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The Circle (Engelsfors Trilogy) [Hardcover]

Sara B. Elfgren , Mats Strandberg , Per Carlsson
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  • Hardcover: 596 pages
  • Publisher: Overlook Press (2 May 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1468306588
  • ISBN-13: 978-1468306583
  • Product Dimensions: 20.6 x 13.7 x 5.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,129,832 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it love it love it! 20 Jan 2014
By Bullen
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I had already read this book and I bought another copy for my niece who's 16. She loved it too, its way better than so many other YA novels out there.

Twilight can please go and die in a corner, The Engelsfors Trilogy is here to stay!
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  7 reviews
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Will suck you in and leave you wanting more... 26 Jun 2013
By B. Pembroke - Published on Amazon.com
This book was one of many that I picked up to read on vacation, and like the other reviewer I didn't have high expectations for it- especially given the blurbs on the cover (whenever Twilight gets mentioned I typically steer clear). I was astonished by how much I got into it, staying up far into the night to finish it. The story does jump from narrator to narrator between the different characters which ordinarily I strongly dislike, but for this story I feel it adds to your understanding of the characters and how they are vs. how they present themselves. Although it seems from the summary that there's little original about the plot, trust me when I say it takes you in a new direction. The tone of the book is very dark and, without spoiling too much, you feel and are given proof that no character is safe. I would liken the book more to The Craft than to Buffy, but that's the closest comparison I can make. This is not a children's book.

Overall, this book is very engaging and does a spectacular job at depicting the hell of adolescence (magic or no magic). I came to Amazon hoping for the sequel (alas, no) and was surprised by the lack of reviews. Try it and let me know what you think!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Page Turner 13 May 2013
By Andrew B. Gross - Published on Amazon.com
I picked this up on a whim, and read it cover-to-cover in a single day, which is unusual for me these days.

The style takes a little getting used to. The chapters are all very short-- 4-6 pages usually. The focus jumps from person to person with each chapter, for 7 characters. At first this seemed choppy to me, but by the time I was 100 pages in it seemed fine.

One of the quotes on the cover mentions "Twilight", which is misleading in a couple of ways. First, this book is not a romance in any sense; and second, this book is well-written as a piece of literature. (I say that having enjoyed "Twilight"-- but Meyer has severe limitations as an author.) "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" is also mentioned, and is also misleading; the tone of "The Circle", the themes that it explores, and the stakes that are played for, are all more serious and dark than Buffy.

The authors do a fantastic job of getting the points of view of the different characters across without being heavy handed. For example, a character will describe what she sees in the mirror, which you (probably) just accept as being accurate; it's not until chapters later when the same character is described by someone else that you realize there's some self-esteem issues for the first character.

This book succeeded in shaking me a bit-- there was a point where I got very uncomfortable, not due to any gruesomeness, but simply because the authors had earned my trust and then used it to punch me in the stomach.

"The Circle" has some of the most nuanced and realistic depictions of what it's like to be a teenager that I've ever read, and certainly the best in any Fantasy/Supernatural genre fiction. I think they could have kept my attention even if the setting didn't contain anything out of the ordinary.

This is a good page turner. It's probably not one I'll ever re-read, but on the other hand, I will pre-order the sequel, which I guess is a pretty decent definition of "4 stars".
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The secret circle grown up a bit 12 Nov 2013
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
If you loved LJ Smith and the secret circle series then you will love this book. The main difference is this author is NOT afraid to kill off her main characters and the characters have actual depth. The depiction of high school was so well done I felt like I was living it again. Give this book a try-- you won't be disappointed.
3.0 out of 5 stars Good 20 Feb 2014
By Savannah (Books With Bite) - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
When I first got this book and I all I can think of was,” Wow dude! This book is HUGE!” It took me two-three days to read. Not because it was big but because I had a hard time getting into characters and the plot.

Plot: This plot is about several different characters being called by a council and coming into their powers. My problem with this plot is that it has SOOO much going. There is not one chance for the reader to be relaxed in one character cause once you get settle in, the plot moves again. The plot also moves very slowly when it comes to their powers and why they have them. It’s like one minute they show powers and the next the plot moves again. For me, I got annoyed by this. I wanted to explore more instead of once again moving to another character.

Characters: There are several different characters that this story tells. I can’t name them all but I’m sure there are more than 6 characters that the reader is jumping between. And to be honest, I did not like this. There are a lot of story lines, a lot of minor characters to know. This is the one main reason why I read this book so slow. There is a lot to know and well if your not paying attention you can miss out on stuff.

Ending: The book ends with nothing really much explain. Instead the reader is left with lots of questions. There were only about two characters that I really latched onto and wanted to know.

This is an okay book. Be sure that if you decided to pick up this book that you dedicate time to it cause it will make you think. You have to read it slowly and take in each character carefully. If you think that your going to read it and fly right through it then you will only be left confused. Overall, it’s good. I think if the authors slow down the story and explored other storylines instead of creating others, I might have enjoyed it more.
4.0 out of 5 stars interesting 24 Jan 2014
By Mrs Mommy Booknerd - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Fans of paranormal young adult novels are going to gobble up THE CIRCLE. There are multiple characters offering multiple point of view. Some characters you will love and others, well.... It is a story that will grab you and take you on an adventure. There is thrill, depth in characters and an original story. It captures what is like to be a teen and captures what is great about this genre. I look forward to more in the series and I would love to see this made into a movie. 4 stars.
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