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Keep your enemies close. . . . For the first time since moving to New Salem, Cassie Blake feels normal. She's dating her soul mate Adam and making new friends in town. But between the secret coven of witches she belongs to and the incredible power she holds within her, Cassie is leading a far from ordinary life. When tragedy strikes the Circle, Cassie realizes being extrao Keep your enemies close. . . . For the first time since moving to New Salem, Cassie Blake feels normal. She's dating her soul mate Adam and making new friends in town. But between the secret coven of witches she belongs to and the incredible power she holds within her, Cassie is leading a far from ordinary life. When tragedy strikes the Circle, Cassie realizes being extraordinary can be a curse. The Circle is being hunted by an unknown enemy—and anyone could be the next victim. As they struggle to protect themselves, alliances are formed and relationships are tested. No one knows who to trust or who to fear. Will Cassie be able to save the Circle . . . and herself? Or will her choices break it apart forever?


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Keep your enemies close. . . . For the first time since moving to New Salem, Cassie Blake feels normal. She's dating her soul mate Adam and making new friends in town. But between the secret coven of witches she belongs to and the incredible power she holds within her, Cassie is leading a far from ordinary life. When tragedy strikes the Circle, Cassie realizes being extrao Keep your enemies close. . . . For the first time since moving to New Salem, Cassie Blake feels normal. She's dating her soul mate Adam and making new friends in town. But between the secret coven of witches she belongs to and the incredible power she holds within her, Cassie is leading a far from ordinary life. When tragedy strikes the Circle, Cassie realizes being extraordinary can be a curse. The Circle is being hunted by an unknown enemy—and anyone could be the next victim. As they struggle to protect themselves, alliances are formed and relationships are tested. No one knows who to trust or who to fear. Will Cassie be able to save the Circle . . . and herself? Or will her choices break it apart forever?

30 review for The Divide

  1. 4 out of 5

    Isabella

    If this won't be written by L.J.Smith herself: screw you. I won't read it. -------------- Ok, I see... No L.J.Smith? Then, how can I say? Ah! I got this: Isa+The Divide=Not compatible. (No Lisa No party) If this won't be written by L.J.Smith herself: screw you. I won't read it. -------------- Ok, I see... No L.J.Smith? Then, how can I say? Ah! I got this: Isa+The Divide=Not compatible. (No Lisa No party)

  2. 5 out of 5

    Daylighter

    I won't read any of the ghostwritten books for The Secret Circle series or The Hunters series. By giving a 1 star to these books, I'm showing my dislike for Alloy Entertainment & HarperCollins for firing L.J. Smith. They are not allowing her to write her books the way she wanted, because they only care about what sells and don't have any respect for story telling at all. For those who don't know what I'm talking about, here's the letter L.J. Smith wrote herself to her fans regarding the issu I won't read any of the ghostwritten books for The Secret Circle series or The Hunters series. By giving a 1 star to these books, I'm showing my dislike for Alloy Entertainment & HarperCollins for firing L.J. Smith. They are not allowing her to write her books the way she wanted, because they only care about what sells and don't have any respect for story telling at all. For those who don't know what I'm talking about, here's the letter L.J. Smith wrote herself to her fans regarding the issue. "Hi — Thank you so very much for your kind words about Midnight. I’m so glad you’re enjoying it, and if you already know that Damon says those three little words to Elena, then I expect you know what she does for him afterwards. I can’t say how much I appreciate your understanding of the book, but at the same time my heart is so heavy that I just can’t keep pretending about what’s in the future for Delena fans. You see, I’ve been fired from The Vampire Diaries—mainly because instead of giving my publishers the strict Stelana they demanded, I went ahead and wrote what my heart told me to do. They wanted Elena to “realize that she was fond of or physically attracted to Damon, but that her one true love was Stefan.” But I didn’t see the series that way. And so Midnight is the last Vampire Diaries book you’ll see by L. J. Smith. You’re probably wondering how this can happen, since I write the series and have done so since 1990. But the truth is simple. When I got a call asking me to write a vampire trilogy for Harper, it wasn’t Harper who was calling me. It was a book packager, now called Alloy Entertainment, calling on Harper’s behalf. Their job was to take authors’ work, put blurbs and covers on it, and sell it to a publisher. When I wrote the first Vampire Diaries trilogy it was called “work for hire.” By the time I found out what that meant it was too late. What it means is that the book packager, Alloy Entertainment, owns the books, not me. Even though they are copyrighted to me, I still can’t write them without Alloy’s permission. And they really hated any Delena content—as well as the many scenes I had given to Bonnie, which they wanted to cut. They demanded only Stelena. And now they’ve gotten an anonymous ghostwriter to do the books, the way a ghostwriter does Stefan’s Diaries. The first book out after Midnight will probably sound something like my writing, since I wrote Phantom for them. But instead of edits, what I got back after I wrote it was a letter addressed to the ghostwriter by name, telling her to completely rewrite the book. I have been fighting, coaxing, and pleading with the people at both Alloy and Harper, as I already had the next two books after Phantom mapped out. But there is nothing to be done. They simply didn’t like the way the series was going, and unlike most writers who work with book packagers, I was not submissive, meek, and eager to please them. Instead, I had my own vision of the books. But you can kiss any more truly meaningful Delena moments goodbye, because I’m afraid it just isn’t the view of Harper or Alloy. Meanwhile, I am devastated. Of course I have other series done directly with a publisher: The Forbidden Game, Dark Visions, and the Night World books. But I put so much of myself into the Vampire Diaries books that right now I’m devastated. I never imagined anything like this could happen. But still, I can’t say that I regret having written Shadow Souls or Midnight the way I did. I wrote what I did because that was the vision I saw of the characters. I’m just sorry that from now on Delena readers will have no hope of anything other than a Stelena endgame, and that written by someone who will do exactly what she is told. Lisa L. J. Smith"

