YA Book Review: The Secret Circle by L. J. Smith

For a while now I’ve been thinking about posting about books I read a long time ago… well, before I started blogging about writing and books and everything that comes with my literary life. And, well, today’s the day I’ve actually taken action on that thought. It started at the bookstore two days ago, when I was browsing the YA section, touching the beautiful covers and reading book blurbs and running across the titles—old and new—that I love. And I noticed that The Secret Circle series by L. J. Smith has once again been re-released with new cover art. If you need a copy, you can find it on Amazon here, The Secret Circle: The Initiation and The Captive Part I (associate link).

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This is one of my all time favourite YA series. Now, reading it 24 years after it was originally released makes it feel a bit dated. But there’s something about it that’s timeless. The friendships and relationships are well done, as well as L. J. Smith’s hold on the magic. There was just something about Cassie, and Adam, and Nic, and Diana that just cannot be forgotten. And hasn’t been forgotten. Twenty-four years later the books are still  alive, and have now had multiple covers and editions released. My favourite cover is still the original, which you can see on GoodReads here. Definitely a 90’s cover, and very unlike what you see on the front of books today, but seeing it certainly brings back good memories.

The fact that the books are still around means a lot. It means they’re good. Amazing. Addictive. I remember finishing the series when I was a teen and wanting more. Sadly, that never happened.

But there was the TV Series… Here’s the trailer The Secret Circle TV Series as on YouTube.

Man. That was pretty awful. They went so wrong when they cut out half the circle. I mean, who’s ever heard of a circle of six witches? And then they killed one of them and… well, it was just one wrong step after another, and that was too bad really, because I love Britt Robertson. She plays such good sweethearts. Anyway, I’m sure you’re all familiar with how books are always better than TV and Movies (Books = sweet like juice, Movies adapted from books = vinegar). Books always take the cake. Make the cake. Are the cake. Mmmmmm…now I want cake.

So, if you haven’t picked up this series and read it, do. Because I think it’s great. And aren’t the early 90’s having a come back these days?

 

J. E. Hunter is the author of the Black Depths Series. Tales of a Redheaded Sea-Witch, and Black Depths, the first two books of the series can be found on AmazonKoboiBooksBarnes and Noble, and Smashwords. The third book, Dark Shores, was released April 1, 2016. The fourth and last book of the Black Depths series, Twisted Currents, will be released in the fall of 2016.

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