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In So Deadly A Battle... United at last with Diana, the mistress of her coven, Cassie must first sacrifice her love for Adam to save the Secret Circle and the town of New Salem from the evil powers of the witch Faye. Threatened by the possibility of her destruction in a final battle between good and evil, Cassie must hope that her supernatural gifts are strong enough to obli In So Deadly A Battle... United at last with Diana, the mistress of her coven, Cassie must first sacrifice her love for Adam to save the Secret Circle and the town of New Salem from the evil powers of the witch Faye. Threatened by the possibility of her destruction in a final battle between good and evil, Cassie must hope that her supernatural gifts are strong enough to obliterate the powers of evil. If victorious, Cassie will win more than she ever dreamed. But if she and Diana fail, the Power will go to those who seek only to destroy. ...Can Anyone Triumph?


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In So Deadly A Battle... United at last with Diana, the mistress of her coven, Cassie must first sacrifice her love for Adam to save the Secret Circle and the town of New Salem from the evil powers of the witch Faye. Threatened by the possibility of her destruction in a final battle between good and evil, Cassie must hope that her supernatural gifts are strong enough to obli In So Deadly A Battle... United at last with Diana, the mistress of her coven, Cassie must first sacrifice her love for Adam to save the Secret Circle and the town of New Salem from the evil powers of the witch Faye. Threatened by the possibility of her destruction in a final battle between good and evil, Cassie must hope that her supernatural gifts are strong enough to obliterate the powers of evil. If victorious, Cassie will win more than she ever dreamed. But if she and Diana fail, the Power will go to those who seek only to destroy. ...Can Anyone Triumph?

30 review for The Power

  1. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    The Power is the third and final book in The Secret Circle trilogy by L J Smith. In this story, the Circle are shattered by Faye's revelations at a time when they need to be at their strongest. Black John is back, and Cassie is horrified when it is revealed why she feels such a strong connection with him. He has returned to claim the Master Tools and become the leader of the coven of twelve that he had such a hand in creating - which means that one member of the Circle must die... I think that L The Power is the third and final book in The Secret Circle trilogy by L J Smith. In this story, the Circle are shattered by Faye's revelations at a time when they need to be at their strongest. Black John is back, and Cassie is horrified when it is revealed why she feels such a strong connection with him. He has returned to claim the Master Tools and become the leader of the coven of twelve that he had such a hand in creating - which means that one member of the Circle must die... I think that L J Smith writes perfect teenage escapist fiction - as long as you suspend your disbelief and don't look for the plot holes. Although the first two books in the trilogy (The Initiation and The Captive) are pretty strong and I thoroughly enjoyed reading them, this third one did not captivate me in the same way. My main problem was the sudden switch in focus between Nick and Adam, the two men that Cassie is attracted to. Because Adam is with Diana, and forbidden to Cassie, she looks to Nick for a relationship - and that relationship is written in a very sweet manner. Nick becomes a character that I really enjoyed reading about - the gradual unthawing of his cold manner and the way he becomes so protective of Cassie are extremely well-written. So it was a disappointment to discover the way that L J Smith chose to resolve the situation, and this coloured my reading experience. I also didn't feel that there was enough book for the plot development that L J Smith added concerning the change in attitudes of the 'outsider' school children, and then the switch to something approaching truce. It all rattled through at a breakneck pace, which felt a little too fast. In the first two books the pace was balanced well with the plot development and the strong characterisations, but here it felt like Smith was trying to pack in too much. As with The Initiation and The Power, I did love the way Smith wrote these characters. Over the course of all three books she has managed effectively to juggle twelve personalities, depicting their different attitudes, abilities and emotions with rare skill. There was never a moment when a name was mentioned and I thought 'Who is this one again?' I read this trilogy with great nostalgia and fondness for characters that I first discovered in my teens, and I was pleasantly surprised to realise that the books stand up to both adult eyes and a second read. They give a lesson to any YA authors who wish to write strong female characters and genuinely gorgeous male characters. Recommended as a trilogy, despite the fact that the third book is not as strong.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sylwia

    1.5 stars. It's readable and has a couple of cool bits (when they discuss crystals or other fictional or realistic witchcraft), but that's all it has going for it. 1.5 stars. It's readable and has a couple of cool bits (when they discuss crystals or other fictional or realistic witchcraft), but that's all it has going for it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sarabeth