  3. 4 out of 5

    hayden

    ANOTHER secret circle book? Gahh I hate tv shows! Drivin' me nuts. HEY EVERYONE! Is your one-star rating not powerful enough? Give each edition of the book one star! That way, it'll make a big impact! I brought the book from 3.75 to 3.36 from my three one-stars. >:D Great. Another great franchise taken away from LJ. Just let the damn woman write her own book. It wouldn't kill you to be kind. I have lost all respect for Alloy. It's a damned shame they publish PLL, because if they didn't, I'd abandon ANOTHER secret circle book? Gahh I hate tv shows! Drivin' me nuts. HEY EVERYONE! Is your one-star rating not powerful enough? Give each edition of the book one star! That way, it'll make a big impact! I brought the book from 3.75 to 3.36 from my three one-stars. >:D Great. Another great franchise taken away from LJ. Just let the damn woman write her own book. It wouldn't kill you to be kind. I have lost all respect for Alloy. It's a damned shame they publish PLL, because if they didn't, I'd abandon them completely.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cat's Review

    This book will not be written by L.J. Smith. It is not a continuation of her original trilogy and L.J. has no say in what will happen to her beloved characters. This will be written by a ghostwriter. L.J. Smith has been removed from this series (as well as The Vampire Diaries). Please show your support for L.J. Smith and do not purchase this book!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Gabrielle

    I was estatic for a minute there... I thought for just a moment that L. J. Smith actually wrote this. Then I thought- wait, the cover looks so different. Oh crap, it's not actually by her, just another ghost writer. I would love to have another Secret Circle book, but I want it to be a book by the original author. I was estatic for a minute there... I thought for just a moment that L. J. Smith actually wrote this. Then I thought- wait, the cover looks so different. Oh crap, it's not actually by her, just another ghost writer. I would love to have another Secret Circle book, but I want it to be a book by the original author.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Amber

    I hate that they did this. Just give her series to someone else and use her name! I was so excited when I thought that there would be another Secret Circle book because I LOVED this series. I won't read it now because it's not written by L.J. Smith someone is taking her characters and they can do anything and everything with them and I'm afraid that it will end wrong. Because it ended perfectly now but they can't continue that because that's not exciting so they will change stuff and the ending I hate that they did this. Just give her series to someone else and use her name! I was so excited when I thought that there would be another Secret Circle book because I LOVED this series. I won't read it now because it's not written by L.J. Smith someone is taking her characters and they can do anything and everything with them and I'm afraid that it will end wrong. Because it ended perfectly now but they can't continue that because that's not exciting so they will change stuff and the ending will probably suck (when they're finally done taking money from teens by writing a ton of bad sequels) and you can never get your ending back. Once you've read these books you can never unread them, you can never forget what happened and it will ruin the series. I just hate this I won't read it and I will never ever buy it.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Erika

