The Circle Calum Ranson is sure of three things: his cousin Finley is alive, Calum will find him, and no one knows Calum and his family are Sidhe. No one until Laurel shows up at his mother's bookstore wearing a dark clan's mark. When Calum learns the details surrounding the disappearance of Laurel's brother, he suspects the evil Hobayeth clan. Calum and Laurel work together in the Realm of Man and the Otherworld to rescue her brother - revealing a connection between Calum and Laurel that may cost Finley his life.
Review: Fairy tales are awesome.
Just thought I'd throw that out there before I tell you about this book and why I liked it. The Circle is more traditional lore than deviating to create it's own, but that doesn't mean it lacks twist and turns that will take you by surprise. The lore combined with all the tragedy, action and intensity make this book truly enjoyable.
There are so many characters that sometimes it's a little overwhelming to keep everyone's story straight. However, the three main characters Calum, Lauren and Hagen all have personalities that keep the story moving at a good pace, so you never have a chance to get stuck anywhere. Add to their personalities all the determination and spunk, you get the character depth you come to expect from extraordinary heroes and heroines. These characters don't lack ANYTHING, even though they've gone through some horrible things, and it seems they will have some obstacles in the future.
At times this story does feel a little young, but it is a middle grade story so in the end I felt like any age group could love this book, just at certain points you can tell it was aimed at someone much younger than I am. (stop laughing at me, I know I'm getting old) However, this does not detract from it, AT ALL. On the polar opposite side, there are times that the characters seem to act much older than they are, but it isn't a flaw. In fact, if I had to take a guess this is probably done on purpose. These kids have been through so much, they grew too fast. With experience comes maturity and that is definitely what these kids have.
I really enjoyed this book and would encourage anyone to read and share it with their kids too! There a lot of questions to be answered yet in this world, but that's what a series is for so I can't wait to read more from The Sidhe series!- My Opinion- Buy!
"The Circle is full of magic and mystery. Readers will be engrossed in faerie realms, charming characters, and a state of wonder and imagination. The Circle is for those who delight in reading fantasy and exploring mystical worlds."
--Kathleen Fox, LibraryGames.com
Author Cindy Cipriano Cindy Cipriano lives in NC with her husband, son, and 27 pets. Okay, more like one cat, three dogs, and many, many fish. Cindy is an award winning science teacher, who this past August celebrated her 12th first day of sixth grade.