Reviews for The initiation; and, The captive. / Part I :

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The dramatic black cover, with blood-red lettering and a close-up photo of an intense young woman with dark red lips, might suggest vampires, but the series title (The Secret Circle) gives it away: here there be witches. Quiet, shy Cassie and her single mother reluctantly move from California to New Salem, Massachusetts, to take care of Cassie's grandmother, who looks suspiciously witchy and seems to know an awful lot about herbs. The local high school Cassie now attends is dominated by a very exclusive group of teens known as the Club. It won't take the reader long to figure out that Club members are teen witches descended from the witches who survived the Salem witch hunts by leaving that town and starting their own. Our hapless heroine is, of course, a witch herself (though only half, as her absent father was not of that community), and in this first title in the series she begins to find her power and her position within the group. Fans of Smith's Vampire Diaries series will find the same basic formula here: plenty of foreshadowing, lots of action, mild creepiness, and instant infatuation. Characterization is minimal, but those seeking lightweight, mildly scary, somewhat romantic titles will gobble this up and eagerly await the sequel.--Carton, Debbie Copyright 2009 Booklist


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From Booklist, Copyright © American Library Association. Used with permission.

The dramatic black cover, with blood-red lettering and a close-up photo of an intense young woman with dark red lips might suggest vampires, but the title gives it away: here there be witches. Quiet, shy Cassie and her single mother reluctantly move from California to New Salem, Massachusetts to take care of Cassie's grandmother, who looks suspiciously witch-y and seems to know an awful lot about herbs. The local high school Cassie now attends is dominated by a very exclusive group of teens known as the Club . It won't take the reader long to figure out Club members are teen witches descended from the witches who survived the Salem witch hunts by leaving that town and starting their own. Our hapless heroine is, of course, a witch herself (though only half, as her absent father was not of that community) and in this first title in the series, she begins to find her power and her position within the group. Fans of Smith's Vampire Diaries will find the same basic formula here: plenty of foreshadowing, lots of action, mild creepiness and instant infatuation. Characterization is minimal, but those seeking lightweight, mildly scary, somewhat romantic titles will gobble this up and eagerly await the sequel.--Carton, Debbie Copyright 2009 Booklist


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From Booklist, Copyright © American Library Association. Used with permission.

The dramatic black cover, with blood-red lettering and a close-up photo of an intense young woman with dark red lips, might suggest vampires, but the series†title (The Secret Circle) gives it away: here there be witches. Quiet, shy Cassie and her single mother reluctantly move from California to New Salem, Massachusetts, to take care of Cassie's grandmother, who looks suspiciously witchy and seems to know an awful lot about herbs. The local high school Cassie now attends is dominated by a very exclusive group of teens known as the Club. It won't take the reader long to figure out that Club members are teen witches descended from the witches who survived the Salem witch hunts by leaving that town and starting their own. Our hapless heroine is, of course, a witch herself (though only half, as her absent father was not of that community), and in this first title in the series she begins to find her power and her position within the group. Fans of Smith's Vampire Diaries series†will find the same basic formula here: plenty of foreshadowing, lots of action, mild creepiness, and instant infatuation. Characterization is minimal, but those seeking lightweight, mildly scary, somewhat romantic titles will gobble this up and eagerly await the sequel.--Carton, Debbie Copyright 2009 Booklist


Book list
From Booklist, Copyright © American Library Association. Used with permission.

The dramatic black cover, with blood-red lettering and a close-up photo of an intense young woman with dark red lips might suggest vampires, but the title gives it away: here there be witches. Quiet, shy Cassie and her single mother reluctantly move from California to New Salem, Massachusetts to take care of Cassie's grandmother, who looks suspiciously witch-y and seems to know an awful lot about herbs. The local high school Cassie now attends is dominated by a very exclusive group of teens known as the Club . It won't take the reader long to figure out Club members are teen witches descended from the witches who survived the Salem witch hunts by leaving that town and starting their own. Our hapless heroine is, of course, a witch herself (though only half, as her absent father was not of that community) and in this first title in the series, she begins to find her power and her position within the group. Fans of Smith's Vampire Diaries will find the same basic formula here: plenty of foreshadowing, lots of action, mild creepiness and instant infatuation. Characterization is minimal, but those seeking lightweight, mildly scary, somewhat romantic titles will gobble this up and eagerly await the sequel.--Carton, Debbie Copyright 2009 Booklist


Book list
From Booklist, Copyright © American Library Association. Used with permission.

The dramatic black cover, with blood-red lettering and a close-up photo of an intense young woman with dark red lips, might suggest vampires, but the series†title (The Secret Circle) gives it away: here there be witches. Quiet, shy Cassie and her single mother reluctantly move from California to New Salem, Massachusetts, to take care of Cassie's grandmother, who looks suspiciously witchy and seems to know an awful lot about herbs. The local high school Cassie now attends is dominated by a very exclusive group of teens known as the Club. It won't take the reader long to figure out that Club members are teen witches descended from the witches who survived the Salem witch hunts by leaving that town and starting their own. Our hapless heroine is, of course, a witch herself (though only half, as her absent father was not of that community), and in this first title in the series she begins to find her power and her position within the group. Fans of Smith's Vampire Diaries series†will find the same basic formula here: plenty of foreshadowing, lots of action, mild creepiness, and instant infatuation. Characterization is minimal, but those seeking lightweight, mildly scary, somewhat romantic titles will gobble this up and eagerly await the sequel.--Carton, Debbie Copyright 2009 Booklist


Book list
From Booklist, Copyright © American Library Association. Used with permission.

The dramatic black cover, with blood-red lettering and a close-up photo of an intense young woman with dark red lips might suggest vampires, but the title gives it away: here there be witches. Quiet, shy Cassie and her single mother reluctantly move from California to New Salem, Massachusetts to take care of Cassie's grandmother, who looks suspiciously witch-y and seems to know an awful lot about herbs. The local high school Cassie now attends is dominated by a very exclusive group of teens known as the Club . It won't take the reader long to figure out Club members are teen witches descended from the witches who survived the Salem witch hunts by leaving that town and starting their own. Our hapless heroine is, of course, a witch herself (though only half, as her absent father was not of that community) and in this first title in the series, she begins to find her power and her position within the group. Fans of Smith's Vampire Diaries will find the same basic formula here: plenty of foreshadowing, lots of action, mild creepiness and instant infatuation. Characterization is minimal, but those seeking lightweight, mildly scary, somewhat romantic titles will gobble this up and eagerly await the sequel.--Carton, Debbie Copyright 2009 Booklist

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