The Divide (Secret Circle Series #4)

The Divide (Secret Circle Series #4)

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by L. J. Smith
     
 

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Keep your enemies close. . . .

For the first time since moving to New Salem, Cassie Blake finally feels normal. She's dating her soul mate, Adam, and making new friends in town. But between the secret coven of witches she calls her best friends and the incredible power she holds within her, Cassie is leading a far from ordinary life. The Circle is being hunted

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Keep your enemies close. . . .

For the first time since moving to New Salem, Cassie Blake finally feels normal. She's dating her soul mate, Adam, and making new friends in town. But between the secret coven of witches she calls her best friends and the incredible power she holds within her, Cassie is leading a far from ordinary life. The Circle is being hunted by an unknown enemy resistant to their magic—and anyone could be the next victim. 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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VOYA - Barbara Johnston
When Cassie and the other eleven members of the Secret Circle (a coven of witches) discover the witch hunter symbol upon Melanie's deceased aunt, they know they are all targets. After Laurel is marked, the Circle bickers about avoiding all Outsiders and curtailing the use of spells. Scarlett, a vivacious newcomer, cultivates Cassie's friendship. Scarlett garners Cassie's trust by demonstrating her witch powers and revealing that she and Cassie are half-sisters fathered by Black John. Sensing that Scarlett is in danger, Cassie disregards the Circle's consensus, arms herself with all the Master Tools, and races to her rescue. Scarlett seizes the Tools and attempts to kill Cassie to claim her place in the Circle. Assisted by the Circle and her inherited dark powers, Cassie remains safe; however, Scarlett escapes with the Master Tools and the witch hunters mark another Circle member. Attractive teens; hot,but innocent, romance (Cassie and Adam); dangerous adventures such as Cassie's car losing its brakes; and dramatic ceremonies and incantations all guarantee popular appeal. Creepy old houses rich with history of the original witch trials and mythological references and names (Cassie, i.e. Cassandra and her gift of "sight") help brew the paranormal atmosphere. Main character, Cassie, is both likable and realistic. She makes mistakes but admits to them and apologizes to both her mother and the Circle. Stir in suspense-filled scenes, such as Scarlett's luring of Cassie into her trap, and an open-ended conclusion, and Smith bewitches readers into clamoring for more. Reviewer: Barbara Johnston
School Library Journal
Gr 8 Up—In this installment, Clark picks up where the earlier volumes by L.J. Smith left off. Teen witches Cassie and Adam are together, and she is now a leader of the Circle, a secret coven. Evil Black John was defeated, so there is nothing to worry about, right? Wrong. Now witch hunters are in New Salem, and it is up to Cassie and the other good witches to find out who they are and stop them. Like Smith, Clark keeps readers guessing up to the last minute. Can Cassie trust Scarlett, the new girl who seems so upbeat and nice? Does Adam really love Cassie, or does he wish he were back with Diana? If Cassie presses her mother for information about her dad, will her mom sink into another depression? Cassie is believable. She makes mistakes, learns, and evolves as she tries to figure out her place in the world. Faye and Scarlett have distinctive personalities, but the others in the circle are interchangeable. Descriptions of frequent make-out sessions, shopping trips, and school politics plant the story in reality, while the occasional spell adds an element of the supernatural. Teens do not need to have read Smith's novels to understand this one. It is a quick read that concludes with the promise of another adventure. That being said, there is nothing groundbreaking or extraordinary about it. Purchase where the previous books are popular.—Jennifer Prince, Buncombe County Public Libraries, NC

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780062130419
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
03/12/2013
Series:
Secret Circle Series, #4
Pages:
292
Sales rank:
141,706
Product dimensions:
5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.72(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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