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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 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


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?

Editorial Reviews

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
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

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HarperCollins Publishers
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Secret Circle Series , #4
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Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

Meet the Author

L. J. Smith has written over two dozen books for young adults, including The Vampire Diaries, now a hit TV show. She has also written the bestselling Night World series and The Forbidden Game, as well as the #1 New York Times bestselling Dark Visions. She loves to walk the trails and beaches in Point Reyes, California, daydreaming about her latest book.

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Divide 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 88 reviews.
Tina78CC More than 1 year ago
This series was taken from L. J. Smith and given to a ghostwriter in a similar way that Vampire Diaries was taken from her. Alloy has no respect for L. J. and I have no respect for them. I will not be buying any books packaged by Alloy. They have a legal right to have the books written by who they like because of the wording of the contract L. J. signed. We also have the right to spend our money and show our support for the party(ies) that we choose. I support L. J. Smith.
Michigan_gal More than 1 year ago
I read the original trilogy back when it was first released. I LOVED it. My copies were read and re-read so often that the covers were very well worn. I was totally excited to hear that another book had been written, even if it was not written by LJ Smith herself. Unfortunately, this new book was definitely a let down. I found numerous flaws and inconsistencies that just seemed to take over the book. At the end, I felt like I was reading about total strangers, not the characters that I have come to love.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book lacks the heart of the originals, ignores character development, and oddly even changes Adam's looks. Clearly a break in the series.
S.M.BooksFan More than 1 year ago
Though I have not (and will not) read the book (partly because LJ Smith didn't write it, but mostly because ti seems poorly written), I red the expert and I was terribly disappointed. The story line has completely changed. The close friendship Cassie and Nick established is gone. The understanding and connection Cassie and Faye had reached has disappeared. Susan and Deborah are back to being Faye's followers when at the end of LJ Smith's version, Cassie and Deborah had become good friends while both she and Susan had begun to understand that the temptation of power was not worth the risk. Diana's character has even changed. She gave up Adam because she knew they didn't belong together, but embarrassment on her part is mentioned when Adam and Cassie are together. What's the worst is that Cassie's character has not stayed true to itself. Cassie was the shy, timid girl who went on a journey battling evil and came out a strong, brave, and confident witch. But at the beginning of the story we see her being intimidated by Faye when in the past, Cassie had clearly overcome Faye and had learned to face her. DO NOT READ THIS BOOK. It's not worth the time or money.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read the first three novels in this series when I was a young teen and they were favorites! Amazing books that I have read countless times and I have suggested them to many others over the years. This book does NOT measure up! It is very obvious the publisher is trying to capitalize the series popularity given the tv show tie in. However if anyone has read the books and seen the show you know how much of what eas great in the books was lost there. Same goes in this latest book. It is veryclear thatthis is not Smith writing, and doesnt even come close. Dont waste your time if you are an actual fan of the Secret Circle!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was amazing with many twists and turns and a BIG cliffhanger at the end! All these other reviews are saying "this book is horrible because this is ghostwritten!" WHO CARES? I understand being loyal to an author, but personally i love this series and it did sound a lot like L.J. Smith! If you even remotely like this series DO NOT be discouraged by reading these other reviews! Read the book if you want to read the book!
Lunadeity More than 1 year ago
I am so disappointed to them still feeding us books that are completely unlike the fabulous originals that L.J. Smith gave us. The stories easily read like another author wrote them and really piss me off bc it doesn't follow her style or even the plot lines that she had laid out before. These new books have completely ruined both the Secret Circle and the Vampire Diaries lines.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
BOOOO , why the hell would we read the series if she wasnt going to continue writing them ?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This ghostwriter really knows how to ruin the secret circle series just as they knew how to crap all over the vamopire diaries
Orette More than 1 year ago
I've tried to read this book, but the ghostwriter has basically destroyed the strength, passion, and internal "power" of all of these characters; and everything in it feels completely inaccurate to who the characters are personality and everything else-wise. She's taken their 3-d lives, and pretty much flattened them and made them all about the teenage melodrama. Aubrey Clark wrote it so inaccurate to the original books and the general vibe, since they were written about 20-25 years later - it seems like they disappeared from the 80's and magically appeared in the current day, which makes no sense at all. All of the inaccuracies keeps stopping me from getting invested at all in these books, practically every sentence. All of the characters are inaccurate to who they are, and the new characters are just unrealistic. I was protesting reading them at all at first, but was mildly curious, and I was wrong to even try. Whoever thought this was a good idea to destroy the amazing, epicness of the Original Trilogy should be fired. They are so bad that they deserve a zero.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very poorly written
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am boycotting this book with alot of other L. J. Smith fans! This book was not written by her and I can't imagine any other author doing as fantastic a job as she did. I hope all her true fans review and rate this with only 1 star. If I could give it a minus stars, I would. And they want $7.99 for a fake author?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am awfully depressed that this book, like the vampire diaries is a fake and not really L.J. Smith. It was a dumb move considering her large fan base and whenever I think of it, no matter where I am or what I am doing I feel a sudden anger come over me. It is sad that the memory of this fantastic series has to be tainted by their bad decision. But to me the worst part is that they still have the audacity to put her name on it. That is the part that really get's me more than anything. That they think they can trick us. I wish the real author was on the cover, if they had done that I just might have given it a chance.
eatpaintwrite More than 1 year ago
Honestly, I get why everyone says "don't read", but it was actually a really good book. With them cancelling the TV show, I really do what to know what happens next. It gives me a solid ending. Don't get me wrong, I LOVE L.J Smith. She's one of my heroes, but don't rag on the ghostwriter. This book was great, and those who want an ending have to read it, and the next one.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Secret square : o
Genevieve_BN More than 1 year ago
This isn't even written by L.J. It just gives her credit for the series. I still can't believe they've done this. So upset, cause I would love to read it.. But I will stay a faithful fan to L.J. Smith!!! Def. NOT purchasing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
On L.J. Smiths web site she said this wasn't getting published.....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Even though this book is listed as an Lj Smith book, it was actually written by aubrey clark. Just wasn't as good as the earlier installments. Kinda of a letdown, but I will prob buy the rest just to read how the series ends. Maybe it will improve.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Oh, that hern thing? I was attacked by it also and it gave me a big hernia. It hurts so bad. I would like to cream hern's face against a wall.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
*she walks in and leans against a tree with her neon red sunglasses*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Hmm who are you married to
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Testing. NOW.