    This is the final novel in the Secret Circle trilogy, which I read when it first came out, back when I was a kid. Do yourselves a favor and read it- infinitely more complex than the TV series, and it explains why Harry Potter felt like a bad cliche. Rereading this trilogy was startling- I had forgotten how good it was, how well-developed the characters were, and how strikingly Cassie- the protagonist- goes from being a meek mouse to becoming a strong and capable leader, despite her own self-doubt This is the final novel in the Secret Circle trilogy, which I read when it first came out, back when I was a kid. Do yourselves a favor and read it- infinitely more complex than the TV series, and it explains why Harry Potter felt like a bad cliche. Rereading this trilogy was startling- I had forgotten how good it was, how well-developed the characters were, and how strikingly Cassie- the protagonist- goes from being a meek mouse to becoming a strong and capable leader, despite her own self-doubt (showing the multidimensional characterization). These books also linked for me many different Fantasy interests- paganism, druidism, Greek gods and goddesses, reincarnation. More than 15 years later, I can actually say that I see how these books influenced me in my spiritual search and informed my love of nature and respect for the elements. I sympathized deeply with Cassie- her feelings of being an outsider, of having to take on leadership despite being ill-prepared. She was and still is a wonderful role model, especially for younger readers. Highly recommended- I couldn't put down. My only complaints- plot is so addictive I blazed through the trilogy in 24 hours; and why weren't there any sequels?? I would have liked to see how everyone in the Circle ended up, especially Cassie's romantic life.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jessica Lewis

    OMG. What can I say this was a great to a trilogy. I could not have asked for more. It tied all the lose ends. The cliffhangers through out the series was amazing. I love the heroine Cassie and the love traingle that in the end worked out for the best. I admire Diana for here strength in not seeing things as a lost but as a gain in the benefit of the group. I really enjoyed the interaction between the characters and it made me feel a part of the story as an outside looking in from a window into OMG. What can I say this was a great to a trilogy. I could not have asked for more. It tied all the lose ends. The cliffhangers through out the series was amazing. I love the heroine Cassie and the love traingle that in the end worked out for the best. I admire Diana for here strength in not seeing things as a lost but as a gain in the benefit of the group. I really enjoyed the interaction between the characters and it made me feel a part of the story as an outside looking in from a window into a world of magic. Amazing.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Sheryl C. Nash

    Read this whole series back when i was 13-14 and i was BLOWN away by it.... so much so i DESPERATELY wanted to be a witch... hmmm... maybe i just wanted Adam.... :)

  6. 5 out of 5

    Loliskulls

    I picked up this series because I’ve heard its going to be hopefully made into a tv show…I don’t know what I was expecting when I read this trilogy (which I got through in about three days) but I don’t think it was met…this book series just wasn’t very good…it was in no way bad….I’ve read bad, and this isn’t it…But its not very good either, its more “meh”, and bland as hell… I could stand cassie most of the time, but she’s an utter a moron and a terrible mary-sue (actually all the characters are I picked up this series because I’ve heard its going to be hopefully made into a tv show…I don’t know what I was expecting when I read this trilogy (which I got through in about three days) but I don’t think it was met…this book series just wasn’t very good…it was in no way bad….I’ve read bad, and this isn’t it…But its not very good either, its more “meh”, and bland as hell… I could stand cassie most of the time, but she’s an utter a moron and a terrible mary-sue (actually all the characters are pretty dumb most of the time and all are more cardboard then fleshed out ), the plots see through and I predicted everything from the beginning of book one pretty much, and the writing was all around mediocre…. I did like the characters themselves, their descriptions, their vague personalities, etc. and I would have liked to actually know more about them, sadly nothing is really ever given…even of the main character Cassie, she’s especially dull in development …so dull the writer had to force cheesy dialogue between characters to make it seem like she’s something she’s not represented to be in any way…and the writer does this constantly, its eye rolling bad. The most horrible of the three is the last book, which just felt heartless, the story was all around anticlimactic, every moment that could have been good was stolen by terrible storytelling and it just ended, like they were all standing around and that was that…I ended this book going “that was it? This is all there is? WTH?” Spoiler below: By the way, was I the only one who felt cassie was just as in love with diana as she was in love with adam…maybe more so? I mean why didn’t they just become a triangle? It would have much better and much more interesting then how it predictably ended.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Allison ☾