    Before: As long as it's from the author herself. After: As many of you are aware, 'The Divide' is the fourth book in the Secret Circle series written not by L.J Smith but a ghost writer, Aubrey Clark. When I first heard of this news I was very disappointed and upset that the series could continue without the author who created the series from the very beginning. It did not make sense and it sounded like the worst idea at the time. Despite this, I gave it a shot wondering if Clark could really pull Before: As long as it's from the author herself. After: As many of you are aware, 'The Divide' is the fourth book in the Secret Circle series written not by L.J Smith but a ghost writer, Aubrey Clark. When I first heard of this news I was very disappointed and upset that the series could continue without the author who created the series from the very beginning. It did not make sense and it sounded like the worst idea at the time. Despite this, I gave it a shot wondering if Clark could really pull it off... To my surprise she did. She did not change the characters but left them as L.J Smith had written them to be like. Honestly the final book L.J Smith wrote for the Secret Circle series was good but it wasn't great... It did not leave me wanting more. There definitely was an opening which Clark continued the series and made it more compelling to read. L.J Smith never got around to mentioning the witch hunters or any real threat other then Black John, Cassie's father. For that reason I am glad that Clark decided to continue where Smith left off. If I didn't see Aubrey Clark name written on the cover of the book and didn't know there was going to be a ghost writer writing the series than I probably would not have known that L.J Smith didn't write it. This is because Aubrey Clark did a great job in continuing a great series... Of course this series will always be L.J Smith's, no one can ever take that away from her. I am also not for ghost writers taking away another authors work, but I am definitely satisfied and glad this series continued. Can't wait to read the fifth book, 'The Hunt'!

  8. 5 out of 5

    Gina

    Anyone who LOVED the original trilogy by L.J. Smith (and I mean loved it as in read all of the books a million times) will HATE THIS BOOK!!! Just as a note: This book was NOT written by L.J. Smith. I really think that Goodreads should FIX this. It was written by another author using L.J.'s characters. This book is really what the television series was based off of, which is why the series was no where near as good as the original books. Why am I being so harsh? First of all the book starts out wit Anyone who LOVED the original trilogy by L.J. Smith (and I mean loved it as in read all of the books a million times) will HATE THIS BOOK!!! Just as a note: This book was NOT written by L.J. Smith. I really think that Goodreads should FIX this. It was written by another author using L.J.'s characters. This book is really what the television series was based off of, which is why the series was no where near as good as the original books. Why am I being so harsh? First of all the book starts out with Cassie and Adam contemplating blowing off a circle meeting for a make-out session. Second, Cassie acts like the OLD Cassie: Afraid of Faye. The author also made Cassie almost jealous and uneasy around Diana, which is very inaccurate and totally does not mesh with the ending of the original trilogy. The entire book had a lot of strange things like that going on. The biggest issue I had was the addition of a half-sibling for Cassie claiming that she was the one Black John had intended to join the circle, not Cassie. Ummm what?! Black John told Cassie himself that she was the one he wanted in the circle. That's why he killed Chris and Doug's little sister. If he had not wanted Cassie in the circle, he would have killed her as well. It was just all a little too far-fetched and WAY off course. The entire book came off angsty and as if Cassie did not feel like she belonged in the circle. Cassie got over THAT misconception in book 1! L.J. would never have made so many mistakes, much less put out such a poorly written piece.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Maisoon Al-mahrouqi

    I have five words to say: Off with the ghost writer's head. No, wait, that was six words. I have five words to say: Off with the ghost writer's head. No, wait, that was six words.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Clíodhna

    If it isn't written by L.J. Smith, I'm not interested and if I do actually review it, it will be from the library and will be burnt after reading just so I can give it a bad review. The first three books were brilliant and if this is written by anyone other than L.J. Smith herself, it will NEVER be a part of the series. NEVER. That's all I will say. If it isn't written by L.J. Smith, I'm not interested and if I do actually review it, it will be from the library and will be burnt after reading just so I can give it a bad review. The first three books were brilliant and if this is written by anyone other than L.J. Smith herself, it will NEVER be a part of the series. NEVER. That's all I will say.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Khristine Stain

