Author: M. Strandberg & S. Elfgren
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
My Rating: 5 out of 5 stars
Summary (from Goodreads): Only together can they survive. Engelsfors. A beautiful name for a scrubby little town in Sweden where six girls have just started high school. They have nothing in common -- except they are all hunted by an ancient evil. The autumn semester has just started when a student is found dead in one of the school toilet cubicles. Everyone suspects suicide. Everyone except those that know the truth. One night, when a mysterious red moon fills the sky, the girls meet in the park. They don't know why or how they were brought there but they learn that they need each other in order to survive. They are told that they are witches. An ancient prophecy states that they are The Chosen Ones. From this day on, high school is a matter of life and death. They must learn how to work together despite their differences and they have to master the forces that have awakened within them. Time is running out. Something is hunting them and if they don't find it and defeat it, it will kill them.
My Summary: In a little town surrounded by trees, six teenaged girls begin to experience strange phenomena. Terrified and confused after the death of a fellow classmate, the six are drawn to an abandoned fairground on the night of a red moon. There they are told that they are witches - members of a "circle". Each has their own unique power, and it is their job to utilize their power and stop whatever is killing their friends.
But the girls don't take this warning seriously, choosing instead to ignore what they've been told. As a result, one of their own is brutally murdered by the mysterious evil.
Now, with one less member and only so much time left, these polar opposites must band together in order to control their abilities and destroy the evil haunting their town.
My Thoughts: The Circle was one of those novels that made me sit back and stare blankly into space after I finished. I loved every minute of it! The authors have truly hit the jackpot with the slow-to-build plot and their ability to mix both contemporary issues with the paranormal - each character was complex and real, and you really felt like you got to know each and every one. This novel was the perfect book for fall - a lot of horror and paranormal, set in a spooky small town. A winning recipe. I devoured it.
What I loved most was the insane twists and turns. Usually with paranormal books I can usually predict what is going to happen, but when it came to The Circle I was at a loss (in a good way!). It kept me up late into the night reading, but I regret nothing.
Final Thoughts: If you're looking for a great Autumn read or just love a good paranormal YA mystery, check out The Circle.