    My line has the sight and the power, she thought. I want to use that power to stand up to him. To face him. 4.5 stars. No spoilers. I'm deducting .5 stars for Diana being a sweet cinnamon roll and suffering for it. She's either really into polyamory, or she's the biggest doormat who ever lived and everyone is okay with it. Either way, I don't like what happened to her. Here are my final thoughts on this book: * I want Diana and Nick to be together. SOOOO. DAMN. BADLY. "But don't worry My line has the sight and the power, she thought. I want to use that power to stand up to him. To face him. 4.5 stars. No spoilers. I'm deducting .5 stars for Diana being a sweet cinnamon roll and suffering for it. She's either really into polyamory, or she's the biggest doormat who ever lived and everyone is okay with it. Either way, I don't like what happened to her. Here are my final thoughts on this book: * I want Diana and Nick to be together. SOOOO. DAMN. BADLY. "But don't worry about it. Nick's a nice guy, and I know you won't hurt him. You know how special he is." Cassie nodded, but she was startled to hear her own words on Diana's lips. She hadn't known Diana knew. * I still think Cassie is a lesbian. Laurel's eyes twinkled at Cassie from across the flames and Cassie let her own eyes twinkle back. I'm joking. But not really. * Using the beach as one giant magical crystal was genius. * I'm still loving the mythology, crystal and herb references. And the additional past-life/soul-mate references. * L.J. is doing a great job tying small details from her previous books into this one. The chalcedony rose, Portia and her brothers and character quirks. * I wonder what's going to happen now after that showdown????

  8. 4 out of 5

    Fani

    What can i say about this book? I loved it. This booked showed me everything i wanted to see in all the characters and i'm glad i got to see the circle at it's best. The ending was perfect and this book had to offer so much even though it was quite short. What can i say about this book? I loved it. This booked showed me everything i wanted to see in all the characters and i'm glad i got to see the circle at it's best. The ending was perfect and this book had to offer so much even though it was quite short.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Autumn

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Of the three original Secret Circle books, this one was definitely the silliest. The "big bad," Black John's plan for fighting the Circle was installing himself as principal, creating a new list of rules (ex. no smoking or cutting class), and selecting student "hall monitors" to enforce these rules. The main characters all react to this with such over-the-top seriousness, complete with Nazi comparisons (yes, really), that it's hard not to giggle or shake your head a little during these scenes. C Of the three original Secret Circle books, this one was definitely the silliest. The "big bad," Black John's plan for fighting the Circle was installing himself as principal, creating a new list of rules (ex. no smoking or cutting class), and selecting student "hall monitors" to enforce these rules. The main characters all react to this with such over-the-top seriousness, complete with Nazi comparisons (yes, really), that it's hard not to giggle or shake your head a little during these scenes. Cassie being sent to the principal's office is written as if she were being shipped off to await the guillotine, with the rest of the Circle conspiring to spring her out. Black John is a fairly enigmatic villain whom we never learn much about, beyond the big reveal regarding his relation to Cassie. I'm still not quite sure what his actual objective was, or how he managed to come back to life besides just "magic." I also wish we had gotten more backstory about how he swindled the last generation of witches in New Salem. At the same time, it was nice to see Cassie grow a backbone in confronting both him and Faye, whose presence in this book was arguably smaller than in the previous two. The actual prose of The Secret Circle has been consistent throughout the entire trilogy: clear, concise, well-paced, and engaging. I don't think I'm the only person who believes that YA hasn't been as strong for the past few years overall, which makes this series by L.J. Smith--a writer-for-hire who was eventually replaced by a ghostwriter--so refreshing. I do wish we were able to see more of the supporting characters in The Power; the heart of this story has always rested in Cassie, Diana, and Faye (who, in a clever twist, form a triumvirate to lead the Circle by the novel's conclusion), but I missed the bonus scenes with brilliant Melanie, coy Suzan, fiesty Deborah, and compassionate Laurel. Aside from one bonding scene between the seven girls--where we're treated to more of the excellent symbolism that is sprinkled throughout the trilogy--the story is largely overshadowed by treasure hunts and boy drama. Nick is finally given more room to shine, but his role in The Power is largely limited to a short-lived romance with Cassie that neither expects to last, even though the two have much more chemistry than Cassie and Adam (although both pale in comparison to Cassie and Diana, which we'll get to in a bit). Nick handles rejection well, and Cassie is free to pine after Adam, who still hasn't been given any depth over the course of three books. There's remarkably little spellcasting in The Secret Circle, but the third novel's climax is enough to make up for it. I loved how much thought was put into the mythology of the story, and how so much of it--the stones, the rituals, the paintings of goddesses--is used to symbolize each specific character. When the Circle casts their climatic spell, each contributes a line that reflects on their character (fire for Faye, ice for Nick, earth for Melanie, etc.), and it added a depth to an otherwise straight-forward story. I was genuinely surprised by the reveal that one of the witches had unwittingly been assisting Black John all along, and I liked how everything tied together in the end. Smith left plenty of open room for later installments, such as the acknowledgement that different families could have an inclination for particular powers, and the possibility that Diana and Faye are each one-half of the reincarnation of a Puritan witch whose soul split in two (!). There was always an element of mystery and elitism to the Circle, who ruled the town through the sheer power of everyone else being intimidated by them. In The Power, we finally see the Circle reckon with their reputations, and agree that it is past time to make amends. The weakest part of The Power for me was, as always, the romance between Cassie and Adam. As mentioned before, Adam is given remarkably little character development, and any person reading this series today would come away believing that Cassie was actually in love with Diana, not him. And while the teenagers of The Secret Circle have never been particularly realistic, Diana lovingly handing Adam off to Cassie in front of everyone else was just too unreal to be taken seriously. All in all, I thoroughly enjoyed this series, and hope that it continues to find new fans in the years ahead. I look forward to reading the sequel trilogy and seeing how it compares to the original.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jordon