    If its not written by L J Smith, its not a Secret Circle book. Basically its publisher approved fan fiction. While fan fiction may be fun and interesting (I have read much of it myself and consider it to be a love letter to the author for making such spectacular characters whom the readers refuse to say goodbye to), it is only appropriate when the ghost writer/fan fiction author is not making money off of someone else's intellectual property. And the ghost writers sure enough are being paid, oth If its not written by L J Smith, its not a Secret Circle book. Basically its publisher approved fan fiction. While fan fiction may be fun and interesting (I have read much of it myself and consider it to be a love letter to the author for making such spectacular characters whom the readers refuse to say goodbye to), it is only appropriate when the ghost writer/fan fiction author is not making money off of someone else's intellectual property. And the ghost writers sure enough are being paid, otherwise why would eight different 'Created L. J. Smith' books of her original series be popping up all over the place like acne on a teenager? It wouldn't be allowed for someone other than J K Rowling to write a continuation of Harry Potter or a spin-off. Please stop ripping off the original author. We all loved her original novels in the 90s and still love them to this day. If you do the math (Awesome author + loyal fan-base= kaching for the publishers). It makes sense if you have a working brain. This ghost writing crap does not.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Allison ☾

    Meh. I knew going into it that this book was not actually written by L.J. Smith but I literally didn't care. The story is still good and the writing is good. HOWEVER, the characters feel completely different. This story is central to each member of the Circle, and the whole tone felt off to me. Diana, who was so sweet and just, is now rude to Outsiders and acts jealous towards Cassie. Cassie, who stumbled along and was always guilty for her mistakes, who put loyalty to Diana and the Circle over e Meh. I knew going into it that this book was not actually written by L.J. Smith but I literally didn't care. The story is still good and the writing is good. HOWEVER, the characters feel completely different. This story is central to each member of the Circle, and the whole tone felt off to me. Diana, who was so sweet and just, is now rude to Outsiders and acts jealous towards Cassie. Cassie, who stumbled along and was always guilty for her mistakes, who put loyalty to Diana and the Circle over everything, is completely childish and angry in this book. Cassie feels jealousy over Adam's devotion to the Circle over her, and she whines over Nick not wanting to speak to her anymore. The rest of the Circle is practically nonexistent except for Nick looking "cold and handsome" and Faye acting promiscuous and bratty. Even though the 3rd book (the last one actually written by L.J.) did not end with any type of satisfaction for me, I don't know if I will keep reading. Like I said, not a bad book. A good story with a good plot twist, excitement and cast of characters. But it doesn't feel the same.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jamie R

    I wasn't sure if I would read this, because the situation LJ Smith is in with Alloy Entertainment is seriously uncool and I don't want to support this series going to a ghostwriter. But, I've waited twenty years for another Secret Circle book, so there's no way I can avoid my curiosity. I'm on chapter 6, and this book sucks. SUCKS. It is very obviously written by someone who doesn't give a damn about the original series. The characters are WRONG, the writing is boring and off, and the timeline i I wasn't sure if I would read this, because the situation LJ Smith is in with Alloy Entertainment is seriously uncool and I don't want to support this series going to a ghostwriter. But, I've waited twenty years for another Secret Circle book, so there's no way I can avoid my curiosity. I'm on chapter 6, and this book sucks. SUCKS. It is very obviously written by someone who doesn't give a damn about the original series. The characters are WRONG, the writing is boring and off, and the timeline is completely wrong (and I'm only on chapter 6!) DON'T bother reading it. DON'T give Alloy your money. These books were my childhood. Fuck you Alloy, for messing with that.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ezmirelda

    NOT AGAIN!! Argh! *shakes fists at Alloy Entertainment* This is utterly disgusting. -_- Bring back L.J Smith and stop using her name for profit when she clearly didn't write this. In case anyone else thinks she actually wrote this book. A direct quote from L.J Smith's official website. "Dear Summer— There is a new SECRET CIRCLE book coming out in March called THE DIVIDE, but it is not by me. I cannot say more than that I signed a contract over twenty years ago. I can’t say any more than that. I’m so NOT AGAIN!! Argh! *shakes fists at Alloy Entertainment* This is utterly disgusting. -_- Bring back L.J Smith and stop using her name for profit when she clearly didn't write this. In case anyone else thinks she actually wrote this book. A direct quote from L.J Smith's official website. "Dear Summer— There is a new SECRET CIRCLE book coming out in March called THE DIVIDE, but it is not by me. I cannot say more than that I signed a contract over twenty years ago. I can’t say any more than that. I’m sorry. Cheers, Lisa" http://www.ljanesmith.net/www/author/...

