Initiation and Captive 1 are the first mini books in ‘The Secret Circle’ collection by L.J. Smith. The established writer has given us great reads such as The Night World series and The Vampire Diaries series. Although most recent and future books are written by ghost writers the stories and characters are still as captivating and riveting as ever.
The Secret Circle begins with a sixteen year old girl Cassie Blake , falling in love (however typical), with an unknown tall dark and handsome man, whom she believes to be a stranger walking in and then out of her life. Cassie, then moves to New Salem where she begins life anew, however she soon finds out a secret the town has been hiding. There are witches in New Salem, and she is wanted in their coven. This is because Cassie Blake is a witch. But do all the witches want her is another question. Mean girl Faye most certainly seem to…
And Adam ‘that boy’ is one of those witches.
The characters we meet within are very different from what you would expect from the genre, with issues such as; inner turmoils, anger through pain, guilt and betrayal- aspects of all the different twelve members of the coven and each individual character can be viewed on several different levels along with the story itself, which is relatively unknown for the target audience, age range and genre (aforementioned).
It should be noted that this book is of the teen-fiction genre of todays society, which entails the supernatural and its themes, however the language is simplistic, which you would expect. The book is therefore accessible to anyone of reading ability and of any age, however experienced readers should take patience with the writing and style, or simply enjoy it as a simple but loveable read.
Although a great introduction to the lives of the inhabitants of New Salem, and the coven itself. The characters (in comparison to the CW adaptation) are not as engrossing or captivating. Within this book, as an introduction to the collection, we are simply introduced to the world and the themes which progress throughout the novels, however not in this particular one. Therefore this good-read, does not show the arc in its best light- again in comparison to the fast paced show, (however, axed after only one season). It is recommended for book lovers, and those with enough time to enjoy the series of books, to do so, but those whom want the great story and characters without going through several novels, may be best watching the TV adaptation of the same name: The Secret Circle. This has book has been given 6.4/10.