    Follow my book review blog to see more book reviews and related book stuff! ---------------------------------------- This book starts right where the second book left. And boy what a cliff hanger the second book left at! Cassie and the coven are finding it odd with Faye as the new coven leader. They're trying to do everything they can to defeat Black John and discover who was behind the murderers but with Cassie's grandmother gone and Cassie's mother incapacitated just who are they supposed Follow my book review blog to see more book reviews and related book stuff! ---------------------------------------- This book starts right where the second book left. And boy what a cliff hanger the second book left at! Cassie and the coven are finding it odd with Faye as the new coven leader. They're trying to do everything they can to defeat Black John and discover who was behind the murderers but with Cassie's grandmother gone and Cassie's mother incapacitated just who are they supposed to turn to for help? Their new principle is making it hard and who is it that Cassie see's has joined their school? Will the coven finally figure out who murdered the innocent? Will they be able defeat Black John with Faye as their new leader? *WARNING: This section contains spoilers for the first two books!* I feel that Cassie was very strong in this book. She was able to stand up for herself and others and she wasn't shy anymore. She took a step up. It was nice to see Cassie change and grow. I didn't like Faye in this book because I felt like she went against everything that she is. She's a strong character and goes out and gets what she wants, but because of the events in this book she decided to become second and follow someone. That was weird to see with Faye. Diana is so understanding that I wonder how much pain she is really feeling inside. It's odd not to see her in charge, she's quiet in this book but with understanding not pain even though she's had nearly everything ripped out from under her. For her to be so understanding is rather painful to watch, even though you know she is completely genuine. Whenever I think about the writing of these books or really the style in which they are written in I get all warm and fuzzy. That's weird to say but what I mean is that I loved these books, they kind of felt like home. They were comfortable and so enjoyable. I was always drawn in whenever I picked up the book to read, I was able to relate to nearly every character in some small way at least. It wasn't amazing writing, I didn't put down these books thinking of how beautifully and poetically they were written. I put them down feeling sad that I wouldn't get to read more about the world L. J. Smith has created, more about Cassie or the coven, I put them down feeling satisfied and full. I think that's more important. I was able to connect with these books, I was able to leave reality and be completely drawn in to the world, I was able to fall in love with this series. At the end of the day that's what I love about books and the stories they tell. I loved this series but I do have to say that the whole time I've been waiting for something huge to happen. Something that never quite made it there. I'm not sure what this feeling was and it didn't make me feel annoyed or disappointed in anyway. It was simply just there as I was reading the books. I also felt like that the romance I was expecting to happen never really happened. I was hanging out the whole time waiting for it and then the last book finished and I felt cheated by the romance. I had wanted so much more! These little things didn't knock down my opinion though, I was able to forgive these things because I feel so highly about this series. Overall, I didn't love this book as much as the other two but I did still really like it and I think it was a great ending to the series. Ends were tied up, questions were answered and things were revealed. It was exciting and entertaining and I'm sad that this is the real end of The Secret Circle. As for the series as a whole, I really, really liked it! It was the most enjoyable series I have read in a while, there were no nasty surprises and there was nothing so outrageous that you couldn't believe it. Everything was believable and likeable. I loved all the characters in this book. There was something about them that just made you like them, even Faye who was pretty mean. I felt like I was able to relate to them in some small way if not any bigger. I really loved that, I think being able to relate to the characters is huge in books. Because if you're unable to relate to them then you feel disconnected and there is no emotional attachment to them. The plot was interesting and entertaining, the lead up to the reveals were just the right amount of subtle. The readers hadn't guessed the reveal before Cassie and that was refreshing. I've been reading a lot of books lately where I know what the reveal is way before the main character does and that is beyond annoying. The writing was good, subtle and entertaining. It was really easy to read, everything flowed and made sense and it was exactly what you would expect which I think is really good for this series. I recommend giving this series a go if you need a light, fun read! There are more books that are being written under this series but L. J. Smith is not the writer of these books. It is a ghost writer named Aubrey Clark . I've heard they're quite different to the original books in the way that the writers voice is very different (Obviously since it's a different writer), the characters just don't seem like themselves and the whole book doesn't feel like it relates to the original three at all. This is based off of other reviews I have read. I really don't think I will be reading those books because I loved this series so much I know I will butcher my feelings for it if I read them and find I don't like hem, and I'm sure I will be biased and will hate them purely because it is not the original writer writing them. That is my opinion. Miss J x 

