The Vampire Diaries/Secret Circle blogplosion continues!
|September 15, 2011||Posted by Cambria under Secret Circle, Vampire Diaries Countdown|
I have got something good tonight for ya. Okay, so its Wednesday night, your tired, you wish it was Friday, yeah yeah yeah, I hear ya. But before you take yourself off and collapse into bed and start snoring peel those eye lids back (hold em open if you have to) and check out this GUEST post.
My girl, Anaavu, over at book-spark has written a review for The Secret Circle. That’s right, its the books that the new TV show is based on and premiering Thursday night right after Vampire Diaries. She is doing some awesome posts, in addition to this one, about VD and SC. You should check out her blog because it rocks!
Oh and right after her review I will post a little video teaser for The Secret Circle so you can see what’s its all about. Frankly, I wanna see the video too, because I haven’t read these books and I don’t know whats going on! LOL
Here’s is Annavu’s review:
*SPOILERS ABOUND BELOW*
Review: Sixteen-year-old Cassie is furious when she is forced to move from sunny California to a dilapidated old house in the middle of nowhere – all for a grandmother she never has never known. After a week of humiliation by the school bully, she meets Diana, who introduces her to the group of friends that “rule” the school. She is drawn to Diana’s beauty and concern and they become fast friends. She often feels like she is part of their group, but is excluded from some secret, which turns out to be that they are all witches, even Cassie. Cassie is quickly initiated.
In The Captive, the Circle is beset by dark forces-from the skull Adam dug out.
The whole group must cooperate if they want to fight this powerful magic. Meanwhile, Adam and Cassie become very close, and they admit to their mutual love, but decide to keep quiet about it. In the third part of the Secret Circle series, Faye is enraptured by the power of the skull is determined to have it all to herself. She blackmails Cassie into getting it for her, while slowly influencing many of the members to side with her instead of Diana. She thus cheats her way to head of the Circle. With Faye as leader, the Circle breaks into chaos. The spirit in the skull is revealed to have enormous power, but by the end, shy, quiet Cassie leads the group to the defeat of Black Johm.
Overall, I liked the first book well enough. It’s the kind of book you would read in one sitting. It definitely drew me in
and held my interest, and I couldn’t wait to get the sequel, but I’d probably forget it pretty soon if it weren’t for the coming TV show. I was dissatisfied with a couple of things: 1) The tests to join the Circle are treated as if they were a big deal, but if I recall correctly, all Cassie had to do was not have fear in her heart (LOL!) and step into the Circle with the dagger to her throat. This was the proclaimed “tests”. Not that big a deal.
Another thing that seemed incomprehensible is that these two (Adam and Cassie) are teenagers and together for no more than twenty minutes, and they’re in love? That’s a bit ridiculous, don’t you think, even with magic? I say it’s the raging hormones. Lol. I thought the characters were well-developed, but the physical characterization was a little too obvious. White for purity, and black for evil – it’s as if the author is punching you with a great big “DUH”. But it’s all good because Faye (the evil one) redeems herself in the end. Woot!
Lastly, I am a tiny bit disappointed that it is being made into a TV show. For one, scriptwriters take the book and do crazy things with just to keep it going, which usually degrades the actual thing. And secondly, if you wanted to start yet another paranormal TV show, why this one? Why not Richelle Mead’s series? Why not something by Lauren Kate, Amber Kizer, Melissa de la Cruz, or even Maggie Stiefvater? This book is perfectly average compared to other books of the same genre. Just because one series has produced a hit doesn’t mean you should jump on board with every series produced by that author.
I enjoyed the second book much better than the first one. Now that the first had set the pace, this one got to be filled with many of the action moments, which I enjoyed immensely. One thing that hasn’t changed since book 1 is its predictability. I could guess the skull’s relationship to Cassie by the end of the first book, and it is obvious she will be voted leader and will fix everything (she is, after all, the protagonist). At the end of the day, I like the message this book sends to girls, but plot and narration have a lot more work to do if they want to reach out to a wider audience. With that said, the book series and its author has its own set of fans, and I totally respect and support that.
*I don’t usually bash books like this-I apologize
I don’t know about you all, but I am going to tune in just to see if the show is any better than the book was apparently NOT! LOL.
Let’s all see if the teaser (trailer) looks good:
I’m thinking it looks pretty good. What do you all think? Are you going to give the show a try?