, I am not stopping. In fact, I’m setting another reading goal for 2017: finish the Private series.
I have reviewed some of previous Private books, here:
Private ; Invitation Only ;
Untouchable .
And I loved every single one of them and found Confessions to be a great co
✨Jinglemarco✨  Маркуша - Мишутка (Nursery rhymes enthusiast)*

This set of books 4 through 8 - the second arc in the Private series - weave the best mystery plot involving Reed Brennan; it's just so convoluted and elaborate it could be compared to Pretty LIttle Liars. But alas I find Reed Brennan really annoying and a hypocrate. She is all for tradition, but when Cheyenne takes the lead, she doesn't approve. Too bad her dear friends, the "original" Billings Girls, were so very worse than Cheyenne!!
I really like Cheyenne. I love her name and her elegance an
Janelle Dazzlepants
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Feb 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
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Farahin Zulkifli
Aug 28, 2018 rated it liked it
I used to love this series when I was in middle school, so Im gonna give it 3 stars. The main character wasn’t an interesting character at all. But I guess the mystery, drama & scandal was what kept me reading 😆 However, the prequel (book of spells) was full of shit that I hated it even then.
Jun 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Took a break from reading the Private series and I'm so glad I've started again. Can't wait to read the next book!! I'm also really happy that Noelle is back. I really missed her character.

Rating: 8/10
This is so bad, plot and character wise, but I just have to keep reading. Perhaps, it is not really that it isn’t bad, but rather that it had the potential to be incredibly good but it’s not. Well, whatever, onto the next book.
Private arc 2 begins! Book 5 begins a little over a year after where the 4th book left off. We learn that Reed's 2nd semester of sophomore year was fairly uneventful, but fun. We pick up at the beginning of Reed's junior year. There's a new headmaster at Easton Academy, and he is here to make changes. One of his first acts is to reform Billings. He says that it's just a dorm and forbids any "sorority-like" behavior. Cheyenne, the new queen bee, is pissed. She also doesn't listen, choosing to go ...more
Dec 15, 2013 added it
Why did you chose this book?

Honestly because Ive been reading the series, for so long now and its the 5th one; I'm just totally hooked and obsessed with the series. I love it so much, it gets better by each book. Its amazing, and I will read until the end of the series.

In 1-2 sentences only explain the plot of the story.

This book was so intense, from the beginning Reed and Cheyenne are bumping heads, not agreeing on anything. Which obviously ends up causing a problem; how a couple of new girls e
Paperback Princess
Aug 27, 2011 rated it liked it
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Dec 01, 2015 rated it really liked it
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‘Inner Circle’ is the fifth book in the ‘Private' series. As Noelle, Kiran, Ariana and Taylor are no longer in Easton Academy, Cheyenne takes over as the unofficial leader of Billings. However, she finds herself up against Reed and the new headmaster who has decided that the Billings Girls can’t choose who joins their exclusive circle.

Initially I’d expected to be bored by this book as the ‘fearsome’ foursome wouldn’t be featured. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised as the whole Reed versus Cheye
Oct 15, 2010 rated it really liked it
"Inner Circle" is the fifth novel in Kate Brian's "Private" series. I'll admit this is one of the first novels I've read in the series, and I've read them a bit out of order. However, reading the novel does make me want to read more, as Brian maintains such a fluidly paced, dramatic interpretation of Reed Brennan's return to Easton Academy.

After last year, Reed returns for the new semester looking forward to new changes. She's a regular member of the elite Billings group and meets both new and o
Ale96_CalS Paola

I'm so glad I read this. For a moment, I thought I was watching the crueler+less funnier version of Scream Queens meets book 2, but then I sensed Reed's change and I love it! I mean, she's still quite naive and is definitely no Noelle but she has learned some wayss, so I couldn't feel more proud of this little glass licker! <3 Her!
Ok, so let's go with the plotline. I must admit I really like the new characters. I f
Oct 26, 2007 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Girls
Shelves: 2007
Although I loved the Private series from the very beginning, I thought the latest installment was a bit disappointing.

Last year was about betrayal, lies and murder. But that's all in the past, and Reed Brennan, whose suffered through it all, is ready for a fresh start. And a fresh start means that the old Billings Girls are gone. Now there's a new headmaster who doesn't care about the Billings House being a legacy. And Cheyenne, who's appointed herself as the new Billings Queen, is not taking t
Reed Brennan arrived at Easton Academy expecting to find an idyllic private school experience -- challenging classes, adorably preppy boys, and a chance to create a new life for herself. Instead, she discovered lies, deception, blackmail, and...murder. But, thankfully, the killers were caught and the nightmare is finally over.

Now, with a new school year ahead of her, Reed steps back on Easton's ivy-covered campus ready to start over. Reed is no longer under the fab four's protection, which means
Adrika Chakraborty
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Book numero cinco.... Reed Brennan is now returning to Easton after a somewhat tumultuous sophomore year. The original Billings girls are long gone, (with Ariana in the slammer) and Reed looks forward to a normal, enjoyable year at her prestigious academy with her lovable boyfriend, Josh. However, things are far from normal....the new headmaster announces that Billings is forbidden from holding their traditional initiation, and chooses 6 new girls to live in the Billings Hall. Reed is relieved, ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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Previously in PRIVATE:

Josh Hollis, Reed's new boyfriend, was arrested since everyone believed that he was the killer. But the murder of Thomas was finally solved when Ariana had confessed to going back, after the girls had kidnapped him and tied him up, and beating him to death, mainly because Thomas loved Reed more. While Ariana was arrested, so were the other girls, while Reed found her way back home, only to find herself wa
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did anyone else think, this one kinda dumb? 5 42 Dec 21, 2011 11:12PM  

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Kate Brian is the author of the SHADOWLANDS TRILOGY (SHADOWLANDS, HEREAFTER & ENDLESS), as well as the New York Times bestselling PRIVATE and PRIVILEGE series, and the wildly popular MEGAN MEADE'S GUIDE TO THE MCGOWAN BOYS. She also writes teen fiction under the name Kieran Scott.

Other books in the series

Private (1 - 10 of 14 books)
  • Private (Private, #1)
  • Invitation Only (Private, #2)
  • Untouchable (Private, #3)
  • Confessions (Private, #4)
  • Legacy (Private, #6)
  • Ambition (Private, #7)
  • Revelation (Private, #8)
  • Paradise Lost (Private, #9)
  • Suspicion (Private, #10)
  • Scandal (Private, #11)