  11. 5 out of 5

    Alejandra Bran (BlueMind)

    Oh my fire! I loved the book. This wraps up the story so beautifully. I have 0 complaints. I didn’t want for it to end, I felt such a connection with all the characters that I wish this would be like a never ending series, all the way till they’re older and the once they’re re born. I love witchy stories and elemental magic. Sort of like Wicca. I grow up with a very religious grandma, but her kitchen always smelled of herbs because she will brew teas and remedies... just like a witch. Her family Oh my fire! I loved the book. This wraps up the story so beautifully. I have 0 complaints. I didn’t want for it to end, I felt such a connection with all the characters that I wish this would be like a never ending series, all the way till they’re older and the once they’re re born. I love witchy stories and elemental magic. Sort of like Wicca. I grow up with a very religious grandma, but her kitchen always smelled of herbs because she will brew teas and remedies... just like a witch. Her family also comes from a village that people say was full of magic and witches “Izalco”. I think that’s why I feel some type of connection. I feel like writing fan fiction of some characters lol

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kate H

    The Secret Circle series by L.J. Smith was always my favorite series of hers so when I decided to read it again I was worried that it would be awful and ruin my fond memories. While I did find it to be less good than I remembered I still quite enjoyed the characters and story even if the writing style was not exactly to my liking.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Debra

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  14. 5 out of 5

    Snow

    a predictable mess!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ashy Khaira

    loved loved loved the story,cant wait to read further

  16. 4 out of 5

    ♥Xeni♥

    Right, so, this one was always the favorite book of this trilogy before. That's one of the sad parts about rereading childhood favorites... those Awesome-Amazing-MindBlown! parts lose their charm, somehow. In this case, I have gotten too educated to be able to fully buy into the ending. That, and I finally realized that Smith really did a crap job on writing this ending. It's always seemed a bit fast paced before, but this time it was really gone in the blink of an eye. No wonder they changed th Right, so, this one was always the favorite book of this trilogy before. That's one of the sad parts about rereading childhood favorites... those Awesome-Amazing-MindBlown! parts lose their charm, somehow. In this case, I have gotten too educated to be able to fully buy into the ending. That, and I finally realized that Smith really did a crap job on writing this ending. It's always seemed a bit fast paced before, but this time it was really gone in the blink of an eye. No wonder they changed the whole TV series around to match some other tale. This ending 1. made not much logical sense 2. was over much too fast and 3. was entirely cliche perfect. While those things were easy to absorb when I was a kid, it's not so much the case anymore. Anyway! Moving on from the disappointment, it was fun to reread this whole series again! It will always be in my past as a growing up/life altering series, since it really did affect me much in those formative years. But now it's time to move on to greener pastures and expand my horizons! (You see, cliche's have stuck with me!)

