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The Secret Circle: The Divide created by L.J. Smith, authored by Aubrey Clark

May 13th, 2012 by Debbie's World of Books

The Secret Circle: The Divide by L.J. Smith

Source: Received for review

Publication date: March 20, 2012

Publisher: HarperTeen

Series: Book #4 in The Secret Circle Series

I give this book 2 out of 5 stars

Summary from Goodreads.com: 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?

I cannot believe how disappointed I was with this book.  I am a huge fan of the original Secret Circle trilogy and while I haven’t been keeping up to date with the TV series the few episodes I’ve seen have diverged enough from the books to not overly suffer from comparisons.  I went into this book not realizing that it was ghost written so I can’t even blame my disappointment on judging the book more harshly because LJ Smith did not actually write it.

At first it seems to pick up not long after the last book ended which was nice as I worried they might change it to match the TV series.  As I continued to read my heart sank.  First off was Diana’s character. In the original series she was such a goody two shoes that it was hard to believe that someone could be THAT good and kind hearted.  In The Divide she comes across as snobby, judgmental and even petty at times.  Then as if that were not bad enough Adam has gone from this stand up, unbelievably mature teenager to a little hornball!  I mean seriously, all he wants to do is make out and grope Cassie even more there are obviously much more important things they should be doing.  It’s always been a pet peeve of mine when people can be chased by killers, in the middle of a war, etc. but still have to take a moment to make out with someone or have some mad sex before continuing to escape death or stop some madman.  It was like someone gave Adam a shot of pure hormones that reminded him he was a teenage guy and sex is all that should be on his mind.  Nick on the other hand is portrayed as the more mature and understanding guy, which since I was a huge Nick fan it was nice to see, but still was rather out of character.

And then OMG, don’t even get me started on Cassie!! She showed no character growth since all of the events with Black John occurred and seeing the damage her insecurity and inability to trust her friends caused before.  She repeats all her past mistakes but compounds them with even dumber mistakes like deciding “oh, my mom is keeping secrets from me so I’m going to be petty and keep things from her out of spite even though it probably would be a good idea to talk it over with her.”  And then to constantly have the circle, other than Faye, tell her it’s all ok, there’s nothing to apologize for had me wanting to slap them all.  Of course she should be apologizing for her stupidity!!  Wake up folks!  I was especially aggravated with how she kept prodding Nick about how she misses spending time with him and their close friendship but continues to make out with Adam pretty much in his face.  Talk about rubbing salt in a wound.

The story line itself was predictable as you could tell right off who the bad guys were going to be.  I really wish they had come up with some more original ideas of who the villains were and why they would target the circle.  The only thing that kept this from being a 1 star book was the fact that I did enjoy how Nick’s character was portrayed.  Sadly, despite my adoration of the original series I doubt I will continue reading the new books.

Posted in 2 Star Books, Books, Paranormal, Young Adult

7 Responses

  1. JJ

    I was sad too when I saw that Cassie was making the same mistakes, and that her character was not growing what so ever! How long can she make stupid mistakes and go against the circle? This book was kind of a rewrite from the previous one. I thought it was nice to see Adam’s crazier love side; I only wish Cassie would have been more open to it and got out of her own head. I did know this book was going to be written by a ghost writier, but I gave it a chance anyways. I think it falls more under a preteen book than a teen book. There were more than a couple of times where the book led to some climax then 5 sentences later it was done and picked up after everything seemed to settle down.

  2. Sarah

    The Divide was pretty cool. Although I wish that Cassie could have been a little stronger with using her magic. I REALLY ENJOYED the parts with Nick and Cassie. Adam may be right for Cassie but at least Nick knows when to stand by his girl. So much doubt Adam had. Even though Cassie was wrong in the end about Scarlett, i don’t think she should have been THAT forgiving of any of them. The doubt from them all sort of shot Cassie down which is a total bummer. if it was like that, then why can’t Cassie have her doubts about people without someone always thinking she’s just imagining it. And Faye? Ugh. I’m so sick of her superiority, self righteous attitude. For once, can she at least show a soft side to her. Loved how she got burned by Max though. She really did deserve that. And Nick. C’mon! Him and Cassie were GREAT together. Adam and Cassie give off a boring love story. A typical love story. Why can’t the girl at least once, choose the bad boy (not that Nick is bad or anything) but just to change it up. Its exactly like Elena choosing Stephan over Damon.(I’m not even going to get into that). But seriously, Nick and Cassie are amazing together. He supports her and trusts her judgement all the way.(mostly) They have chemistry! i think their relationship could have evolved more if they had more time together. Adam’s kind of clingy. In an annoying way. Constantly a make-out session with him. I love the twin brothers and their characters. Scarlett had the attitude that Cassie should have had at the end. Made it a little bit more exciting. But overall, The Secret Circle :The Divide was cool.

  3. Raevyn

    It would have been better if Cassie and Nick were together again. They clearly have chemistry. Their relationship could be something more! I agree with Sarah^^^^!! Every typical love story resembles Adam and Cassie. Ugh. It gets soo boring! Nick seems to bring the adventerous side out of Cassie. And he is pretty capable of protecting Cassie. LITERALLY. The way he pushed her out of the way when a lightning bolt was struck at her. Something every girl wishes her prince charming would do. He risked his life for her and all he gets is a friendship. I feel sorry for Nick. Guys like him, most of the time, never get a happy ending. The book was okay. Can’t wait for the next book though. Hoping to read more moments between Cassie and Nick.

  4. JJ

    Sarah,
    I know what you mean about Elena and Stephan and Damon. I think the tv series provided an exciting twist about Damon and Elena.

    Anyways, I do like the chemistry that nick and cassey have. and i like adam and cassey too, but it kinda seems like Adam and cassey had this grand finale and now they have been in a relationship for a while and now its back to business.

  5. Sarah

    JJ,
    There were definitely exciting twists with elena & damon. I was happy about that.

    And i totally agree with you on adam and cassie.
    But i wish they would have kept the tv series for The Secret Circle for a 2nd season. The show had potential! Now i have to tgrow myself in the books(not that its a bad thing,i love reading) i just wish i could see it on screen.

  6. Titi

    Sarah,
    I so agree with you and JJ about Nick and Casey. They should end up together, i mean they have way more chemistry and more of an impact than her and Adam. I also wish they would continue the series because the point they left off on was a major cliff hanger i mean Adam going nuts with the crystal skull and Casey’s siblings are in town like seriously don’t leave us hanging.

  7. steven

    I was sad too when I saw that Cassie was making the same mistakes, and that her character was not growing what so ever! How long can she make stupid mistakes and go against the circle?

    the divide takes place just a couple of weeks later so its reasonable that she makes the same mistakes no one grows up in a mater of weeks and there is character improvment she is steadily growing more confident.

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