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The Secret Circle, Volume I: The Initiation | [L. J. Smith]

The Secret Circle, Volume I: The Initiation

Seduced by the Secret Circle, a coven of young witches whose power has controlled New Salem for 300 years, Cassie falls hopelessly in love with the leader's boyfriend and falls prey to dark powers.
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Publisher's Summary

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 witches that’s controlled New Salem for hundreds of years, she’s drawn into the Secret Circle, a thrill that’s both intoxicating and deadly. But when she falls for the mysterious and intriguing Adam, Cassie must choose whether to resist temptation or risk dark forces to get what she wants—even if it means that one wrong move could ultimately destroy her.

©1992 Lisa Smith and Daniel Weiss Associates (P)2011 HarperCollinsPublishers

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    Teddy Bronx, NY, United States 10-16-11
    Teddy Bronx, NY, United States 10-16-11 Member Since 2011

    "A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one." - Jojen Reed. #ADanceWithDragons

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    "Interesting"

    I listened to this book because of CW series rendition of The Secret Circle. I had no idea it was originally a book until I saw a comment on youtube. The series give you an idea of what the book itself is about but the stories are quite different in a lot of sense.

    The narrator first and foremost is very much suited for this genre I must say, she did do a pretty fair job of the book itself. My only thought (slight problem really and it's just a personal thing) however is that the narrator though suited for this genre from the get go makes me think that this is a teeny romance novel. That is (in a sense) what the book is, however I believe with a different narrator it might have felt more than that.

    As for the story, it is far different from the series in many ways. The number of characters in the circle itself, the description of some of the characters, the make-up of the families and the very motive behind how or why the circle was formed. I find some aspects of the story a bit trivial and annoying (teeny love stories are a bit overplayed to me in general). I have always thought that teenagers in love, forbidden love and the likes are a bit overplayed at best and impractical in real life (alas, this is fantasy). The story itself though is fascinating, there are so many unanswered questions and twists and turns that the novel can take. I am without a doubt intrigued as to how the book series will continue.

    Overall, the book is a good listen. If your into Teeny Fantasy Romance novel or if your able to put up with that aspect of the book then this is a good book to listen. I am not too looking forward to the love story aspect of the book but I am not going to give up on the book just yet, there is enough in this book to make it a very very good listen....

    33 of 34 people found this review helpful
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    Eliane Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil 11-14-12
    Eliane Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil 11-14-12 Member Since 2012
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    Where does The Secret Circle, Volume I: The Initiation rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    In the fantasy category I would say that it is in the second position. I really enjoy these kind of teen fantastic stories about vampires, witches, supernatural creatures, but I was expecting more scary scenes and more passion between Cassie and Adam in this first book. I watched the tv series before start reading and listening this book, so I really expected see more intensity than I saw on tv. I will listen the other books to see if the story will catch me the way the tv series did.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    In the book my favorite was Faye. She is seems so real and bad.


    Have you listened to any of Devon Sorvari’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes. It is always good to listen to Devon.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not exactly. I read it because I really love the tv series. I thought I would love this book more, but it did'n happen yet.


    Any additional comments?

    I like The Secret Circle. I hope enjoy more the next books.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Leonardo Naples, FL, United States 06-10-12
    Leonardo Naples, FL, United States 06-10-12 Member Since 2011

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    "Pure brain candy"

    When I don't want to read something intellectually heavy, I find books that I call "brain candy." This one definitely fits that category. It is well written and does most of the thinking for you. I'm not trying to be condescending, this is a vacation for my mind. Cassie is an interesting protagonist and the polar extremities of Faye and Diana are nicely portrayed. I wish these books were a little longer though. I'm already at the last book available and awaiting the next installment. I prefer the book series to the show on the CW, but I admittedly watch it faithfully every week.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer HOUSTON, TX, United States 03-09-13
    Amazon Customer HOUSTON, TX, United States 03-09-13 Member Since 2011

    Lover so music and books.

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    "The book is very different from the Series"

    I enjoyed the first book of the Secret Circle. The book introduced many characters that the television series did not. Needless to say, Faye was a character that I loved to hate. She comes off as self serving and just plain mean spirited. The main character Cassie can be a bit pitiful at times. I will continue to listen to the Secret Circle series, and I hope Cassie will transition into a powerful witch and stop being so pitiful.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Maryke Johannesburg, South Africa 03-08-13
    Maryke Johannesburg, South Africa 03-08-13 Member Since 2012

    Loves reading books, but have limited time. So audible presents a perfect solution for me!

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    "Good book, but not as good as the TV show!"
    Would you listen to The Secret Circle, Volume I: The Initiation again? Why?

    Probally not, but it was still a very good listen.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    It ended on a cliffhanger that makes you want to purchase the next volume. Only bought the book because of the ending of the TV show and I had to find out if Cassie and Adam will be together. Guess I have to listen to the next volume to find out...........but I cannot seem to find it on Audible.


    What does Devon Sorvari bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She does a really good job with the book, but I think that viewing the TV show first assisted me in liking the book.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Not really, but I am a sucker for a good old fashioned love triangle!


    Any additional comments?

    Any help in finding Volume 2 of the series would be appreciated.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Ashley Raeford, NC, United States 06-26-12
    Ashley Raeford, NC, United States 06-26-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Not what I expected"

    I decided to listed to theses books because the show was cancelled. I quickly realized the stories are completely different. Even basing the book just on its own its not that great as the reviews claimed. I feel that the show had a better story line.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    katherine mittagong, Australia 04-19-12
    katherine mittagong, Australia 04-19-12 Member Since 2011
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    cant wait to read to rest of the books love this story
    i can see a movie coming from these books

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sulinda PORTLAND, OR, United States 01-23-12
    Sulinda PORTLAND, OR, United States 01-23-12
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    "Great Reading Fast. Love it!!!"
    Would you listen to The Secret Circle, Volume I: The Initiation again? Why?

    Yes, but only after I finish them all. I love em.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Secret Circle, Volume I: The Initiation?

    All of it.


    Have you listened to any of Devon Sorvari’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Yes, all of the Vampire Diaries. She is great in all of her readings.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I don't think so, but I would if I had the time


    Any additional comments?

    Keep up the great work. I love this site.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sherieka McDonough, GA, United States 01-23-12
    Sherieka McDonough, GA, United States 01-23-12
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    "Great book...volume 2 ....."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    yes, it was great and I am the type that get car sick easily so I can't read and ride so the audiobooks for me work great!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Secret Circle, Volume I: The Initiation?

    Just figuring out that it is completely different from the series on TV.


    Have you listened to any of Devon Sorvari’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No this was the first.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but I couldn't


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    Mrs. A. Basse Victoria, Australia 01-21-12
    Mrs. A. Basse Victoria, Australia 01-21-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Can't wait for volume 2"
    If you could sum up The Secret Circle, Volume I: The Initiation in three words, what would they be?

    a great book


    What other book might you compare The Secret Circle, Volume I: The Initiation to and why?

    A house of night book, Torment and Grave secret


    What about Devon Sorvari’s performance did you like?

    I loved the way she read the book it was easy listing. The way Devon Sovars's portrayed the character so well, just painted a fantastic picture of all the characters.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "Dull"

    I really enjoy the TV series, but this is a really really boring book. I normally love to read books about witches and magic but this was dull, dull, dull and I am glad to be finished. Will not be ordering book 2. Very disappointed !!!

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