  17. 5 out of 5

    Connie

    Source: I own this book. Cost: I received a bind up of the first three books in this series as a gift. Title: The Power Series: The Secret Circle #3 Author: LJ Smith Overall Rating: 4 stars This was my favourite out of the original trilogy. Cassie in this one goes through some emotional turmoil, and instead of sitting on her laurels, she gets off her backside and does something about it! I loved that! She tried to think of solutions, she took advice, she asked for advice. My god do I love ch Source: I own this book. Cost: I received a bind up of the first three books in this series as a gift. Title: The Power Series: The Secret Circle #3 Author: LJ Smith Overall Rating: 4 stars This was my favourite out of the original trilogy. Cassie in this one goes through some emotional turmoil, and instead of sitting on her laurels, she gets off her backside and does something about it! I loved that! She tried to think of solutions, she took advice, she asked for advice. My god do I love characters that admit that they can't do it all themselves, especially in witch books! *insert little happy scream here* The story of this one was so interesting and to be honest, I didn't really see the plot twist coming! I knew something was going to happen, I just didn't expect that! I don't think I'll read the next three books in this series as they weren't written by the queen herself, LJ Smith, and I liked the ending of this one. Time to take them off my TBR shelf.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Michelle (MichelleBookAddict)

    I liked the three book series when it was first published. It was really good and the characters weren't all alcoholics and self centered kids like the show made them. Now I don't know if the author is using the show to sell more books, but if she keeps writing the characters like CW they'll turn into a bunch of alcoholics. Take an AA section writers before you make these kids worse. But as it happens the show was canceled. When I read the original three books in the 90's I related to the characte I liked the three book series when it was first published. It was really good and the characters weren't all alcoholics and self centered kids like the show made them. Now I don't know if the author is using the show to sell more books, but if she keeps writing the characters like CW they'll turn into a bunch of alcoholics. Take an AA section writers before you make these kids worse. But as it happens the show was canceled. When I read the original three books in the 90's I related to the characters. I also enjoyed the way the author made witchcraft a fantasy.She made it black and white and unrealistic to allow the magick to be a background character. I enjoyed and remembered this three book series more than her vampire four books

  19. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca

    The main plot line and magic of this world is so great, and these were my favorite books as a 13 year old. As an adult, I see soo many issues with the story, but still, it holds a very special place in my heart and is the reason I read fantasy so I can’t rate it. When I was 13 (1993) it was a 5 star read, but ad an adult....well, it’s pretty bad, but like I said, I still think the idea is really cool and intriguing but it could be sooo much better. I might even do some fanfic and make it better The main plot line and magic of this world is so great, and these were my favorite books as a 13 year old. As an adult, I see soo many issues with the story, but still, it holds a very special place in my heart and is the reason I read fantasy so I can’t rate it. When I was 13 (1993) it was a 5 star read, but ad an adult....well, it’s pretty bad, but like I said, I still think the idea is really cool and intriguing but it could be sooo much better. I might even do some fanfic and make it better myself :-p This goes for the entire series (all of L.J. Smith’s origins work, actually).

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ashlie L'Homme-Mueller

    I liked this one far more than I did any of the others. all along, the books have been the pacing to the climax the third book was, and while the ending action felt a bit anti-climatic and predictable, it kept in tie with the story and world created by Smith. All in all, it made up for the weaker second book and seemed a far easier read - it was far more interesting and less focused on Cassie and Adam and more on the centrallot - ending Black John's plague of evil. I liked this one far more than I did any of the others. all along, the books have been the pacing to the climax the third book was, and while the ending action felt a bit anti-climatic and predictable, it kept in tie with the story and world created by Smith. All in all, it made up for the weaker second book and seemed a far easier read - it was far more interesting and less focused on Cassie and Adam and more on the centrallot - ending Black John's plague of evil.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Melori

    It was an ok read but nothing surprising and sometimes I wanted to scream in frustration how dull some scenes or sentences felt. But Cassie was a good and strong character and I like stories about witches so I am giving three stars.http://www.goodreads.com/ It was an ok read but nothing surprising and sometimes I wanted to scream in frustration how dull some scenes or sentences felt. But Cassie was a good and strong character and I like stories about witches so I am giving three stars.http://www.goodreads.com/

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kay (❦ ᴗ ❦ ✿) BooksandMe

    I'm done. Finally! I'll give a review to this book. Later. ;) I'm done. Finally! I'll give a review to this book. Later. ;)

  23. 4 out of 5

    FangirlB

    The story just keeps on getting better and I just love everyone's bond. The ending was so cute I can't wait for the next one. The story just keeps on getting better and I just love everyone's bond. The ending was so cute I can't wait for the next one.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Tracy Banghart

    This series is such a comfort read for me.

