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.
This Book is FABULOUS for the Middle Graders! I have to say that the world creation is absolutely perfect for the story. I love how the Author used Fae. And I loved how the threat isn't like most paranormal stories where the "creature" worries that humans will discover they are different. Although that is an aspect of course it isn't the main threat, and I felt that was perfect in a paranormal story.
The Characters in this story are extremely well defined, and very realistic. Cindy Cipriano used such normal every day things in this story. Things that tweens deal with on an every day occurrence. Such as when Calum's best friend suddenly thinks he is too cool to be friends with Calum. The normal boy versus girl issue is here as well, where it just isn't cool for a boy to be friends with a girl. Such normal things that most kids will deal with and the author made it easy to see not only those issues, but how Calum dealt with them.
I give this book 5 stars and must applaud the author for world creation. The world she created is both normal and extraordinary. A world filled with magic and mystery. A world where Faeries do exist but are unlike anything you have ever imagined before. A world which will suck you in and leave you craving more. This is a wonderful addition to any Middle Grade Library. And since it is a series I truly believe it will keep the kids reading.
Details/Disclaimer: Review copy was provided to me in exchange for a fair and honest review. The free book held no determination on my personal review.
“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.
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