  15. 5 out of 5

    ♥ Innocent Lamb ~ Forever Reading ♥ - AKA Smarties

    I hereby refuse to read any of the ghost-written books for The Secret Circle series or The Hunters series. By giving a 1 star to these books, I am showing my dislike for Alloy Entertainment & HarperCollins for firing L.J. Smith as I believe The Secret Circle series and The Hunters series are the intellectural property of L.J. Smith and refuse to read publisher-approved fan-fiction. Soz not soz.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Alicia Martinez

    I WILL NOT READ THIS GARBAGE!!!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Charlotte Hobbs

    THIS IS A DISGRACE TO L.J.SMITH HOW DARE THEY!!!! 1. THERE DIDNT NEED TO BE ANOTHER BOOK IT ENDED PERFECTLY 2. HOW COULD THEY SACK L.J.SMITH SHE IS AMAZING 3. THEN AFTER THE SACK HER CAN THEY STILL SAY SHE WROTE THE BOOK WHEN SHE DIDNT!!!!!!!!!! okay rant over. but I will NOT buy this book

  18. 5 out of 5

    Shaikha Alahmad

    You can clearly tell that this book wasn’t written by L.J. Smith and there were so many plot holes but I still loved and enjoyed every single page of it.❤️

  19. 4 out of 5

    Savannah (Books With Bite)

    ou know, I didn't expect to like this book. I really loved the first Secret Circle books that I was a bit hesitant to read this one. I was taken away of how well the ghost writer, kept to the story line of The Secret Circle. I was expecting it to go off the grid and add all kinds of nonsense. Instead, I found myself happily in the shoes of Cassie and the circle, ready to do some magic! What I loved most about this book is how well the story line didn't derive from what is originally was but still ou know, I didn't expect to like this book. I really loved the first Secret Circle books that I was a bit hesitant to read this one. I was taken away of how well the ghost writer, kept to the story line of The Secret Circle. I was expecting it to go off the grid and add all kinds of nonsense. Instead, I found myself happily in the shoes of Cassie and the circle, ready to do some magic! What I loved most about this book is how well the story line didn't derive from what is originally was but still grew. Back in New Salem, the circle has all the original characters (ALL 12) and pick up right from where the last book left off. They're back in school facing yet again, a new darkness, Witch Hunters. I like that this aspect is added to the story just like the tv series, but doesn't sway it too much. It's like as if the story never finished. The love interest with Cassie and Adam is what I expected it to be. Cassie is facing some serious insecurities along with major decisions she has to make for the circle. I like that Cassie spark is still there. She is strong yet selfless in her actions. I'm anxious to see how Adam and Cassie will face what is coming against them. The Divide is a great touch added to the series. It flows extremely well with added elements of love, lust, and action. Smart and Unpredictable, The Divide is amazing!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Crawford

    I am never brutal. I try to focus on the positives and normally I never say anything if I have nothing positive to say at all. But my, my, my. This is the first time I have felt so strongly. There was very little plot. The flow was all wrong, it didn't transistion well and it felt awkward. The dialogue was weak, the characters seemed weaker. She seemed to be going one way with Nick and then never developed that any further. The word of the day here was predictable. Anyone could have seen the big I am never brutal. I try to focus on the positives and normally I never say anything if I have nothing positive to say at all. But my, my, my. This is the first time I have felt so strongly. There was very little plot. The flow was all wrong, it didn't transistion well and it felt awkward. The dialogue was weak, the characters seemed weaker. She seemed to be going one way with Nick and then never developed that any further. The word of the day here was predictable. Anyone could have seen the big twist coming at the end. It was so basic and so "paint by numbers". I think it would appeal to maybe middle grades but even that is a stretch. I miss L.J. Smith. And I am not just jumping on the band wagon here. I think the V.D. series has been at least decent even since they have changed writers ( even though not as good), but I am done with Secret Circle.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Rache

    I hereby refuse to read any of the ghost-written books for The Secret Circle series or The Hunters series. By giving a 1 star to these books, I am showing my dislike for Alloy Entertainment & HarperCollins for firing L.J. Smith as I believe The Secret Circle series and The Hunters series are the intellectural property of L.J. Smith and refuse to read publisher-approved fan-fiction.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Jess the Shelf-Declared Bibliophile

    Another spellbinding pageturner, with yet again, annoyances. Cassie AGAIN refuses to listen to anyone and where does that get her? Sigh. I keep hoping this bitch will learn. Another spellbinding pageturner, with yet again, annoyances. Cassie AGAIN refuses to listen to anyone and where does that get her? Sigh. I keep hoping this bitch will learn.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jackie

    I'm sorry but i will not read this book by someone else than L.J Smith herself. It doesn't feel right to read a book that's not written by the original author. Get what i mean? I'm sorry but i will not read this book by someone else than L.J Smith herself. It doesn't feel right to read a book that's not written by the original author. Get what i mean?