  25. 5 out of 5

    TasosBananasBOOKS

    WOW! I am in love again! This is definitely one of my favorite series of all time! I love the conclusion so much!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Jim Karagkounis

    That ending was fucked up.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Tia

    Final Rating: 4 Stars

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dana

    Best one so far. I love this story line.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Cindy

    4.75 stars “Power. You need power to use against him. You're all too young to fight him-- and we're too old. And in between our ages are nothing but fools.” -pg. 98 An ancient evil has now been unleashed in New Salem and only the Circle can destroy it. But they aren't powerful enough. If their ancestors, who were more powerful than they, couldn't manage to get rid of the evil for good, how can they? The only way they stand a chance is if they all come together. United, they might stand a chance. D 4.75 stars “Power. You need power to use against him. You're all too young to fight him-- and we're too old. And in between our ages are nothing but fools.” -pg. 98 An ancient evil has now been unleashed in New Salem and only the Circle can destroy it. But they aren't powerful enough. If their ancestors, who were more powerful than they, couldn't manage to get rid of the evil for good, how can they? The only way they stand a chance is if they all come together. United, they might stand a chance. Divided, everyone in New Salem will cease to exist. Perhaps even the Circle. I loved this book! It's not as good as the second book, in my opinion, but very enjoyable. The ending was beautiful! This has become one of my favorite trilogies. The Power made me laugh and cry and had me giddy with excitement. I felt like a kid waking up on Christmas morning. After reading this one, I feel like I developed a deeper fondess to the Circle. The Circle consists of the group of 12 teenagers that live on Crowhaven Road. Most of them have known each other since they were born. Their families have lived in New Salem for many, many generations now. When I started this trilogy, I thought of the Circle as just that, a circle made up of kids who had grown up around each other. Nothing more. Sure, some of them are blood relatives, but they stick to their own groups. In the beginning, the group was split in 2. Basically 3. There was the ones who hung around Diana: Laurel, Melanie, Adam, and occasionally Sean. Then there were the ones who hung around Faye: Deborah and Suzan. Then there were the ones who alternated: Chris and Doug. And Nick just came around whenever he felt like it. The beautiful lone wolf. He belonged to no one. As the story progressed, they all came together. By the end of this book, they became one. They are a big family. Caring, loving, and very protective of each other. It made my heart ache. Above all, the members are friends. They are loving and they watch each others backs always. What more could any of them ask for? I grew to love all of the characters and I actually cared about what happened to them in the end. Looking back at my notes from the first 2 books made laugh. I first described Deborah as a “mean ass biker chick” and now I think of her as a tough, fearless friend. I described Suzan as a “Twinkie loving Bimbo” and I now think of her as a nice, pretty, smart, sugar loving girl. The twins, Chris and Doug, are hilarious and dangerously excitable. Laurel is a bit self-righteous at times, but she's friendly overall. Adam is extremely loyal and kind. Diana is nice and caring to a fault. She's the perfect friend. Cassie has some moments where she pisses me tf off, but she's not too bad. Faye is confident, beautiful, and always looking for trouble. Melanie is friendly. Nick. *sigh* Nick is dreamy. He wasn't at first though. He was moody, brooding, standoff-ish, and always looking to do his own thing. He does a 180, though. And Sean is... Sean. Overall, I enjoyed this book a great deal, but I must speak on the things I didn't like. They all revolve around Cassie. My biggest problem with Cassie was that she CONSTANLTLY withheld information from the Circle. Sometimes even important information. Occasionally, she'll dream about something or figure something out but she won't tell anyone about it until AFTER something bad happens. Or she'll think of something to do but she'll say “I won't tell anyone about this unless it works.” UGH! Why keep secrets from the reader and the Circle, Cassie? If you find something out, TELLS US! That way we'll all be prepared for it when the time comes. And the reader doesn't get to know what she's thinking or what she knows. At the end of the book Cassie will say something like “So and so did this. I figured it out a couple of days ago.” WHAT?! You know what's been going on but you didn't bother telling us? GOOD GRIEF, CASSIE! She's just lucky no one died because of her deciding to keep things to herself. I would've never forgiven her for that. Also, (view spoiler)[WHY DID SHE HAVE TO STAY WITH ADAM IN THE END, GODDAMMIT! NICK IS INFINITELY BETTER THAN ADAM. HE'S TALL, HANDSOME, CARING, PROTECTIVE, SWEET, AND NOT TO MENTION HE WAS SINGLE! *SIGH* WHY DO I ALWAYS FALL FOR THE WRONG GUY?! I NEVER LEARN MY LESSON, DO I? I FUCKING LOVE YOU, NICK! PLEASE DON'T TURN INTO A JERK AGAIN. PLEASE! CASSIE MADE A HUGE MISTAKE BY PICKING THAT DWEEB ADAM. Okay, Adam isn't really a dweeb, but I had my heart set on Cassie ending up with Nick. This would have been a solid 5 stars for me had Cassie ended up with him. (hide spoiler)] My absolute favorite thing about this trilogy is how it comes to a full circle in the ending. The things that occurred in the beginning are relevant and tied to the ending. It is magnificent! I love when books, movies, or comedians do that! I just wish there was one more book to look forward to. Maybe one where they're all grown up and have kids of their own. But, alas, no. I would KILL to know the full lives of these kids. What will their professions be? Will anyone leave New Salem behind? Move to a big city to follow dreams unknown to us? Travel the world? Who will they marry? How many kids will they have? Will they tell the next generation about Black John? About how they defeated him once and for all? And more importantly, What will become of my beloved Nick?! I love you, Nick! I'll begrudgingly admit that I think the show was a little more exciting and full of twists and angst and secrets, but I see that it had to be that in order to get more people to tune in. Don't get me wrong, I found these books to be exciting also, but the show just had something that really appealed to my teenage self. Maybe I was captivated by the attractive actors and actresses, I don't know.. I still hold this trilogy dear to my heart. Quotes: “The Henderson brothers looked at Adam sideways, as if to say he was crazy but they guessed it was his own business what bits of girls he kissed.” -pg. 16 “We'll say, 'Hey, remember that guy you fried like Freddy Kruger sixteen years ago? Well he's back, so can you, like, give us any help in recognizing him?” -pg. 47 “I think they're going to make you a pipe bomb for Christmas.” -pg. 77 “I said I knew you weren't in love with me. But if you just want to give it a try-- I'll be here when you need somebody. … I figured it was worth asking even if you told me to get lost.” -pg. 78 “If you're just scared, Mom, you can come back now. It's easier than running away; it is, really. If you face things they're not as bad.” -pg. 185 “What happened to your face?” “It's always been that ugly,” Chris assured her. -pg. 208 “They were all here, all joining Cassie, adding their voices to hers. And Black John was cowering before them.” -pg. 291 “They were all connected, all part of one another, and the light shone around them to touch the earth and sky and sea.” -pg. 309

