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The Secret Circle: The Initiation and The Captive Part I Paperback – Student Calendar, August 21, 2012
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Yes, these books are THAT good. I first read them as a young teenager, because my sister and I were both big fans of Smith's Vampire Diaries saga. At first we were both confused, because we thought these TSC would be about vampires, too. We quickly decided that witches were just as much fun to read about as vampires!
(very minor spoilers below, beware)
The heroine of this trilogy is Cassie Blake, and she is a character that every girl reading the books will both relate to and admire. As a younger reader, I remember feeling really elated by this, because if I was even a little bit like Cassie, I must be a better person than my teenage mind gave me credit for. And I think that new readers will come to the same realization.
As the story starts, Cassie is fairly ordinary, or at least she sees herself that way. She's average looking and fairly shy. She doesn't stand up for herself, and she's easily intimidated. Smith never writes her as a COWARD, though, just as a timid, typical teenage girl who desperately longs to fit in with her peers. When she first sees Diana (who later becomes her best friend), she assumes that Diana is out of her league because Diana is beautiful. A very realistic reaction, in my opinion, and one I had many times in high school.
As the books progress, so does Cassie.Read more ›
Really this is a great read.
I wish I had read it in the 90's when they were out and I was younger- LOL.
Personally, I feel L.J. Smith's books are better than the Twiglight Series. And they were written before Twilight. Hmmmm...Maybe S.Meyer read L.J Smith when she was younger...
**Make sure you have the second book ready because it is originally a trilogy. So each of the 2 Secret Circle books has 1 1/2 of the original books from the trilogy in them:o)
So no more spoiling the book, because it's awesome! For most people, they only know of this because of the show and watched the show instead. But I think for the most part, the show lacks a certain quality that the book has: magic! I'm not talking spells or doing cool things with incantations, but I'm talking that quality that book has that makes you enjoy every second you read the book.
There is something about the way that Cassie meets everyone and how she learns of the "secret". My favorite part was that is was set in Massachusetts. The show doesn't have that. My big complaint about the show. Reason for this is the witch trials happened in Salem Mass. and that reference/story is brought up in the book too. It's one of the huge elements that is played on the last half of the book as well.
I simply enjoyed how there was a part in the beginning when Cassie sees Diana for the first time. She is described as this tall girl, with hair so long and beautifully blonde, "that is woven with the sun and the moon".Read more ›
So, out of desperation, I decided to buy the two books, but I was sadly let down.
I knew going in that they were COMPLETELY different... but I thought that would be a good thing.
However, the books do not have the same feeling the show had. Fewer emotions, and boring repetition without climax.
*SPOILER* IF YOU HAVEN'T SEEN TV SERIES:
*For example, Cassie isn't as deep of a character as she was on the television show. Mostly because he father left when she was a child, and she lives with her alive mother and grandmother. No death here in the first book that hits home to Cassie.
*There are twelve members in a circle, not six.
*Cassie's father was mentioned once, he has no recurring role.
*Far less usage and study of magic. It's mostly how they can make themselves pretty with herbs.
*No believable love connection between Adam and Cassie in book like in the TV series.
*Set on the East Coast, not the west. (Improvement, I thought, from the show).
*Cassie and Diana are described as having opposite looks as they have in the television series.
*TV show had action, romance, and climactic moments that kept you on the edge of your seat, and the book, sadly, kept you waiting for it to get better, but it never quite does.
To end my review, I'm not going to bother reading the two new books that aren't even written by L. J. Smith, since the reviews say that Cassie's character is much more petty and uncaring, since I personally find her fairly unintelligent and petty already in the first two books. This is more of a tween series than a teen series... coming from a seventeen-year-old girl, by the way.
If you do read them, I hope you enjoy, but I was very let down. I guess my hopes were too high. It read like a petty 13-year-old's fanfiction.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is nothing like the tv series. The tv series was good but they should have followed the book's storyline.Published 4 days ago by Lexi
I'm giving this a bad rating because(I can't believe I'm saying this) the tv series is better. If you liked the show and are lookin for it in book form then...this is not it. Read morePublished 6 days ago by RapidReader
Originally I bought these because I found the TV series to watch and wanted to see how it turned out. The books aren't like the TV show at all, but both are good. Read morePublished 1 month ago by karkey78
I've reread this series four times. Very much worth the read, so much better than the CW show. Slow at first, but speeds up.Published 1 month ago by Connor Wilson
After watching the show I really wanted to see how the book differed from the show. I was rather dissapointed in Cassie's character and felt there was very little depth to it. Read morePublished 4 months ago by georgiapeach
To start, I read the entire series in one go and you can clearly tell when the ghost writer(s) take over. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Library Girl