  24. 5 out of 5

    Angela

    This is a disgrace. Alloy has violated my childhood.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    As mush as i want to know what'll happen next to the circle especially Nick(swoon), i can't purchase this book because it wasn't written by LJ herself and no longer legit. it's no different from a fan fiction. so why should i spend my money on this one when i can write my own CS fanfic?. Lets all support Lisa j smith. As mush as i want to know what'll happen next to the circle especially Nick(swoon), i can't purchase this book because it wasn't written by LJ herself and no longer legit. it's no different from a fan fiction. so why should i spend my money on this one when i can write my own CS fanfic?. Lets all support Lisa j smith.

  26. 5 out of 5

    R.J. Morse

    I know this is bad to say, but I actually might read it... I love L.J. Smith and I hate what Alloy are doing to her, but I might give the book an actual chance before giving it a bad review or burning it.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Lexi304

    This didn't feel like The Secret Circle. This felt like a poorly written FanFiction. So giving this book 3 stars was extremely generous. Don't get me wrong, I adore The Secret Circle series . . . but this wasn't technically the same series. This book was added about 20 years later and written by another author. If I hadn't had known it was another author I probably would have guessed, the writing style was really different. Not in a good way. Diana was extremely annoying and seemed jealous most This didn't feel like The Secret Circle. This felt like a poorly written FanFiction. So giving this book 3 stars was extremely generous. Don't get me wrong, I adore The Secret Circle series . . . but this wasn't technically the same series. This book was added about 20 years later and written by another author. If I hadn't had known it was another author I probably would have guessed, the writing style was really different. Not in a good way. Diana was extremely annoying and seemed jealous most of this book, which she wasn't in the original trilogy. Cassie was even stupider in this book which I didn't think could be possible. Adam was also extremely annoying which he wasn't in the originals. In the originals, I thought Adam and Cassie were a really good couple. I did not feel that chemistry here, though. It didn't seem like they liked each other let alone loved each other. If I hadn't read the original trilogy I probably would have thought he had feelings for Diana again. All the other members of the circle besides Cassie, Diana, and Adam seemed very irrelevant. They were always just there! Nick and Faye had a lot of scenes as well, but not nearly as much as they did in the first trilogy. I forgot all about Sean until like page 110, Cassie never made his presence known and he barely spoke. Deborah nor Suzan spoke much, either. The Henderson brothers were not acknowledged much, either, but they had a few scenes. Now there was something else that I just had to laugh at! (view spoiler)[The fact that there were only 2 new characters introduced and BOTH of them were evil! We knew someone was the witch hunter, and of course it was the new guy. (hide spoiler)] I did not enjoy this nearly as much as the first 3, and my only motivation to pick it up (I read it in 2 sittings) was to finish it so I could move on. I have the last 2 books in the series, but I know for a fact that I won't be reaching for them anytime soon. Overall: 2.5-3 stars