  30. 5 out of 5

    Noel

    The suspense in this book was pivotal. So many things were happening and crap was getting ready to hit the fan straight from the beginning. Oh how I really love Faye. She is a character that loves to stir up trouble, teeter on the edge of evil, and deep deep deep deep deep deep down has good in her if you look hard enough. I was legitimately stressed at a few points in the plot regarding a certain evil entity. The crystals, herbs, sisterhood, candles, books of shadows, and rhyming spells just fil The suspense in this book was pivotal. So many things were happening and crap was getting ready to hit the fan straight from the beginning. Oh how I really love Faye. She is a character that loves to stir up trouble, teeter on the edge of evil, and deep deep deep deep deep deep down has good in her if you look hard enough. I was legitimately stressed at a few points in the plot regarding a certain evil entity. The crystals, herbs, sisterhood, candles, books of shadows, and rhyming spells just fill me with so much glee. The Secret Circle is now one of my favorite series ever. Three books in and not a moment of boredom, hesitation to start the new book, or reluctance to read on to the end has occurred. Faye is probably one of my favorite characters. She is a badass and despite her seemingly many flaws she brings half of the fun to this series. The ending of this book was however,.... I still don't know how I feel about it.... It reminded me of the book "Sharing Sam" and I wasn't really all about that book... a little awkward to say the least.

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