  28. 4 out of 5

    Lauren the Book Slayer

    Before I begin my review, it’s important for me to talk about The Secret Circle book series in general for those who might never have read them. The Secret Circle which has also recently been made into a TV series was created by author, L.J. Smith (other works include The Vampire Diaries, Night World, etc.). L.J. Smith first wrote and published three Secret Circle novels back in the early 90′s, The Initiation, The Captive, and The Power, however this latest book: The Divide was written by Aubrey Before I begin my review, it’s important for me to talk about The Secret Circle book series in general for those who might never have read them. The Secret Circle which has also recently been made into a TV series was created by author, L.J. Smith (other works include The Vampire Diaries, Night World, etc.). L.J. Smith first wrote and published three Secret Circle novels back in the early 90′s, The Initiation, The Captive, and The Power, however this latest book: The Divide was written by Aubrey Clark, a ghostwriter. Many arguments have occurred due to L.J. Smith “losing” The Secret Circle rights, but I’d like to look past them for this review. Although I feel extremely bad for L.J. Smith losing her own series, I was still very eager to dive back into this fictional world that I love so much. Okay! now lets get onto – The Divide. Plot: The Secret Circle: The Divide picks up very close to where book 3 ended, Black John has recently been defeated and the residents of Crowhaven road are well on their way to living a somewhat normal life well, as normal as magic-wielding teens can get. It appears that everything has reverted back to its original state with some new upsides, the circle (group of teen witches, i.e. the main characters) have come to a mutual agreement with the outsiders (non-witches) which allows them to coincide peacefully in and outside school. Cassie, with her best friend Diana’s blessing has finally been able to successfully and truthfully hookup with the boy she shares a deep connection with – Adam. Everything seems perfect until, as you can guess — ”tragedy” occurs. There’s a new enemy in town whose both dangerous and unpredictable — leading to an emotional loss and a new rise of panic. There’s a few new faces in New Salem and it’s up to Cassie and the Circle to figure out which and if the new residents are to blame for recent threats and attacks against those who dwell on Crowhaven road. My Thoughts: I was very skeptical going into this book, not just because it was written by a new writer. Although I longed for more Secret Circle books after the trilogy ended, I was perfectly happy with the ending L.J. Smith gave us. I feared that The Divide could hinder my feelings towards the series as a whole. However I’m happy to say that my positive thoughts for this book definitely out-way the negative. I think the ghostwriter did a pretty good job with The Divide. You can tell that she closely examined L.J. Smith’s originals books in order to get the feel for the type of writing and the actions expected by the characters. Except for one character who sadly; I feel didn’t match the original version very well, the rest were fantastically written. For example, Faye, one of Secret Circle’s most-complex characters stayed very true to her snarky and influential nature. The original series were all about Black John, this ultimate villain that seemed almost impossible to beat, so I had to wonder how they could top him in a sequel or at least reach somewhere near his evil-level. I won’t talk about who or what the “new” villain is because it’s a main story point, but I will say that I was slightly disappointed with the reveal. There ends up being two new obstacles, one that’s not really put into full-motion yet (I’m sure that’s what book 5 The Hunt will include) but the second, in my opinion, was revealed too quick. I know this is all very vague but one of the two villains is revealed in a big way towards the end of the book. They of course aren’t defeated yet, but I feel like they had little to no progression. It was like “all of the sudden” BAM I’m the new big bad and I’m going to destroy you. I think the book would have been slightly better if their true agenda hadn’t been released so soon. So yes, a few things bugged me and leaves me with this book getting a 3 out of 5 star rating. However I do recommend reading this book if you love the original series, and if you haven’t read the originals, do so. Trust me. They’re good, quick, and fun reads.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Chloe

    As much as it upsets me that LJ Smith lost the rights to her stories I am going to look past that and review this as what is is, another Secret Circle Story. The Ghost Writer, Aubrey Clark did emulate Smith's original characters well as well as add to the story in an interesting and convincing manor. And although it's a slap in the face to Smith and her fans Clark did a respectable job. The plot didn't have me as intrigued as the original stories, in fact I feel like the CW has taken over the book As much as it upsets me that LJ Smith lost the rights to her stories I am going to look past that and review this as what is is, another Secret Circle Story. The Ghost Writer, Aubrey Clark did emulate Smith's original characters well as well as add to the story in an interesting and convincing manor. And although it's a slap in the face to Smith and her fans Clark did a respectable job. The plot didn't have me as intrigued as the original stories, in fact I feel like the CW has taken over the book and turned it into a few episodes of the television program. Entertaining but not what made people fall in love with The Secret Circle in the first place. Basically what I am getting at is if you read the original books and if you can move past this is not LJ Smith it's worth a read. And no offense to her but I attempted the new Vampire Diaries series and thought it was terrible, and from what she was talking about with her original idea for the Secret Circle it seemed like she was moving into strange alternate places weirdness that didn't make sense anymore.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Angela

    I don't mind that she didn't write them. I think the new vampire diary book The Hunters was actually good. I had stop reading the last two books of the trilogy before the hunters. This one might not be so bad. I don't mind that she didn't write them. I think the new vampire diary book The Hunters was actually good. I had stop reading the last two books of the trilogy before the hunters. This one might not be so bad.

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